"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.


Theilman, Robert C. the veteran meat dealer of Tomahawk, who is one of the original pioneers of this city, was born in Watertown, Wis., Dec. 1, 1866, son of Gottfried and Julianna (BAUM) THEILMAN. Both parents were born in Germany, being worthy members of the middle class. They resided for a while in Oconomowoc, Wis., and moved from there to Watertown, the father for a number of years following the trade of bridge builder in the employ of C. M. & St. P. Railway. He died in 1908, after which his wife took up her residence in Merrill. Robert C. THEILMAN acquired his elementary education in the public schools and was subsequently a student for two terms at Northwestern University, Watertown. It was in 1881 that he first saw the site of Tomahawk, which was before the village had been established. He was engaged in the meat business in a small way when the grade work for the railroad was being done, and in 1887, the summer of which the village was laid out, he came here to make his permanent home, having been previously associated in business with his brother Julius in Merrill. With this brother he opened the Theilman Bros.' meat market on Wisconsin Avenue, which they conducted together until R. C. purchased his borther's interest in the business which he has since carried on alone. This, however, has not been his only sphere of activity, as in 1890 he engaged in the land and timber business, in which he still continues, also dealing in farm lands. He owns a tract of many acres adjoining Tomahawk, a part of which he has platted and added to the city as Theilman's Addition. In 1914 he owned 300 acres within the city limits. In public life Mr. THEILMAN has been equally prominent and he is a leading member of the local Democracy. He was the first man outside the city of Merrill to serve as chairman of the county board, and he served 12 terms as mayor of Tomahawk, making a fine record in that office. He was president of the city's fire and police commission, president of the park board, and served on the county board many years in addition to the time that he acted as its chairman. As president of the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce he performed valuable service and was active in various ways in promoting the growth and development of the city and conserving its best interests. As the result of all these activities he is one of the best known citizens in Lincoln County and has always enjoyed a wife popularity. He is a member of the Elks Lodge of Merrill and the Maccabees' of Tomahawk, and also belongs to the Hoohoos, which is a social organization of lumbermen with a membership extending all over the country. Mr. THEILMAN was married in January, 1888, to Mary EIDEN of Stevens Point, Wis. Her parents, John and Margaret EIDEN, settled in this state while it was yet a territory. In 1849 they both joined in the rush of gold hunters to California and were absent in the far west for 11 years. They then returned to Wisconsin and for 30 years subsequently, or until 1890 made their home in Stevens Point, moving then to Tomahawk. Mr. and Mrs. THEILMAN are the parents of three children; Ada, Vena and Elda.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 773-774, 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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