"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.


Hanke, Charles H. formerly sheriff of Vilas County, and now a business man of Eagle River, dealing in coal, wood and general fuel, and also operating a dray and truck line, was born at Wausau, Wis., Oct. 11, 1887, son of William and Minnie HANKE. The parents were born and married in Germany and settled at Wausau, Wis., immediately after coming to America in 1885; the father subsequently died on their farm there and the mother at Eagle River. Charles H. HANKE was six years old when he came to Eagle River with his mother after his father's death. After an ordinary course of public school instruction he became industrially active, at first being engaged at common labor and afterwards for nine years being clerk in a store. For four years he was under-sheriff, for two years under George H. JACKSON and for the other two under J. T. NEMACHECK. Then in 1919 he was himself elected sheriff of Vilas County and held the office for one term. In 1921 he bought the coal and dray business of A. J. DENOYER and has since continued to handle wood, coal and fuel, and to do general trucking and draying. He owns three trucks and also holds a city contract for street sprinkling, owning his own sprinkler. He owns some city property and also a tract of wild land in Vilas County. His business activities have made him prominent in the community and he formerly served as a member of the village board. Mr. HANKE was married June 26, 1912, to Caroline HUHN, of Black Creek, Wis., who was born April 7, 1890. Their domestic circle has been enlarged by the birth of three children: Myron Charles, on April 26, 1913; Dora Caroline, Aug. 15, 1918, and Leon August, Aug. 31, 1921. The family are members of the Catholic Church and Mr. HANKE belongs also to the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Knights of Columbus and the Modern Woodmen of America.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 623; 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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