"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.
Davies, Mrs. Edgar F., proprietress of a good mercantile
business in Rhinelander, which she has built up from a very small
concern, is a good type of the modern business women--energetic,
capable and successful. Her maiden name was Augusta KEMNOW, and he
was born in Germany, Aug. 18, 1865, daughter of Ferdinand and Augusta
(RICHTER) KEMNOW. In 1868 her parents emigrated to the United States, and as an infant of three years, she arrived with them at Whitewater, Walworth County, Wis., where they remained several years. They then removed to Tomah, Wis., where in time they both passed away. The daughter Augusta was but nine years old when her mother died, and she, being the eldest of the five children, had to care for the home. There she remained until her marriage on Jan. 1, 1889, to Edgar F. DAVIES. He was born Jan. 21, 1863, in New Jersey, the son of David and Jemima (GRIFFITH) DAVIES, and in young manhood learned the printing business. After his marriage to Miss KEMNOW they settled at West Superior, Wis., where they remained for ten years. In 1898 they came to Rhinelander, where Mr. DAVIES died on August 13, 1900. There were five children of their marriage, all of whom are now living, namely: George F., now an auto mechanic in Rhinelander; Grace, who is Mrs. Stot ANDERSON of Middletown, N.Y.; William of Rhinelander, who is in the employ of the Jewell Tea Co.; Edith, wife of Arnold
Knutson of Rhinelander, and Jemima, now Mrs. William J. AHRENS of
Manitowoc, Wis. Some months before the death of her husband, or on
Nov. 19, 1900, Mrs. DAVIES started a small grocery store at 641 Keenan
Street, with a stock valued at but $300 dollars. Many such an
enterprise has been launched and speedily failed, but this did not
fail in Mrs. DAVIES' hands. Her management was so efficient that the
business began to grow, and as it grew she increased her stock, and
so continued to prosper until her original quarters proved too small
for her, and on May 1, 1919 she moved across the street to No. 642.
Today her stock invoices about $2,200 and includes everything in
staple groceries. She has a fine dwelling-house on Margaret Street
and stands high in social circles. A member of the Episcopal Church,
she belongs also to the Rebeckah Lodge, (I.O.O.F.) in Rhinelander.
Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 246-247;
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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