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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"

Chapter  40 - Hotels of Eau Claire

Kneer House

(-as transcribed from pages 543 - 544)

The Kneer House was erected by Mathias Kneer, the first German settler in Eau Claire, where he located in 1856. The following year — 1857 — removing his family from Watertown, Wis. He first erected a small frame building on the present site of the Kneer House in 1861 and called it the Chippewa House. Four years later he erected a brick building next to the hotel, where he operated a grocery store Until 1881. He then tore down the frame structure, replacing it with a brick building as it now stands, remodeled and transformed the whole into a hotel and named it the Kneer House, and conducted the same until his death in November, 1895. It is now one of the popular hostelries of Eau Claire; contains twenty sleeping rooms with a pleasant office and dining room and its central location and reasonable prices make it one of the desirable places for a stranger to stop. Since the death of Mr. Kneer the hotel has been conducted by its present proprietor, Mr. Fred Raddatz.

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