"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.


Schoeneck, Otto a progressive farmer in the town of Enterprise, Oneida County, was born at Thayer, York County, Neb., June 6, 1883, son of Gustav and Johannah (DRAGER) SCHOENECK. He received his education in the school of Enterprise, Oneida County, Wis., and remained with his parents, assisting in the operation of their farm here, until he was 23 years of age; during this period he spent the winter months of each year at work in the lumber woods, in the employ of the Campbell & Cameron Lumber Co., the Paine Lumber Co., and the Bundy Lumber Co. In 1903 he purchased a 40-acre tract of timber land just east of the village of Enterprise, and during the winters of 1907 and 1908 he logged the timber from this property, after which he disposed of the land. In 1909 he settled on his present farm in Section 28, town of Enterprise, and this property he has built up to a fine point of development, having erected a good house and a barn 36x60 feet, furnished throughout with James barn equipment. He has 26 acres of land cleared and raises certified seed potatoes, besides conducting a dairy. He has a good herd of Guernsey cattle with a pure-bred sire at the head. All his operations are carried on along the most modern lines; his place is equipped with a Fairbanks-Morse electric lighting plant and a Milwaukee air-pump water system. Some indication of his standing in the community is given by the fact that he was chairman of the town of Enterprise during 1914 and 1915; he also served as clerk of the school board during 1907, and he has taken an active part in advancing the general interests of his locality in many other ways. He and his family are members of St. Johns' Lutheran Church at Enterprise. Mr. SCHOENECK was married at Enterprise, Wis., Sept. 26, 1906, to Emma PEETZ, who was born in Germany June 2, 1886, daughter of Julius and Betty (BEGAULKE) PEETZ. Mrs. SCHOENECK'S father is now deceased and her mother is residing in the village of Enterprise. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. SCHOENECK, but of these the youngest, Walter G., born Aug. 23, 1907, is now deceased, having passed away May 19, 1913. The others are: Erna E., born May 29, 1909; Herbert J., Jan. 24, 1912; Otto W., Oct. 2, 1913; Bruno B., Feb. 26, 1916; August A., May 11, 1919; and Irene I., Nov. 24, 1921.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 341-342, 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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