"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.


Martz, Leo who for a number of years has been successfully engaged in the plumbing business in Tomahawk, and is also chief of the city fire department, was born in Germany in 1875, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph MARTZ, the father being a farmer by occupation. In 1881 they came to the United States, locating at Fort Wayne, Ind., where the mother died. Rudolph MARTZ then moved to Big Rapids, Wis., near which place he followed farming. He also married for his second wife a Mrs. LULL, a widow, and they are both still living. Of his first marriage there were four children born, namely, Adolph, Rudolph, Leo and Martha, of whom the last mentioned is deceased. The children of his second marriage are Ernest, Harvey, Lillie and Ruth. Leo MARTZ attended school at Big Rapids until 16 years old. He then came to Tomahawk, where he worked in the mills for a while, and also at several other jobs, being box tender for the McBride concern. After that he entered the employ of R. F. KOTH to learn the plumber's trade, remaining with him until 1906, and from that year to 1910 was with the Northern Hardware Co. He next engaged in the plumbing business on his own account, with William KEELING as a partner, this association lasting till 1919, in which year he bought Mr. KEELING'S interest in the business and since then he has conducted it alone. He is a skilled and practical sheet metal worker, supplies hot air and hot water heating apparatus, and does general plumbing, carrying a full line of plumbing and heating supplies and furnaces. He is favorably known both for the quality of his work and for his fair dealing. On June 7, 1907, Mr. MARTZ was appointed by Louis THIELMAN chief of the city fire department and has since continued to serve in that office. The department is voluntary, with a yearly salary for the chief of $125 and for the other men $90. The fire equiment consists of a Republic hose truck carrying1,000 feet of hose and a chemical truck of 42 gallons. In May, 1917, Mr. MARTZ showed his patriotism by enlisting in the Home Guards, formed for riot protection, and served until the close of the war. He was married in 1904 to Louise KEELING, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry KEELING. Mrs. MARTZ died may 5, 1906, leaving no children.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 660; 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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