"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.


Fliss, August who has attained mercantile success as proprietor of a meat and dairy products business in Rhinelander, was born at Stevens Point, Portage County, Wis., May 10, 1870, son of Thomas and Veronica (SOBISH) FLISS. The parents, who were natives of that part of Poland formerly included in German territory, emigrated to the United States in 1869, locating at once in Stevens Point, Wis., where the father, Thomas, followed his trade of tailor until his death. His wife died Nov. 10, 1922. August FLISS, who acquired his education in the public school of Stevens Point, at the age of 13 years started to learn the meat cutter's trade, which he subsequently followed at Stevens Point and at Ironwood and Bessemer, Mich. In 1907 he came to Rhinelander and entered into business here on his own account, not only conducting a meat market but also for nine years a saloon adjacent to it. In 1916, prompted by the growth of public sentiment against the liquor traffic, he sold out his saloon, and gave his entire time to the retail meat business, which he has done ever since, except that he has added to his stock a line of butter, cheese, eggs, canned goods and other groceries. He has developed a fine market and enjoys an excellent trade. In 1919 he erected the Fliss Building, with a 20x60 foot front, two stories high and with a full basement; it is heated by steam and equipped with electrical machinery. Mr. FLISS occupies the main floor and basement for his business, renting the upper story for office suites. He is a stock holder in the Oneida National Bank. In religion he is a Catholic and his fraternal society affiliations are with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. FLISS was married at Ironwood, Mich., Jan. 11, 1902, to Tessie MAZUREK, of which union eight children have been born, Frances, August, Jr., Angeline, Modeste, Edwin, Gladys, Genevieve and Richard. The first born, Frances, is now Mrs. Frank GUILDAY of Bellingham, Wash.; August, Jr., who married Dorothy BELL, is employed in his father's meat market; Angeline is the wife of George HODGDON of Tomahawk, Wis.; Modeste graduated from the high school and is now employed as a stenographer and bookkeeper; Edwin is in his father's employ; and the three youngest, who have not yet begun life's battle in the industrial field, are residing at home with their parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 263-264; 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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