"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.


Rehfeld, John F. secretary of the Merrill Knitting Co., one of the important manufacturing industries of Merrill, Lincoln County, was born at Horican, Dodge County, Wis., Oct. 5, 1877, son of William F. and Alvina (RUSCH) REHFELD. The father was born in Germany and the mother in the United States. They were married at Horicon, Wis., Oct. 5, 1875, and came to Merrill in 1882, William F. REHFELD working at his trade of mason and taking contracts as he found opportunity. He and his wife are still living in Merrill. They have had four children: John F., subject of this sketch; Bianca, who married William LEVEILLE and is now a widow living in Merrill; Helen, the wife of M. F. FIELD and residing in Ashalnd, Ky., and William H., now living in Chicago. John F. REHFELD acquired his education in the public and parochial schools of Merrill and in the Valparaiso College at Valparaiso, Ind. After returning to Merrill he entered the employ of the A H. Stange Company in their lumber office as stenographer, in which position he continued for some time. After that he was with the H. W. Wright Lumber Co., and later with the Rib Lake Lumber Co., remaining with the latter company until 1912, during which time he rose from the position of stenographer to that of sales manager. On the organization of the Merrill Knitting Co. in 1912 he became its secretary, treasurer and manager, which positions he has since retained. He is also a stockholder in and one of the directors of the American State Bank of Merrill and is a member of the Rotary Club, which is he now serving as secretary. He has shown good public spirit and is regarded as one of the substantial and reliable business men of the town. On Aug. 4, 1902, Mr. REHFELD was united in marriage with Carrie FRAZIER, daughter of John S. and Mary FRAZIER, of Punxsutawney, Penn., thought that was not Mrs. REHFELD'S native place, as she was born at Fairmont, Penn., Sept. 17, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. REHFELD have one child, John F., Jr., who was born Jan. 20, 1914. Mr. REHFELD and his family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran St. John's Church, he being president of the church school board and superintendent of the Sunday school. Politically he is a Republican.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 699; 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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