"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.


Koth, Reinhold F. proprietor of the Winchester Store in Tomahawk, was born at Reeseville, Dodge County, Wis., April 20, 1871, son of August and Louise KOTH. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States in the late 60's, Mr. KOTH after settling in Reesevile being engaged in farming and blacksmithing, having a shop on his farm. There he subsequently died, and his wife, who survived him, passed away at Lowell, in the same county, in 1915. She had married for her second husband Carl ROGGA, by whom she had a daughter, Dora, who married Charles RAILER and lives in California. Her children by August KOTH were: Herman residing in Merrill; Edward, in Milwaukee; Anna, wife of John HUEBNER of Doyelestown, Wis., Reinhold F., of Tomahawk; George, of Des Moines, Ia.; Oscar, of Milwaukee; Martha, wife of August LASS of Milwaukee, and Louis of Gary, Ind. Reinhold F. KOTH was reared on the home farm and educated in the district school. His summers up to the age of 18 were spent in agricultural employment, and then, in 1889, he left home and coming to Tomahawk began to learn the tinsmith's trade with Lamb & Moore, for whom he worked for two years. During the next seven years he was in the employ of Axel OLSON, after which he engaged in business for himself, starting a tin and plumbing shop, six months later adding hardware to his stock. This place he sold to the Northern Hardware Co. and was their manager for three years. Then he once more started in for himself and has since continued in the business. He carries a complete line of light and heavy hardware, McCormick and Deering farm implements, trucks, tractors, automobiles and accessories, all kinds of building materials, barn equipment, sewing machines, victrolas, clocks, watches, silverware, pipe and fittings, fertilizer and many other things, and is doing a large business. He also owns a plot of ground 300 x 1330 feet, lying close to Tomahawk, which he has platted as Koth's Addition, and on which this season he will build cottages for rent and sale. He is a stockholder in the Bank of Tomahawk, the Tomahawk Shoe Manufacturing Co. and the Winchester Firearms Co. His fraternal society affiliations are with the Equitable Fraternal Union and the Maccabees. Mr. KOTH was married in Tomahawk, April 19, 1896, to Allie Fogerty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James FOGERTY, long time residents of Tomahawk. Their married life lasted only about 10 years, as Mrs. Allie KOTH died in 1906, leaving one son, Lloyd, born in 1898. The latter entered the naval service of the United States in the World War and trained at Great Lakes, where he was stationed. In 1909 Mr. KOTH married secondly, at Des Moines, Ia., Louise BOESE, whose father died in Germany and whose mothers resides in Iowa.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 579 (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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