Bio: Kuehmichel, Charles Carl 

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Kuehmichel, Bailing, Brandt 

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 2 May 1929 

Charles Carl Kuehmichel, 112 West Grant Street, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kuehmichel, was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, February 3, 1886, and came to this city with his parents when he was a year and one-half, their arrival here occurring only a few months after the big fire of this city. His home has been here since. He received his education in the Immanuel Lutheran Church. A few weeks after his confirmation, which occurred in Immanuel Lutheran Church at the age of 14, he accepted employment in the Upham Factory and remained with this institution for 27 years, up to the time about two years ago, when it discontinued operations. Since then, he has been employed in the culvert department of the Felker Company. 

"When I started work, boys received only $.40 and men $1.25 a day for common labor," he remarked reminiscently. "Wages were paid in coupons because of a scarcity of cash and there were no regular paydays until a law was passed requiring employers to pay monthly. Later a law was made making paydays semi-monthly." During the time of irregular paydays, men would wait until they needed money, sometimes six and seven weeks, and then ask for it, he explained. 

His wife formerly was Miss Helen Bailing of Neillsville. They were married by Reverend Brandt, in a Lutheran church in Neillsville on May 6, 1909. They are the parents of eleven children: August 19, William 18, Carl 17, Norma 15, Edward 14, Harold 12, Dorothy 10, Lorraine 8, Elmer 7, Arthur 5 and Esther 3. Mrs. Kuehmichel’s father is Fred Bailing of Minnesota, formerly of Neillsville. 

Fraternally, Mr. Kuehmichel is affiliated with the Workmen’s Aid Society, a sick and accident benefit society said to have been organized by the late ex-governor W. H. Upham in the early years of the Upham Industry. Politically, he is Independent. His hobbies are fishing, reading and cards. 



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