"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.


Kahn, David A. one of the most prominent citizens of Woodruff, where he has made his home since 1900 and is operating a general store, was born in Russia, May 17, 1858, son of Aaron and Rebecca (GORDON) KAHN. Both the parents are now deceased. David acquired a thorough education in his native land. In 1873 he went to Sweden, where he followed clerical work until 1887, when he came from the latter country to the United States and proceeded directed from New York to Ishpeming, Mich., at which place one of his brothers was living. He remained in Michigan until 1900, clerking in stores in various towns there and so gaining a very thorough knowledge of the retail business, and in 1900 he came to Woodruff and established a general store. In 1902 he suffered a severe loss of his store and part of his stock by fire. Undaunted by this set-back, he immediately erected a new building, 25x50 feet in dimensions and constructed of concrete and brick veneer, and in this he has since carried on his business, drawing a very large trade. Mr. KAHN is a man of exceptional ability and has built up a very high place for himeself in the esteem of the community. In 1906, when the town of Woodruff was set off from that of Minocqua, he was elected the first chairman of the Woodruff town board, and to this responsible office he was re-elected in 1908, 1909, and 1910. Coming as it has solely from his own efforts and ability, his success is indeed a fine one. Mr. KAHN is affiliated fraternally with the blue lodge and chapter of the Masons, also with the Elks and Odd Fellows, all of Rhinelander.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 369; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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