"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.


Schroeder, Alfred H. who is engaged in the plumbing and heating business as a contractor in Merrill, Lincoln County, was born at Bloomfield, Neb., May 7, 1893, son of Hans and Florina (HINTZ) SCHROEDER. The father was born in Germany and came to the United States with his parents when a small child, the family settling in Iowa, of which state Florina HINTZ, his future wife, was a native, and it was there also that they were married. It was in Iowa that Hans SCHROEDER was educated, and after studying pharmacy, worked in a drug store. After his marriage he moved with his wife to Bloomfield, that state, where he opened a drug store of his own, which he conducted until his death in 1895. His wife with her three children then went back to her old home in Iowa. These children were: John, now of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Louis E., of Tomahawk, Wis.; and Alfred H., of Merrill, Wis. Mrs. Florina SCHROEDER subsequently contracted a second marriage, with Theodore BRATZ, and came to Lincoln County, Wis., in 1903, locating on a farm near Irma. By this marriage she had a daughter, Mabel. The mother died in Lincoln County in 1920. Alfred H. SCHROEDER acquired his early schooling in Iowa, and after coming to Lincoln County, Wis., with his mother and step-father in 1903, he attended the district school. He then worked two winters in the woods at logging, doing farm work in the summers. After that he came to Merrill and entered the employ of the Merrill Woodenware Co., with which concern he remained until he was 20 years old. On Aug. 13, 1913, he began work as an apprentice with the Merrill Plumbing & Heating Co., at wages of $5 per week. In 1916 he took his state examination and received his master plumber's license, continuing to work for the same concern two years longer. then in 1918 he engaged in business for himself and has since been a contractor for all kinds of plumbing and heating work. He has a good and well-equipped shop and has won a reputation for reliable work and square business dealing. In addition to his direct business interests, he is a stockholder in the Lincoln Knitting Co. He is fond of outdoor sports, particularly fishing and baseball and is vice president of the Merrill Base Ball Association. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. SCHROEDER was married in Merrill, Oct. 27, 1915, to Stella PODEWELTZ, daughter of Charles and Anna PODEWELTZ, who were long-time residents of Wisconsin Rapids and Merrill; her father is now deceased.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 715-716, 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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