"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.


Stange, August H. prominent lumberman of Merrill, which city has been the recipient of many valuable benefactions at his hands, was born near Stettin, Germany, Oct. 10, 1852, son of C. F. and Caroline STANGE, and came to the United States with his parents when he was but one and a half years old. The family here located at Watertown, Wis., where August H. acquired a common-school education. When little more than a boy he began earning his own living. He acquired his first experience as a lumberman in a yard and planing-mill at Watertown, and at the age of 18 we find him at Racine as foreman of a sash and door factory, planing mill, and lumber yard. The years spent in Racine were a valuable preparation for the larger field of operations which opened to him when he came to Merrill in 1881 in company with the late Henry W. WRIGHT. Soon after this he became a member of the Wright Lumber Co., and a few years later Mr. STANGE started in business under his own name. In 1895 he organized and incorporated the A. H. Stange Co. with a capital of $250,000, and the business is now the largest of its kind in the Wisconsin River valley; its manufactures sash, doors, blinds, boxes, etc., and its good are sent not only over the United States and Canada, but also to foreign countries, principally to the British Isles and South Africa. The company owns its own logging railroads, etc., and employs about 1100 men in its mills, factories, and logging camps. In addition to these interests Mr. STANGE is connected with a number of other timber, land, and lumber companies, and he controls the Lincoln County Bank at Merrill besides being interested in a number of other financial institutions. In 1907 he erected the beautiful Badger Opera House, and in the same year built the Badger Hotel, one of the most modern in the state. His benefactions to Merrill in the form of beautiful and extensive parks, etc., are recounted in the portion of this volume devoted to the history of that city. Among his public-spirited enterprises was the gift of the grounds and sufficient funds for the erection and completion of the German Lutheran Church there, one of the most beautiful houses of worship in Merrill and costing approximately $35,000. In February, 1874, at Racine, Wis., Mr. STANGE was united in marriage with Miss Emily MILLER, daughter of William and Hattie MILLER. Six children have been born to this union: Hattie, Charles, Adelaide, August, Emily and Lydia.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 502-503; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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