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Colby, Wisconsin centennial
(1873-1973)

Sketches of pioneers,   pp. 18-127


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the Colby Hotel. He also had a planing mill where the old Pow-
er House stood. His children, Fred, Ben, Annie and Katherine
helped him in his business ventures.
Fred married Bertha Meilke. They had five children, Ellis,
Hazel, Frank, Helen and Charles. Fred later owned a store at
Osborne, now Riplinger and was also postmaster there.
Hazel still resides on the home place.
Ben was active in the brass bands of the city. He married
Verna Sturner and later entered into the insurance business.
They had four children, Vernetta, Lorraine, Grace and Ben Jr.
Annie married Fred Zassenhaus who farmed for many years
west of Colby on County "N". After his death, Annie moved
to the city of Colby. They had three children, Helena and
Francis residing on the Zassenhaus farm and Fred Jr. residing
in Colby.
ZI LLMER'S DEPT. STOR E-Robert Strathman
who had been employed in the store since 1917, purchased
part of the stock. After Mr. Zillmer's deatt, on Feb. 1, 1931,
the business was operated by Mrs. Zillmer as pres. and R. W.
Strathman as sec. and treas. This continued until Mr. Strath-
man purchased the store from Mrs. Zillmer, operating it until
his retirement in 1966.
FRANK BROTT
merchant, was born in New York in 1842.
He opened a store on the Marathon County side of the village,
then moved across the line into Clark where his buildings were
destroyed by fire in 1880. He rebuilt in 30 days.
FRANK RIPLINGER
was born in 1843 in Germany. He
married Katherine Schill in School Hill in Manitowoc County
in 1868. Frank served with the Union Army during the Civil
War, was captured and sent to the infamous Andersonville
Prison. He was also one of those who went with Gen. Sherman
in the famous March to the Sea.
He moved to Colby in the fall of 1875 and engaged in a
variety of professions as casketmaker, shoemakers, tavern and
store operator. Frank started his store in the house now owned
by Harold Glenzer on Main St. Then he moved to what is now
the hotel and operated a store, saloon, pool hall and bowling
alley housed in a two-story building just south of the old store.
Later the store and saloon were joined and remodeled to make
Fred Riplinger and brother, Ben- fourth one from left; rest unknown
OLD SCHULTZ STORE-made over into Niehoff Hotel and Riplinger
building to south--which later was moved to the north and annexed to
Hotel.
G. J. WALBRIDGE
Was born in Vermont in 1844, came
to Menasha in 1857, lived on a farm until he came to Colby in
1874 where he was engaged in the hardware business. He also
owned a farm in Colby and was largely interested in raising
purebred stock.
He was chairman of the town for four years and chairman
of the County Board for one year.
B. F. WALKER
Merchant in Colby, was born in England in
1844. At the early age of six, he began making his way by
working for the navies at a shilling a day; at twelve, he smug-
gled himself aboard a ship and when discovered, the captain
made him cabin boy. He was striving to reach his grandfather
in New York.
He served in the Civil War, coming to Colby in 1876 going
into the merchandise business.
DID     YOU      KNOW ....
The only government handouts were a few garden seeds
once a year.
1871 - -
Robert Burnett, Unity citizen, in the employ of the Wis.
Cent. R. R. helped to cut the first tree where the city of Colby
now stands.
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