"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.


Gruetzmacher, August a pioneer settler in the town of Pine River, Lincoln County, now passed away, but who in his day was well known and respected throughout the county, was born in Kremzow, near Stargart, Germany, July, 1860. He was 12 years old when he came to the United States with his brothers, who settled in the town of Berlin, Marathon County, where they remained for four years. In 1876 they came to Lincoln County and all bought land, including August, who secured 100 acres in Sections 9 and 10, (T. 31 N, R. 7 E.) town of Pine River, which he proceeded to develop into a farm. The land was covered with heavy timber, which he logged off, selling what he could and burning the rest. With some of his own logs he erected a set of buildings and for the first seven years led a bachelor life, using oxen for a few years, as he was not able to buy a team of horses. Naturally his progress was slow, since the work was heavy and for some time he had to do it all himself, but the appearance of the place gradually improved and in time he found himself the owner of a fine farm, which he name Shady Lane Farm. A neat and substantial set of frame buildings had taken the palce of the original log structures, and of the land he had cleared 90 acres. He had also purchased additional land and at the time of his death owned 260 acres, 80 acres of which his son Ervin now owns, leaving 180 acres now the "Shady Lane." For many years he had served as supervisor of his town and as clerk of the school board in his district. Mr. GRUETZMACHER was married in Merrill, Wis., Sept 6, 1884, to Emilie FLEISCHFRESSER, who was born in Germany June 10, 1863, and who had some to America in 1883. Of this union twelve children were born, the first being Gustav, who died at the age of ten years. The others, who are all now living, are: Emma, now Mrs. Herman T. NEUMANN; August, and Ervin, who are both farmers in the town of Pine River; George, who is a printer in Merrill; Ella, a dressmaker residing on the home farm; and Clara, Theodore, Olga, Carl, Walter, and Adelia, all of whom are residing at home with their mother, who since her husband's death on Sept. 17, 1917, has carried on the farm with her children's help. The family are member of St. Jacob's Lutheran Church in the town of Pine River.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 609-610; 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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