"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.


Korth, Herman who since 1895 has been a resident of Eagle River, Vilas County, where he is engaged in business as contractor and builder, was born in Germany Jan. 25, 1872, son of Fred and Hannah (SALSWEIDEL) KORTH. The parents, who came to America in 1882, for a year and a half resided at Neenah, Wis., after which they moved to Wittenberg, Shawano County, where until 1907 Fred KORTH was engaged in farming. His wife died in 1905, after which he made his home with is daughters until his death. The children in the family were: Tina, now Mrs. Frank SMITH of Winneabago County, Wis.; William, of Rhinelander; Gusta, who is married and lives in Colorado; Herman, of Eagle River; August, of Eagle River; and Bertha, who is the wife of Fred KREAGLER. Herman KORTH had but limited school advantages but in time improved his education by home study. He lived on the home place until 14 years old, at which time he began to shift for himself. At the age of 22 he began to learn the carpenter's trade, and in 1895 came to Eagle River, where he has since followed it, working both for others and for himeself. Since 1900 he has been engaged in general contracting and building and has erected some of the finest residences in Eagle River, also having put up the buildings of several popular summer resorts. Among the residences in town may be mentioned those of Finn LAWLER and George HALL. He has a pleasant home and has just completed fine stucco bungalow which he expects to sell, he also owns other city property. Twenty-six years ago he joined the Modern Woodmen of America, of which order he has since remained an interested member. Mr. KORTH was married March 29, 1894 to Carrie AMEL, who died July 5, 1918, leaving six children, as follows: Gladys, now Mrs. Merle MOSES of Clearwater, Wis.; Earl, a law student in Wisconsin State University; Edward; Ruby, a student in the high school; Vera, who is attending Walderly Academy at Heins, Wis., and Luella, residing at home. On June 17, 1922, Mr. KORTH was united in marriage with Anna ERVIN, of Eagle River.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 509; 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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