Bio: Beilfuss, Bruce – Prominent Judge from Withee


Surnames: Beilfuss, Lang, Tufts, Munson

---------Source: Withee Centennial (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 2001

Bruce Beilfuss was born in Withee in 1915. His Dad, Walter, ran a small general store and his mother Elsie was a school teacher before they married. He had a brother and sister. They lived on the north side of Withee and his neighbors were the Munsons and Tufts who had sons the same age. Sam Munson, Bill Tufts and John Jailing were his friends while attending grade school in Withee. He remembers helping Peter Lang, who had a milk route in town, deliver milk before school while in 7th and 8th grades. He also had a paper route.

He graduated from law school in 1938 and returned to Clark County to practice law. He set up his first practice in Abbotsford. He was elected District Attorney of Clark County in 1941 and continued in that position until entering the navy during WWII.

After returning from the service he resumed his district attorney position until 1948 when he was elected 17th Judicial Court Judge. He held that position until 1964 when he was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and from 1976 to 1983 served as Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.




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