The following are from the Wisconsin Blue Book. The Blue Book is an almanac containing information on the government, economics, demograpics, geography and history of the state of Wisconsin. The book was first published in 1853. It is currently published in the fall of every odd year, corresponding to the start of each new biennium of the Wisconsin state government.   Here you will find biographies of individual's that have served in the state government.

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Statewide County WI Archives Biographies

Author: The State Printing Board, Compiled and Published.


Outagamie and Shawano counties.

ANTONE KUCKUK (Rep.) conducted a jewelry and music store in Shawano for over thirty-three years, but is now devoting his time to banking, the manufacture of the Four Wheel Drive Trucks and the Iwen Box & Veneer Co. He was born in Schleisingerville, Feb. 10, 1863, attended the common schools and evening business college, and then held a number of clerical positions in Hartford, Wausau and Shawano until he engaged in the jewelry and music business for himself. He was instrumental in starting the Wisconsin National Bank, Shawano, 1902; the State Bank of Gresham, 1909; Farmers State Bank, Beaver Dam, 1911; State Bank of Caroline, 1913; and is director in each and vice-president of the two former ones. He is also President Menomonie Motor Truck Mfg. Co., director of the Four Wheel Drive Co., and the Iwen Box & Veneer Co., treasurer Retail Lumber and Supply Co. He served as a member of the Shawano county board and Shawano school board' for years, was nominated and elected to the assembly in 1906 without opposition and elected to the senate in 1916, and re-elected in 1920, receiving 9,880 votes to 8,811 for C. B. Ballard (Ind.).

Additional Comments: The Wisconsin Blue Book. The State Printing Board, 1923. 598 - 640.

The Blue Book of the State of Wisconsin
Compiled and Published under the direction of Wm. H. Froehlich, Secretary of State 1901.
page 764
SHAWANO COUNTY. Population, 1900--27,475. (District unchanged by apportionment of 1901.)

JONAS SWENHOLT (Rep.) of Shawano, was born in the town of Oconomowoc, Waukesha county, Dec. 20, 1855, where his parents settled when coming to this country from Norway in 1844. In 1863 the family moved to Waupaca county, where the subject of this sketch grew up on a farm, where he remained until 1880, when he started in mercantile business in Wittenberg Shawano county, where he also conducted a sawmill and dealt in lumber. He was postmaster at Wittenberg two terms, under Hayes and Harrison. He also filled the offices of town clerk, town treasurer, village treasurer and village supervisor. In 1894 he was elected register of deeds for Shawano county, and was re-elected to that office in 1896. Since 1898 lie has been in real estate business and was elected to the assembly in 1900 by 3,243 votes, against 1,505 for H. R, McComb (Dem.).

Author: The State Printing Board, Compiled and Published.

AUGUST BEVERSDORF (Rep.) was born in Germany, Sept. 22, 1864, came to Milwaukee with his parents in 1867 where he was educated in the public schools and in 1878 moved to the town of Richmond, Shawano county, when it was a wilderness. At the age of 21 he purchased a farm in Belle Plaine township which he has developed into one of I he linest farms in the county. He served as town treasurer ten years, chairman twelve years, was a member of the .county asylum building committee and trustee for six years. He has been President of the Shawano County Agriculture Society for .the last five years, and has been school clerk of his district for 26 years. He served in the session of 1920. and 1921 and was re-elected in November, 1922, receiving 4,983 votes to 429 for William Dailey (Ind. Dem.). Additional Comments: The Wisconsin Blue Book. The State Printing Board, 1923. 598 - 640.

Author: The State Printing Board
Compiled and Published.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY Seventeenth District. The towns of Lake and Oak Creek and the cities of Cudahy and South Milwaukee.

JOHN HERMAN KOCH (Rep.) was born in Germany July 24, 1864, coming to the United States with his parents in 1870, first settling near Mayville, Wisconsin, and three years later on a farm in the town of Hartland, Shawano county, Wisconsin. After attending various schools, he completed his education in 1889, when he graduated from the Lutheran School Seminary in Milwaukee. Ordained as a minister, he took charge of a church in the town of Paris, Kenosha county. In the year 1892 he was called by the Lutheran Synod of Wisconsin as a missionary and as such organized congregations in Waukegan, Illinois, South Milwaukee and Cudahy, Wisconsin. South Milwaukee soon became the only field of his labor. In 1909 he accepted a call as superintendent of the Lutheran Children's Home Finding Society of Wisconsin. Ill health made it necessary for him to retire from active pastoral work and since 1916 has made his home in the town of Lake, one block outside the Milwaukee limits. He never sought a public office, but upon request became a candidate for the assembly, being elected in 1922, receiving 1,770 votes to 1,529 for Elmer A. Krahan (Soc.) and 388 for R. J. Hopkins (Ind.). --- Additional Comments: The Wisconsin Blue Book. The State Printing Board, 1923. 598 - 640.



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