Bio: Chesak, John H. (1862 – 19??)
Surnames: Chesak, Sigmond, Schrieber, Masak, Blecha, Hurt, Penegor
----Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.
Chesak, John H. (13 April 1862 – 19??)
JOHN H. CHESAK who, for the last fifteen years has been secretary of the Board of Education at Athens, Wis., for many years has been engaged in the lumber industry, and is one of three brothers, owning the Athens Manufacturing Company, a firmly established and highly prosperous business enterprise of Marathon County. He was born in Washington County, Wis., April 13, 1862, and is a son of Martin and Mary (Sigmond) Chesak.
Martin Chesak and wife were natives of Austria. They came with their children to America in 1857 and sought a home in Washington County, Wis., and for three years Martin Chesak followed his trade of brick-maker. He then engaged in farming until 1884, when he came to Marathon County and afterward, until his death, was interested in lumber and merchandising. His children were: Joseph; Barbara, who is deceased, was the wife of Herman Schrieber; John H.; Mary, who is the wife of Joseph Masak; Frank F., who is prominent in public affairs in Marathon County; and Josephine, who is the widow of John A. Blecha.
John H. Chesak has been a resident of Marathon County since he was nineteen years of age, and has spent twenty-one years at Athens, Wis. He was given excellent educational advantages, attending the Normal School at Oshkosh, Wis., for three years and taking a commercial course of one year at Wausau, and for eight years before embarking in the lumber business was a school teacher, teaching a district school one year and one village school six years.
Mr. Chesak was married September 24, 1889, to Miss Tena Hurt, a daughter of Frank Hurt, of Iowa, and at death she left two children: George J. and Helen A. The second marriage of Mr. Chesak was to Miss Emily E. Penegor, who was born in Michigan, a daughter of Jeremiah Penegor, and they have one daughter, Dorothy. In his political sentiments Mr. Chesak is a Republican. For six years he served in the office of a notary public and has always been a dependable, conscientious citizen. He is identified with the National Fraternal League, the F. O. E., the Beavers and the Polish National Alliance, while, with his family he belongs to the Roman Catholic Church.
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