"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.


Schwager, Hugo G. of Gleason, Lincoln County, manager of a retail hardware and lumber business for the Northern Lumber & Supply Co. of Wausau, was born in the village of Poniatowski, town of Rietbrook, Marathon County, Dec. 22, 1883, son of Alois and Barbara (ROECKER) SCHWAGER. Both parents were German, the father being a native of Wittenberg and the mother of Baden. Alois SCHWAGER came to America in 1849, settling at West Bend, Washington County, Wis. In his native land he had been a silk weaver, but there being no opportunity to follow that trade here, he engaged in mercantile business. He was married to Barbara ROECKER in Marathon County in 1881, and on locating in that county went into the hotel business, in which he continued until his death Nov. 19, 1901. His wife, who had come to this country with her parents at the age of three years, survived him until Jan. 2, 1911, when she, too, passed away. Their children, six in number, were: Amelia and Robert, who reside in Medford, Wis., and keep house together; Adolph, who is deceased; Matilda, now Mrs. John ALLMAN of Medford; Laura, deceased; and Hugo G., of Gleason. Hugo G. SCHWAGER after he became old enough to absorb book knowledge, attended common school in Marathon County until the age of eighteen. Then taking up agricultural pursuits, he followed them for five years. At the age of 23 he began working in the woods as a logger and soon became foreman of crews for the Wausau Lumber Co. For 12 years he continued in that line of employment, at the end of which time he gave up that industry and became clerk in a general store at Edgar, Marathon County. After two years there he took a position in the hardware store of Ottoway & Paeske of the same village and for five years subsequently was in their employ. Then for a brief period he was in the employ of the C. & N. W. Railway Co. as agent at Edgar. In May, 1919, Mr. SCHWAGER came to Gleason and established the store he is now managing for the Northern Lumber & Supply Co. of Wausau. He has put it upon a firm basis and the business is gradually increasing. On Nov. 18, 1914 he was married to Gertrude OHM of Edgar, Wis., who was born in Oconomowoc Jan. 17, 1895. The children of this marriage are: Leland, born Dec. 18, 1916; Elwyn, born June 8, 1918; Merle, born Aug. 30, 1920; an infant that died unnamed; and Edgar, born Nov. 22, 1921. The family are affiliated with the German Lutheran Congreation of Gleason and Mr. SCHWAGER is a member of Camp No. 80, M. W. A. of Gleason.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 756-757, 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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