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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families

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solved partnership, the father taking the
store, the son retaining sole control of the
grain branch of the concern. Charles F.
Lucke continued the store up to his death,
which occurred March 23, i89i, when he
was sixty-seven years old, the county los-
ing one of its best-known and most highly-
respected citizens, esteemed by all for his
sterling honesty and manly qualities of
head and heart. He was an active and
consistent member of the      Lutheran
Church, and in his political affiliations
was a lifelong Democrat, although no
partisan. In Wisconsin were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Lueke children as follows:
Mary, now Mrs. Gehrke; Albert; Emma,
no\\ Mrs. Alten; Charles, Minnie and
Fred-eight children in all. The mother
is still living in Greenleaf, Brown county.
    William Lueke, the subject proper of
this memoir, secured a liberal education,
in part at the schools of Do Pere, in part
at the North \Vestern University of
\Vatertown, Wis. Learning the trade of
miller under his father's instruction, he
followed same till the summer of 1874,
when he embarked in the hotel business
in Greenleaf, erecting the " Greenleaf
Hotel," now operated by Albert Lueke,
who purchased it in 1887.   Our subject
then devoted his entire attention to the
mercantile and grain businesses in the same
village, retiring from the former in I89o,
as already recorded, and from the latter
at the time of his moving to Green Bay,
May 14, i891, renting his wvarehouses to
other parties.
    In the fall of i89ol he received the
Democratic nomination for county treas-
urer, and was elected by a majority of
1,2oo, his unquestioned popularity being
proven by his re-election in the fall of
1892, and he is yet filling the incumbency
with characteristic ability and fidelity.
   On July 12, I871, Mr. Lueke was
married to Miss Augusta Wuerger, a na-
tive of Germany, and their union has been
blessed with a family of seven children,
named respectively: Charles, Flora, Clara,
William, Anna, Nora and Lillie. Mr. and
Mrs. Lueke are members of the Lutheran
Church, and are in the enjoyment of the
well-merited esteem and regard of the
community at large.
OHN BETH, senior member of the
     widely-known wholesale and retail
     grocery) firm of John Beth & Sons,
     is one of those successful merchants
who in early) life acquired a knowledge of
the value of time and money, and who had
been early trained to possess patience,
qualified with perseverance; to remember
that time is money, and that there are
just sixty minutes in one hour; and to
never forget that whatever is worth doing
at all is worth doing well.
    Mr. Beth is a native of Bruttig, Ger-
many, born on the river Moselle, Rhein
Province, January 25, 1840, a son of
Theodore and Catherine (Goebel) Beth;
also of German nativity, who in i852,
with their little family of children, emi-
grated to the United States, making their
first New-xWorld home in Milwaukee.
Here the father, who was a shoemaker,
followed his trade until 1855, when he
came to Green Bay, where he continued
his trade up to about the time of his death,
Which occurred May 3, 1857; his wife had
died October 24, 1852. They were the
parents of six children, viz.: Jacob,
Joseph, John and Frank, who all reside
in Green Bay; Maggie, who is the wife
of Thomas Hubert, of Menominee, Mich.
and Katie, who died Novxember 1, 1852,
at Milwaukee, \Visconsin.
   As will be seen, the subject of this
sketch was twelve )-ears old when the
family came to the United States, so his
education had already been secured in
Germaun, he having attended school
there between the ages of seven and
twelve. At thirteen he commenced work-
ing from home, in Wisconsin, engaging
in various occupations for the next few
years, or until 186t, when, the Civil war
haxing burst over the land, his ardor to
fight for his adopted country prompted

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