"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.


Kunz, Jacob proprietor of the Kunz Hotel in Mincoqua, was born in Germany, July 26, 1877, son of Matthew and Mary (BEYER) KUNZ. The parents were natives of Germany and after coming to America in 1880 they settled in Chicago; the mother died there within a year, however, and the father in 1881 came to Wausau, this state, where he worked for the Parcher Lumber Co. for many years subsequently. He left Wausau in 1905 and went to Hazelhurst and later to Minocqua, but returned to Wausau in 1910 and passed away there May 9, of that year. Jacob KUNZ attended school at Wausau and worked in the box factory there operated by Schofield and Turner, remaining in Wausau until he was 18 years old. In 1895 he went to Hazelhurst and entered the employ of the Yawkey-Lee Lumber Co. in their lath mill, later taking over operation of the mill on a production basis and still later running it by the day. He came to Minocqua in 1906 and bought the building which he has ever since operated as a hotel. He has all the personal characteristics of a good hotel man, and he has been highly successful in conducting this property; he is a genial and popular host. In 1912 Mr. KUNZ bought 80 acres of wild land in the town of Minocqua, and he has made progress in developing this farm, clearing 20 acres and equipping it with a two-story house 24x30 feet in dimensions and a barn. During the summer months he carries on dairying and truck farming on this property. He is a man of wide capabilities and stands high in the community, and in 1913 he was elected supervisor on the Minocqua town board, which office he held for the succeeding four years. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World. Mr. KUNZ was married at Wausau, April 21, 1900, to Anna KANAACK daughter of Carl and Alvina KANAACK, both of whom are now deceased. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. KUNZ: Helen, who is now Mrs. Ed CONOVER, of Minocqua; Ruth, also a resident of Minocqua, the wife of William NEISHOLM; and Mabel, Irvin and Edward, all living at home. The family are member of the Catholic Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 635; 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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