"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.


Heinke, William who has aided in the agricultural development of Oneida County by building up a fine farm from wild land in the town of Enterprise, which farm he is now successfully operating, was born in Germany Nov. 30, 1872, son of William and Henrietta (BORCHERT) HEINKE. The parents, both of whom are now deceased, were natives of Germany. William HEINKE was educated in Germany and subsequently worked as a fisherman, and later as a butler in wealthy families there. He came to the United States in 1900, landing in New York May 17, and proceeding direct to Milwaukee, where he worked for the remainder of that season in a summer hotel on Ocatha Lake. He then entered the employ of Mrs. SCHANDEIN as butler, and for the following three years he traveled in Europe in that capacity. In 1903 he came to Pelican Lake, Oneida County, and purchased 240 acres of wild land in Sections 25, 26, and 36 of the town of Enterprise. On this land he erected an eight-room house and a log barn, and here he set to work to accomplish the great task of building up a farm from the wilderness. For the first three years of his residence here he worked on the railroad out of Pelican Lake in order to obtain money to carry on the development of his property, and he endured many hardships and privations. He is a hard worker and a man determined in the face of obstacles, however, and full success has crowned his efforts. He has brought his place to an excellent point of development. His original log barn he replaced with a modern 36x68 foot structure, with half basement; this building was destroyed by fire in 1916, but he erected another the same size in 1918. He is carrying on general farming and dairying, and since 1910 he has been U.S. mail carrier out of Pelican Lake, having obtained this position by civil service examination. Mr. HEINKE was married at Milwaukee Feb. 5, 1902, to Miss Agnes VERMEIR. Seven children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. HEINKE: Ella, Norma, William, Elsie, Gertrude, Agnes, and Dorothy. Ella is now living at Baton Rouge, La., Norma is a student in the Milwaukee Hospital for Nurses, having graduated from the high school at Sheboygan, Wis., with the class of 1923. The other children are living at home. The family faith is that of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 301, 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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