"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.


Hildebrand, F. A. proprietor of a long established furniture and undertaking business in Rhinelander, and for many years a leading citizen here, was born in Oshkosh, Wis., June 7, 1858, son of Joseph and Anna (MEYERS) HILDEBRAND. The father was a native of Germany, where he married, and it was early in the 40's that he and his wife came to America, locating in Wisconsin. His active career was spent as a farmer. F. A. HILDEBRAND was reared on his parents' farm in Winnebago County, his education being obtained in the district school. As a young man he assisted his father, gaining some practical knowledge of agriculture. In 1886 he came to Rhinelander and soon afterwards erected his store building on S. Brown Street, which he later remodeled and improved. It is now one of the best in this city, having a frontage of 20 feet by 130 feet in depth on a 200-foot lot, and is a two-story structure. Mr. HILDEBRAND is one of the oldest merchants in the city in point of service, and in the advance of Rhinelander from a small hamlet to a flourishing municipality of some 7,000 population, he has witnessed many notable improvements, in most of which, as they were related to public affairs, he has taken an active and effective part. Mr. HILDEBRAND was married Nov. 26, 1886, to Mary MCCABE of Oshkosh, Wis., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John MCCABE, and he and his wife are the parents of five children: Hazel, who married I. W. WHITMORE; Eva, who married A. J. O'Melia; John Leo, who married Dorothy DIMICK; Francis, who married Helen MCINDOE, and Joseph. The family are affiliated religiously with the Catholic Church and Mr. HILDEBRAND has served the congregation in the capacity of treasurer.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 617; 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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