"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.


Applekamp, Sr., August now deceased, who was one of the pioneer settlers of Oneida County and whose career here did much to further the interest of this region, was born in Germany, April 21, 1845. He was reared and educated in his native land and work at his trade of brick maker there until 1880, when he came to the United States and located in Galveston, Texas, proceeding from there to San Antonio a short time later. After one year in the latter city he came to Wausau, Wis., in 1881, and after working in a sawmill there two years he came to Pelican Lake in 1883 and took a homestead of 160 acres of heavily timbered land, the location being in which was then the town of Pelican and is now the town of Schoepke. After proving up on his homestead he sold it, and having realized a fair profit on the transaction, purchased 240 acres, also heavily timbered, near Pratt Junction, on which place he established his home and living for the remainder of his life. He passed away June 23, 1922. For nearly 25 years preceding his death he carried on extensive lumbering operations, entering this field in 1898; he operated sawmills, and logged many large tracts of timber. His home property he cleared and developed into an excellent farm, bringing some 40 acres into a tillable condition and erecting a good set of buildings; he carried on general and dairy farming here in addition to his other activities, and was successful as a farmer, as in all his affairs. He helped to erect the first school house at Pelican Lake and served on the school board there for several years. He was also a member of the town board for several years, and he always took an active part in everything pertaining to the general welfare of the community, his strong public spirit being particularly valuable by reason of his marked ability and qualities of leadership. Mr. APPLEKAMP was married in Chicago in 1889 to Miss Ernestine ECKERT, and Mr. and Mrs. APPLEKAMP were the parents of three children: Hulda, who is now Mrs. Herman STRUBE of Antigo, Wis.; William, of Manitowoc, Wis.; and August, Jrs., a record of whose life follows this sketch. Mr. APPLEKAMP was a loving husband and father; he was never so happy as when performing some act of kindness for a friend, and his passing was a sad blow to the entire community. Mrs. APPLEKAMP, who was a loving wife and helpmate to him throughout his career, is now residing with her son August on the home farm.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 289 (with picture), 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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