"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.


Blaesius, Herbert W. proprietor of the Rhinelander Automobile Painting Works, of Rhinelander, Oneida County, was born at Watertown, Wis., May 2, 1881, son of Edward and Martha BLAESIUS. The father, a native of Germany ans a cabinet-maker by trade, established the Blaesius Table factory at Watertown, which subsequently burned down. He then established and built the plant of Fond du Lac Table Manufacturing Co., of which he was the head and active manager, conducting it for many years subsequently. Both he and his wife Martha are now deceased. Herbert W. BLAESIUS was educated in the schools of Fond du Lac, and during the vacations started to work for his father, earning 35 cents per day. He thoroughly learned the art of painting in all its branches and subsequently helped to build the car shops at Fond du Lac. For a year and a half he also was engaged in railroad work, as brakeman on the old Wisconsin Central road. Then for two years he resided in Minneapolis, where he followed his trade. In 1906 he came to Rhinelander, entering the employ of the Rhinelander Boat Co. as painter. At the end of that time he started his present business, the first of its kind in the city and has since had a successful career. He does only high class work, his shops being located at 912 Oneida Avenue; these he built himself and they are well equipped with everything necessary to the successful conduct of his business. In 1922 he erected a fine bungalow residence. Mr. BLAESIUS was married in October 1911, to Sarah SMITH of Berlin, Wis., and he and his wife are the parents of one child, Elaine, who is now a pupil in the public schools. Mr. BLAESIUS is fraternally affiliated with the local lodge of Eagles.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 273-274, 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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