"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.


Kolls, Harry A. secretary of the Merrill Woolen Mills Co., Merrill, Lincoln County, who was for a number of years a prominent merchant in this city, was born at Achley, Iowa, May 11, 1882, son of Conrad and Josephine KOLLS. The father was a native of Schlisswig-Holstein, Germany, who came to the United States when 20 years old, locating at Lyons, Iowa, where he followed his trade, which was that of a cooper. Later he went to Ackley in the same state and was there engaged in the drug business for 25 years, at the end of which time he retired. In 1900 he moved with his wife to La Crosse, Wis., in which city he died in 1914, and where his wife is still living. It was on a farm on St. Joseph's Ridge, close to that city, that she was born. Mr. and Mrs. Conrad KOLLS had two sons, Alfred C. and Harry A., the former of whom is now a professor in the medical department of the Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, Md. During the World War he was engaged in helping to manufacture poison gases. Harry A. KOLLS was reared in Ackley, Iowa, where he attended common and high school. Later he was a student at Highland Park College, Des Moines, Iowa. In 1899 he went to La Crosse, Wis. and took a position in a clothing store in which he was employed until 1903, in which year he went to Milwaukee. There he was employed for three years in the Boston Store, and while a resident of that city he studied the violin at the Milwaukee Conservatory of Music. The next important event in his life was his marriage, in July, 1906, at Waterloo, Wis., to Mary E. DAUM, daughter of Jacob and Charlotte DAUM, and at the same time or immediately after, he came to Merrill and opened the Model Clothing Store at 400 W. Main Street, carrying a line of clothing and men's furnishings, a business which he carried on for 14 years. At the end of that time he sold out and became associated with the Merrill Woolen Mills Company, buying Mr. GENSMAN'S interests, and he is now secretary of the company. He is fraternally affiliated with the two well known orders of Elks and Eagles, and he and his wife enjoy a high social position. They have one daughter, Mary Ellen.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 640-641; 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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