"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.


Kiepke, Emil C. manager of the grocery department of the Emerich Mercnatile Co. at Merrill and who has been a large stockholder in this concern for many years, was born on a farm in Marathon County, Wis., Nov. 10, 1884, son of Julius E. and Albertine (RUBOW) KIEPKE. He came to Merrill with his parents in 1892 and attended public school here, after which he entered the Rothelsberg grocery store as a clerk. Three years later, in 1907, he purchased this store in partnership with George GROB, and in 1908 he bought the interests of Mr. GROB, subsequently conducting the business alone until Jan. 1, 1910, when he closed it out and went to Wausau to take charge of the grocery department of the Livingston Mercantile Co. there. In the summer of the same year he was induced by J. A. EMERICH of Merrill to return here and take charge of the grocery department of the firm of Emerich & Staats. He assumed the duties of this position in November, 1910, at the same time becoming a stockholder in the company, which was reorganized in 1915 as the Emerich Mercantile Co., and he has ever since continued with them in this capacity. He is a distinctive and well known figure in the business world of Merrill and is rated as one of the successful citizens of this place. Mr. KIEPKE was married on June 11, 1908, to Miss Minnie K. SIEBRANDT, of Spencer, Wis., who was born in that city on Nov. 2, 1884, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. F. H. SIEBRANDT. Mr. and Mrs. KIEPKE have three children: Frederick J. born Nov. 6, 1909; Martin H., born Aug. 7, 1915; and Adeline G., born July 11, 1917. The family are members of Trinity Lutheran Church at Merrill and Mr. KIEPKE is a trustee in the church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 641-642; 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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