George Bailey

Good evening, my name is George Bailey. I was born September 15, 1861 to Helen and Andrew Bailey. My father died when I was young so I was brought up by foster parents. I went to a rural school near Berlin but I never made it past 5th grade. When I was 19 years old I traveled to Antigo where I worked as an apprentice to a carpenter. After that I came to Crandon to work in a lumber camp. On July 6, 1884 I married Marietta Morrow from Berlin and then returned to the north. I got to Crandon by paddling a canoe from Mud Lake down the Peshtigo Valley to the spot where I set up a log cabin. I helped log the pine and erect roads in this area. In the early years of Crandon I ran the Park Hotel and hauled mail by stage coach between Crandon and Pelican Lake. My wife and I had six children. Two died in infancy. My son Russell died in France from bronchial pneumonia in 1918. He volunteered for the army and was fighting in WWI. Like many of the first settlers of Forest County I was an active member of the Modern Woodman Lodge and a member of the Masonic Order.  I served the City of Crandon for many years as an alderman and assessor. I died in 1949 at the age of 87 from a serious illness that I had been inflicted with for over a year.

George Bailey's home.  Source:  Forest County Historical Society photograph collection.
George Bailey’s home. Source: Forest County Historical Society photograph collection.
Source:  City of Crandon photograph collection.
Source: City of Crandon photograph collection.