"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.


Emmerling, Leonard now living practically retired in Rhinelander after a successful career in the meat business, was born in Germany, Dec. 9, 1866, son of Conrad and Marie (RUCKERT) EMMERLING, both of whom spent their lives in that country, of which they were natives. Leonard, after attending school in Germany, took up the meat business, at which he worked there for a short time, and then in 1888, at the age of 21 he came to the United States, locating in Rhinelander, Wis., and entering the employ the Ernest KEITH, who kept a meat market. With him he remained for four years, acquiring a good knowledge of the business, and at the end of that time he started in for himself, with Julius PRENZLOW as partner, the firm conducting a retail meat business for four years on Thayer Street, Rhinelander. At the end of that time Mr. EMMERLING bought out his partner and moved the market to Mason Street, where he remained for six years. In 1904 he moved again, this time to N. Brown Street, where he continued in business until the fall of 1918, when he sold out. In March, 1923, he again engaged in the meat business, at 1104 Monico Street, Rhinelander, carrying a full line of choice meats, vegetables and canned goods. In addition to his meat business, in which he has met with good success, Mr. EMMERLING has invested several times in farm property, and is now owner of two farms in the town of Crescent, one of 280 acres and the other of 180 acres, both of which he rents out. Until recently he owned another, a farm of 122 acres in the town of Pelican, but this he has sold. He is a stockholder in the Rhinelander Telephone Company. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Masons and Modern Woodmen of America. In 1917 he built the beautiful modern residence which he and his family now occupy at 232 Lincoln Street, and he is also owner of other city property. Mr. EMMERLING was married at Rhinelander, Aug. 12, 1894, to Bertha RENART, who was born at Aix La Chappelle, Germany, Aug. 12, 1872. He and his wife have a daughter, Elsa, who was born March 22, 1913. Mr. EMMERLING'S successful business career was the result of hard work, and hence it is gratifying to him to feel that all he has got has been well earned.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 252; 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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