"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.


Peterman, William F. president of the Peterman Brothers Company, merchants in Merrill, Lincoln County, was born in Pommern, Germany, April 12, 1872, and came from there to the United States with his parents in 1883. The family consisted of the father and mother and five children, William F., Albert F., Robert J., Anna and Mamie. The family settled in Lincoln County, Wisconsin, and here both parents died, the mother in 1901 and the father in 1910. Of the daughters Anna is now Mrs. Ed HELDT, while Mamie is employed as cashier by the Peterman Brothers Company. William F. PETERMAN attended school in Germany and completed the grades after coming here; he then took a short course in the Browning Business College here, and at the age of 17 entered the employ of Spencer WILEY, a grocer, as clerk, remaining with him until he reached the age of 21. Then in 1893, he bought an interest in the grocery firm of F. A. Hanover & Son, in which connection, however, he only remained for one year before selling out and launching forth in the grocery business for himself with his brother, Albert F. The business thus established was the foundation of the present house of Peterman Brothers Co. which has had a steady growth since its first beginning. Mr. PETERMAN is vice president of the American State Bank and president of the Merrill Knitting Co. He was married on Nov. 21, 1894, to Minnie HACKBARTH of Merrill; Mrs. PETERMAN was born in Germany and came to this city with her parents at the age of 14 years. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. PETERMAN: Harry A., William, Jr., Elsie, and Neton. Harry A. and William, Jr. are now employed in the Peterman store; Elsie is the wife of Dr. R. KLUETZ, who is practicing dentistry at Merrill; Neton is assistant cashier and connected with the American State Bank at Merrill. Mr. PETERMAN is affiliated fraternally with the Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, Eagles, and Masons, being a member of the chapter in the last-named lodge. He and his family are prominently connected with St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Merrill. He is one of the very prominent residents of the city and occupies a place of great confidence and esteem in the community. Republican in politics, he has served his city as alderman and his county as a member of its board of supervisors, also as chairman of the board, and he takes an active interest in everything tending to promote the general welfare of his community.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 686; 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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