Bio: Wieden, Phillip James
Surnames: Wieden, Ehrlich
----Source: Marshfield News Herald
(Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 19 Jan. 1929
Phillip James Wieden, son of William
Wieden, Houston, Texas, a former hotel keeper of this city, was
born in Dorchester, Wisconsin, April 14, 1904, where he lived until
11 years old, when his parents moved to this city. He attended the
Dorchester public school and the local St. John’s and Sacred
Heart Parochial Schools. In 1921 he left for Los Angeles,
California, where he worked six months for the James Iron Works. He
then enlisted in the United States Army, trained at Fort McDowl on
Angel Island, five miles from San Francisco, and then left with
about 900 other recruits for Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaiian
Territory, to join Battery C, Eighth Regiment of Field Artillery,
where he was stationed two years and ten months.
Returning to Los Angeles, where he was
discharged from the army, he resumed work in the James Plant in
that city. Six months later he went to Chicago. There he obtained
employment as a switchman for the Indiana Harbor Belt Railway. Four
months after starting work he met with an accident in which he
sustained serious injuries. Following his recovery from these
injuries, a few months later, he visited his father in Houston,
after which he came to this city in the spring of 1927. Since that
time he has worked for the Blodgett Cheese, Butter and Egg Company,
in the poultry department; for the Marshfield Telephone Exchange,
on the job of underground cable installation; helped out as a taxi
driver; and for the gas filling station company. While with the
taxi company he met with his second serious accident, which
happened Christmas Eve in 1927; when his taxi collided with a Soo
Line train, causing injuries that disabled him ten
In sports in the army he figured
prominently in both baseball and football, making records that won
him places on the Hawaiian department all-star teams of 1924 and
1925. He played catcher in baseball and an end position in
football. During a part of the first summer following his return to
this city, he was with the local city baseball team. He also was a
member of Company C, 128th Infantry, Wisconsin National
Guard, that year.
Mr. Wieden was married to Miss Gertrude
Ehrlich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Ehrlich, West Fourth
Street, Marshfield, in Winona, Minnesota, September 17m 1928. He
and Mrs. Wieden are making their home at 316 South Central Avenue.
His mother died in 1920.
Politically, he is a Democrat. His hobbies are athletics and fishing.
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