"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, August an early settler in Eagle River, where he is now living retired, is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in the town of Main, Marathon County, Aug. 27, 1863, son of Fritz and Mena ZIEBELL. The parents came to Marathon County at an early day from Germany and subsequently became well known and prominent residents of that county. Both are now deceased. August ZIEBELL, appearing on the scene of life in rude community and in pioneer days, was able to obtain but a limited schooling. He remained in Marathon County until 1883, and then at the age of 20 came to Eagle River. This place was then in Lincoln County and was then very small - just starting out, in fact, on its career as a village community. Mr. ZIEBELL mingled with its current of human life, doing whatsoever his hand found to do, which was usually something connected with the lumber industry, either logging or sawmill work, which he followed for 28 years, being in the woods in winter and in the mill in summer, and in addition to following that part of mill work directly concerned with the manufacture of lumber, he worked three years as night watchman. He also did a little farming. Then for three years he hold the position of engineer at the city waterworks station. Mr. ZIEBELL took care of his earnings and invested them judiciously. About the year 1888 he built his present residence, which stands on three lots, and he also owns two other building lots in the city. At one time he also owned a farm in Vilas County, of which he cleared 30 acres, farming it at times, though he never lived on it; this, however, he sold. For 40 years Mr. ZIEBELL has watched the village of Eagle River grow and prosper, and he has prospered with it and is now one of its best known and most respected citizens. He is a member of the Lutheran Church and of the Lutheran Aid Society. He was married Sept. 25, 1898, to Theresa STADLER, of Eagle River, who was born in Germany, Feb. 19, 1873. She came to America with her parents, Anton and Annie (HOFFMAN) STADLER when an infant two years old; the parents are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. ZIEBELL have an adopted son, Leonard, who resides with them.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 729-730, 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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