"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.


Frick, August a retired farmer and prominent citizen of the town of Schley, Lincoln County, was born in Germany, April 23, 1845. He was educated in the schools of his native land and there learned the miller's trade, which he followed for seven years. He then entered the German army but was discharged two months later on account of sickness, and subsequently became a foreman on the farm of a nobleman. There, however, he spent but a short time, soon returning to mill work. It was in 1867 that Mr. FRICK came to the United States, locating first in Chicago. During the two following summers he worked on freight steamers, and then at mill work and afterwards on the docks unloading lumber. Still later he and his brother rented a small farm outside the city limits, which they carried on for two years. August then sold his interests to his brother, moved into the city again and went back to the job of unloading lumber vessels, which he followed for five years. Then going outside of town again, he rented a 40-acre tract, which he conducted as a market gardener until 1900. Anxious to operate on a larger scale, however, and not being able to buy a large enough tract near Chicago, owing to the high price, he came to Lincoln County, Wisconsin and bought 160 acres of wild land in the town of Schley, Sec 22-28, where he proceeded to build up a home. In that effort he was thoroughly successfully; he cleared up part of the land and erected a complete set of good buildings, carrying on dairying until 1921, in which year he rented his farm to his son-in-law Clarence HEALD, and his daughter Dorothea with whom he now makes his home. Mr. FRICK was married Oct. 21, 1880, in Chicago, to Minnie LEMKE, who proved a faithful wife and good mother until her death on Aug. 13, 1921. They were the parents of nine children, namely: Freda, Herman, Louis, Frederick, Adolph and Edward, who are all now deceased; and Mary, Beertha and Dorothea, who are living. Mary is the wife of Herman KLEIN and have five children, Hilda, Alma, Elsie, George and Erna. Bertha is now Mrs. August BOERNKE and has one daughter, Alma; Dorothea who married Clarence HEALD, as already intimated, has one daughter, Bertha. The family are members of the Trinity Lutheran Church in the town of Schley.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 606; 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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