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Boom. He continued in this employment and in the lumber woods on the Wolf river until 1864, when he enlisted in the Third Wisconsin calvary, in which he served until the close of the war. Returning to Oshkosh in August, 1865, he made arrangements for engaging in lumbering for himself, and the following winter began logging at Red Banks on the Wolf river, and continued in the business until 1871, when he disposed of it; and, going to Iowa, engaged in farming. This occupation he followed for four years; when, concluding that lumbering was more remunerative than farming, he returned to Oshkosh and engaged again in lumbering, but on a larger scale than in his first essay. He found the business promising, and subsequently formed a copartnership, which, in 1882, was made to embrace the manufacturing plants of Robert McMillen & Co. Some time afterward he became interested in the manufacturing plant of Stanhilber, Amos & Co. In 1887 he withdrew from the firm of Robert McMillen & Co.; and the firm of Hollister, Jewell & Co. was formed, embracing S. W. Hollister, II. A. Jewell and Philetus Sawyer, for the manufacture of lumber at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Five years thereafter the mill was burned; but the company still does a lumbering business there. In 1894 he purchased the Stanhilber interest in the firm of Stanhilber, Amos & Co. and the firm name was changed to Hollister, Amos & Co. He is also a member of the Choate-Hollister Furniture company, and is president of the Builders and Manufacturer's Supply company, wholesale lumber dealers of Chicago.

Col. Hollister was married in 1869 to Kate G. Smith, and they have four children—Asa Ray, Winifred, Carl and Rex. He belongs to the Masonic Order, the Elks, the Hoo-Hoos and the Grand Army of the Republic, and he was an aid-de-camp on Gov. Upham's staff with the rank of colonel. He is a Republican in politics, but has never devoted much time to political affairs.

As a business man, Col. Hollister has shown good judgment, great industry and perseverance


in carrying forward whatever he has undertaken, and his success in life is largely, if not wholly, due to these characteristics. Col. Hollister is a striking example of what a man may accomplish who relies upon his own unaided efforts.


Emil L.,

superintendent of the public schools of Milwaukee county, outside of the city, resides at Williamsburg, and is the son of Edward and Katherine Gottfried Roethe, both of whom were born in Germany and came to Wisconsin about the year 1850, settling at Whitewater, Wisconsin, where their son Emil was born, January 22nd, 1871. He attended the public and high schools of that city; and after that entered the Whitewater normal school, in which he pursued the regular course, graduated in 1894, and now holds an unlimited state certificate.

He began teaching in a country school near Oakwood, Wis. After nine months' experience there, he received an appointment to a position in the public schools of Williamsburg. He taught there until January, 1897, when he entered upon the discharge of the

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