"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.


Behn, Fred W. secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Eagle River Lumber Co., was born at Brillion, Calumet County, Wis., Feb. 2, 1887, son of Herman and Minna (BARTZ) BEHN, who are now residents of Pasadena, Calif. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and then began industrial life in the employ of a lumber concern. Feeling, however, that he was not thoroughly equipped for business life, he left work for awhile to take courses in the Appleton and Manitowoc business colleges. He then became bookkeeper and "general man" for the Northern Grain Elevators and a furniture store at Collins, Wis., remaining there from May, 1904, till June, 1905. After that until March, 1907, he was with the Brillion Lumber Co. as yardman and bookkeeper. From there he went to Santa Clara, Calif., where he spent six months in the employ of the Pacific Manufacturing Co., and three weeks subsequently at Astoria, Ore. He then returned to Wisconsin, becoming connected with the Antigo Building Supply Co., at Antigo, with whom he remained 11 months. His next employment was at Medford for the Medford Supply Co., and he was there until June, 1912. In the same year he went back to the coast for the Pacific Manufacturing Co. and was there until May, 1913, at which time he returned to Wisconsin and until the end of November that year was with the Brillion Iron Works. On Dec. 4, 1913, Mr. BEHN came to Eagle River and established the Eagle River Lumber Co., becoming secretary, treasurer and acting manager of the concern, which position he still holds. He is a stockholder in the Radcliffe Manufacturing Co. For one year he served as supervisor of Eagle River and since coming to this place he has shown himself to be an able business man and public spirited citizen and has made many friends. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. BEHN was married on Thanksgiving Day, 1913 (Nov. 27) to Hildegarde PONATH of Algona, Wis., and this union has been blessed by two children: Vera, born Nov. 13, 1917, and Milton, born Nov. 1, 1920.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 436-437; 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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