"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.


Winger, Martin cement block manufacturer at Hazelhurst, Oneida County, was born in Norway, Feb. 8, 1869. He received his education in his native land and came to the United States in 1891, locating first at Black River Falls, Wis., and coming from there to Hazelhurst one year later. Here he followed lumbering and worked in the sawmills until 1915, when he established his present enterprise, in which he has been highly successful. He has a fine plant, fully equipped with moulds and the latest machinery for securing rapid production and reliability of product. He manufactures cement blocks, cement brick, various styles and kinds of curbing, fence posts, and in fact everything called for along this line. He has recently installed a large machine built especially for the manufacture of dun tile, which are used in building residences. He and his son Einar have just completed the erection of a cement-block garage, 32x80 feet in dimensions, and with office, sales-room, storage space, and work room; this place is conducted by the son; a line of accessories has been installed, and the enterprise is already on a successful, established basis. Einar WINGER is also associated with his father in the manufacturing plant, the business being conducted under the firm name of Winger and Son. Besides his other holdings Mr. WINGER, Sr., has a fine home and 32 acres of land. He is a member of the Wisconsin Concrete Protective Association, and his fraternal affiliations are with the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. WINGER was first married in 1893 to Martha ERICKSON, who died in 1905, leaving four children, namely: Mary, who is now Mrs. William BAATZ of Janesville, Wis.; Gunda, now Mrs. A. J. SMITH of Hayward, Ill.; Einar, in partnership with his father as stated above; and Clara, who is living at Janesville, Wis. On July 28, 1905, Mr. WINGER was united in marriage with Tia BERG. Two children have been born to this union: Olga, now of Chicago; and Robert, living at home. The family are members of the Lutheran Church, and are highly respected throughout the community. Mr. WINGER is of the type of men who are responsible for the industrial success of the country today; the highest measure of respect is due to one who, solely by his own efforts, builds up the success that he has achieved.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 352; 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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