"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.


Frederick, Edward a pioneer of Eagle River, to which place he came tin 1884 when the site of the village was included within the limits of Lincoln County, and who is still living here, was born in Germany, July 28, 1859. He came to the United States in 1871, locating in Milwaukee, where he studied English and leanred the painter's trade, which he following in Eagle River after coming here, also doing paper-hanging and decorating. When there was a scarcity of work in these lines of occupation, he would turn his hand to something else, anything to get a livelihood. As the town grew his business grew with it and he no longer had to scramble around for a job. He remembers when Indians and deer were plentiful hereabouts, and the streams contained plenty of "muskies" weighing from 25 to 30 pounds each, which he could capture on short notice and sell for two or three dollars apiece. Soon after his arrival at Eagle River Mr. FREDERICK bought a homestead in what is now Vilas County, but as he failed to prove up on it annually he lost it. He then went to northern Minnesota, where he took another and had it partily proved up when one of the great forest fires passed over it, destroying all the timber, which made it valueless to him. Recovering from this hard luck, he bought a farm of 40 acres in Vilas County, a part of which he cleared up between his painting seasons. He subsequently bought 40 acres more which gave him a farm of 80 acres, which he operated from town, always following his trade, thought of late he has been practically retired from active work. In 1886 he built a good residence in the village which he still occupies. It stands on a double lot, aside from which he owns five other building lots across the road from his home; he is also a stockholder in the Eagle Produce Co., while his fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. FREDERICK was married in August, 1886, to Pauline ZIEBELL, daughter of Fritz and Mena ZIEBELL. He and his wife have an adopted daughter, Ella, who was graduated from the Eagle River High School, subsequently taught a rural school, was later graduated from the Milwaukee State Normal School, after which she taught two years at Beloit, Wis., and for the past three years has been teaching at Clintonville. The family attend the Congregational Church and enjoy a high degree of social popularity, being hospitable and having a wide circle of friends.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 464-465, 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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