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SURING SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY
1979
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Mr. & Mrs. Leo Perlick. 1906
Leo Carl Perlick came from Germany at the age of 14 with his parents. He made his home with an uncle, William Buhrandt on what is now the Frederick Gossfeld farm. Mrs. Buhrandt was his mother's sister. He married Julia Yakel in 1906 and bought 100 acres of wooded land on County Trunk H. They cleared the land and farmed until 1943 when they made their home with their son, Arnold, who is in the bee business on the outskirts of Suring. Their son Rudolph farmed the home farm until his retirement.
Leo was killed accidentally in a gruesome accident while helping his son load hay on the family farm. He caught his left hand in the pulley, tried to free it with his right hand, and caught that one also. His son had to cut a finger off with his jacknife to free him. He was taken to Oconto Falls Hospital in the Soulek Ambulance without regaining consciousness. :
A 1901 ARRIVAL I With a sense of humor I
James Johnson came from Denmark, Europe, working his way tending animals in the bottom of a ship. He arrived in Oconto in 1889, worked on the railroad until he enlisted in Co. M of Oconto and went to Puerto Rico during the Spanish American War. After the war, in 1901, he came to Suring where he built and operated the Klondike Saloon and Liberty Hall. On January 30,1908, his business was destroyed by the "great fire". He rebuilt the building which still stands next to the Suring Bank. His advertisement on the Opera House curtain said, "If your children need shoes - don't buy booze - J.J. Johnson."
Although Jimmy never married, he loved children and took carloads of young people to see movies in Gillett. He took pride in his early automobiles and gave generously to worthy causes. He bought the wood carving of the "Last Supper1' for the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church altar. His tombstone was erected in Pleasant Hill Cemetery many years before he died in 1964 at the age of 97. The engraving goes like this: "Remember. Friend, as you walk by - As vnu arp nnw so nncp was I - As T am now. vou soon will be -