"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.


Theiler, Martin a surviving pioneer of the city of Tomahawk, a man well known and widely respected, was born in Switzerland, July 4, 1859. He was there married in 1881 to Catherine WOLTFOGEL, who was born in that country Aug. 21, the same year, and immediately after their marriage they started for the United States, their journey to this country being therefore somewhat in the nature of a honeymoon. On their arrival here they settled in Wausau, Wis., where they resided for three years, except for a brief trip to Kentucky, subsequently moving to a farm in Marathon County, where also they resided three years. When the village of Tomahawk was laid out in 1887, Mr. and Mrs. THEILER came here among the first settlers, taking a house close to their present location at No. 12, Spirit Avenue. Strong and sturdy they have enjoyed good health, done a large among of useful work in the world, and have reared a family of ten sons and one daughter, namely, Lena, Frank, Harry, Louis, George, Carl, William, Joseph, Martin, Edgar and Robert. In regard to these chldren the following individual record is available. Lena, the only daughter, who was born May 24, 1883, is now Mrs. Charles LATTIMER of Wausau, Wis., and has two children, Edwin and Charles. Frank THEILER is a prominent business man of Tomahawk. Harry's record is contained in a separate article in this volume. Louis, who was born June 30, 1888, was educated in the Tomahawk schools and saw service in the World War. He was in France with the First Gas Company and served 10 months altogether. After receiving his discharge and returning home, he engaged in logging with his brother Frank, and he is now following the same occupation near Spirit Falls, in company with his brother George. George THEILER, born June 11, 1891, is a graduate of the McKillip Veterinary College of Chicago, class of 1918, and had just started to practice his profession in Tomahawk when he was called into the United States' service. He has enlisted while at college and attended officers' training camp at Camp Greene, Georgia. He was commissioned second lieutenant and discharged to Camp Greene Dec. 17, 1918. On his return home he resumed the practice of his profession, in which he has been successful, having many patrons scattered within a radius of 20 miles around Tomahawk. He has been active in promoting the best stock breeding and has done good work in helping to built up the dairy interests. He has also taken a leading part in the organizing and conducting of the county fair held annually at Tomahawk. He served as grand knight of K. C. Council No. 2066, and was vice commander one year and then commander one year of Bronstad Post, No. 93, A. L. Carl THEILER is a resident of Harrison, Lincoln County. William THEILER was born March 14, 1896, was educated in the Tomahawk schools and in his youth worked on his parents' farm. In 1916 he purchased 160 acres in the town of King and is there engaged in general farming and dairying. He has cleared 120 acres, erected some new buildings and improved others. The remaining children, Joseph, Martin, Edgar and Robert, all reside in Tomahawk and were educated in the local schools. Edgar is a student at Marquette Collee, Milwaukee, and is taking a course in economics. Robert, born Aug. 7, 1904, was graduated from the Tomahawk High School. He works for his father on a farm during the summer and in the woods in winter. Mrs. Martin THEILER before her marriage was a nurse, and after coming to the United States from Switzerland studied her profession in Milwaukee. As one of the pioneer women of Tomahawk, she was often called upon in early days to tend the sick and was glad to do so. At times she had some remarkable experiences, not only tending the women and children in their homes but also going out to lumber camps. She is a remarkable woman for her age; she has reared a family of 11 fine children and still does her own housework. The Theiler family have all pulled together, making possible the success of the father, Martin THEILER, who for years has been actively engaged in logging, and also owns a 160-acre farm within the city limits of Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 564-565 (with picture); 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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