"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 Sr., Gustav now deceased, was one of the pioneers of Oneida County, and during his career here he did much to build up this region. He was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1881, settling in Nebraska, where he spent the following ten years in Keyapaha and York Counties. In 1891 he brought his family to Oneida County, Wisconsin, and took a homestead of 40 acres near Camp No. 4, the property being in what is now Section 28, town of Enterprise. Theirs was the fourth family to settle in this locality, and conditions were of the most primitive sort. There were no roads, and Mr. SCHOENECK was compelled to carry all the provisions for his family on his back from Pelican Lake. Under such conditions the talk of building up a farm from wild land was one to daunt the most courageious heart, but he did not falter. During the first years, in order to obtain money to carry on the development of his property he worked in the woods and at fishing, selling the fish to the lumber camps; the children picked berries to sell, the whole family worked in every possible way to build up the farm. The result of such a fight could be nothing other than success, and a fine farm was developed; the original log buildings were replaced by good frame structures, and gradually an increasing acreage of land was brought under cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. SCHOENECK spent the remainder of their lives on this property, Mr. SCHOENECK dying there July 8, 1914, and his wife Nov. 2, 1915. Mr. SCHOENECK had been previously married, his first wife dying in 1879; by this union he was the father of three children: Julius, now living at Enterprise; Rhinehart, also of enterprise; and Amelia, who is now Mr. Michael GOOLEY of Jeffris. Six children were born to his second marriage, Gustav, Jr., Otto, Adolph, Paul, Herman, and Emma. Gustav, Jr., is living in the town of Enterprise; Paul is a barber in Wausau; German, Otto and Adlph are farming in the town of Enterprise; the original homestead being conducted by Herman; Emma is now Mrs. DOEBERT and lives at Antigo, Wis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 413, 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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