Bio: Paff, William A. (1870 – 19??)
Surnames: Paff, Doell, Zentner, Moeller
----Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.
Paff, William A. (17 June 1870 – 19??)
WILLIAM A. PAFF, who is a well known business man of Wausau, dealing in cement, lime, sand, sewer pipe, etc., with office at No. 216 Third street and with warehouse on Shingle street, was born in this city, June 17, 1870, and is a son of Jacob and Sophia (Doell) Paff. The father was born in Germany and when he came to the United States in the winter of 1848-49 he located at Wausau and here was engaged in a general mercantile business until in the early seventies, when he sold. His death occurred at Wausau. William A. Paff attended the public schools of his native place and his first work afterward was in a harness making shop where he continued for several years, when he entered the employ of his brother, Carl Paff, as his bookkeeper. In 1883 the late Carl Paff, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Fred Zentner, embarked in the cement, lime and sand business under the firm name of Zentner & Paff and they continued together for several years when Mr. Paff bought out his partner and ran until 1899, when William A. Paff bought the business, and Carl Paff died in 1908. Mr. Paff is enjoying a profitable volume of business and is numbered with the city's reliable business men and owns the building in which his office is located. He has never been very active in politics but has settled convictions and when necessity arises is not backward in announcing them.
In 1906 Mr. Paff was married to Miss Ida Moeller, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and they have two children: William Jacob and Marjorie.
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