"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.


Kuehling, Herman H. county highway commissioner for Lincoln County, was born in the province of Saxony, Germany, Jan. 9, 1879, son of Henry and Marie (ENGELMAN) KUEHLING, and came to the United States with his parents when he was nine years old. Here the family settled near Unity, in Marathon County, Wis., where the father was subsequently engaged in the operation of a large farm until his death in 1919. The mother is still living at Unity. Of the seven children born of these parents, the four eldest were born in Germany before the family's removal to the United States; the three youngest were American born. The children were as follows: Herman H., subject of this sketch; William, now of Tomahawk; Walter, also of Tomahawk; Emma, who is Mrs. Albert BERNITZ of Pittsburg, Pa.; Sophia, now Mrs. Richard JAHRMAN of Tomahawk, Wis.; Louisa, now deceased, formerly Mrs. L. MARTZ of Tomahawk; and Anna, also deceased, who was Mrs. Gustav SIEPERT of Milwaukee. Herman H. KUEHLING attended school at Unity and graduated from the high school there with the class of 1896, after which he enlisted in the United States regular army as a member of the 14th U. S. Cavalry, Troop G, serving for three years and four days, eleven months of which time he spent in the Philippine Islands. While in the military service in the United States he was stationed at Fort Wingate, N. M., helping to erect this fort and gaining a great deal of experience in road construction there. After returning from the Philippine Islands he was discharged at San Francisco on March 14, 1903, and after a short stay at the family home in Unity he then went to Tomahawk, Lincoln County, and engaged in the steam laundry business. Selling that business after three years, he then established the Tomahawk Bakery and Grocery Co., building the store in which this enterprise was housed and being senior partner of the firm for the following three years. He then purchased 200 acres of cut-over land in the town of King, 12 miles east of Tomahawk and proceeded to develop the property, being so engaged until Jan. 1, 1920, at which time the farm was rated as one of the finest in Lincoln County. Mr. KUEHLING cleared 135 acres of the land, fenced the entire tract, and erected a fine set of modern buildings, thus making a most valuable contribution to the agricultural development of the region. In 1913 he was appointed to the position of county highway commissioner by the Lincoln County board of supervisors and has continued in that office ever since. He moved to Merrill in 1921, and now owns a comfortable modern home here. Mr. KUEHLING was first married on Feb. 20, 1909, and on May 2, 1922, he was united with his present wife, who was born in Merrill, Wis., Dec. 11, 1893, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus E. POPHAL of Merrill, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. KUEHLING affiliate with St. John's Lutheran Church of Merrill and are highly respected throughout the community. Mr. KUEHLING is president of the Merrill Buick Co., and owns a half-interest in this concern, which has one of the most up-to-date garages in this section of the state, located at 1007 East Main St., Merrill. He has always commanded respect and esteem in the communities in which he has lived, and has been recognized as a man of marked ability. He was a member of the Lincoln County board of supervisors for two years, having been elected chairman of the town board; he was city supervisor of Tomahawk for two years, and during his residence in the town of King he was clerk of his school district there for six years.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 638-639; 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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