"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.


Keppler, H. Ernest a well known and respected citizen of Rhinelander, Oneida County, where he has a good business standing, was born in Eisenach, Germany, Nov. 5, 1855, son of William and Emma (WINK) KEPPLER. The father was a miller and young Keppler, after leaving school, entered his father's mill to learn the business and in time acquired a good practical knowledge of it. In 1881 he came to the United States, locating at Wyandotte, Mich., where for three months he conducted a grist mill. He then came to Marathon County, Wis., and for three or four years thereafter was engaged in sawmill work there. In 1885 he came to Rhinelander, where he became lumber inspector for the Brown Bros. Lumber Co. and later filled a similar position with the Underwood Lumber Co. In 1893 he went to Woodboro, Oneida County, where he was shippping clerk for the Geo. E. Wood Lumber Co. until 1904, when he returned to Rhinelander, later becoming shipping clerk for Brooks & Ross of Scofield, which position he held for a year and a half. On his return to Rhinelander again, he changed his occupation and engaged in the ice business for himself, conducting a successful business for eight years, at the end of which time to sold out to P.O. MEANS. Since that time he has been engaged in looking after his various interests in Rhinelander and in buying and selling city property. He is a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine. While a resident of Woodboro he served ten years as town treasurer. In Nov., 1886, Mr. KEPPLER went back to his native land for a visit, returning in April, 1887. He made another trip to Germany in 1904, leaving here in September and returning in December; and in May, 1911, he went again, accompanied by his four children, Hedwig, Julius, Emma and Elsie; they returned in August, the same year. In 1922 me made yet another trip to Germany, this time alone, going in May and returning in September. Mr. KEPPLER'S children are as follows: Hedwig, who is Mrs. William JESSE of Rhinelander; Emma, who is Mrs. Albert JESSE of Rhinelander; Julius, a bookkeeper now residing at Phillips, Wis.; and Elsie, wife of Norman SARGENT of Pine Lake Township, Oneida County. Mr. KEPPLER has a comfortable home at No. 109 Newbold Street.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 317-318 (with picture), 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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