"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.


Enckhausen, Bernard F., a respected citizen of Minocqua, was born in Germany May 26, 1871, son of Frederick and Betty (DETZTEN) ENCKHAUSEN. The parents, both of who are now deceased, were natives of Germany and the father was a very prominent man there, being a director of the agricultural college at Ebsdorf, Germany, in which capacity he did much to advance agricultural conditions in that vicinity. His soil experiments developed a process that enabled sandy, light ground to be brought to a high point of productiveness. A long list of valuable advances were attributable to him; he promoted the establishment of the first sugar beet refinery at Ulzen and became president of the company operating it; he built the first creamery and cheese factory in the Province of Hanover, and was also president of that institution; he promoted the first factory making bone fertilizer at Ebsdorf, and in this company he was also president; he invented the first potato digger and planter used in Germany. In addition to his industrial abilities Frederick ENCKHAUSEN was a musician and composer of rare talent, specializing in piano parts. His father, Heinrich ENCKHAUSEN, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a noted violinist and pianist who played before King George III of England on many great occasions, he being a particular friend of the King. Frederick ENCKHAUSEN died in 1890 and his wife in 1911. Bernard F. ENCKHAUSEN was educated in his native land and came to the United States in 1888, locating at Tomah, Wis., where he took up dentistry as a profession, following it, however, only for a period of two years. He then became a fireman on the Wisconsin Valley division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, his first run being out of Tomah . From 1891 to 1911 he was located at Babcock, in Wood County, and from the latter year until 1917 he was at Wausau, in Marathon County. He then went to Tomahawk, and in March 1918 he was transferred to Minocqua, where he has since remained, occupying the position of engineer to which he had meanwhile been promoted. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and of the Masons and Eagles. Mr. ENCKHAUSEN was first married to Elizabeth REINHOLD and by this union was the father of one child, Charles B., born July 27, 1897, who graduated from the Wausau high school, and is now a railroad man running out of Minocqua. Mr. ENCKHAUSEN'S second marriage took place on Nov. 7, 1914, when he was united with Lillian CROSS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.JAESCHKE but who was adopted early in life by William G. and Alma (ST. JOHN) CROSS, and educated in the grade of high schools of Fond du Lac. Mr. and Mrs. ENCKHAUSEN have a very pleasant residence in Minocqua, having purchased it in 1919. They are members of the Methodist church and are well liked by the entire community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 254-255; 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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