"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.


Wenzel, John G. for many years a resident of Merrill, Lincoln County, where he was connected with the lumber industry in one or more of its several branches, and who was at one time a member of the city government, was born near Breslau, Germany, Feb. 19, 1864. After completing a school course in mechanics, he came in 1880 to Milwaukee, Wis., where for some time he was in the employ of the Allis Chalmers Co., later removing to Racine. From that city he came to Merrill about the time of the arrival of A. H. STANGE and family, and was in the employ of the W. H. WRIGHT Lumber Co. until 1886. Then leaving that company, he became connected with the A. H. Stange Company and remained with them for about 31 years, beginning as foreman of the blind department and rapidly working up to the general superintendency of the entire sash and door plant and the foremanship of the mill. In 1917 he resigned to look after his interests in the Lincoln Box Co., which concern he organized and of which he was the controlling spirit. Mr. WENZEL was a man of great experience and efficience, faithful in the discharging of his duties and dependable in every way. A fine executive, he was esteemed and loved by his employees and his business associates. In August, 1883, he was married to Anna STANGE, and this union was blessed with three children, Arthur A., Mrs. Alma DOEPKE and one who died in infancy. In 1901 and 1902 Mr. WENZEL served as alderman from the Fifth Ward and he was also a member of the high school building committee, performing his public duties with a high sense of responsibility and in an efficient and conscientious manner. He died in the Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago June 23, 1920, and besides his wife and children he was survived by four brothers: Gottlieb, residing in Parkston, S. D., Carl, living in Germany; Chris, in Milwaukee, and Gustav, of Merrill.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 540-541 (with picture), 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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