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Hardware Business Politicians in Wisconsin
Hardware and Building Supply Dealers

  Alva Adams (1850-1922) — of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colo. Born in a log cabin in Iowa County, Wis., May 14, 1850. Democrat. Hardware merchant; member of Colorado state legislature, 1876; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1880 (Convention Vice-President); Governor of Colorado, 1887-89, 1897-99, 1905; member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 1908-. Member, Freemasons. Died at a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Mich., November 1, 1922 (age 72 years, 171 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Pueblo, Colo.
  Relatives: Son of John Adams and Eliza (Blanchard) Adams (1832-1911); brother of William Herbert Adams (1861-1954); married to Ella Charlotte Nye (1851-1931); father of Alva Blanchard Adams; uncle of Harry Wilfred Adams; grandfather of Alva Blanchard Adams, Jr..
  Political family: Adams family of Pueblo, Colorado.
  Adams County, Colo. is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Lloyd R. Baumgart (1908-1985) — of Lena, Oconto County, Wis.; Coleman, Marinette County, Wis. Born in Green Bay, Brown County, Wis., January 29, 1908. Republican. Dairy farmer; painting contractor; hardware store owner; auctioneer; plumber; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Oconto County, 1957-64; defeated (Independent), 1952. Died in July, 1985 (age 77 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
B. W. Countryman B. W. Countryman (b. 1867) — of Spencer, McCook County, S.Dak. Born in Grant County, Wis., February 28, 1867. Republican. Farmer; hardware business; grain dealer; member of South Dakota state house of representatives 11th District, 1903-06. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1889 to Alice E. Parkhurst.
  Image source: South Dakota Legislative Manual, 1903
  John Hohenthaner (1875-1954) — of Yankton, Yankton County, S.Dak.; Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Fla. Born in Wisconsin, October 9, 1875. Hardware merchant; mayor of Zephyrhills, Fla., 1928-32. German ancestry. Died in Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Fla., May 11, 1954 (age 78 years, 214 days). Interment at Oakside Cemetery, Zephyrhills, Fla.
  Relatives: Son of Johann Baptiste Hohenthaner (1840-1931) and Anna (Maier) Hohenthaner (1850-1919); married, March 29, 1902, to Alpha Marcella Osborn (1882-1950).
  Epitaph: "In Loving Memory."
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — BillionGraves burial record
  August Kickbusch (1828-1901) — of Wausau, Marathon County, Wis. Born in Kolberg, Prussia (now Kolobrzeg, Poland), October 15, 1828. Fur trader; brick manufacturer; hardware merchant; mayor of Wausau, Wis., 1872-73, 1874-75. German ancestry. Died May 28, 1901 (age 72 years, 225 days). Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Martin F. Kickbusch and Katrina (Koahn) Kickbusch; married to Matilda Schochow.
Carl Lovelace Carl Lovelace (1878-1941) — of Woodford, Lafayette County, Wis. Born near Wiota, Lafayette County, Wis., November 29, 1878. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; traveling salesman; hardware store owner; banker; member of Wisconsin state senate 17th District, 1939-41; died in office 1941. Died February 12, 1941 (age 62 years, 75 days). Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
  Louis L. Merz (b. 1908) — of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis. Born in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis., July 20, 1908. Democrat. Building supplies business; real estate broker; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Milwaukee County 1st District, 1957-62. Catholic. Member, Holy Name Society; Amvets; Eagles; American Arbitration Association. Burial location unknown.
  Edward Sloman Minor (1840-1924) — also known as Edward S. Minor — of Fish Creek, Door County, Wis.; Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wis. Born in Point Peninsula, Jefferson County, N.Y., December 13, 1840. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; hardware business; member of Wisconsin state assembly, 1878, 1880-81; member of Wisconsin state senate, 1883-85; superintendent of Sturgeon Bay and Lake Michigan Ship Canal, 1884-91; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, 1895-1907 (8th District 1895-1903, 9th District 1903-07); postmaster. Died in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wis., July 26, 1924 (age 83 years, 226 days). Interment at Bayside Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Frank E. Riley Frank E. Riley (b. 1865) — of Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wis. Born in Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, N.H., March 5, 1865. Republican. Painter and decorator; postmaster at Two Rivers, Wis., 1898-1914, 1919-23; hardware business; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Manitowoc County 2nd District, 1939-46. Burial location unknown.
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
Herbert C. Schenk Herbert Christian Schenk (1880-1972) — also known as Herbert C. Schenk — of Madison, Dane County, Wis. Born in Leeds, Columbia County, Wis., June 26, 1880. Progressive. Lumber yard manager; hardware dealer; member of Wisconsin state assembly from Dane County 1st District, 1935-40; candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 2nd District, 1944. Died in Concord, Contra Costa County, Calif., April 18, 1972 (age 91 years, 297 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wis.
  Relatives: Son of Frederick Schenk (1848-1913) and Wilhelmina (Kilgust) Schenk (1849-1935); married to Clara Junette Sater (1877-1961).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Wisconsin Blue Book 1940
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