"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.


Doering, Frank P. a well known and respected citizen of the town of Schley, Lincoln County, where he is engaged in argiculture, and who bears one of the best known names in this county, which is perpeturated in the name of one of its villages, was born at Elmhurst, Ill., in 1881, son of William, and Theresa (ARNDT) DOERING. The father, whose biography is separately given in this volume, was one of the notable pioneers of the county, a leader in all local enterprises. Frank P. was reared in Elmhurst, Ill., acquiring his education in the common and high schools there, and was a youth of 16 when he accompanied his parents to a farm in Section 24, in what is now the town of Schley, Lincoln County, driving the team with which the family made the trip. It was Dec. 12, 1895 when they left Illinois and on Christmas Day they arrived at Wausau, Wis. On the Lincoln County farm, consisting of 160 acres Frank assisted his father, helping to cut the timber and clear the land, all the logs being burned until the founding of the paper mill at Brokaw, after which they were sold to the mill for $4.25 per thousand feet, with delivery in the Wisconsin River. He also logged at times for the Heineman company and others. William DOERING, the father, owned at one time two and a half sections of land, and after the homestead was cleared, and before he died, he deeded the homestead to his son William, Jr. Frank was the only one in the family who did not received any land from his father's estate. In 1914, however, he bought 80 acres of cut-over land from the Heineman Lumber Company, and also 20 acres more, on which he built his house, barn and other buildings. He had no money at the time but has paid for his property since and had developed the place into his present farm, which lied in Sec. 23, town of Schley. He has 55 acres now under the plow, and is doing general farming and dairying, keeping a herd of 11 grade Holstein cattle, with a pure bred bull, while his buildings are neat and substantial, the place presenting an appearance of thrift and prosperity. During his connection with the lumber industry Mr. DOERING handled 20,000,000 feet of logs. He was also active in other directions. He organized the Doering-Merrill Telephone Company, built the line, and is a majority stockholder, in addition to serving as president and manager. In 1903 he became the first postmaster of Doering, and he served as town clerk four years and as school treasurer 16 years. Like his father, he is thorough and enterprising, keeps up with modern ideas, and operates his farm with the most modern machinery, including a tractor. Mr. DOERING was married at Merrill, this county, in 1903 to Mattie HUBBARD, daughter of John and Marsha HUBBARD, who were early settlers in Langlade County. Mr. HUBBARD died in 1917 but his wife, the mother of Mrs. DOERING, is still living. To Mr. and Mrs. DOERING ten children have been born, one of whom, Claribel, is now deceased. The survivors are Cecil, Cecelia, Dell, Grace, Clarence, Rosemond, Reid, Chester and Hazel. All reside at home except Cecil, who is in the potato business in Chicago. In 1921 Mr. DOERING accompanied by his wife and three children, made a trip by auto to Seattle, Wash., for the benefit of his health which had been affected by an attack of the "flu".

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 600-601; 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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