"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.


Kudick, Fred a prominent farmer and chairman of the town of Scott, Lincoln County, was born in Merrill, this county, March 9, 1884, son of August and Wilhelmina (ZASTROW) KUDICK. Both parents were born in Germany, the father Sept. 30, 1849, and the mother Oct. 3, 1850. August KUDICK, after attending school in his native land worked one year as a mail carrier and afterwards was coachman for certain wealthy families until 1871, in which year he came to the United States. He first located in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, where for three years he was employed in the saw and shingle mills, and while there he was married Aug. 30, 1873, to Wilhelmina ZASTROW. From Kewaunee County they moved to Watertown, where August KUDICK was engaged for two years in farm labor. In the fall of 1876 he and his wife came to Merrill, then known as Jenny, and here he entered the employ of T. B. SCOTT, working in the woods and mills until 1886. During that period the land was being rapidly cleared of timber by the lumbermen and large open areas covered with stumps were taking the place of the former dense forest. Much of the land thus partly cleared was valuable for farming purposes, the soil being rich with the accumulated deposits of centuries, and many loggers were taking advantage of the opportunity to establish themselves on farms. Among the number was August KUDICK, who secured 98 1/2 acres in Section 19, town of Scott. This was not cut-over land, however, but timbered, as Mr. KUDICK preferred to do his own clearing, selling timber as fast as he cleared it off. The first house he built on his property was a log structure, in which the family lived until 1900, when the present fine 13-room frame house was erected. In 1903 Mr. KUDICK deeded the farm to his son Frank but still continues to do active work on it. He has long been one of the prominent men of his town and has been a strong supporter of everything calculated to benefit either the town or the county. He and his wife have been the parents of seven children: Albert, now deceased; Gustav of Lemon, S. D.; Anna, now Mrs. Herman KRUEGER of Merrill; Frank, conducting the home farm, which is now legally his own property; Paul of Merrill; Amanda and John, deceased. Frank KUDICK was educated in the district schools in the town of Scott and has always resided with his parents. Since taking over the home farm in 1903 he has purchased more land and today has 218 acres. He has erected a fine barn 48 x 106 feet, installed with the James equipment, and his out-buildings are all neat, spacious and substantial, being lighted also with the Delco electric lighting system. Like his father, he has taken an active part in public affairs. He has served as side supervisor of his town, in 1920 being elected chairman of the board, in which position he has since served through re-elections. In 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1913 he was clerk of the school board of District No. 1, and in 1922 he was elected a member of the Lincoln County Road and Bridge Committee. For the past eight years he has also been treasurer of the Corning & Scott Creamery. Frank KUDICK was married June 20, 1903, in the town of Scott, to Ernestina SUKOW, daughter of William and Emma (GOREGES) SUKOW, the former of whom is now residing in New London, Wis., the latter being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Frank KUDICK are the parents of seven children Leona, Alfred, Alga, Irna, Hilda, Ella and Ruth. The family faith is that of the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 751-752, 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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