"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.


Dorsch, John, a well known citizen of Rhinelander, now serving as alderman from the First Ward, and who was formerly closely connected with the logging and lumber industry, was born in Logansport, Ind., July 21, 1850, son of Andrew and Anna DORSCH. The parents, though born in Germany, were married in Indiana, and the father subsequently carried on business in Logansport as a contractor and builder until his death. John DORSCH was educated in public and private school in Logansport, after which he became clerk in a drug store and was thus occupied for three or four years. He then came to Wisconsin and became connected with the lumber business, working 15 years for the Knapp-Stout Company in Chippewa, Eau Claire and Monomonie. In 1888 he came to Rhinelander to enter the employ of Brown Bros. as scaler, and he remained with them in that capacity for 20 years. At the end of that time he accepted a similar position with the Robbins Lumber Co., in which he served until 1921, when he retired from active work along those lines. He is now engaged in market gardening, having one of the largest market gardens in Rhinelander and selling his produce locally. Mr. DORSCH also owns 40 acres in the city, which he has had laid out in lots and which tract is known as Dorsch's Addition. These lots, which face on N. Stevens Street, in the north end of the city, he has placed on the market. His own residence, which he built in 1905, is located at No. 916 Pinos Street. Mr. DORSCH was first elected alderman from the First Ward some six years ago and is still serving, a fact which shows that he enjoys considerable popularity in the community. He was married in the fall of 1883 to Minnie KRIESEL, and he and his wife are the parents of four children, Edward, August, William and Clara. Edward is now a salesman for the widely known saw manufacturing concern of Henry Disstin & Sons, covering the states of Florida and Georgia; August is foreman for the Thunder Lake Lumber Co. of Rhinelander; William is associated with his father in the gardening business, and Clara is residing at home with her parents. The family are members of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 245; 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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