"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.


Weesner, A. E. who was for a number of years prominent in the business life of Rhinelander, operating chiefly along insurance lines, but who passed away several years ago, was born in Wabash, Ind., May 26, 1868, son of Clark W. and Anna E. WEESNER. The father, an attorney by profession, has been for many years one of the leading men of that county, taking an active part in public affairs, including politics and various local enterprises, and possessing a strong influence in his community. Both he and his wife are still living in Wabash. It was in that city that A. E. WESSNER attended the graded schools. Subsequently going to New York State he became a student in the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, where he was graduated in 1883 at the age of 15. After that he spent some time in Syracuse, N. Y. and Washington, D. C., and also spent about 27 months in Chicago in the employ of the Swift Packing Co. During all this time he was advancing in business knowledge and when, in 1900, he came to Rhinelander, he engaged in the insurance business here, becoming president of the Barne-Weesner Insurance Agency, which also included real estate and loans as departments of its business. That position he held until his death on July 29, 1918, an event that was deeply regretted in the community, for he had been no mere insurance broker but a business builder whose work counted for much in the development of the city. He was at one time vice-president of the Edmonds Land Co. of Rhinelander, a company owning large timber holdings throughout the state of Oregon, and was also a director of the First National Bank of Rhinelander. He was interested in the building of the Oneida Hotel, the Building and Loan Association, and at one time was president of the Advancement Association. In all his business relations he showed a high sense of personal honor and his energy and ability rendered him a valuable coadjutor in any wisely planned enterprise. After this country entered into the World War he showed his patriotic spirit by taking up home work, serving as a ward captain in the liberty loan campaigns and in the campaigns for the Y. M. C. A. and the Red Cross. Mr. WEESNER was a 32d degree Mason, a member of the Mystic Shrine, and of the local lodge of Elks. He was married June 30, 1897, to Mary L.WILEY, daughter of Hazelwood and Catherine A. (COSGRIFF) WILEY of Syracuse, N. Y. She still survives him, and he is also survived by three brothers: Leeson H., of Wabach, Ind.; O. O. WEESNER of Marion in the same state; and H. R. WEESNER of Minneapolis.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 378-379 (with picture); History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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