"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.


Briesemeister, August of Monico, Oneida County, better known as August BRIESE, who is now living retired after many years in railroad service, was born in Germany, Sept. 16, 1855. He acquired a good public school education in his native land and after coming to the United States mastered the English language. It was in 1883 that he came to this country and on Jan. 8, 1884, he located to Fremont, Wis., and began work for the Milwaukee, Western & Lake Shore Railway (now the C. & N. W.), which was then in process of construction from Watersmeet to Gogebic. Ten days laters he was put to work on the section at Eagle River, where he remained one summer. In October, 1884, he came to Monico as section foreman and was so employed until 1886, in which year he was transferred to State Line as foreman there. While residing there he built a dwelling-house for himself but in 1889 he was transferred to Rhinelander, so he sold the house and built one in the latter place, where he was yard foreman from 1892 to 1895. In the latter year he sold his house in Rhinelander and took up his residence at Caroline, where he lived for three years unemployed, thus taking a long vacation. On July 1, 1898, he began work again on the Pratt line, being employed on it three months. He was then transferred to Monico as section foreman here, which position he held until 1920, when he retired on account of ill health, being granted a pension by the C.& N.W. Railway for long and valuable service. He has since continued to reside in Monico, where he has built three different residences. His present one, erected in 1921, is a pretty near-modern structure of the bungalow type. Mr. BRIESEMEISTER was first married in Germany in 1881 to Bertha HENNING, who died Feb. 17, 1907, leaving five children, Amelia, Ida, Anna, Edward and Clara, whose further record is as follows: Amelia, born in Germany Nov. 10, 1882, is now Mrs. Sam STONE and has seven children, Myrtle, Grace, Samuel, Wilbert, Vern, Donald and Marian. Ida, born June 18, 1885, married Arthur ORTH and is now a widow with two children, Arthur and Sylvia; Anna, born Nov. 28, 1889, is now Mrs. Lee SMITH and has three children, Rex, Dorothy and Carol. Edward, born Dec. 6, 1896, married Evelyn GOTHAM of Norway, Mich., and has two children, Eugene and Catherine; Clara, born Nov. 9, 1903, is the wife of Albert SOMMERS of Fremont, Wis., and has one child, William. Mr. BRIESEMEISTER was married, secondly, Aug. 28, 1909, to Mrs. Marie KRUEGER, whose maiden name was Marie GORGES. She first married Albert KRUEGER, who subsequently died. By him she has three children, all now living, namely: Martha, Wilhelmina and Matilda. Martha, who is the wife of Herman KOEHN and resides in Nebrasha, has four children, Brunelda, Hildegard, Conrad and Marcus. Wilhelmina, the wife of William WARNKE, of Fremont, Wis., has six children, Walter, William, Wilma, Werner and Wendell. Matilda, wife of Alfred PETERS, of Fremont, Wis., has three children, Milfred, Henrietta and Albert.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 293 (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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