"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Winters, William J. postmaster of Tripoli, Lincoln County, of which place he is one of the active business citizens, was born on a farm near Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., Oct. 3, 1872, son of J. M. and Sarah (HITCHCOCK) WINTERS. The father was born in New York State and the mother in England, the latter coming to America with her parents when four years old. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. WINTERS settled in Waupaca County, Wisconsin in 1866 or 1867 and there engaged in farming. He was at that time fresh from Southern battlefields, having enlisted first for service in the Civil War with the Pennsylvania Reserves to serve six months, and later re-enlisted in a Wisconsin infantry regiment; in all he served four years as a soldier. He died in 1922, but his wife is still living being now well advanced in years. They had two children, William J. and Thomas M., the latter of whom is now a resident of Neillsville. William J. WINTERS was reared on the home farm in Clark County and attended district school there. At the age of 15 he began working in the sawmills around Neillsville and was thus occupied in that manner until the year 1900, when he came to Tripoli, entering the employ of W. H. STOLLE as head sawyer in the latter's mill. After holding that position for eleven yars he returned to Neillsville and for two and a half years managed a store owned by himself and his brother. At the end of that time he came back to Tripoli to take charge of the Stolle store, and was thus occupied for three years. He was then millwright in the sawmill for one years, after which he went into the garage, where he sold Ford cars and did general repairing. In 1918 he was appointed postmaster to succeed H. H. STOLLE, which office he still holds, and he is a stockholder in the Tripoli State Bank. Mr. WINTERS was married at Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., Nov. 7, 1900, to Adeline MOLDENHAUER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael MOLDENHAUER, the parents being early settlers of Clark County, where they both passed away. Mr. and Mrs. WINTERS are the parents of four children: Elsie, born June 16, 1905; Irene, born April 28, 1908; Adeline, born Jan. 11, 1910, and Leon, born May 29, 1917. Elsie is now Mrs. Arthur LORENZEN of Tripoli; the other three are residing with the parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 529-530, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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