"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.


Blumenstein, Arthur W. chairman of the town of Woodruff, Oneida County, and proprietor of Lakeside Farm in the towns of Woodruff and Minocqua, was born at Auburndale, Wood County, Wis., March 21, 1887, son of Henry and Mary (SWENSON) BLUMENSTEIN. The parents were borth born at Valders, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and they went to Wood County in 1883, being engaged in farming near Auburndale there until 1896. They then came to Woodruff, where for six years subsequently Mr. BLUMENSTEIN, Sr. conducted a farm for his brother-in-law, Ole SWENSON. At the end of that period he purchased the farm, which then consisted of 47 acres in the town of Woodruff. He later purchased additional land in Minocqua Township adjoining the original farm, and carried on active operation of the property for many years; in 1919 he retired and moved to Woodruff village, where he and his wife have since made their home. Of the four children born to them, the youngest, Edith, died in infancy; the others are: Myrtle, now Mrs. George BAUER of Elcho, Wis.; Martinus, who is engaged in the merchantile business at Auburndale, Wis.; and Arthur, subject of this sketch. Arthur W. BLUMENSTEIN was educated in the public schools of Woodruff, and he subsequently spent three years at Arbor Vitae in the employ of the Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Co. He then returned to the home farm, and for the next five years operated the property on shares for his father. He then bought the farm, which at that time consisted of 304 acres, and he has continued its improvement and operation. He has erected a machine shed and has brought an additional 28 acres of the land under cultivation, making a total of 125 acres under the plow. The property bears the registered name of Lakeside Farm. Mr. BLUMENSTEIN has a find herd of Guernsey cattle, numbering 28 in call; eight of these are registered animals and the balance high grade. He sells all his milk at Woodruff, conducting a daily milk route. All his operations are carried on along the most modern lines, and his dairy is a model in sanitation. He does all his breaking and cultivating with a Titan International tractor. The place is beautifully located on the south shore of Johnson Lake and the whole development is a fine example of the agricultural possibilities of this region. Mr. BLUMENSTEIN, through his ability, vision, and public spirit has become a recognized leader in the community. He was supervisor of the town of Woodruff for four years, and in 1922 he was appointed chairman of the board to fill the unexpired term of Anthony REVNEW; he was regularily elected to the office in the spring of 1923, and is a member of the country board of supervisors by virtue of his chairmanship. He is a stockholder and director in the Woodruff State Bank, and is prominent in many other connections. His fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America, and he was banker of the lodge here for four years; for the past four years he has been manager of their hall, which is used for theatrical productions, dancs, and various public gatherings. He and his family are members of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, and he was a trustee of the church for several years. Mr. BLUMENSTEIN was married at Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis., Jan. 2, 1908, to Mollie BERGH of that city, who was born at Merrill June 8, 1887. Five children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. BLUMENSTEIN: Gladys E., May 11, 1909; Mildred E., Oct. 14, 1912; Wayne H. and Elaine, twins, July 11, 1914; and Norman Arthur, March 16, 1919.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 296-297 (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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