"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.


Philipp, Peter proprietor of the Rhinelander Greenhouse, at Rhinelander, Oneida County, was born in the Duchy of Luxemburg, Dec. 6, 1869. He was educated in his native land and after leaving school took up and learned the business of a florist, and also general and landscape gardening, which he followed in Luxemburg until 1898. In that year he came to the United States, locating first in Valparaiso, Ind., where for awhile he followed his profession. Later he went to Chicago and from there to Wausau, Wis., in both cities working in greenhouses. On Oct. 2, 1900 he came to Rhinelander and here established the Rhinelander greenhouses, which his is now conducting, in addition devoting a part of his time to landscape gardening, or the laying out of grounds in an artistic way so as to make the most of nature's beauties. In both departments of his business he has gained an excellent reputation, and the demands for his services keep him busy. At his greenhouses, No. 312 N. Brown Street, he raises all kinds of plants and deals extensively in cut flowers, and his place is one of the largest of its kind in northern Wisconsin, besides being the only one in Oneida County. It has been built up by him from one of small proportions and now includes three houses, two of which measure each 22x125 feet, and the other 18 by 100 feet, the three combined containing 7133 square feet of glass. His equipment is thoroughly modern and includes everything necessary or desirable to a plant of this kind. His business is not confined to Rhinelander but extends to adjacent towns and cities in various directions, to which the good railroad facilities of Rhinelander give him ready access. Mr. PHILIPP is an active member of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce; also of the Cemetery Commission and of the Park Commission. Fraternally he belongs to the Eagles and the Modern Woodmen of America, and he is a member of the Catholic Church. He was married Feb. 21, 1898, to Lena LICK, who died Jan. 21, 1919, after having been the mother of four children, namely: Julia, born Dec. 2, 1898, who is keeping house for her father; William, born March 3, 1900, who is assisting his father in business; Nicklaus, born Aug. 21, 1902, and Helen, born Aug. 6, 1906, who died in infancy.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 251 (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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