"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.


Habiger, Joseph, prominent farmer and public official of the town of Pelican, Oneida County, was born in Austria, Dec. 29 1872, son of John and Josephine (LEISNER) HABIGER. The parents were natives of Austria and spent all their lives engaged in farming in that country. Joseph HABIGER was educated there and at the age of 14 years learned the trade of cabinet making, which he followed in Austria until he came to America in 1894. Landing at Quebec, Canada, he proceeded direct to Oneida County, Wis., and for the following two years he was employed by the Riverside Dairy at Rhinelander. He then followed his trade for several years, and in 1897 took a homestead of 80 acres in Section 23 of the town of Pelican, which property, however, he sold a short time later. He next assisted his brother John in operating the latter's farm, and upon the brother's death on Aug. 17, 1906, he acquired this property, which has ever since been his home. The log buildings which he and his brother first erected on the place he replaced in 1912 with a fine set of modern buildings; he has added to the farm by purchase, bring the total acreage up to 150, and he has 60 acres of the lake cleared and in a tillage condition, a fine piece of development and one which adds to the general agricultural prosperity of the region. Mr. HABIGER has gradually worked more and more into the dairy business, and he now has a fine herd of Holstein cattle with a high grade sire at the head. His career here has been a most useful one and he has helped in many ways to forward the general welfare of the community. He was elected township supervisor in 1911 and served as such for two years following that time; he again filled the office by appointment in 1922, and was elected for a second time in 1923. He has helped the new settlers in getting a start and has been particularly helpful to them in erecting their buildings, being an excellent carpenter. His fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Fratenal Order of Eagles, and he and his family belong to the Catholic Church. Mr. HABIGER was married at Rhinelander Sept. 15, 1907, to Frances HABIGER, widow of his brother John; Mrs. HABIGER was born in Austria June 2, 1860, daughter of Frank and Josephine (HOLANICK) SEIDLE, both of which parents are now deceased; she came to America in 1894. She is the mother of five children by her first marriage, as follows: Anna, now Mr. Fred BARTMAN of the town of Pelican; Oswald, also living in this town; Adelaide, a resident of Rhinelander; and Hubert and Ottila, living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 297-298 (with picture), 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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