"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.


Wetzel, George proprietor of the Wetzel Art Studio at No. 28 N. Fourth Street, Tomahawk, Lincoln County, was born at Hayton, Calumet County, Dec. 31, 1882, son of Joseph and Minnie (MODELIN) WETZEL, who were farmers by occupation. The father was a native of Baden, Germany, and the mother, who was of Scotch ancestry, was born near Hayton, Wis., and it was in the latter place that her marriage to Mr. WETZEL occurred in the early 70's. Both she and her husband have passed away, the former dying in 1894 and the latter some years later. They had eight children: Henry, now of Powers, Ore.; Joseph E., deceased; Sarah, who is Mrs. Frank LYNCH of Kimberley, Wis.; Frank of Buffalo, N.Y.; Anna M., wife of Emil PAUTZ of Clintonville, Wis.; Jennie, now Mrs. Henry CLAUSEN of Grand Haven, Mich.; George, of Tomahawk, Wis.; and Susan, who lives in West Somerville, Mass., a suburb of Boston. George WETZEL has but limited educational opportunities. For about two years-from the age of 16 to that of 18-he worked as a farm hand. Then in the summer of 1900 he began learning photography with Ulrich MOECKLI of Sheboygan, Wis., with whom he remained for three years. He then went with A. S. RALPH of Oshkosh, Wis., and later with Harry LYMAN of that city. On leaving Mr. LYMAN he became an organizer for the Modern Woodmen of America in the Oshkosh and Sheboygan districts and remained in that territory until Jan. 1, 1920, having for the last ten years of that time operated a studio in Sheboygan. He then sold out and until Nov. 1, 1920, was a salesman of Ford cars for a Mr. THEIMAN of Sheboygan, on the date last mentioned taking possession of his present studio in Tomahawk. This had been started in 1888 by Charles A. SEIDEL, who in 1913 sold it to a Mr. DOWNIE, from whom Mr. WETZEL purchased it about a month before he took possession. The studio is well eqiupped with all the necessary cameras, lenses and accessories for both portrait and commercial work and he has a good trade in both the principal branches of his profession. Above the studio is a flat which he occupies as a residence. Mr. WETZEL was married June 17, 1905, to Frances M. GERTH, who was born in Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wis., Sept. 14, 1882, daughter of William and Amelia (KUEPER) GERTH, who were later residents of Sheboygan. The father was a native of Saxony, Germany, who came to America and to Wisconsin in 1848, during the revoluntionary times in Germany. The mother was born at Stockbridge, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. George WETZEL are members of the Congregational church, and also of several societies, Mr. WETZEL belonging to the local Masonic lodge and Eastern Star Chapter, also to the camps of Modern Woodmen of America and Royal Neighbors of Sheboygan, Wis., and to the Tomahawk Commerical Club, while Mrs. WETZEL is a member of the Eastern Star Chapter and the Royal Neighbors.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 494-495, 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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