"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.


Hieb, John H. a prominent representative of the manufacturing and business interests of Merrill, Lincoln County, was born in Menno, Hutchinson County, S. D., Nov. 18, 1877, son of John and Anna HIEB. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States when children and were married in this country. The father, who was a butcher, followed that trade in South Dakota until he was killed. He and his wife Anna had four children: John H., subject of this sketch; Gottlieb, secretary and superintendent for the Northern Wood Products Co.; Emma, wife of Clarence ANDERSON, residing in Aurora, Ill., and Henry, of Merrill, Wis. After the death of John HIEB his widow married Fred MIELKE of South Dakota, and they later moved to Merrill, Wis. They are now living in the state of Arkansas, where Mr. MIELKE is occupied as a lumber inspector. There have been three children of this second marriage: Elsie, who is living, and two who are deceased. John H. HIEB was 12 years old when he came to Merrill with his mother and step-father. He attended school and during the vacation time worked in saw mills. Later he found employment in a sash and door factory and was occupied with that kind of work for a number of years. He then went into a box factory, starting at the bottom by loading lumber, and from that position worked his way up until he was made manager of the factory. After being thus employed for a few years, he started in the box manufacturing business for himself, but after awhile his mill was destroyed by fire, caused by lightning, and instead of continuing in that line of business, he bought an interest in a sash and door factory and became general superintendent of the Anson, Gilke & Hurd Co., of which he was a stockholder. Subsequently selling his stock in that concern, he started the J. H. Hieb Box Co., of which he is now the head, and which is firmly established as one of the important manufacturing concerns of Merrill. In addition to this, he is a stockholder and director of the Ollhoff Lumber Co.; also a stockholder in the Merrill Machine & Supply Co. and in the Citizens National Bank. As a Free Mason he has reached the thirty-second degree, and he also belongs to the Elks and to the local Rotary Club, and to the Hamilton Club of Chicago. Mr. HIEB was married at Merrill, in 1898, to Clara M. DILLING, daughter of Rev. George F. DILLING, a pastor of the German M. E. Church, now living retired. Mr. and Mrs. HIEB are the parents of three children: Loretta, a graduate nurse who received her training at St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago; and Evelyn and Elsworth, the latter of who is now associated with his father in business. All are now living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 628; 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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