"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 J. who is well established in the automobile business in Merrill, Lincoln County, was born in this city in 1890, son of Fred and Augusta NIENOW. The father was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and the mother in Germany. Many years ago they came with an ox-team from Stevens Point to Merrill, when the latter was a small village called Jenny, surrounded by heavy timber and with numerous Indians in the vicinity. Here for some 30 years Fred NIENOW followed the trade of wagon-maker, and at the end of that time sold out to his son William, moving to a farm in the town of Pine River, this county. He and his wife had 12 children, of whom ten are now living, namely: Anna, wife of Carl OPPERT of Merrill; William J. and Otto J. of Merrill; Elsie, wife of Edwin FREIBERG of Merrill; Caroline, wife of Louis HENDRICKSON of Minneapolis; Lydia, wife of Melvin LA SAGE of Merrill; Esther, Harry, Fred and Ruth. Otto J. NIENOW was reared in Merrill and educated in the local schools. Subsequently he worked for awhile in his father's wagon shop, after which he engaged in painting. In 1914 he entered into the automobile business, handling new cars and doing general repairing and painting of cars and acetylene welding. In the line of his trade he has invented several useful contrivances, among them, mudhooks for auto wheels, a patent hose-coupling for autos, and one or two others. In 1922 he secured a patent on an aluminum bob-sled for children. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. NIENOW was married in 1914 to Helen VANSELOW, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August VANSELOW, early settlers and farmers in the town of Pine River, where they are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Otto J. NIENOW have two children, Ralph and Roy.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 671; 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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