Oelig, Fred & Margaret







----Source: 1891 Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin, published by The Lewis Publishing Co.

FRED A. OELIG. After a through trial of the life of a single blessedness Fred A. Oelig has decided that a wedded life is the best, as Sacred Writ also declares and so at three o'clock Saturday afternoon, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McNamara of Neillsville, the parents of the bride, he was united in marriage with their daughter, Miss Margaret, Rev. T. Grafton Owens officiating. Margaret McNamara was born in Milwaukee, Oct. 25, 1873. She moved to Neillsville, Clark County with her parents when she was but a small child. Here she was educated and graduated from the Neillsville high school with one of the first classes. She taught successfully in several schools in the state and country, and it was while she was teaching in this city that she became acquainted with Fred A. Oelig, whom she married Sept. 20, 1902, since which time she made her home in Greenwood, Clark County. The bride was one of the county's popular teachers, having taught in the Loyal School in that exalted profession.  Only the immediate families of the the bride and groom were present, excepting Mrs. Henry Meyer and daughter Marion and Miss Beth Youmans, all of Neillsville.

After the usual felicitations Mr. and Mrs. Oelig moved to Greenwood where he proved himself a faithful and industrious young man. Since the establishment of rural route No. 1 from Greenwood he has been carrier and still holds this position.


                       Margaret Oelig

Margaret was a faithful member and worker of the Order of Eastern Star and a favorite among all who knew her. When she passed away July 27, 1929, funeral services were held from the Oelig residence on that Wednesday afternoon with Rev. G. W. Longenecker, pastor of the Congregational Church of Neillsville, officiating. Interment took place in the Greenwood Cemetery. The Order of Eastern Star, of which deceased was a member for many years, conducted the burial rites at the Cemetery. Mrs. O. W. Schoengarth, Mrs. Wm. J. Krause and Mrs. Jess W. Scott, all of Neillsville, furnished appropriate songs at the service at the home. Besides her sorrowing husband, she left one brother, Theodore I. McNamara of Stevens Point, and two sisters, Bessie H. Perry of Chicago and Mae E. Sparkes of Humbird. Never having had children of her own she brought up two nephews, Theodore C. McNamara of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Edwin Lee McNamara who preceded her in death. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 23, 1906. His mother died when he was four years old, at which time he came to Greenwood, Clark County, Wis. to make his home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Oelig. He attended school in Greenwood until he reached the eighth grade. Because of ill health and a very nervous condition he had to be taken out of school. In spite of all that medical aid could do he grew gradually worse until his mind became affected and he was committed to the Clark County Asylum, where he died Tuesday morning Feb. 7, 1928. Funeral services were held for him from the Oelig home Friday afternoon, Feb. 10, 1928. He was laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery, Rev. E.G. Pfeiffer officiated. His father also preceded him in death. His brother Theodore Charles McNamara who was also raised by Margaret and Fred Oelig was living in Dayton, Ohio.

Margaret had a brother, Theodore I. McNamara of Stevens Point, and two sisters, Bessie H. Perry of Chicago and Mae E. Sparkes of Humbird.

Fred Oelig's Store

Greenwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin


Postmaster Hartson has received from the department authorization papers for the new rural mail delivery, to run from Greenwood, south to Morse's corners, thence east into York and north to Twenty-six road and out by Dan Cook's and Hez. Hubbel's.  Fred Oelig will be the carrier and C. M. Hunt is appointed substitute.  This will give residents along the line the benefit of free delivery the same as their city cousins enjoy and as soon as it gets into running order and its workings are understood, no doubt it will be as highly appreciated in Clark county as in other places where it has been working successfully for the past two or three years.  It is largely due to the influence of our congressman, W. E. Brown of Rhinelander, that we are to have the route so soon, and also to several of our local citizens who have taken an interest in the matter and circulated the petition for the route.  It will likely be started in six weeks or two months.  Greenwood Gleaner, 19 Apr 1901.



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