"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.


Krueger, Herman A. present postmaster at Merrill, was born on a farm in Marathon County, Wis., Feb. 19, 1869, son of August and Ida KRUEGER. The parents, who were natives of Germany came to the United States some time in the 60's and were married in Milwaukee. They homesteaded a tract of land in Marathon County and spent the remainder of their lives engaged in farming in that County, where the father died in 1875 and the mother in 1907. The former had followed the trade of blacksmith in Germany, and during his residence in Marathon County he operated a blacksmith shop in connection with his farm. Herman A. KRUEGER attended the country schools near his home and completed his education in the Wausau schools. He began life for himself at the age of 17, teaching school in the vicinity of his home for ten years, during the summers of which period he studied at the Wausau business college and also at Valparaiso, Ind. In the spring of 1896 he took a position as bookkeeper for W. R. BRYAN, a wholesale and retail flour and feed dealer at Wausau, and he remained in that capacity for two and a half years, after which he again taught school until 1900. On Nov. 1, that year, he entered the postal service as mail carrier at Merrill; his education and ability won him rapid promotion, and in December, 1911, he was made assistant postmaster. The confinement of the indoor work which this position involved, however, proved detrimental to his health, and at his request he was transferred back to the position of mail carrier. In October, 1917, he again accepted the assistant postmastership, but his experience this time was but a repitition of his former one and after two years he was forced to return to outdoor work. On June 4, 1921, he accepted the position of acting postmaster, and on Aug. 5 of that year was appointed postmaster, which office he has since filled. Fine progress has been made under his administration; his character and personality are those of the typical executive, and his education and experience qualify him splendidly for the office. The city of Merrill has been fortunate in securing a man of his type as her postmaster. Mr. KRUEGER was married on May 22, 1897, to Minnie JOHANNES, who was born in Germany Dec. 19, 1874, daughter of William and Dorothy JOHANNES, and who came to Merrill with her parents when she was six years old. Two children, Raymond A. and Viola H., have been born to Mr. and Mrs. KRUEGER: Raymond A., was born Sept. 20, 1898, attended the University of Wisconsin and was graduated as an electrical engineer with the class of 1923. He is now holding a position as assistant engineer with the Wisconsin Valley Electric Co. in Wausau. He completed his high school studies at Merrill, and during the World War he enlisted in the army and was sent to Madison for training; the armistice was signed, however, before he had finished there. Viola H., born Oct. 2, 1902, after graduating from the Merrill High School, took a business course in the Whitewater Normal School at Whitewater, Wis. and is now employed as bookkeeper and stenographer in the Anson, Gilkey & Hurd Co.'s office at Merrill. The family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 552-553, 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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