"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.


La Renzie, August H. who is conducting a merchant tailoring establishment in Eagle River, and is proprietor of "The Toggery," the leading men's furnishing store in Vilas County, was born in Villa La Creca, France, Aug. 28, 1892. At the age of four years he was brought to the United States by a cousin who located in New York City. There he attended public school, after which he learned the tailor's trade, thoroughly mastering every detail and following it for some time in New York City and adjacent or near-by territory. For three years he was manager of the Geneva Dry Cleaning Establishment at Geneva, N. Y. In 1914 he came to Eagle River, Wis., and entered the employ of the Roderick Clothing co., for whom he worked six months. At the end of that time he established his present business, in which he has achieved a marked success. He manufactures high grade clothing, and in 1920 added a line of ready-made clothes, handling exclusively the Kuppenheimer and Friend & Marks' goods. His woolens are the Lippencott-Johnson goods and those of Hager-Clark of New York. His other departments are those of shoes and haberdashery, all high quality goods. In 1916 Mr. LA RENZIE built a fine residence at the corner of Third and Division streets, and in 1919 he bought a two-story building on Wall Street, with a flat and office rooms on the second floor, using the main floor for his store, office and manufacturing rooms. In the spring of 1923 he moved from that location to his present store, located in what was formerly the First National Bank Building on the corner of Wall and Main Streets. This he has improved by added a 30-foot extension in the rear, having purchased the building in 1922. He has also put in new fixtures so as to have every modern convenience and bring the store up to the level of most of those in the larger cities. These progressive measures, together with the freshness quality and variety of his stock, honest dealing and the courteous treatment of customers, have made his place popular with the general public and he enjoys a large and increasing trade. On September 4, 1918, Mr. LA RENZIE entered the U. S. army for service in the World War, becoming a member of the 161st Depot Brigade (40th Company). He trained at Camp Grant, being later transferred to the 111th Ordnance Unit and was discharged March 4, 1919, after reaching home receiving his warrant as sergeant. He was one of the army boys who took part in the organization of Eagle Post No. 131, American Legion. He was its first post commander, was also its delegate to the first state convention held at Green Bay in 1921, and for the past two years has been the post's officer of finance. His other fraternal society affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America, being clerk of the local lodge, the Knights of Columbus, the Elks and the Catholic Order of Foresters, he being also a member of the Catholic Church, together with his family. Mr. LA RENZIE was married July 5, 1915, to Gertrude STEIN and they are the parents of two children: Dolores M., born March 25, 1916 and Margaret P., born April 10, 1920

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 576-577; 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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