Bio: Gensmann, William E. (1870 – 19??)
Surnames: Gensmann, Wilde, Kolbe, Katz, Oertel
---Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.
Gensmann, William E. (18 February 1870 – 19??)
WILLIAM E. GENSMANN, who has cleared sixty acres of his farm of 160 acres, situated in the town of Main, carries on general farming and dairying and is numbered with the substantial men of this section. He was born at Wausau, Wis., February 18, 1870, and is a son of Jacob and Amelia (Wilde) Gensmann, well known people of Wausau, where they now live in comfortable retirement.
William E. Gensmann attended the public schools at Wausau and then accompanied his father to the woods and with him engaged in logging and lumbering. In May, 1896, he came to his present farm where he has been engaged ever since. He raises dairy stock and sells cream and butter.
In November, 1895, Mr. Gensmann was married to Miss Anna Kolbe, who was born in Germany and was about eleven years of age when she came to the United States with her parents, Emil and Christiana Kolbe. They survive and live on their farm in the town of Marathon. Their children are: Max; Mary, wife of Wilhelm Katz; Emil; Herman: Minnie, wife of Paul Oertel; and Ernest. Mr. and Mrs. Gensmann have five children: Minnie, William, Albert, Ella and Henry. Mr. Gensmann and family attend St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Wausau. He is a member of the town school board, elected on the Democratic ticket. He belongs to the order of M. W. A. and attends its meetings at Wausau.
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