"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.


Oldenberg, Edward well-known merchant of Lac du Flambeau, Vilas County, was born at Oshkosh, Wis., Dec. 4, 1887, son of William and Minnie (GLOWE) OLDENBERG. Some time after his birth the family removed to a farm near Antigo, Wis., and the father met death there Oct. 21, 1914, through being gored by a bull; the mother is still living on the farm. Edward OLDENBERG received his education in the schools of Antigo, after which he clerked in stores and later in meat markets, thoroughly mastering the trade of butcher and the art of meat cutting. After following this line at Antigo until 1907 he came to Lac du Flambeau and entered the employ of the Lac du Flambeau Lumber Co., being given full charge of the meat department in their store. When this company closed up their business in 1914 Mr. OLDENBERG purchased their store building and mercantile stock, and he has ever since carried on the operation of this property. He handles groceries, dry goods, clothing, hardware, farm machinery, gasoline, motor oils, automobile accessories, raw and tanned furs, and in fact he has in stock or will order anything one calls for. In 1922 the post office was moved to his building. He has a nice residence on the shore of Long Lake, and he owns 300 acres of land with several miles of lake frontage on various lakes in Vilas County. In 1919 he started a summer resort on Long Lake, erecting five cottages and building up a good property, which he conducted until selling it in 1922. In conjunction with his store he has a unique and artistic ice cream and soda parlor, finished in white birch bark and highly attractive in design and decoration. His store and ice cream parlor are lighted by a Delco electric light plant which he installed in the spring of 1923. He enjoys a very large trade and occupies a position of great prominence in the community. Mr. OLDENBERG served for two years as treasurer of the village and township of Lac du Flambeau. He is an exceptionally able man, and is doing a great deal to promote the wonderful future which lies ahead for this region. He belongs to the Odd Fellows lodge at Antigo, and also to the Masons, being a members of the Blue Lodge of the latter organization at Eagle River, the chapter at Rhinelander, and commandery at Antigo. Mr. OLDENBERG was married May 23, 1911, to Viola HOY, of Gladstone, Mich.; previous to her marriage to Mrs. OLDENBERG had been a teacher in the public and government schools at Lac du Flambeau. Mr. and Mrs. OLDENBERG have three children, as follows: Maxine M., born Feb. 22, 1914; Idell Mae, born Aug. 28, 1916; and Loueva Ruth, born Oct. 19, 1918.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 476 (with picture), 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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