"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.


Zander, Herman C. who is known in the business circles of Rhinelander as proprietor of the Zander Bill Posting Service, was born in Germany, March 23, 1873, son of Carl and Anna ZANDER, who were also native of Germany, in which country they both died. He was educated in the public schools of his native land and at the age of 18 came to America, locating first in Chicago, where he followed the trade of tailor, which he has learned in Germany. He also attended night school, taking business courses in English. In 1897 he went to Janesville, Wis., where he established himeself in the tailoring business which he followed for three years in that city, coming to Rhinelander in 1900. Here he secured a shop and continued in the same business for five years, at the end of which time he sold out and engaged in the insurance business. In 1908, after being engaged two years in selling old line insurance, he entered into the moving picture business, buying an old store buildings, which he embellished and adapted to show purposes by putting in a new front. After conducting that place for a yar, in 1909 he built the Majestic Theatre building on ground next to his original place, the latter being rented for store purposes and becoming the home of the principal dry goods house in the city. In 1915, having made good financial progress, Mr. ZANDER remodeled the Majestic putting in a large stage and installing an up to date ventilating system. Thus equipped, he handled road attractions as well as the high-class moving picture plays. In 1916 he extended his operations by buying the Cozy Theatre on W. Davenport Street, conducting both until the summer of 1922, when he discontinued the Cozy and gave his full time to the Majestic. In February, 1923, Mr. ZANDER sold the equipment of his theatre and leased the building to the George E. Miner Amusement Co. of Ladysmith and since that time he has given his full attention to the bill posting service, operating under the name of Zander Poster Advertising. He handles all the commercial bill posting in Rhinelander besides having franchises for five other cities near by. His business interests also include the ownership of the block of the theatre, in which the Racket store is situated, he having his private office and workrooms above; also several farms in Oneida County, which he rents out. In addition to this he owns a good residence at No. 22 S. Pelham Street. In his journey through life Mr. ZANDER has found some time for social activities and has become a member of one or two fraternal orders. His relations of this kind are with Rhinelander Lodge, No. 598, B. P. O. E., Oneida Lodge No. 48, I. O. O. F.; also to the Canton of the latter order, in Rhinelander, of which he is captain. He is, moreover, in the same order colonel of the Second Regiment, composed of eight different cantons in the northern part of the state. While residing in Janesville, Wis., Mr. ZANDER was married to Augusta MUELLER. He and his wife are popular in local society.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 367-368; 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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