Karl Boerner

Born: June 19, 1886

KARL BOERNER. In every community there may be found among its citizenship men who direct their lives in harmony with the old rule, known as that of the "Three P's--Push--Pluck and Perseverance." To this class Langlade County's only practical furrier, Karl Boerner belongs. Karl Boerner comes from a country in Europe that has produced some of the world's illustrious thinkers--in science, literature, philosophy, commerce, agriculture, state affairs and in economics. He was born in Einbeck, Province of Hanover, Germany, June 19, 1886, the son of Wilhelm and Christine (Eiland) Boerner. His early education was completed in Germany and then young Boerner followed the skilled trade of his father and grandfather, that of a furrier. He is the third of three generations of old master furriers. Karl Boerner, his grandfather, was furrier to the Royal family of Hanover and the Duke of Cumberland; Wilhelm Boerner, his father, was awarded a Diploma of Honor in the Exposition of Industry at Hanover in 1876. Karl Boerner served in the Bavarian Army in 1887-90 at Nuremberg. Five years later, July 18, 1895, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Seeve of Brunswick, Germany. The marriage ceremony was performed at Magdeburg, Germany, where Karl Boerner's father-ln-law resided. He was an inspector of railroads and is now retired from active life. To this union three children were born: Irmagarde, now Mrs. John Reckinger, of Antigo; Guenthner of Antigo and Richard, also of Antigo.

Mr. Boerner first visited Antigo in 1891 and stayed here for three years, then leaving for Chicago, Ill. He returned to Antigo in 1915 and has since had his furrier offices in the Molle building. He resides in Antigo township, just a short distance from the business section of Antigo.

The subject of this sketch has followed his profession in Denmark and Sweden, the land of his nativity and in the United States and is an expert furrier.

He is a member of the Unity Evangelical Church and holds the office of Congregational Secretary. He has served as Justice of the Peace and as a school clerk in the district in which he resides in Antigo township. He is an officer in the Antigo rural telephone company.

Mr. Boerner can vividly recall many reminiscences of happenings in Antigo during his first business career here. He has made two visits to Europe since coming to America. Mr. Boerner is held in high regard as a citizen by a wide acquaintance which the present and coming generations can not do better than to emulate.

p.286, History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing CO. 1922.