"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.


Nienow, Otto F. a resident of Merrill, well known throughout Lincoln County, was born in this city, Jan. 11, 1886, son of Albert and Bertha (SCHMIDT) NIENOW. The parents were born in Germany, where the father was a farm worker. He came to the United Stated in 1882, locating at Green Bay, Wis., where he also worked on a farm. In 1883 he came to Merrill and for 24 years subsequently was in the employ of A. H. STANGE in the latter's sash and door factory. In this city he met Bertha SCHMIDT, whom he had known in Germany, and they were married. They had six children, of whom two are now living, Otto F. and Martha, the latter of whom married Otto BOETCHER and lives in Merrill. One child died in infancy and Frank, Ida and Albert are also deceased. Mrs. Bertha NIENOW died in 1893 and Mr. NIENOW married for his second wife Augusta SCHMIDT, a sister of his first. She also passed away, having died in 1920, and Albert NIENOW is now living retired in Merrill. Otto F. NIENOW was reared in Merrill and attended school here. He began industrial life as a worker in sawmills, an occupation that he has followed all his life, except for one year which he spent in a shoe store, until 1917, when he was appointed under-sheriff by sheriff H. H. PATZER. After he has held that position for a year and a half G. D. KRAFT was elected sheriff, under whom Mr. NIENOW served two years more. At the end of that time he was himself elected sheriff and served as such in 1921-22, becoming under-sheriff again the end of his term of office. He is a stockholder in the Valley Electric Co. and belongs fraternally to the Elks, Eagles, and Odd Fellows. On April 18, 1920, Mr. NIENOW was united in marriage with Louise ANUSS, daughter of Emanuel and Tille ANUSS. Her parents were born in Wisconsin, and the father for 20 years was a prominent business man of Merrill; he is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. NIENOW have one son, Robert.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 528-529, 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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