"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.

You are our    [an error occurred while processing this directive]    Visitor since 4 Feb 2004--Thanks for Stopping By.

© Copyright: All files on this website are protected by the US Copyright Law, Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, they are not to be copied or altered in any way for commercial use. Individuals may copy the information for their personal use. WIGenWeb Oneida and Vilas County Coordinator Judy Groh.