"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.


Pingel, George J. proprietor of a successful plumbing business in Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born in Stockbridge, Calumet County, Wis., Dec. 14, 1881, son of Frederick and Christina PINGEL. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States in 1854, locating first in Chicago, where they remained two years, and removing to Calumet County, Wisconsin, in 1856. There Frederick PINGEL bought timber land from the Fox River Valley Improvement Co., which he cleared and on which he followed farming until well on into the Civil war period, when he was drafted and assigned to the 18th Wisconsin Infantry. Having received a wound at Goldsboro, N. C., owing to which he lost one of his legs, he was discharged from the army and returned home. But he was too badly handicapped physically for the active and strenuous work of a farmer, and accordingly sold his farm and built a hotel at Stockbridge, later known as the old Stockbridge House, which he conducted until 1879. He then sold out and bought a small dwelling-house in which he and his wife made their home for the rest of their lives, he dying in 1909 and she in 1916. They had nine children, those in addition to the subject of this sketch being: Bertha, wife of J. H. SEARCHER of Barron, Wis.; Ernest of Stockbridge; Ida, widow of Phillip HEIN, who was a shoemaker engaged by the U. S. Government to teach showmaking to the Indians on the Menomonie reservation; Will, John and Tena of Stockbridge; Fred, a blacksmith in the employ of the Langlade Lumber Co.; and Henry, a foreman in the Bergstrom Paper Co.'s plant at Neenah, Wis. George J. PINGEL was educated in his native town of Stockbridge, attending both grade and high school. He worked more or less at farming until he was 17, after which he learned the plumbers' trade and worked at it for 11 years in Oregon and California. He then returned to Wisconsin, settling in Lincoln County, in 1916, and following farming for four years, at the end of which time he opened his present plumbing shop. He keeps a full line of plumbing materials, does sheet metal work and instals heating apparatus. Mr. PINGEL was married at Klamath Falls, Ore., in October, 1913, to Florence ELDRIDGE, daughter of Henry and Mary (SNIDER) ELDRIDGE, early settlers in Calumet County, Wis., but who are now deceased.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 684-685; 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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