Bio: Lautenbach, Walter Henry
Surnames: Lautenbach, Starrett, Dow, Hummel
----Source: Marshfield News Herald
(Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) 5 Feb.1929
Walter Henry Lautenbach was born in
Plymouth, Sheboygan County, November 23, 1885. Graduating from the
Plymouth High School at the age of 16 years, he learned the
cheese-maker trade in a factory four miles west of that city, where
he was employed seven months. He spent seven years as a cheese
grader in a wholesale house in Plymouth, which was owned by the A.
C. Dow Company; and four years later was sold to C. W. Starrett.
Next he supplemented his education with a commercial course of
study in the Spencerian Busines College in Milwaukee, at the end of
which he accepted a position as foreman in the Blodgett and
McCready Cheese House in this city in 1909. Mr. McReady withdrew
from the firm a few years later. The business has since been known
under then name of Blodgett Cheese, Butter and Egg Company. In 1912
Mr. Lautenbach resigned from this position to re-enter the employ
of Mr. Starrett and while with him three years, established and
managed branch houses at Neillsville, Granton and Edgar. Leaving
Mr. Starrett’s employ, which was coincident with the
discontinuation of the Starrett business, Mr. Lautenbach went with
the P. J. Schaefer Cheese Company of this city and continued as
manager of the Neillsville and Granton branch houses, which were
purchased by the Schaefer Company. The Edgar branch house was
purchased by the Pauly and Pauly Company of Manitowoc. After the
Schaefer Company sold the Neillsville and Granton houses, he was
assigned to the position of fieldman. Since leaving the Schaefer
Company in 1920, he has been with the Blodgett Cheese, Butter and
Egg Company two years as a fieldman; conducted a wholesale cheese
and butter and egg commission business on his own account in
Milwaukee two and one-half years; with the Blum Brothers Cheese Box
Factory of this city four years as sales manager; and with the
Damrow Brothers Company, Fond du Lac, manufacturers of cheese
factory and creamery equipment, as a traveling salesman since
November 17, last year.
He was married to Miss Marie Hummel, of
Watertown, Wisconsin, in a Reformed church in Plymouth, November 3,
1910. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend H. Beisner. Mr.
and Mrs. Lautenbach’s children are: Cevilla 16, Ruth 12 and
Walter Jr. 6.
He is an ex-charter member of the Plymouth Aerie of Eagles, organized 23 years ago. Politically, he is Independent. His hobbies are music and outdoor sports.
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