"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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