"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.


Kummer, Peter J. who holds the responsible position of general superintendent in the Tomahawk Pulp and Paper Mill, is a veteran in the paper manufacturing industry, having been engaged in it for the last 30 years. He was born in Austro-Hungary, June 25, 1877, son of Joseph Franz and Marie (GREGOTCH) KUMMER. In 1888 the family came from Hungary to the United States, and directly to Stevens Point, Wis., where they settled. The father worked in saw mills and on the railroad, in order to earn a little ready money. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. KUMMER had in all 11 children, of whom the first born, Marie, died in Hungary. Peter J. was the second born and there were two in addition to Marie who died in infancy. The others included Mary (second); Peter J. of Tomahawk, John and Mike (twins), both deceased; Joseph, who met an accidental death; Paul J., of Des Plaines, Ill.; and Elizabeth, now Mrs. A. J. BRADY of Stevens Point. Peter J. KUMMER acquired his education at Stevens Point in public and parochial schools, which he attended up to the age of 13 or 14 years. When 14 he became industrially active, finding employment in the stave mill where, he worked 12 hours a day. After two seasons in that mill he entered the employ of the Wisconsin River Pulp & Paper Mill Co. at Stevens Point and remained with that concern there until 1905, except for one year spent in Wisconsin Rapids, with the "Consolidated" mills. Beginning at the bottom of the ladder, he advanced step by step, learning every detail of the business. In 1905 he came to Tomahawk and entered the employ of the Tomahawk Pulp and Paper Co. as a machine man; in 1907 he was made foreman of the plant, in 1917 he was promoted to the position of interior superintendent, and in 1919 to his present position as general superintendent of the entire works, which he has well earned by his capacity and close attention to duty. For three years Mr. KUMMER served as treasurer of School District No. 1, town of Bradley. He is fraternally affiliated with the modern Woodmen of America and with the United Order of Foresters. On Sept. 29, 1901 Mr. KUMMER was united in marriage with Frances LANG, who was born in Germany Feb. 22, 1880, daughter of Matthew and Frances (MEYER) LANG. She came to Stevens Point, Wis., with her parents as an infant, in 1882, and it was there that the family made their home. The mother is still living there, the father having died in 1915. Mrs. KUMMER was the eldest of four daughters, the others being: Bertha, now Mrs. O. M. JOHNSON of North Fond du Lac, Wis.; Rose, wife of Herman LEVERENCE of Tomahawk, and Mary, wife of John GORMAN of Milwaukee. Mr. and Mrs. KUMMER'S children are two daughters, Marie R., born at Stevens Point, Aug. 29, 1902, and Irene, born at Grand Rapids, Wis. (now Wisconsin Rapids), July 15, 1904. Marie was graduated from the Tomahawk High School in the Class of 1921, and having taken a business course, is now with the Tomahawk Drug Co. Irene took the same course of study, being graduated in 1922, and is now in the employ of the Ball & Lambert Electric Co. of Tomahawk. The family are members of St. Mary's Catholic Congregation. They occupy a nice residence at 124 N. Third Street, owned by the parents.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 536, 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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