"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Altenburg, Abe prominent farmer of the town of Pelican, Oneida County, was born in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., March 6, 1865, son of George and Sarah (OYER) ALTENBURG. The parents were natives of New York State, and the father followed the lumber industry there; he died when the son Abe was but three years old, and the latter, after reaching manhood, cared for his mother until her death in 1890. Abe ALTENBURG received his education in New York State and came west after his mother's death, stopping first at Stevens Point and later going to Dancy, Wis., where for two years he was manager of the farm operated by the John WEEKS Lumbers Co. He came to Rhinelander in the spring of 1892, and subsequently for 21 months he was runner in the lumber camps of Day & Daniels, after which he went to the oil region of southern Ohio. After spending four years as a driller and tool dresser in that section of the country he returned to Rhinelander in the spring of 1898 and here became manager of the Brown Bros. farm, remaining in that capacity for five years. In 1911 he settled on the 40-acre farm in the town of Pelican, which he has purchased previously and which is known as the old Morrell and Barber farm, adjoining Faust Lake. Here Mr. ALTENBURG, erected a substanial set of buildings and proceeded with the clearing of the land, and he has developed it into the fine agricultural property it is today, the entire tract being cleared and furnished with modern farming equipment. He is successfully carrying on general farming and dairying, having a good herd of Holstein cattle, and he holds a high place in the esteem of the community. He is a director on the school board of his district. Fraternally he is a member of the Foresters, and he and his family affiliate with the Methodist Church. Mr. ALTENBURG was married in New York State, March 13, 1888, to Miss Addie HILLS, daughter of Alphonso and Martha HILLS, both of which parents are now deceased. A son, Howard, was born to Mr. and Mrs. ALTENBURG on April 8, 1889, but was taken from them by death on Aug. 22, 1905.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 291-292, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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