"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.


Emerich, Erwin R. manager of the Tomahawk store of the Emerich Mercantile Co. of Merrill, was born in Merrill, Wis., June 5, 1897, son of John A. and Anne (WESTPHAL) EMERICH. He was educated in the public schools of his native city, being graduated from the high school in the class of 1915. He then entered the company's store in Merrill to learn the business, and was thus occupied for several years, or until Sept. 15, 1918, when he entered the United States service and was sent to Beloit College at Beloit, Wis., for radio training in the S.A.T. Corps. The signing of the armistice less than two months later precluded any possibility of his getting into active service in the World War, and on Dec. 14, 1918, he received his discharge. He then re-entered his father's store and soon after he and his brother, Lyndon B., were sent out by the company to visit Tomahawk and other localities, carrying with them a stock of goods for sale, and this itinerant trade proving successful, the company in February, 1921, as elsewhere related, opened a branch store in Tomahawk, of which Erwin R. EMERICH was made manager. The business has justified the best hopes of its founders and Mr. EMERICH has shown himself an able manager, and taken his place among the successful business men of this city. On June 15, 1921, Mr. EMERICH was united in marriage with Irene E. EDSTROM, daughter of Gust and Sarah EDSTROM of Merrill, Wis. She was born in La Crosse, Wis., May 15, 1898, and it was not long after that the family moved to Merrill. In the latter city she was a co-graduate with her husband in the high school class of 1915, subsequently attending the La Crosse Normal School, from which she was graduated in 1917. After that and until her marriage she taught in the grade schools of Merrill. Mr. and Mrs. EMERICH affiliate with the Congregational Church of Tomahawk. In politics Mr. EMERICH votes independently, though his political leanings are towards the Republican party.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 548, 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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