Biography of Ernest J. Wuerzberger
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Ernest J. Wuerzberger, president and treasurer of the Racine Wholesale Wine & Liquor Company, was born July 31, 1881, in the city of Racine, a son of Ernest and Louisa (Birkholz) Wuerzberger, the former a native of New York City, while the latter was born in Racine. Her father was Robert Birkholz, a veteran of the Civil War, who went to the front from Maine and after the cessation of hostilities, came to Racine. Here he was successfully identified with industrial interests, occupying the position of assistant superintendent of the Mitchell Wagon Company for many years. The paternal grandfather of Ernest J. Wuerzberger of this review also bears the name of Ernest Wuerzberger and is now ninety-six years old. He came to Racine in 1862 and was well known as one of the early merchants of the city, having a grocery store and saloon on Milwaukee Avenue for many years. His son, Ernest Wuerzberger, father of our subject, conducted the business until his death, which occurred March 28, 1910. His widow survives and in their family were five children: Ernest J.; Annie, the wife of William Robbins, a resident of Racine; Henry, who is in business with his brother Ernest and who married Sadie Kathousen, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by whom he has two children, Bernice and Ernest ; Henriette, the wife of Alfred Hanson, of Racine: and Lydia, the wife of Frank Yetmar, also living in this city. The children are all graduates of the public schools of Racine. After completing his education, E. J. Wuerzberger of this review turned his attention to business affairs and on the 1st of January, 1905, opened business under the name of the Racine Wholesale Wine & Liquor Company, at 1131 Washington Avenue, where in 1911 he was joined by his brother Henry, who is now his partner in the undertaking. This company was incorporated in 1906 under the state laws of Wisconsin and its present officers are; E. J. Wuerzberger, president and treasurer; Henry Wuerzberger, vice president; and J. Wuerzberger, secretary.
On the 15th of June, 1904, occurred the marriage of E. J. Wuerzberger and Miss Josephine Zade, of Racine, and they have two children, Ruth and Florence. Mr. Wuerzberger is connected with the fraternal order of Eagles and gives his political allegiance to the Democratic Party.