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Colby, Wisconsin centennial
(1873-1973)

Sketches of pioneers,   pp. 18-127


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GUST FRANZ
was born December 15, 1861 at Nurenberg,
Germany, and came to the United States in 1883. He was mar-
ried at Lomira, Wisconsin on December 14, 1885 to Theresa
Shulz and moved from Lomira to a farm in the town of Hull.
In 1918 he moved to Colby and operated a general merchan-
dise store. The building is still owned by a daughter, Minnie,
Mrs. Carl Sabler.
Mr. Franz was a stockholder in the H. H. Motor Co. and an
employee there for about 15 years.
His wife died in 1953 at the age of 95 and he died in 1958
at the age of 97 years. The Franz's had four children, Mata,
(Mrs. Al Goldammer), Minnie, Henry and Albert.
JOE EDER
youngest brother of Henry Eder, lived on a farm
near Colby until he went to the east coast and became a re-
nown steel worker, building numerous skyscrapers in Pittsburg
and New York.
He was drafted by the government in W. W. I to help build
steel ships at Newark, N. J. and from then on continued his
construction Co. He built the parachute attraction at the
World Fair in New York in 1939 plus the Billy Rose's Aqua-
duct and some 29 other buildings.
Henry's son, Everett, went east to learn the trade from his
uncle.
Joe was still active as consulting engineer for a construction
Co. on Long Island at 85 years of age. He passed away at the
age of 92. A brother, John, worked with him for awhile but
was killed in an accident.
Mr. Eder also helped to place the high bridge across the
Mississippi river at Hastings, Minnesota in 1895.
Eder's New York Fair's Parachute Jump
JOHN EDER AND FAMILY
1883-
The Wisconsin Central Railroad made an offer to the busi-
nessmen of the village--if they would clear the right-of-way be-
tween Clark and Spence Streets, it would be used as a Public
Square.
Theresa Ohlinger accompanied Gov. and Barbara Tremmel
(a blind brother and sister musical group) as a teacher and
guide.
One of the most remarkable medicines of modern times--F.
J. Salter has agency for Chamberlains' Pain Balm.
1883 - -
Frank Skerbeck and daughter, first class acrobats in gym-
nastic entertainment and sword swallowing performance, was
a rare treat in the Colby Hall. Miss Skerbeck was formerly the
"boneless" girl of Rentz Circus in Germany.
Ben Riplinger and John Kohl joined the Skerbeck circus
Ben would toot his B flat and John would perform his acro-
batic evolutions in the ring.
The front of the Colby State Bank was graced with a tablet
bearing the name "Colby State Bank" and the date 1900. The
stone, 8 ft. long and 16 in. wide and 6 in. thick weighed be-
tween eight and nine hundred pounds. The stone was furnished
by Lueloff and Sons.
Mrs. Chas. Holtzhausen was the recipient of a Christmas
gift which she valued in many ways. It was a carving set pre-
sented to her by her husband. The knife, fork and steel were
made by Mr. Holtzhausen; the metal parts were made of high-
ly polished steel and the handle of lignumvitae. On the blade
of the knife was engraved: "To Ida Holtzhausen from Chas.
Holtzhausen Dec., 1902."
1884 - -
Andrew Flaig has the agency for AETNA Insurance.
Wm. Eggebrecht (from Mich.) recently purchased the farm
from Danford Rector for $1,600 consisting of 160 acres, stock
and furniture. Rector sold his farm because of ill health.
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