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Wood County, Wisconsin - Pflum Family

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Alvin S. Pflum (1923)
Source: History of Wood County, Wisconsin (1923) compiled by George O. Jones, page 685

Alvin S. Pflum, D. D. S., who is engaged in the practice of his profession at Milladore and Marshfield was born in Marshfield, Wood County, Feb. 25, 1896, son of Frank X. and Mary (Mettelka) Pflum. The father was born in Washington County, Wis., and came to Marshfield in 1879 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Pflum. Mrs. Mary Pflum, wife of Frank X., was born in Austria and came to Wisconsin when a young girl. She and her husband had four children: Laura M., now a teacher in Milwaukee; Alvin S. and Roman J., who are engaged in the practice of dentistry at Marshfield; Edward A., who is engaged in the practice of dentistry at Colby, Wis. Alvin S. Pflum was educated in Marshfield, being graduated from the high school in the class of 1914. Having decided to follow the dental profession, he enrolled himself as a student in the dental department of Marquette University at Milwaukee, where he was graduated with the degree of D. D. S., in 1919. He then began the practice of his profession in St. Louis, Mo., where he remained for a year. In the fall of 1920 he came to Milladore, Wood County, Wis., and took offices in association with Dr. Alphonse J. Gerend. In March 1922 he and his brother Roman formed a partnership and began their practice in Marshfield, Wis. He has already a good practice, which is gradually increasing, and there is every indication that he has entered upon a successful career. He is a member of the Catholic Church. In 1918 Dr. Pflum showed his staunch American patriotism by enlisting in the Students Army Training Corps at Marquette University.


Frank Xavier Pflum (1923)
Source: History of Wood County, Wisconsin (1923) compiled by George O. Jones, pages 460-461

Frank Xavier Pflum, of Marshfield, agent for the Ward Medical Co., of Winona, Minn., with territory covering parts of Marathon, Wood and Clark Counties, was born in Young America, Washington County, Wis., March 29, 1868, son of Simon and Mary M. (Taube) Pflum. He had but little schooling and until 1890 remained with his parents, who in the year of his birth moved to Green Bay, later to Freedom, and then to Marshfield. Here Frank X. Pflum went to work for the Upham Manufacturing Co., with which concern he remained two years. He was then married Nov. 24, 1891, to Mary Mettelka, daughter of Joseph and Theresa Mettelka of Marshfield. She was born in Austria, Aug. 19, 1869, came with her parents to Dorchester, Clark County, Wis., in 1885, and to Marshfield in 1887, after the big fire which occurred in June that year. Both her parents are deceased. Immediately after his marriage Mr. Pflum engaged in the harness business in Marathon City and was there three years. Then in 1894 he returned to Marshfield and began selling medicines for Frank X. Linder and was thus occupied one winter. After that he was engaged for a time in railroad work, and then again entered the employ of the Upham Manufacturing Company. In 1906 Mr. Pflum began his connection with the Ward Medical Co., of Winona, Minn., and has since remained with that company, having had a successful career. A Catholic in religion, he is a member of St. John's Parish and of the order of Catholic Knights of Wisconsin. He and his wife are the parents of four children: Laura M., born Sept. 19, 1893; Alvin S., born Feb. 25, 1896, and Roman J. and Edward A. (twins), born June 15, 1897. Laura M. was graduated from the Marshfield High School and from the Oshkosh Normal School and is now a teacher in Milwaukee. Alvin S., was graduated from the Marshfield High School and from Marquette University and is now a dentist in Marshfield. Roman J. and Edward A. were graduated from the Marshfield High School and from Marquette University. The former is now a dentist in Marshfield, and the latter a dentist in Colby, Clark County.


Simon Pflum (1830 1918)
Source: History of Wood County, Wisconsin (1923) compiled by George O. Jones, pages 459-460

Simon Pflum, who for about 40 years was proprietor of a harness business in Marshfield, but is now deceased, was born on a farm in Hohenzollern, Cischmering, Germany (near the home of the Kaiser), on Oct. 1, 1830. In his native land he succeeded in getting a fair amount of schooling, and worked on the farm, often plowing with a team of cows. At the age of 20, having a brother, Joseph, in Memphis, Tenn., he came to the United States, joined his brother, and in Memphis learned the trade of saddler. But in Memphis he was attacked by malaria and by the doctor's advice in 1852 came to Wisconsin. Here he worked as a farm hand, cleared land, and "roughed it" generally, with the result that at the end of six months he had so far recovered that he returned to Memphis and resumed his trade. But his old enemy again attacked him and in order to escape from it he again had to come north, accordingly settling in Washington County, Wis., where he bought two fine pieces of wild land. He also worked to some extent at his trade and at harvesting both in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as at any other work he could find. He then sent for a brother, Peter, and his family, and also a sister and her family, Mrs. Schneider and husband and settled them on the land he had bought, and their descendants are still living on the farm, which is today one of the richest and best farms in Washington County. He then started a shop at New Cassel, Wis., which he later sold to his man, Carl Guth, to whom he had taught the saddlery trade, and he, himself, went to Kewaskum, Washington County, Wis., and started a shop there which he sold to Bastian Witzig. His next move was to start a harness and saddlery shop at Young America, that county, and was getting it well under way when the Civil War broke out. This caused an interruption in his business career, as in the first year of the war, 1861, he enlisted at West Bend, Wis., as a member of Company E. 27th Wisconsin Volunteers and served about three years. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness, having both bones of his left wrist broken, and having also been disabled from rheumatism, as well as very deaf, he was discharged on account of disability. On his return home he reopened his business, but unable to work much himself he was obliged to hire help. On Nov. 22, 1864, Mr. Pflum was united in marriage to Mary M. Taube, of Richfield, Wis., who was born in Germany, on the Rhine, June 5, 1843, and who came to the United States when but two years old, the family settling on land at Richfield, Washington County, Wis., where she was reared. In October, 1868, Mr. Pflum went to Green Bay, Wis., and conducted a harness business there until 1875, when he moved to Freedom, Wis., and conducted a similar business there. In October, 1789, he sold out at Freedom and came to Marshfield, where he established a harness business that he conducted subsequently until his death on Feb. 23, 1918, or for a period of about 40 years. Although handicapped to some extent by the disability resulting from his deafness, he had a successful business career. His shop was located on South Central Avenue and he owned a comfortable residence on the same thoroughfare. His wife is still living. They were the parents of ten children: Mary M., now deceased; Joseph, living in Marshfield; Frank X., of Marshfield; Lena M., now Mrs. John Hokamp of Pittsville, Wood County; William of Tomahawk, Wis.; Mary, wife of John Dodgel of Chicago; Anna, of Marshfield, widow of Charles Lieberman; Josephine, who married Gust Bulgren of Marshfield and is now deceased; Lillian, wife of John Rohrdonz of Milwaukee, and Simon, who succeeded his father in the proprietorship of the latter's harness business in Marshfield, which he is now conducting. The family are members of the Catholic Church, and of St. John's parish, Marshfield.
 

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