"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.


Plautz, George a practical creamery man, operating what is known as the Plautz Creamery in Merrill, Lincoln County, was born in Wausau, Wis., May 18, 1888, son of Albert and Augusta PLAUTZ. The father was born at Green Bay, Wis. and the mother in Germany. It was many years ago that they settled in Marathon County and began farming. Later they moved to Merrill, where Albert PLAUTZ found employment in the A. H. Stange sash and door factory. They have five children, George, Tillie, Olga, Arnold and Leona. Tillie married William SCHROEDER of Merrill; Olga is the wife of Otto ZELL of Milwaukee and Leona is also married. George PLAUTZ was reared in Wausau, where he attended school. He then worked in sawmills, lumber yards and factories until 1899, when he came to Merrill. The creamery which he is now operating was started in 1908 by the Jahnke Creamery Co. and was run by them for about four years, the company manufacturing butter. In 1912 Mr. PLAUTZ, in association with Walter ZASTROW, bought the concern out and for three years subsequently it was operated by them in partnership. Then Mr. PLAUTZ bought out Mr. ZASTROW and has since been the sole proprietor. He manufactures from 1500 to 1800 pounds of butter daily, and 150 gallons of ice cream, the latter bieng chiefly for the home trade, though some of his product is shipped to outside towns. Mr. PLAUTZ was married in Merrill, Wis., June 22, 1912, to Martha SEEHAFER, daughter of John and Bertha SEEHAFER, her parents being long-time residents of Merrill. Four children have been born of this union, namely, Lester, Irene, Lavera and Harold.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 586; 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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