Bio: Lang, A. J.(1875 - 19??)


Surnames: Lang, Baumann, Shilling, Knauf, Wathtl, Fochs, Werner

----Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.

Lang, A. J. (6 June 1875 - 19??)

A. J. Lang, who is serving in his third term as treasurer of his native town of Cassel, Marathon County, Wis., was born June 6, 1875, one-half mile distant from his present farm of eighty acres, in section 21, and is a son of Erhard and Mary (Baumann) Lang. Erhard Lang was born at Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of George and Cora Lang, who came from Germany. Grandfather Lang followed the mason trade at Pittsburgh for nine years and while living there five children were born: Erhard, Andrew, George, Joseph and Margaret. With wife and these children George Lang came to Wisconsin and after living for a few weeks at Marathon City settled on section 22 on land now included in the town of Cassel. It was an entirely wild region and he had to build a cabin and for a long time afterward unless some one of the family carried the flour from Mosinee on his back some days the family had to do without bread. He had two tracts of land, one of eighty acres and the other of thirty-five acres. Three children were born in Marathon County: Emil, Julia and Katie. Grandfather Lang died when aged sixty-nine years and the grandmother at the age of eighty-six years, and both were buried in St. Mary's Cemetery. The youngest son, Emil, received the homestead.

Erhard Lang married Mary Baumann, who was of German parentage but was born at Pittsburgh, and twelve children were born to them: A. J.; Annie, wife of Anton Shilling, Jr.; Benedicta, wife of Jacob Knauf; William and Conrad, both residing in the town of Cassel; Mary, wife of Frank Wathtl, of the town of Emmett; Edward, deceased; Carl; Leo, Henry and Helen; and a babe that died. Erhard Lang was a farmer and died on his farm in section 21, at the age of forty-seven years. He was a well known man and a leading Democrat of his town and served several years in the office of supervisor.

A. J. Lang was educated in the town schools and the parochial school at Marathon City and afterward learned the carpenter trade, also has engaged in farming and logging and has always led an active and busy life. After marriage in 1903, he settled on the present farm, having forty-five acres under the plough and about eight acres of his land he has cleared by himself. He carries on a general farming line and is prosperous.

A. J. Lang married Miss Anna Fochs, a daughter of Mathias and Anna (Werner) Fochs, of the town of Cassel. Mr. and Mrs. Lang have seven children: Louis, Benjamin, Hilda, Anna, Agnes, Andrew and Adaline Mary. Mr. Lang and family belong to St. John's Catholic Church of Edgar, Wis. In politics he is a Democrat and in addition to serving in his present office he has been supervisor of his town for some years.



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