"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, William F. representative in Tomahawk, Lincoln County, of the Standard Oil Company, was born in Saxony, Germany, May 3, 1887, son of Herman and Marie KUEHLING, whom he accompanied to American when he was six months old. The family settled on a farm at Unity, Clark County, Wis., where William F. was reared, and where he attended school, finally passing the eighth grade. There his father died in 1921, but Mrs. Herman KUEHLING is still residing there, with her daughter, Emma (Mrs. Albert BERNITZ) and Frieda who is Mrs. Edwin TESMAR of Colby, Wis. William F. remained on the home farm until the spring of 1906, when, a young man of 19, he went to North Dakota and was there employed in construction work on the Garrison extension of the "Soo" Railway. In the fall of the same year he came to Tomahawk and during that season and in the following winter worked for his brother Herman in the latter's bakery. In May, 1907, he went to work for the Northern Hardware Co. of Tomahawk as clerk and salesman, and was with that concern for two years, at the end of which time the company closed out the business. Mr. KUEHLING, with Leo MARTZ, then bought the company's plumbing department and subsequently operated a shop on Wisconsin Avenue under the firm name of Martz & Kuehling, in which business he continued until July 8, 1919, when he sold his interest in it to Mr. MARTZ and engaged in his present occupation, becoming agent and local manager for the Standard Oil Company. He has built up a fine business, his territory covering a radius of 20 miles in and about Tomahawk. In politics he rather favors the Republican party but first considered the candidates when casting his ballot. On Feb. 19, 1912, Mr. KUEHLING was united in marriage with Martha E. BARTZ, who was born in Wausau, Wis., Feb. 23, 1893, daughter of Herman and Bertha (LITZSCHWATER) BARTZ, and was brought to Tomahawk by her parents when three months old. She was educated in the public schools here, passing the grades. In 1917 her parents moved to a farm about two miles from Tomahawk. Mr. and Mrs. KUEHLING has one child, Eileen, born Oct. 24, 1916. Their residence, which they own, is a comfortable bungalow at 217 Third Street South. Mr. KUEHLING belongs to the Masonic Blue Lodge in Tomahawk, also at the Eastern Star Chapter, and to Lodge No. 696, B. P. O. E. Mrs. KEUHLING is a member of the Eastern Star.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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