"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.


Bloechl, Louis who was an early settler in the town of Schley, Lincoln County and in his day a well known and highly respected citizen of his community, was born in Bavaria, Germany, Aug. 18, 1859. His early years until after he ad arrived at maturity were spent in his native land, during which period he served as he was obliged to in the Germany army. It was in the year 1882 that he came to the United States, locating first in Pittsburg, Penn., where for a year he was employed in a steel plant. At the end of that time he came to Wisconsin, spent one year in Oshkosh as a lumber piler, and then in 1884 came to Merrill, Lincoln County. A week after his arrival here he went out to Bloomville, looked over some of the timber land and took a homestead of 160 acres of that kind of land in the northeast quarter of Section 14, town of Schley, though at that time it was in the town of Pine River. After proving up on that tract, Mr. BLOECHL sold it for $200, which was a much larger sum in those days that it is now, and purchased 120 acres more in the same section. This latter place he developed for himself into a fine farm, taking a pride in adding to tis improvements year by year, erecting beautiful buildings and increasing its cultivated area. In the early days he working in the woods during the winter months and in summer built roads to earn money with which to improve his farm. In later years he did logging by contract for different lumber companies. After a busy and successful career in Lincoln County of some 38 years, Mr. BLOECHL passed away Sept. 24, 1922, regretted by a wide circle of friends. He was married in 1888 to Krenzenzia EDBAUER, who survived him about a year and a month, dying Oct. 23, 1923. They had six children: Mary, now Mrs. Joseph ZITZELSBERGER of Calmut County, Wisconsin; John, who is now operating the home farm; Joseph, residing on the old home farm, but who owns a farm of his own of 120 acres in the town of Schley; Frank, also residing at home and the owner of a 120 acre farm in the town of Schley; Louis, who married Anna BARTOSH, is a cheese maker by occupation, and resides on the Bloechl farm; and Katie, wife of Harry G. DOERING. All four of the Bloechl borthers were in the United States service during the World War. Joh, the only one to go overseas, was drafted July 23, 1917 from Merrill and assigned to the 86th Division. He trained at Camp Grant and Camp Mills; sailed for Liverpool, England, Sept. 1; later crossed to Bordeaux, France, and was sent thence to the front, where he remained until the close of the war. He returned to the United States in May, 1919, being soon afterwards discharged. Frank was drafted May 23, 1917, and went to Camp Grant for examination and training, but was sent home on account of disability. Joseph was drafted Aug. 2, 1917 and was sent to Camp Zachary Taylor, where he was stationed until his discharge on Dec. 4, 1918. Louis' military record has not been received by the present editor.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 740-741, 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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