Frederick William Schwantes, 1885
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Surname: SCHWANTES, MELLINTINE, MARTIN
----Source: History of Clark County, Wisconsin (1918), by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge
FREDERICK WILLIAM SCHWANTES, proprietor of Pleasant Ridge Cheese Factory, in Grant Township, is a business man who is making rapid strides on the road to prosperity. He was born on a farm near Marathon, in Marathon County, Wis., April 7, 1885, son of Herman and Tine (Mellintine) Schwantes. Both parents were born in Germany, the father, in 1854, and the mother, in 1856. They were married in Marathon County, Wis., Herman being one of the first settlers in his neighborhood. The land was covered with timber and there were no roads. He often carried supplies on his back for three miles over the trail. Of the 120 acres which he purchased he cleared forty. For a number of years he was chairman of the board, and was a man whom all respected for his industry and other sterling qualities.
Schwantes grew up on his parent’s and was educated in the
district school. He left the farm and went to Spencer, where he
spent two years in a cheese factory, learning the process Of
cheese-making. Being fully equipped with this knowledge, he came to
Clark County seven years ago and bought the Pleasant Ridge Cheese
Factory, then being operated by Herman Martin. He began with an
output of 2,000 pounds per year, which he has since increased to
13,000 pounds, having also enlarged the plant to meet the
requirements of his growing business. His product is of high
quality and commands a good market. Mr. Schwantes, through his own
energy and ability, has taken a prominent place among the
successful business men of Clark County. He was married to Ida
Griepentrog, daughter of Ferdinand Griepentrog, a Pioneer of
Marathon County, Wis., and he and his wife have five children:
Francisco, Lother, Edna, Elnora and Eldor.
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