"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.


Pfalzgraff, William H. a prominent farmer and member of the side board in the town of Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born in Le Sueur County, Minnesota, July 28, 1886, son of William and Rachel (QUEST) PFALZGRAFF. The father was a native of Germany who came to America with his parents when four years old, the family settling in Le Sueur County, Minn., before the Civil War. Like other immigrants who arrived at that period, they found work scarce and living conditions hard, so that the father of the family (grandfather of the subject of this sketch) in order to get money for living expenses, risked his life by entering the army as a soldier and going out to fight for the American Union. He was in the army four years and sent home his pay as he received it, except such small amounts as he personally needed. William PFALZGRAFF grew up in that country and remained for a number of years in Le Sueur County, where he married Rachel QUEST. After her death which occurred in 1890, he married again, and is now operating a farm in Crow Wing County, Minnesota. William H. PFALZGRAFF was reared in Le Sueur County, Minn., where he attended the district schools. He remained with his parents until attaining his majority, and then in 1907 went to eastern Colorado, taking a homestead in Cheyenne County, on which he subsequently proved up, also cultivating 84 acres of it and building up a farm. This work took him nine years, at the end of which time he sold his farm, containing 328 acres, and, coming to Lincoln County, Wis., purchased 160 acres of mostly wild timber land in Section 3, Township 34 north of Range 4 east, where he is now building up another farm. When he bought this property there were no buildings on the land and only 31 acres had been cleared. He has now 45 acres cleared, 25 of which are under the plow. He has built an addition to the house and has built a good barn 36x60 feet. Since coming to Lincoln County, Mr. PFALZGRAFF has done logging every winter. This brief sketch of his career marks him out an an energetic, enterprising man who makes the most of his opportunities and is pretty sure to fall on his feet whatever changes may occur in the progress of events. His fellow citizens have recognized his ability and usefulness and in the spring of 1923 he was elected side supervisor of the town of Tomahawk. On July 20, 1907, Mr. PFALZGRAFF was married at Knox Mills, Price County, Wis., to Enna EITTRIEM, and he and his wife are the parents of four children, David, Wilbert, Gladys and Eveline, all of whom are attending school.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 692; 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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