"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.


Neitzke, Walter J. manager of the Rhinelander branch of the Wilson Wholesale Grocery Company, was born in Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., July 26, 1894, son of Gustave and Matilda (DUNDEE) NEITZKE. The parents were natives of that county, where the father was for many years engaged in farming and logging. They are now living retired in Wausau. Walter J. was educated in the rural schools of Marathon County, the public schools of Wausau, and the Wausau Business Institute, where he took a commercial course, earning the cost of his tuition by working evenings and on Saturdays. At the age of 17 he became foreman for a concern operating a lime and cement business. A year later he entered the service of the Wilson Mercantile Co. of Wausau, wholesale grocers, as assistant bookkeeper and utility man on the road, in which position he remained for five years. On Feb. 2, 1917, he came to Rhinelander as assistant manager of their house here, and was thus employed for a year and a half, at the end of which time he was called into military service, being sent to Camp Grant for training. There he was discharged Dec. 2, 1918, having had no chance to see foreign service, owing to the disability of a crushed foot. He then returned home to Wausau, where he spent three months, afterwards returning to Rhinelander and resuming his position as assistant manager for the grocery firm. On April 1, 1920, he was appointed manager, in which position he is now serving with credit to himself and satisfaction to his employers. He is one of the popular young men of the town, a member of Abner Dahlberg Post, No. 7, American Legion, and the Elks Lodge. He is religiously affiliated with the Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 314, 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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