"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.


Klade, Fred C. proprietor of a successful merchant tailoring establishment in Tomahawk, in association with his sons, Robert and Fred, was born in Germany Dec. 25, 1855, son of August and Amelia KLADE. Having learned the tailor's trade in his native land, he came tin 1882 to the United States, locating in Wausau, Wis., where he opened a shop. The venture proved successful and he conducted the business there for many subsequent years. In 1905 he opened a small branch shop in Tomahawk, which also proved successful, and his trade so increased that in 1911 he erected a two-story brick building here, 25 x 60 feet in dimensions, moving his equipment from Wausau to Tomahawk and giving up his business in the former place. It is now conducted in Tomahawk under the firm name of F. C. Klade & Sons, Robert and Fred, both skilled tailors, being the actual managers, as Mr. Fred C. KLADE retired from active work in 1922. They carry on a general merchant tailoring business, doing repairing, cleaning and pressing, and also carry a general line of men's caps. Mr. KLADE was married at Wausau to Matilda GRUENWALD, a native of Germany whose parents were early settlers in Wausau. Of this union seven children were born, of whom five are now living, Robert, Fred, Henry, Esther and Margaret. Matilda and Webster were the two who died. Esther is the wife of D. T. SWIFT of St. Paul, Minn. The three sons were all in the United States' service in the World War. Robert, who was born in Wausau in 1890, was inducted into the military service in 1918, trained at Camp Grant, and was there assigned to Ammunition Train No. 311, 86th Division, being one of 48 men of the train selected to drive four-wheel trucks. He went to Kenosha, Wis., and from there to New York, and on Sept. 27, 1918 sailed for France. Returning to the United States after the armistice, he was discharged at Camp Grant in February, 1919. He belongs to several fraternal orders, including the Elks, Odd Fellows and Eagles. Fred KLADE, who was born in Wausau in 1891, was inducted into the army service July 21, 1918 and assigned to Tank Corps No. 305. He was stationed at Raleigh, North Carolina and was discharged in December, 1918. He married Margaret COEY of Tomahawk. His fraternal affiliations are with the Masons. Henry enlisted in Tomahawk in 1917 in a machine gun company belonging to the 32d Division. He trained at Waco, Texas and was discharged after one year's service on account of disability. He then joined the mounted police in Canada, but is now a U. S. revenue afficer stationed in Michigan.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 638; 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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