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Historical / architectural resources survey, Village of Thiensville, Ozaukee County

Chapter 3: notable persons,   pp. 7-14

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Historical and Architectural Resources Survey
Village of Thiensville                                                              Page 7
Notable Persons
Every farmer and merchant who lived in the Thiensville area over the years played a role in its
development. Yet there were several people who, by virtue of their longevity or activity in the
community, made particularly significant or interesting contributions. Over the years, they provided
the vision and leadership to guide Thiensville from the nineteenth and into the twentieth century.
John Bublitz (1851-1932):
Born in 1851, John Bublitz was the son of Carl and Louise (Voelz) Bublitz. In 1875, John married
Juliana Bruss and together they had seven children. Juliana died in 1899 and later that same year he
remarried to Clara Mueller. John first worked at the family-owned, steam-powered sawmill (located
on Highland Road, just west of Green Bay Road), as well ran a farm where he bred fine cattle. In
1896, he constructed a general store at 121-123 S. Main Street (Photo Code 76/1312) and operated
it with his son Otto; it was known as John Bublitz & Son. In circa 1910, John retired and Oscar
joined the business which was then known as Bublitz Bros., General Merchants.13
Oscar Bublitz (1882-1956):
Oscar was born in 1882, the son of John and Juliana (Bruss) Bublitz. Initially, Oscar worked in the
family's general store at 121-123 S. Main Street (Photo Code 76/13); however, he went on to attend
Concordia College and then worked at Steinmeyer's, a large dry goods store in Milwaukee. After
his father John retired in circa 1910, Oscar joined Otto in the grocery business and it was renamed
Bublitz Bros., General Merchants. In 1913, Oscar married Jeanette Koenig. Three years later, Oscar
purchased brother Otto's interest in the store and built the new grocery store structure at 101 N.
Main Street (Photo Code 76/11) in 1920. At one point, Oscar held the position of Village Treasurer.
He retired in 1955 and died the following year.'4
12The photo code number that is listed after each address refers to the roll number and frame number of the
photograph taken for each of the surveyed properties. In most cases the photo code and the map code are the same;
however, in cases where there is more than one photo per property, the map code is generally the lowest number of the
photo codes; however, please check Appendix A, the Survey Inventory, for the correct map code number.
13Mohr, ed., History of Thiensville, 4-5; Wisconsin State Gazetteer and Business Directory [ 1909-19 10], 1237;
[ 19 19-1920], 1182; Bublitz Family, Genealogical and biographical information, In possession of Dawn Holyoke, great-
granddaughter of Otto Bublitz, Thiensville, WI.
14Change of Ownership Notice, Thiensville Memorabilia Book, Located in the Mequon Historical Society,
Mequon, WI; Mohr, ed., History of Thiensville, 4-5.

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