"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, Henry L. a well known and popular citizen of Tomahawk, in the employ of the C. M. & St. P. Railway, was born at Lyle, Minn., Oct. 24, 1876, son of Louis A. and Henrietta (MILLER) HILDEBRAND. The parents were of German ancestry but American birth; the father being born in Canada in 1847 while his parents were on the way from Germany to the United States, while the mother was born on the ocean in 1852 as the ship on which her parents were emigrant was approaching the shore of this country. Both families crossed the ocean on sailing vessels, which took six weeks to make the passage, and both settled at Lyle, Minn., where Louis A. HILDEBRAND and Henrietta MILLER grew up and were subsequently married. In 1879 the parents of the subject of this sketch moved to Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis., where the father engaged in the bus and dray business, in which he continued until 1884, for the last five years of that period operating the stage line between Merrill and "The Forks," a point near Tomahawk. They then moved to Tomahawk and was engaged in the livery and dray business here until he sold out to William SCHROEDER in 1906. His death occurred in this city on Sept. 11, 1909. He was survived by his wife, who is still residing here. They had a family of ten children, two of whom have passed away, the full list being as follows: William, deceased; Elizabeth, now Mrs. H. P. STIVERS of Delcona, Wash.; Marie, wife of John DOLAN of Rhinelander; Henry L., of Tomahawk; Ida, wife of R. A. NEWALL of Wausau, Wis.; Raymond, deceased; Emma, now Mrs. A. E. GRAVES of Tomahawk; Huldah, now Mrs. Walter HANSON of Tomahawk; Edward, of Tomahawk, and Esther, wife of Thomas CALLAHAN of Wausau. Henry L. HILDEBRAND in his youth attended school both in Merrill and Tomahawk and after passing through the grades began working for his father, in whose employ he remained until 1906 when the latter gave up business. He then engaged in the livery and dray business for himself, continuing in it subsequently until 1918, when he sold out and entered the employ of the C. M. & St. P. Railway as office clerk, in which position he is still serving at Tomahawk. He owns a farm of 160 acres in the town of Wilson, Lincoln County, of which he has 40 acres cleared. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order, as a member of the local Blue Lodge, and also with the Maccabees. Politically a Democrat, in 1916 Mr. HILDEBRAND became a candidate for the office of county sheriff, but was defeated. He served, however, as deputy under Emil KNOOR, a former sheriff, and also under Edward PATZER, who had defeated him. On Feb. 8, 1905, Mr. HILDEBRAND was united in marriage with Angelene HIGGINS, who was born at De Pere, Brown County, Wis., March 8, 1881, and who when a young girl had accompanied her parents to Merrill, where her father is still living, the mother having passed away. Mr. and Mrs. HILDEBRAND have two sons: Edward L., born April 27, 1906, who will graduated from the Tomahawk High School in 1924, and Louis T., born May 23, 1908, who is now a pupil in the high school. The family attend and help to support the Congregational Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 763, 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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