Chris Adraktas

Died: January 01, 1885

CHRIS ADRAKTAS. America has ever been looked upon as the land of opportunity. Among the thousands of Europeans who have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to become citizens of America a lad nineteen years of age one day walked from the gangplank of an oceanic steamer to seek his fortune in a new world. This lad, ambitious and thrifty, in time became fully absorbed in American ideals and customs. He was a native of Agoralecha, Greece, where in 1885 he was born, the son of George and Anastasia Adraktas. For six months he stayed in New York and then moved westward to Chicago where he was employed in some of the best known of United States hotels, including the Congress Hotel. He spent seven years (1905-1912) in Chicago, and on May 12, 1912, started a confectionery and ice cream parlor at Oconto, Wisconsin.

In 1913 he erected a modern structure to house his business there and on June 20, 1915, fire, which came from an adjacent building, was responsible for his business being burned to the ground. Mr. Adraktas then visited Antigo, decided to locate here, and on June 19, 1915, with $200 as his only capital, except much energy and grit, he opened the Adraktas Sweet Shop, which since has been very successful. Two years later he purchased the Daskam block, a splendid two-story brick structure in which he has his business, flats, office rooms and a lodge room and dance hall. This business is at 805-07 Fifth avenue. Mr. Adraktas employees seven to eight employees on an average annually. He was married on August 9, 1916, to Charlotte Nelson, of Chicago, Illinois. They reside at 1230 Superior street, which residence was purchased from F. Kester in 1921. Fraternally Mr. Adraktas is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Source: p.300 History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing CO. 1922.