"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.


Emden, Charles F. a respected resident of Rhinelander, Oneida County, who has had an active career of many years in several important lines of industry, was born in Germany, Nov. 9, 1865, son of Charles F. and Caroline (HUHN) EMDEN. The parents, who were born, reared and married in Germany, came to the United States in 1870, settling in Springfield, Ill., where the father conducted a small shoe store. His life was short after coming to this country, however, as he died in 1872; his wife Caroline, who subsequently married Frederick PREHN, died in 1900. Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. EMDEN, Sr., had four children: Charles F., Jr., now of Rhinelander, Wis.; Pauline, now Mrs. Rev. George KOCH of Garner, Ia.; and Gustavus and August, who are now deceased. Charles F. EMDEN (Jr.) as a boy attended school in Springfield and New Berlin, Ill., also business college at Burlington, Iowa, and began industrial life on his step fathers farm. Later he became clerk in a general store at New Berlin, remaining in that position for a year, after which he traveled for awhile in several states and then did some more school work at Mount Pleasant (Iowa) University. In 1887 he went to Green River, Wyo., where he engaged in railraod work, being later transferred to the supply department of the railway company at Salt Lake. In 1891 he was in the employ of the Northern Pacific Railway at St. Paul and was transferred from that city to Minneapolis in 1893 and resided there until 1905, being in the employ of the railroad compnay all the time except during the last year, when he operated a coal yard for the St. Paul & Western Coal Co. In 1905 Mr. EMDEN bought 80 acres of wild land in the town of Pelican, Oneida County, Wis., and engaged in farming, erecting a set of buildings and in time improving the property until he had a good farm. He resided there for nearly 16 years, selling the place in October, 1920, at which time he moved to Rhinelander, where he has since lived. In addition to being a capable farmer, Mr. EMDEN is also a good lumber scaler and for seven winters scaled logs for the Mason-Donaldson Lumber Co., and at present he is connected with the Rhinelander Paper Co. While living on his farm he served two terms as treasurer of the town of Pelican. He is a member of the local camp of Modern Woodmen of America and he and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. EMDEN was married at Deer Park, St. Croix County, Wis., June 13, 1893, to Mana RICKMIER, daughter of Philip H. and Loreda (PATTEN) RICKMIER, her father, now deceased, being then a merchant and operator of an elevator at that place; her mother is now a resident of Cylon, Wis. The children in the Rickmier family were: Mana, now Mrs. EMDEN; Lulu, wife of R. C. MATWIG of Minneapolis, Minn.; Pauline, of Chicago, and Ara P., of Minneapolis. Mr. and Mrs. EMDEN have been the parents of three children: Loreda, born March 23, 1894, who died July 2, 1898; Clyde, born Jan. 4, 1899, who is an auto mechanic in Rhinelander, and Philip, born April 19, 1906, who is attending high school in Rhinelander. Mrs. EMDEN is a member of the Ladies' Aid Society of the M. E. Church and also belongs to the local lodge of Rebekahs and the camp of Royal Neighbors.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 602; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co 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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