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SURING SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY
1979
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.R.F. ZUEHLKE - SURING PIONEER
R.F. Zuehlke was a well-known political figure in the County who came to Suring from Cecil in 1897. He served as a member of the County Board for about 30 years prior to 1932, and was the first supervisor to represent the Village of Suring when it was first incorporated. Before Suring was incorporated, he represented the Town of How as Chairman on the County Board. He also served as trustee on the Suring Village Board and was a member of the school board for many years. He was vice-president of the Suring State Bank from 1908 until 1937 when he resigned due to ill health. He also represented the Democratic Party as committeeman from this district for many years.
He built the present tavern on the corner of Main and Mill Streets in 1902 and operated that business until his death. His first wife, Sara Jane Best, preceded him in death. He then married Meta Yakel and had a family of two sons. Woodrow and Robert and a daughter, Bernadine Zill.
Old timers remember that his tavern was always closed during church hours and he never sold to minors.
The first carload of livestock was shipped from the village in 1898 by R.F. Zuehlke. Suring's first livestock dealer. Mr. Zuehlke also built the first cement sidewalk in town.