"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.


Fabian, Herman supervisor of the town of Plum Lake, Vilas County, and proprietor of Balsam Lodge, was born in Monroe County, Wisconsin, Dec. 7, 1880, son of Christ and Anna FABIAN. The parents were natives of Germany, who were married in Milwaukee, Wis., where they subsequently resided for two years. They then settled on a farm in Monroe County, where they were engaged in farming for 40 years. They then retired and took up their residence in Tomah, where Mrs. Anna FABIAN died in February, 1919 and Christ FABIAN in April, 1922. Herman FABIAN as a boy attended school in Tomah and his early industrial experience was on the farm, he assisting his parents until he was 21 years old and legally his own master. He was afterwards engaged in various kinds of labor until 1903, when he came to Vilas County. In 1905, in partnership with Fred MELOY, he bought Lot No. 7 on the south shore of Plum Lake, and later he bought Lot No. 1, adjoining. In 1921 he bought Mr. MELOY'S half interest in Lot No. 7. He has sold two building lots on the lake frontage and in 1922 he established on his remaining property the Balsam Lodge and is now engaged in the summer resort business, having three cottages in addition to his main building. For a number of years his chief occupations were those of guide and carpenter. His steady and reliable character were noted by his fellow townsmen, who regarded him as a good man to aid in the administration of local affairs, and he has accordingly been elected to various public offices. He was the first treasurer of the town of Plum Lake after its creation, serving two yeas, and was for the same length of time school treasurer. He has served twice as town assessor and many times as supervisor, being re-elected to the latter office in 1923. On May 1 1917, Mr. FABIAN was united in marriage with Marie DENK of Sayner, Vilas County, who was born in Marshfield, Wood County, Wis., Feb. 2, 1891. He and his wife are the parents of two children: Margaret, born June 5, 1918, and Marie, born March 16, 1920. Mr. FABIAN is a member of the Catholic Church and also of the fraternal order of Woodmen of the World. His post office is Sayner, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 463, 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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