"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.


Zastrow, August a well known pioneer of Tomahawk still residing in this city, was born in Germany, Dec. 26, 1856. As a baby of two years he was brought to America by his parents, who settled in Marathon County, Wisconsin. There he grew up, but had little schooling, and when 16 years of age he became connected with the lumber industry, cribbing logs down the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers from Wausau to St. Louis. He worked for John OELAFEN when the latter logged Reb Hill adjacent to Wausau, and he continued in his employ for about 15 years. It was in 1887 that he came to Tomahawk, which was the year in which the village was platted, and for some time he followed the carpenter's trade, finding plenty to do during the influx of settlers. He then engaged in a business for himself in which he continued up to 1917, since which time he has been practically retired. He now makes his home with his daughter, Mr. Herman G. FOSTER. He was reared in the German Lutheran faith. Mr. ZASTROW was married Oct. 3, 1880, to Elizabeth A., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John OELHAFEN of Wausau, and he and his wife began domestic life together in that city. They had four children: Carl, now a resident of Tomahawk; Emma, also of Tomahawk, who is now a widow, her husband, Gerbert G. FULLER, formerly city treasurer, having died Nov. 10, 1915; Anna, who is now Mrs. Thomas NASH of Tomahawk, and Lillian, born Sept. 22, 1888, who is the widow of Herman G. FOSTER and lives in Tomahawk.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 514; 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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