"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, Frank one of the partners in the Merrill Dairy Prodcts Co., of Merrill, Lincoln County, which is doing a substantial business, was born in Jefferson County, Wis., July 30, 1882, son of Peter and Ulrica BLUMENSTEIN. The father, who was born in Germany, was brought to this country when a babe by this parents. After his marriage in Wisconsin he and his wife settled in Jefferson County, where they engaged in farming, also conducting a small hotel. He is still living but his wife has passed away. They had six children, all of whom are living, namely: Henry, George, William, Frank, Lizzie and Olive. Frank BLUMENSTEIN acquired a district school education during his early years, remaining on the home farm until ten years old. He then accompanied his parents to Sullivan, Wis., where they opened a hotel, and later to Fort Atkinson, where he finished his schooling at the age of sixteen. He then went to work in a creamery, where he learned the business which he has since followed. For two years he was located at Columbus, and then went to Kilbourn City. In October, 1922 he came to Merrill and established himself in his present business in partnership with L. WHAL. The Merrill Dairy Products Company was started in 1914 by William HAEGER and conducted by him as a Sanitary Dairy for the selling of milk and cream and the manufacture of butter. It was in October, 1922, that it was sold to Frank BLUMENSTEIN and L. WHAL. They have three routes on which they gather cream, and they also manufacture ice cream for the trade in Merrill and the county generally. They made on an average of 200 pounds of butter per day and distribute 450 quarts of milk daily, the plant being operated both by steam and electricity. Mr. BLUMENSTEIN was married at Kilbourn City, Wis., Oct. 23, 1905, to Alta RIDER, daughter of Alphonso and Eliza RIDER. Her parents, now deceased, were early settlers there. Mr. and Mrs. BLUMENSTEIN have four children, Chester, Stewart, Effie and Ione. The Modern Woodmen Lodge in Columbus numbers Mr. BLUMENSTEIN among its interested members.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 596-597; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co 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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