"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.


Thielman, Louis G. for 36 years a resident of Lincoln County, who for a number of years has been engaged in mercantile business at Harrison, in addition to being the owner of farm and resort lands, was born at Watertown, Wis., in November, 1871, son of Gottfried and Julia (BAUM) THIELMAN. The parents were born and married in Prussia, Germany, whence they came to the United States in 1852, settling at Watertown, Wis., and the father worked 25 years as contractor for the C. M. & St. P. Railway. In 1888 the father moved to Merrill, where both parents died. A list of their children may be found in the biography of Julius THIELMAN. Louis G. THIELMAN was reared at Watertown, where he attended school until he was 14 years old. In 1887 he came to Merrill, Lincoln County and entered the employ of his brother Emil as delivery boy. In 1891 he came to Tomahawk and for 17 years thereafter was employed in the meat market of his brother Robert. It was at the end of that time that he took up his residence in Harrison, the place being a logging camp, and opened a general store. Later the post office was located in the store with Mrs. THIELMAN as post mistress. Mr. THIELMAN is still conducting this business and is also active in other ways. In 1922 he bought 40 acres of land near Lakes Butteau, Fish and Long, and also owns 80 acres of water frontage on Lake Butteau. All these lakes are well stocked with pike and big-mouthed bass. Mr. THIELMAN'S farm is cleared, and while his wife and son attend to the store and post office he is doing general farming, his cattle being high grade Holsteins. In the present year (1923) he is building an addition to his barn, making it 36 by 80 feet in size, with a full basement and modern equipment. When Mr. THIELMAN came to Tomahawk the location was covered with dense timber and he has seen the settlement grow from two or three primitive buildings in the midst of the pine forst to the thriving city of nearly 3,000 people that it is today. While residing there he was a member of the fire department up to 1907, one year serving as chief. Thus he has been one of the active factors in the development of the county and as such is well known within its limits. Mr. THIELMAN was married at Wausau, Wis., in 1895 to Elizabeth GOETZ, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William GOETZ of Marshfield, Wis., and who was born in the city of Milwaukee in October, 1873. Her father, a native of Germany, is still living being now 82 years of age. He is a widower, his wife having passed away in 1922. Mr. and Mrs. THIELMAN are the parents of five children: Esther, residing in Milwaukee; Archie, associated in business with his father; Viola, clerk in her father's store; Alvera, at home; and Robert, working for his father.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 777-778, 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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