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Margaret Posey Nelson - sent some of these stories. The one about the 1902 High School graduates were sent by Dawn, if you have comments on these stories, contact them,


>From the Merrill Centenniel Newspaper/Book of 1948


The first predecessor of the Lincoln Hotel which was destroyed by fire in

November, 1944, was erected in 1863 by Jules Posey, Sr. It burned in 1872

and he built the first Lincoln House. This also burned and was replaced by

the Lincoln which burned three years ago. The Merrill Hotel, now on this

site, was opened November 1, 1946.

When the old structure known as the "Lincoln House" fell a victim to the

flames, the loss was keenly felt, because many memories of the past were

associated with its history for those who were interested in its development.

The blackened ruins served as an impetus to those financially interested, as

well as those whose interest was municipally inclined, because the need of a

public hostelry was a matter of much importance to the present and future

welfare of the city.

Among those who were sufficiently insistent in the matter and willing to

"back up" their interest in the project mentioned, were Jule Thielman, Wm. F.

Peterman, Sig. Heineman, J. N. Cotter, L. N. Anson, and E. F. Hanf , with the

result that a new building was erected, furnished in the modes of the day, in

the years 1900-1901, and the Lincoln Hotel Company organized.


Some short excerpts from the Merrill Centenniel Newspaper/Book of 1948


Fourth of July celebrations in the Sixth Ward when sawmills were the

mainstaqy in the life of Merrill, are well remembered by the men and women

who were teenagers 50 or more years ago.

On the mornings of every Independence Day, the boys from the Sixth Ward

"borrowed" the horses and wagons from several mills--Gilkey & Anson, Merrill

Lumber Co., Big Mill, etc,--transplanted a barber shop, men's store, and

other types of "replicas" on the wagosn and then had the fun of "showing off"

to the people on many Merrill streets.

In the afternoon the people gathered in back of the Emerich & (S)aats store,

where they had fun. There was the greased pole which many people tried to

climb for prizes, the greased pig, and numerous other "honest-to-goodness"

stunts, all of which pleased the thousands.

Dancing was enjoyed in the "bowery" in the afternoon and evening.


About the first money we ever made was carrying wood upstairs over Peterman's

store to the offices of Phinney and Kubasta Insurance agents and Flett and

Porter, attorneys. We'd earn as high as twenty-five cents for carrying a

load of Anson-Hixon's kindling wood. It would take a good many trips

upstairs with a bushel basket.


More from the Merrill Daily Herald Centenniel Edition 1847-1947


By Charles McCord

In the fall of 1874 I accompanied my father, Myron W. McCord, to Jenny, now

Merrill. Father's mission was to establish a weekly newspaper, which, when

born, was known as the Lincoln County Advocate, and now known as the Merrill

Daily Herald.

The first edition of the Advocate was published February 6, 1875 under the

able management of Gus Gorham, who constituted the whole reportorial force.

If I remember rightly there was no active editorial department, that being an

unnecessary adjunct at that time and place.

Upon our arrival at Jenny we stopped at the Eagle House, situated on the

Northwest corner of Main and Court streets, and operated by Z. Space and his

good wife.

Jenny at that time contained less than one thousand inhabitants, probably

seven or eight hundred permanent residents.


Back in 1903 the county was well supplied with postoffices besides the two

rural deliveries from the city of Merrill. The following postoffices were in

existence that year: Bay Mill, Bloomville, Chat, Clifford, Dudley, Doering,

Finn, Gleason, Gouda, Heafford, Heineman, Heller, Irma, Jeffries, Kickbusch,

Merrill, Somo, Spirit Falls and Tomahawk. Heafford, Merrill and Tomahawk

were money order offices.

They Were Busy

In the early days of merchandising in Merrill, clerks in retail stores had to

talk German and Norwegian to customers, because many of the latter were

unable to talk English. Many of the residents of Lincoln county were

immigrants who were so busy making farms out of the wilderness that they had

not had time to study the language of their adopted country.



More from Merrill Daily Herald Centenniel Edition

Small Pox Scourge Strikes Jenny; Many Stricken

The small pox visited Jenny during the winter and spring of 1872, not

entirely disappearing until into the summer. If left an awful trail of death

and desolation in its wake; its ravages were so widespread that at one time

there were scarcely enough well people in the village to look after the sick

and attend the burying of the dead.

A pest house was established at the Truax homestead on the Champagne hill,

and those who could be moved were taken there, that being considered

sufficiently remote to insure complete isolation of the victims.

The pest house was in (the) charge of William Averill. It was not long,

however, until almost every house was a hospital, for only a few families

escaped the disease.

There was no doctor in Jenny then, but during the winter Dr. D.B. Wylie of

Wausau came up and vaccinated everyone who would permit it, even working far

out into the lumber camps.

Description below two photographs of Stange Park

Beautiful Stange Public Park was once a swampy area filled with mill debris.

The land was given to the City of Merrill by A.H. Stange on condition that

the city build a park. This was done in 1908. The land across the street,

now known as the Kitchenette, was given to the city by Mr. Stange in 1920.

Shaded walks, lagoons, a swimming beach, athletic park and bandstand combine

to make the Stange Public Part a beauty spon and recreational center.

Adjacent to the park are the American Legion Hall, Library and High School.

[As a child and teenager growing up in Merrill, I spent many hours at Stange

Park, walking along the peaceful lagoons, enjoying the beauty and solitude it

provided. I used to go to the library for books, then cross the beautiful

bridge that arched (arches) over the Prairie River, and settle down on a

grassy bank to read my books. I never miss visiting the Park on my visits to

Merrill. My family used the kitchenette for many family get-togethers.]

========================================================================= Names of Graduates of Merrill High School, 1902

1902 Merrill High School Graduates

Colors: White and Gold

Motto: Keep the Torch Burning

Principal Anna E. Anderson

Band Prof. G.D. Ramge

1902 Graduates

Harry Franklin Brownell

Henry Herman Patzer

Robert Inman Byington

Thomas Henry Dennis

Albert Adam Elsen

Edward Francis Christian

Willam Richard Kamke

William Frank Rehfeld

Mary Elsie O'Connor

Vina Hathaway

Elizabeth Helen Fries

Emma Regina Evjue

Olga Erstina Leidiger

Lucie May Carr

Jessie Alice Mathews

Katherine Markham

Hattie Sophia Kuhl

Maud Lenora Hughes

Marie Rosalie Poirier

Catherine Nellie Barden

High School Orchestra

Genevieve Bowell

Sidney Livingston

Laura Kyhl

Flossie Kingsley

Selina Averill

Albert Elsen

Lucie Poirier

Eugene Stone

Forest Himes

Henry Dormeyer

Hazel Willet

Arthr Wenzel

Waldo Westphal

High School Girl Chorus

Flossie Kingsley

Lena Boettcher

Olga Pophal

Vina Hathaway

Hattie Kyhl

Annie McQuillian

Maud Berkman

Anna Montgomery

Lucie Kerble

Mabel Seriver

Kate Markham

Maud Hughes

Ellen Hoffman

Mabel Willet

Emma Evjue

Olga Leidiger

Clara Baehman

Lydia Stange

Helena Martenson

Awilla Kyes

Edna Sigler

Josephine Bosch

Minnie Britt

Katherine McQuillan

Jeanette Mathews

Elsie O' Connor

Elisabeth Fries

Winnie Kubasta

Laura Christenson

Ida Hankwitz

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