"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.


Wubker, Henry prominent citizen of the town of Newbold, Oneida County, and one of the pioneers of this locality, was born in Germany July 22, 1857. He was educated in Germany and served two years in the army there, and as he had learned the bakery business, operated a shop in this line for two years. He came to the United States in 1882, and after visiting for a short time in New Jersey proceeded west, locating at Reedsburg, Sauk County, Wis. After following various occupations at the latter place for one year he spent two years at Mosinee and one year at Wausau, being foreman of the gas plant at Wausau during his stay here. He was next at Bessemer, Mich., where he operated a boarding house and worked as a track layer for a mining company. He spent ten years at Bessemer, during which period he served for two years on the city council and for one year as street commissioner. In 1894 he came to Rhinelander, and in the spring of 1895 he took a homestead of 147 acres of wild land in Section 5 of Pelican Township, later purchasing an additional tract which brought his total holdings up to 217 acres. This place was his home for 14 years; on it he erected a full set of farm buildings and waged the good fight of the pioneer in building up a farm out of the wilderness, surrounded by the hardships and obstacles of life and pioneer conditions. Mr. WUBKER was the first settler in this neighborhood, and it was two years before any roads were available, this condition making it necessary for him to carry all his provisions on his back from Rhinelander. Urged on by the ambition which dominated him, however, and possessed of the courage which has ever marked the true pioneer, he did not flinch before the struggle, and gradually, under his efforts, a fine farm grew up, with 40 acres of the land cleared and fully improved. In 1906 Mr. WUBKER established a sawmill near Tom Doyle's Lake, and when this was destroyed by fire a short time later he suffered the loss of practically all he had acquired in the long years of struggle. Still undaunted, however, he began to build up another farm in 1910, and today for a second time he has a fine home, built solely by his own efforts. He established a summer resort on his property in 1920 and he now has four fine family cottages, each 17x32 feet in dimensions, fronting on Tom Doyle's Lake. Mr. WUBKER is one of the very prominent men of this section of the country, and he has without doubt done as much to advanced the interests of Oneida County in general as any other citizen of the county. He played a leading part in bringing about the Lithuanian settlement in the town of Newbold; he served as a member of the county board of Oneida County for 19 years, and was directly responsible for the setting off of the town of Newbold from that of Pelican; and he inaugurated many other movements that have been of permanent benefit to the community. He served as member of the school board of his district for 16 years, and he has bought and sold some 2,000 acres of Oneida County land. Mr. WUBKER was married in Germany April 20, 1882, to Miss Anna HOFFMEIR. Six children, as follows, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. WUBKER; Henry, Jr., now in the employ of the "Soo" Railway at Rhinelander; Anna, who is Mrs. TRIMNER of Manitowoc, Wis.; Catherine, living at Milwaukee, the wife of George KRAMER of that place; Marie, now deceased; John, who is working for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway at Milwaukee; and Emma, who is Mrs. Kohn KOEFERL of Milwaukee.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 351-352; 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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