"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.


Thierbach, Herman W. the present sheriff of Lincoln County, was born at Curtis, Clark County, Wis., son of Henry and Augusta (BANDLOW) THIERBACH. The parents were natives of Germany, the father born in 1833 and the mother in 1837. They were married in 1868 and came to Wisconsin, settling in Sheboygan County. In 1870 they moved to a farm near Curtis, Clark County, where they remained until 1892, when they sold that place and returned to Sheboygan. In 1897 they took a farm near Gleason, Lincoln County, on which place Mrs. Augusta THIERBACH died on May 5, 1901. Her husband then sold the farm and returned to Sheboygan, where his death occurred May 6, 1919. Their children were: Charles, now deceased; Henry, residing in Colby, Clark County; Minnie, now Mrs. Daniel CLARK of Philips, Wis.; Anna, deceased; Elizabeth, wife of Robert LAPP of Merrill, and Herman W., subject of this sketch. Charles, Henry and Minnie were born in Germany. Herman W. THIERBACH attended school in Curtis up to the age of 14. At that of 15 he began to learn the blacksmith's trade at Sheboygan under H. J. FISHER, with whom he remained four years. In 1898 he came to Lincoln County and opened a shop in Gleason, 16 miles northeast of Merrill, which he operated for awhile. Then for three years he was employed at his trade in various lumber camps throughout this region. In 1902 he opened a shop at Bloomville, this county, where he remained until he came to Merrill in 1910, and here he continued at his business until Jan. 1, 1923. In the fall of 1922 Mr. THIERBACH ran for sheriff on the Republican ticket and was elected by a large majority over his opponent, taking office January 1 and moving with his family into the county jail, though he owns a good residence at 306 N. Foster Street. Fraternally he is connected with the local lodges of Odd Fellows, Eagles, Mystic Worker and Beavers; also of the Rebeckah lodge connected with the Odd Fellows. On July 12, 1902 Mr. THIERBACH was united in marriage with Mae BEHRENS, daughter of Christian and Emily (KUNTZ) BEHRENS of Bloomfield. The father came to America from Germany with his parents when a small boy and was reared in Milwaukee, where in time he was married. The mother, born in New York, had come to Milwaukee with her parents when a young girl. Mr. and Mrs. BEHRENS after their marriage settled on a farm near Bloomville, where their daughter Mae was married. They are now living in Merrill, having sold their farm in 1910. Mr. BEHRENS, who was born in 1846, served three years in the Civil War, enlisting as a private from Milwaukee and returning as a corporal. He took part in several battles. His wife is a few months younger than himself, having been born in 1847. A list of their children is as follows: Katherine, now Mrs. Christ MENCH of Bloomville, Wis.; Emma, wife of Edward WILLIQUETT of St. Paul, Minn.; Henry, of Gleason, this county; George, deceased; Frederick, of St. Paul; Christian of Merrill; Mae, now Mrs. H. W. THIERBACH; Herman of Iron Mountain, Mich.; Edward of Merrill, and Louis, also of Merrill. Mr. and Mrs. THIERBACH are the parents of two children: Lillian E., born Dec. 6, 1905, and Hazel A., born June 26, 1909. The Former, Lillian, was graduated from the Merrill High School and is now a student in the normal school at Whitewater, Wis. Hazel A. is a student in the Merrill High School. The family are members of the Merrill Presbyterian Church, and Mrs. THIERBACH also belongs to the Rebekah Lodge, I. O. O. F., in Merrill.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 527-528, 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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