"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.


Kretlow, Frank E. proprietor of the Kretlow Pharmacy at Rhinelander, Oneida County, who is a well known and popular business man of this city, was born at Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wis., Feb. 2, 1873, son of Carl and Henrietta KRETLOW. It was in the late 50's that the parents came to this country from Germany, settling in the town where the subject of this sketch was born, and where Carl KRETLOW followed the trade of tailor which he had learned in his native land. Both he and his wife are deceased. Their son Frank E. was educated in the common and high schools of Lake Mills, where he remained until reaching the age of 18 years. Then in 1891 he came to Rhinelander and entered the employ of J. J. REARDON, druggist, with whom he remained as clerk for three years. In 1894 he went to Burlington, Wis., where he spent three years in the same line of business. After that he spent two years at Reedsburg, Sauk County, this state, going thence to Mendota, where he was employed two years at the State Hospital. In the spring of 1901 he returned to Rhinelander and until Dec. 15, 1902 worked for Anderle & Hinman, druggists. He then engaged in business for himself at No. 11 W. Davenport Street, where he was located until Feb. 1, 1912, where he moved into his present store at No. 6, W. Davenport Street, in the First National Bank Building. He carried a full line of pure drugs and druggist's sundries, has a very fine and well equipped store and enjoys a large patronage. In addition to his regular business interests he is a stockholder in the First National Bank. Mr. KRETLOW was married June 22, 1905, at St. Joseph, Mich., to Emma F. GAHLE, and he and his wife are the parents of two children: Elizabeth B., who is attending the Rhinelander High School, and Karl E., a pupil in the grade school. Mr. and Mrs. KRETLOW are affiliate religiously with the Congregational Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 633; 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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