"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, Arnold A. engaged in the automobile and garage business in Merrill, Lincoln County, was born on a farm in Marathon County, Aug. 5, 1895, son of Carl and Matilda TRANTOW. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States many years ago with their respective parents when quite young, the two families settling in Marathon County, this state, where the young people, Carl and Matilda, grew up and were subsequently married. They had a family of 13 children, of whom 11 are now living, namely, Lydia, Richard, Laura, Wesley, Martha, Ed, Leona, Charles, Arnold, Erna and Carl, Jr. The other was Richard (first, who died in infancy. Arnold A. TRANTOW acquired his education in the district school and was reared on his parents' farm, on which he worked as soon as he was old enough. In 1917 he was inducted into the war service of the United States as a mechanic on air-planes, being attached to the First Regiment of Service Mechanics. He trained at Camp Grant, was transferred to Camp Hancock, Ga., and later to Camp Merritt, N. J., subsequently sailing from Hoboken, J. J., for France, where he served 18 months, returning to the United States after the signing of the armistice, and being discharged July 3, 1919. After his return home he remained in Wausau one year and then came to Merrill, where, with his brother, Wesley, he engaged in the automobile business under the firm name of Trantow Bros. Until 1922 they conducted their business in rented quarters and then bought a lot and erected the cement-block garage, 54x120 feet which they are now occupying. They handle the Paige, Jewett, Overland and Willys-Knight cars and the Oshkosh four-wheel trucks, carrying a good line of accessories, do general reparing and furnish storage. Arnold A. TRANTOW was married in Marathon County, Wisconsin, in 1920, to Laura JEHN, daughter of Carl and Amelia JEHN, who settled in Marathon County on coming from Germany many years ago. The father died in 1918, but the mother is still living.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 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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