"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.


Gertz, David proprietor of a 40-acre farm in the town of Lincoln, Vilas County, just outside the limits of the village of Eagle River, was born in Russia, April 19, 1874. He was educated in his native land, where he subsequenty learned farming, and in 1900 he came to the United States, locating first in New York. His stay there was short, however, as July 4 that year found him in Eagle River, Wis., where he took up the business of logging, working mostly for other concerns but sometimes for himself until 1910. He then engaged in another enterprise, buying 132 acres on Lake Kentuck, Forest County, which he converted into a summer resort, conducting it until 1920. He then sold it and bought his present farm, which is now all cleared and under cultivation. He, however, has a residence and three lots in the village, where he lives. His farm is just a quarter mile from his city property, and in winter time he does some logging for the Radcliffe Manufacturing Co. Mr. GERTZ also owns 40 acres on Long Lake in the town of three Lakes, Oneida County, which he intends to convert into a resort. Mr. GERTZ was married April 13, 1902, to Julia SWANKE, who was born in Russia, April 26, 1879, and came to America in 1897, residing at Mt. Vernon, N. Y. until 1902. Though Mr. and Mrs. GERTZ were both born in Russia, they are really a German-Russian stock. They have had four children, two of whom, Margaret and Ine, are now deceased. Those living are: Alvina, born Aug. 19, 1903, who was graduated from the Eagle River High School and is now a student in the Oshkosh State Normal School; and Olive, born Dec. 23, 1907, who is now a pupil in the local high school. Mr. GERTZ and his family are members of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 470-471, 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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