"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.


Bettinger, Fred C. chief engineer of the Rhinelander city water-works, was born in Muscoda, Grant County, Wis., July 14, 1859, son of Philip and Mary (KIRK) BETTINGER. The father was born in New York State and after coming west settled in Milwaukee. He was married to Mary KIRK, a native of Wisconsin, in Muscoda, and on the breaking out of the Civil War he entered the army, in which he served four years. On being discharged from the army he returned to Muscoda, of which place he was subsequently a resident until his death. Fred C. BETTINGER after attending school in the place of his birth, learned the machinist's trade, which he followed for serveral years in the sawmills of western Michigan, working in succession for the Scott Cary Co., the T. W. Harvey Co., and P. C. Leonard. For five years he was with the K. C. Sawmill Co. at Menominee, Mich., as fifth sawyer and millwright. He then went to Amber, Wis., where he operated a sawmill for himself for ten years. In 1912 Mr. BETTINGER came to Rhinelander, the owner of several patents, and became connected with the Starks Company as foreman of a crew erecting steam stump-pulling machines under the said patents. For several years he was with the Stevens Lumber Co. as chief engineer. In September, 1921, he was appointed chief engineer of the city water-works and is now serving efficiently in that position. Mr. BETTINGER was married April 6, 1891, to Mary RYAN, and he ans his wife are the parents of five children: Earl, who is in the employ of the C. C. Collins Lumber Co.; Eva, May and Elma, who are married and live in Rhinelander; and Katherine, residing with her parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 272, 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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