Early days in Langlade, Lincoln and Shawano Counties, a tri-county area in north central Wisconsin, are recalled through in this NEW 24-page booklet, filled with local history and biographies of prominent residents. The information is extracted from a rare 1881 book, entitled History of Northern Wisconsin. The booklet is printed single-sided on 60 pound 8 1/2" x 11" opaque paper. The front cover is a parchtex card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. We've enlarged this tri-county area of a map from the original book, and included it. The county shown as "New" on the map was re-named "Langlade" about the time the book was published in 1881. Because the county was newly organized and sparcely settled, the bulk of the data in our booklet concerns Lincoln and Shawano Counties. When the original book was written, Lincoln and Langlade counties extended north to the state of Michigan, encompassing present-day Oneida and Vilas Counties, while Shawano County included what is now Menominee County. For comparison we've included a recent outline map of the state's counties. Two other maps of historic interest are also included. Communities currently listed for this area by the National Association of Counties include: Langlade County: Ackley, Ainsworth, Antigo (County Seat), Bryant, Deerbrook, Elcho, Elton, Evergreen, Kempster, Langlade, Lily, Neva, Norwood, Parrish, Pearson, Peck, Phlox, Pickerel, Polar, Price, Rolling, Summit, Summit Lake, Upham, Vilas, White Lake, Wolf River. Lincoln County: Birch, Bradley, Corning, Gleason, Harding, Harrison, Heafford Junction, Irma, King, Merrill (County Seat), Pine River, Rock Falls, Russell, Schley, Scott, Skanawan, Somo, Tomahwk, Wilson. Shawano County: Almon, Angelica, Aniwa, Bartelme, Belle Plaine, Birnamwood (part), Bonduel, Bowler, Caroline, Cecil, Eland, Fairbanks, Germania, Grant, Green Valley, Gresham, Hartland, Herman, Hutchins, Krakow, Leopolis, Lessor, Maple Grove, Mattoon, Morris, Navarino, Pella, Pulaski (part), Red Springs, Richmond, Seneca, Shawano (County Seat), Tigerton, Tilleda, Washington, Waukechon, Wescott, Wittenberg, Zachow; Menominee County: Keshena (County Seat), Menominee, Neopit. Oneida County: Cassian, Crescent, Enterprise, Harshaw, Hazelhurst, Lake Tomahawk, Little Rice, Lynne, McNaughton, Minocqua, Monico, Newbold, Nokomis, Pelican, Pelican Lake, Piehl, Pine Lake, Rhinelander (County Seat), Schoepke, Stella, Sugar Camp, Three Lakes, Tripoli, Woodboro, Woodruff. Vilas County: Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Cloverland, Conover, Eagle River (County Seat), Lac du Flambeau, Land O'Lakes, Lincoln, Manitowish Waters, Phelps, Plum Lake, Presque Isle, Saint Germain, Star Lake, Washington, Winchester. (Some towns are not mentioned in the booklet.) Among the many subjects included are: Location and Physical Features; Logging Stations; the State Park; County officers; the Wisconsin River; Natural Resources, Name and Boundary changes for Langlade County; Description of Merrill (formerly known as Jenny Bull Fall), Early settlers, Merrill's Churches, Railroad, Newspapers, Societies, Schools, etc.; the Lumber Business in Merrill; News Events between 1875 (when two pianos were brought to town) and 1881 (when Owen Lloyd killed Jessie Adams); the flood of 1880; Rock Falls, Union, Grandfather, Dudley, Ackley, Pine River, Otter Rapids, Prairie River, Hartland, Bonduel, Tigerton, and Green Valley; Menomonee Reservation; Charles Wescott and other white settlers and "interlopers"; Shawano, the county seat -- Churches, the future Railroad, Newspapers, Societies, etc; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains biographies of many county residents of the late 1800s. Some of these are brief, but others include family members, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on area businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on news events. Those listed are: (not in alphabetical order): Dr. Dudley E. Blodgett, Miss May Poor, Joseph S. Snow, Teresa J. Andrews, Charles Archibald, William Averill, Henry Baehman, Charles H. Barnum, John Borngesser, Herman C.F. Boettcher, William H. Cannon, Daniel O. Chandler, Henry H. Chandler, P.B. Champagne, Fred H. Clark, William Dereg, Thomas De Vall, Melvin B. Dille, David Finn, John J. Froehlich, Francis E. Fuller, Augustus D. Gorham, John M. Grignon, H. Clark Grout, Louis Hammel, Sigmund Heineman, H.E. Howe, Samuel M. Hoyt, George W. Kallock, Bryant B. Kimball, Dan A. Kline, Edward Kluetz, Gustav F. Koehler, Henry A. Kyes, Dr. L.B. LaCount, Knudt Larson, M.F. Leondusky, Peter U. Loysen, Myron H. McCord (pix), Gustaf H. Markstrum, Charles W. Meadows, M.D. Morris, Edwin W. Mowry, A.J. Neusbaum, Casper Newbauer, Alanson C. Norway, Charles J. Osborne, John Phelps, Jules Pose, George H. Ripley, Herman D. Rusch, Ulric C. St. Amour, Carl W. Schield, James W. Scott, Charles E. Searl, O.B. Smith, William F. Spiegelberg, Mitchell W. Sweeney, William H. Swinehart, Julius Thielman, Robert Weiss, James. S. Wescott, Jacob F. Whiting, Dr. John Wiley, Van R. Willard, Willie G. Winchester, Edward F. Zastrow, H.H. Andrews, Asa Hicks, Arthur M. Jones, John David Kast, Henry Klostrman, August Koeppen, Joseph Maurer, H. Naber, K.M. Phillips, Charles A. Raisler, J.M. Robinson, H.C. Russell, Capt. John M. Schwurs, William Sommers, Edward Sommers, Upham and Russell, Hiram Wescott, Charles D. Wescott, Dayn E. Wescott. Hand drawn Illustrations include the towns of Merrill and Shawano.