"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.


Neuman, Herman T. a farmer of the town of Pine River, Lincoln County, and a member of the Lincoln County board of supervisors, who has also served efficiently in various other public offices, was born in Germany, March 2, 1878, son of Michael and Augusta (NITZ) NEUMAN. The father was employed in Germany as stock tender for a royal family. In 1880 he emigrated to the United States with his family, locating at Brillion, Calument County, Wis., where he operated a rented farm. Later he bought and operated a farm at Chilton in the same county, remaining there until 1892, when he came to Lincoln County, settling in Merrill, which place he made his home until his death on July 12, 1904. His wife died at Merrill, Oct. 15, 1890. Of their ten children six are now living: Mollie, wife of Herman KREEWALD, in Nebraska; Charles, of Merrill; Fred, of Tomahawk; Herman T., subject of this sketch; Gust, of Elm City, and Albert of Merrill. Those deceased are John, Louise, Anna, and Augusta. Herman T. NEUMAN, who came with his parents to the United States when two years old, was reared chiefly in Chilton and Merrill, in both of which places he attended school. He began industrial life as an employee in the sash and door factory of August H. STAUG, where he remained for a year and a half, after which he was with the L. N. Anson Lumber Co. for nine years. He then spent one year with the Merrill Fire Department, and after that worked three years for the Merrill Iron Works. At the end of that time he was appointed a member of the police force, and so remained for 11 years, during eight years of which time he was assistant chief. In the fall of 1914 he was elected sheriff and served two years in that office. If was at the end of that period, or on Sept. 9, 1916, that he became a farmer in the town of Pine River, having bought 120 acres of wild land covered with stumps and brush, with some timber. He cut the timber, removed the stumps and brush, and set to work to develop his present farm, remodeling a small house that stood on the land and converting it into the present substantial eight-room dwelling. He has brought 60 acres under cultivation and is engaged in general farming and dairying, keeping a herd of 18 grade Holstein cattle, with a pure-bred Brown Swiss bull. He has also three draft horses and an adequate equipment of modern machinery. Favorably impressed by his energy and ability, Mr. NEUMAN'S fellow citizens in 1920 elected him chairman of the Pine River town board, and since then he has been twice re-elected to the same office and is now service in his third term. As such he is also a member of the county board and in addition has been appointed a member of the Public Improvement Committee, and holds the office of deputy sheriff. Mr. NEUMAN was married in the town of Pine River, May 13, 1905, to Emma GRUETZMACHER, daughter of August and Emily (FLEISCHFRESSER) GRUETZMACHER. Her parents were natives of Germany who came to this country as young people and were married here, settling on land in the town of Pine River, Lincoln County, Wis. The tract was covered with heavy timber and wild game and Indian were numerous. They made the trip between Merrill (then called Jenny) and their farm with an ox team and for years endured all the privations of pioneer life, but had on the whole a successful career, finally establishing a good farm, on which Mr. GRUETZMACHER died in 1918, being survived by his wife, who is still living. Of their family of 12 children, 11 are living, namely: Emma, August, Ervin, George, Ella, Theodore, Clara, Olga, Karl, Walter and Adella. The one who died was Gustav. Mr. and Mrs. NEUMAN are the parents of four children, Alfred, Theodore, Harold and Le Roy.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 668-669; 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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