"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.


Dusel, George, a well known and respected citizen of Rhinelander , was born in Germany, Oct. 28, 1865, son of Casper and Anna DUSEL. The father died in Germany, and the mother and grandmother came with George to the United Stated in 1882, locating in Amherst, Wis., where they resided for two years with George's uncle. Mrs. Anna DUSEL later married Stephen TILLIEN of Stephens Point, and after a short stay there the family moved to the town of Amherst, where they bought a farm. There was a daughter by the second marriage, who subsequently married Albert HOFFMAN of Clintonville, where she now resides. George DUSEL received his early education in Germany, and after coming to America worked for his uncle on a farm. In the spring of 1885 he went to Stevens Point and found employment driving a bus for the Jacobs House for $15 per month and board. That fall he started to learn the barber's trade in that place and he remained there until 1887. He then came to Rhinelander and entered the employ of Thomas CROCKER, whose shop he later bought, which was located where the Nelson store now stands. Mr. DUSEL operated that shop for three years, at the end of each time he moved into the Hilber Hotel, where he remained, conducting a barber shop for 29 years and during that long period he shaved many of this city's most prominent citizens. On July 3, 1918 he retired from the barber business, and since then has been engaged in buying pulp wood, and in the logging business, employing small crews. He owns a small farm near the hospital, where he spends the summer months, and also owns four real estate properties in Rhinelander. He has rendered public service on the town board and on the election board, and is fraternally affiliated with the Equitable Fraternal Union and with the Maccabees, being secretary in the lodge of the former and record keeper in that of the latter. Mr. DUSEL was married May 1, 1890, in Rhinelander, to Clara WELLER, daughter of Joe and Sadie (ROMAN) WELLER. Her parents were natives of France who came to America before the Civil war and settled in Waupaca County; both are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. DUSEL have been born four children: Sadie, born Jan. 9, 1891, who is now Mrs. Irwin FARREL of Los Angeles, Calif; Lizzie, born May 12, 1893, now Mrs. James KOBLISKA of Weyerhauser, Wis.; Georgiana, born June 20, 1896, who is living at home, and Frances, born Aug. 5, 1899, who is the wife of Earl HARTMAN of Silverton, Ore. Mr. DUSEL has been a resident of Rhinelander for the past 36 years, he has always had faith in the growth of the city, and always been ready to assist in public and civic affairs.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 247-248; 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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