"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.


Saltenberger, Sr., William whose recent death took from Vilas County, one of her most prominent citizens, was born at Gravenweisbach, Germany, Jan. 15, 1859. He graduated from high school in his native country and came to the United States in 1883, locating at Chicago and entering the employ of the Pullman Company there. He remained in the service of this company until 1906, being yard foreman for them many years, and then came to Vilas County and settled on 300 acres of wild land in Section 12 of what is now the town of Washington; this land he had purchased at a previous time. He and his family set themselves to the great task of developing the property, and by self-sacrificing toil continued through many years they were successful; this farm, operation of which is now being carried on by the son, William, Jr., today is a fine argicultural property, with 60 acres under cultivation and with fine, modern buildings, including a good residence, the property now consists of 200 acres, Mr. SALTENBERGER having sold 100 acres of his orginal holdings; the entire development is a credit to its builders and to Vilas County. Very early in his career here Mr. SALTENBERGER'S ability and qualities of leadership were recognized by his fellow residents, and he came to be looked to for advice on all affairs relating to the public interests of the community. With the interests of this section of the country ever foremost in his mind, he was soon induced to actively enter public life, and he became supervisor of the town of Eagle River, which then included the present towns of Conover, Washington, Lincoln, and Eagle River. After the setting off of the town of Washington, the territory of which included his farm, he was elected to the chairmanship of the board of this town, and with the exception of one year he served continuously in this capacity from the time the town was created until his death. By virtue of this office he was also a member of the county board, and at the time of his death and for several years previously he was chairman of that body; he was also chairman of one of its most important subdivisions, the county road and bridge committee. In the midst of these important activities he was taken by death, on July 16, 1923, leaving a sorrowing community. He was a member of the Masonic order, and his last rites were conducted by them. Mr. SALTENBERGER was a stock holder and director in the Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Eagle River, and in the Eagle River Co-operative Creamery, and was well known in commercial as well as public life. In all his dealings the interests of his friends and fellow citizens rather than his own were always closest to his heart; he will continue to be held in loving memory, and the record of his achievements will go down to succeeding generations. Mr. SALTENGERGER was married in May, 1888, to Albertina TULIN, of Chicago; Mrs. SALTENBERGER was born in Sweden, Oct. 22, 1853 and came to America in 1881. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. SALTENBERGER, but of these, one died many years ago; those living are William, Jr., and Ida, who, with their mother, continue to make their home on the farm in the town of Washington. Ida was born at Chicago, Aug. 17, 1894.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 662-663; 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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