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"History of Northern Wisconsin, 1881"

Fall Creek Biographical Sketches

(-as transcribed from pages 342 - 343)


The following biographies appear below in order as found in the book.  Feel free to browse through the whole page or click on the alphabetized name list to go directly to the bio of interest to you:

BARTZ, Gus E.
CONE, Edward R.
DAGNER, J. W.
GESSNER, Edward

KUEHL, Julius
METTLESTADT, Hermann
O'BRIEN, John A.
RANDALL, Simon (Mrs.)
THIEL, August
VOECHTING, Fred.

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CONE, Edward R.

EDWARD R. CONE, blacksmith, came to Wisconsin in 1866; located at Eau Claire for three years, employed in the woods; came to Fall Creek in 1869, farmed and in the woods for a year, then at Augusta, employed in woods, and carried on a blacksmith shop for three years. Returned to Fall Creek in 1875, and has been at present business since. Was born in Clinton Co., N. Y., in 1844; married in Augusta, Aug. 6, 1870, to Mary Jane Miller, born in Pennsylvania. They have three children - Ernest E., Manly M. and Emma A.

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BARTZ, Gus E.

GUS E. BARTZ, of Bartz Bros. & Zempel, dealers in general merchandise. Came to Wisconsin in 1855; resided with his parents in Marquette for six years; came to Fall Creek in 1861; farmed with his father for nine years, then farmed on his own account for five years. Commenced business July 1, 1876, in company with Aug. Bartz and D. N. Zempel, and has continued since. Was Town Treasurer for 1877 and 1878, and Overseer of Highways for three years. Was born in Prussia, March 17, 1846; came to America in 1855. Was married in Fall Creek, Dec. 25, 1873, to Augusta Zemple. They have three children - Alma, Agnes and one infant.

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DAGNER, J. W.

J. W. DAGNER, blacksmith, Fall Creek. Came to Wisconsin in 1868. Located at Ripon for a short time and then at Augusta. Wis., for seven years, working at trade. Came to Fall Creek in 1876, and been in present business since. Born in Prussia, Jan. 5, 1837. Came to America in July, 1868. Married, in Augusta, Nov. 28, 1869, to Wilheminia Redshley, born in Germany. They have five children - Hulda, Emil, Paulina, Herman and Gustave.

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GESSNER, Edward

EDWARD GESSNER, Postmaster and express agent, dealer in agricultural implements, etc. Came to Wisconsin in 1850; located near Milwaukee, with parents, farming for over two years, then in Dane County three years; then went to Pepin County, farmed for six months; then engaged as millwright, carpenter, etc., for eighteen months. Went to Eau Claire in 1857; was contracting builder there for ten years. Came to Fall Creek in 1867, and built and run a saw-mill, up to 1871. Was appointed Postmaster in 1871, and also commenced his present business. Was station master of W. W. Railroad from 1874 to 1878, and express agent since 1876. Has also been a member of Thiel & Gessner, dealers in agricultural implements since the Spring of 1881. Was Town Supervisor for one year, and for four years was Town Treasurer. Was Justice of the Peace from 1878 to 1880, and was re-elected in 1881; has been Notary Public. Was born in Prussia, in 1837; came to America in 1850. Married, at Eau Claire, April, 1861, to Rosalia Herchlep, born in Prussia. They have ten children - Gus H., Charles, Henry, August, Frank, Emma, Anna, Edward, Helen and Albert.

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KUEHL, Julius

JULIUS KUEHL, foreman of Fall Creek and Kopplein flour mill. Came to Wisconsin in March, 1878; located in Warsaw for two months; came to Fall Creek in April of the same year, and worked in above mills since. Was born in Germany, Nov. 12, 1855; came to America in 1877; lived in Ohio for a few months and learned his present business there.

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METTLESTADT, Hermann
 
HERMANN METTELSTADT, proprietor of St. Charles House, Fall Creek, came to Wisconsin in 1857; resided in Green Lake County, farming with father, for a few years. Went to Charles City, Floyd Co., Iowa, and employed in brewery there five or six years, then farming for two years on own account. Came to Fall Creek in 1877, and built hotel building, and has run the same since. Born in Germany in 1843; came to America in 1856; was married at Charles City, Iowa, September, 1872, to Bertha Kopplein, born in Germany. They have three children - Clara, Frank and Walter. The hotel has accommodations for twenty-four guests and good stabling attached.

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O'BRIEN, John A.

JOHN A. O'BRIEN, agent of C., St. P., M. & O. R. R., Fall Creek. Born in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 15, 1854. Came to Wisconsin in 1858. Lived at Sparta for five years and at Tomah for twelve years, learned telegraphy there. Entered the employ of the C., St. P., M. & O. R. R. at twenty-one years of age. Was at Augusta, Wilson, Lowrie, and other places in Wisconsin. Came to Fall Creek, Wis., May 20, 1880, and has been engaged in present capacity since. Married at Fall Creek, June 23, 1881, to Louisa Randall. Born in Eau Claire County.

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RANDALL, Simon (Mrs.)

MRS. SIMON RANDALL, Fall Creek, born in Germany, is daughter of Philip Ehrman; came to America in 1848. Resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, for one and one half years; lived in Eau Claire, Wis., for five years, and was married there to Simon Randall, Dec. 25, 1851; then resided at Augusta for a long time, and came to Fall Creek in 1873. Mr. Randall died July 22, 1875. He was the first settler in Eau Claire, built the first saw mill there and ran it for several years, and was for many years prominently connected with the lumbering interest of the county. Built the only grist mill at Fall Creek. Mrs. Randall resides with her children at Fall Creek. She has living, eight children - Allie, Simon, Jeremiah, Olive (now Mrs. E. P. Brown), Louisa, (now Mrs. J. A. O'Brien), Cora, Ida, Tamerlain, and there are two dead, Sarah and Frank.

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THIEL, August

AUGUST THIEL, of Thiel & Gessner, agricultural implements, came to Wisconsin in 1855. Located in Green Lake County, farming with his father up to 1862. Enlisted in 8th Wis. I., Aug. 29; served one year; was wounded in right shoulder at the battle of Corinth; returned to Green Lake County and farmed until 1877. Then came to Fall Creek, and opened business in agricultural implements; has been in company with E. Gessner since the Spring of 1881. Was born in Germany, in 1844; came to America in 1855; married at Fall Creek, 1865, to Louisa Kading, born in Germany. They have six children - Herman, Edward, Louisa, William, Otto and Julius.

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VOECHTING, Fred.

FRED. VOECHTING, wagon-maker and blacksmith, born in Sheboygan County, April 28, 1852; resided with parents until seventeen years of age. Then went to Howard's Grove, Wis., and was employed for four years, learning trade, then at Sheboygan Falls, Wis., working at trade for six years. Came to Fall Creek in March 15, 1879, and commenced present business and has continued it since. Married at Sheboygan Falls, Oct. 11, 1876, to Sophia Dicks, born there. They have two children, Mata and Anthony.




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