"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.


Ament, John now living retired at Merrill, Lincoln County, after a long and industrious career, chiefly as a logger but to some extent as farmer, was born in Germany, March 15, 1851. He was educated in the christian public schools of his native country and there grew to manhood and was married, Aug. 23, 1877, to Barbara MUELLER, who was born March 17,1859. In 1882 he and his wife crossed the ocean to make a new home in the freer atmosphere of the great American republic. They settled in the town of Hamburg, Marathon County, where Mr. AMENT purchased land and built up a fine farm. There he followed agriculture until 1890, in which year he disposed of his farm and moved to Lincoln County, buying 30 acres of land there. His main business there, however, was logging on large tracts of timber land which he purchased, and in time became a properous well known citizen. At times he was asked to serve in public office, but always declined, preferring to give his time and attention to business and family affairs. But though he declined office he did take an active part in various ways in promoting the interests of Merrill and Lincoln County. In 1920 he gave up the work of a farmer and logger, turned over most of his property to his various children, and retired. In 1922 he bought a small piece of land on the shore of Big Bearskin Lake in Oneida County and built a fine cottage, where and his faithful wife spend their summers, their permanent home, however, being at Merrill. When Mr. AMENT in the fall of 1923 built a fine Kellystone Stucco Bungalow at 1726 W. Main St. Mr. AMENT is a stockholder in the Merrill Woodenware Co., and a member of its board of directors; also a stockholder in the American State Bank of Merrill and the Olhoff Lumber. of that city. He and his wife have been the parents of twelve children: Joseph, Kondie, Mary John, Jacob, Lawrence, Charles, Sophia, and Veronica (twins), Clara, Eleanor and Harry, whose individual record in brief is as follows: Joseph the owner and manager of an 80--acre farm in Scott township, Lincoln County. He married Lizzie ROHRBACHER and they have nine children, Dorothy, Anastasia, Marion, Francis, John, Edward, Joseph, Harold and William. Kondie is the wife of Otter ZIMMERMANN of Merrill and has one child Margaret. Mary is the wife of George JENSEN and they own and conduct the Bearskin Heights Resort on Bearskin Lake, Oneida County. They have had five children; Catherine (deceased), Jerome, Aloise, George and William. John (fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. AMENT) was drowned in the Wisconsin river when 27 years old. Jacob, now a farmer of Rock Falls, Wis., married Helen SHANNON and they have one child, Jacob John Otto. Lawrence resides in the town of Scott, Lincoln County. Charles, a resident of Merrill, married Victoria WALTERS and has three children, Ruth, Lawrence and Charles. Sophia resides at home with her parents. Veronica married Dr. Irvin PETERS of Wausau and they have one child, Irvin John. Clara is now Mrs. William COTTER of Antigo, Wis., and her children are Margaret, Barbara and Patrick. Eleanor is conducting a "beauty parlor" at Chicago. Harry, who is operating the home farm in the town of Scott, Lincoln County, married Mildred HORIGAN. The Ament family are members of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 505-506 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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