"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.


Trantow, Richard W. who for a number of years has been prosperously engaged in the automobile, garage and transfer business in Merrill, Lincoln County, was born in Marathon County, Wisconsin, May 5, 1883, son of Carl and Matilda Trantow. The father was brought to the United States when a year old by his parents and the mother when 12 years old by hers, both families settling on farms in Marathon County, this state. Carl and Matilda TRANTOW had a good-sized family, numbering 13 children, of whom 11 are now living, namely: Lydia, Laura, Martha, Leona, Charles, Irma, Richard, Wesley, Edward, Arnold and Carl. Richard W. TRANTOW attended district school and worked on the home farm until 15 years of age. He then went to work in the paper-mill at Brokaw, Marathon County, where he was employed for six years. At the end of that time he came to Merrill and engaged in the automobile and transfer business with his uncle Julius, with whom he was associated for three years. After that he and his brother Ed carried on the business until 1915, since which year Richard has conducted it alone. Formerly, when in partnership, he had the agency for the Paige, Overland, Franklin and Nash cars, handling them on commission, but since 1917 he has handled only the Nash cars, also doing a general garage and repair business, carrying on a transfer business in connection with it. He was the first man this side of Oshkosh to own a truck and he now operates three. He is also a stockholder in the Marathon Rubber & Motor Co. and the Luceale Creek Oil Co., now owned by the Robert Edmunds Co. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. TRANTOW was married in Marathon County, Oct. 3, 1903, to Helen NASS, daughter of Julius and Bertha NASS, natives of Germany who were early farmers in that county, but who are now residents of Merrill. Mr. and Mrs. TRANTOW'S domestic circle has been broadened and brightened by the birth of three children, Marvin, Cora and Leslie.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 725-726, 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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