"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.


Ziebell, Robert C. a well-known citizen of Eagle River, Vilas County, was born at Wausau, Marathon County, Wis., June 10, 1879, son of Herman and Mena (VOELKER) ZIEBELL. The parents were natives of Germany who came to the United States when children and were married in Wausau, in the vicinity of which place Herman ZIEBELL engaged in farming. Later he gave up that occupation and went into the meat business, which he followed there for two years, at the end of that time coming to Eagle River. Here he worked for some time in the mills, as night watchman, engineer, and in other capacities. He was also employed for awhile as engineer at the city waterworks. He is now deceased, and also his wife Mena, who passed away about 1891, when her son Robert was 12 years old. Robert C. ZIEBELL was a boy attended school in Eagle River and then became clerk in a confectionery store, in which the telegraph and express office were located. This gave him the opportunity to learn telegraphy, of which he took advantage, and in the year 1900 be became relief agent for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, which in capacity he worked until May, 1902. On June 29, 1904, he was appointed station agent at Eagle River, which position he held until June 1, 1922, when he obtained leave of absence until June 1, 1923. In January, 1922, he became deputy sheriff under Sheriff P. J. GAFFNEY. He is a stockholder in the Farmers & Merchants State Bank, and is fraternally affiliated with Eagle River Lodge, No. 248, A. F. & A. M. Mr. ZIEBELL was married Dec. 5, 1900, to Augusta HANKE of Eagle River and this union has been blessed by the birth of eight children, Gladys, Inez, Arthur, Ethel, Elvira, Loretta, Ruby and Ruth, the two youngest being twins. The family attend the Congregational Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 476-477, 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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