Schoengarth, Oscar W. (History - 1879)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin; pg. 624 - 625.

          Oscar W. Schoengarth

OSCAR W. SCHOENGARTH, county judge, born, reared, and in part educated within sight of the courthouse in which he now occupies so important an office, is one of the notable figures in Clark County life. As a judge he is showing that judicial temperament which is so necessary to the honored position with which he has been trusted, and the esteem and confidence in which he is held is constantly increasing. His financial interests include directorates in the First National Bank of Neillsville and the Commercial State Bank of Neillsville, as well as stock in the Bank of Chili, the Farmers' State Bank of Greenwood, and in various local enterprises in Neillsville. Fraternally Judge Schoengarth is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of the Masons. The career which has brought to him this success is an interesting one. Born June 28, 1879, the son of August A, Sarah (Simon) Schoengarth, he passed through the graded school of Neillsville, graduated with honors from the Neillsville High School in 1898, and 1901 received his degree from the Law Department of the University Wisconsin. While still a student he was elected police judge of Neillsville and served for four years. After graduating he took up the practice of at Neillsville with Hon. Spencer M. Marsh, now judge of the Superior Court of California and residing at San Diego. Mr. Schoengarth continued successfully in the practice of the law until elected to his present position, taking office Jan. 1, 1906, and being since twice reelected without opposition. In 1912 he was a delegate to the Republican National convention that nominated William Howard Taft for president of the United States.

Judge Schoengarth married Volga Dodte, who was born in Neillsville, Wis., and this union has been blessed with one son, Lowell. Mrs. Schoengarth is the daughter of Carl and Mina Dodte, of Neillsville. She is prominent in Red Cross and educational work, is a graduate of the Oskosh Normal School and of the Watertown Normal School, and was a teacher in both Arizona and Wisconsin, but chiefly in this and surrounding counties. Her fraternal relations are with the O. E. S.


                 Judge Oscar W. Schoengarth

 Judge Oscar W. Schoengarth, a young Neillsville native, Oscar W. Schoengarth, took office as county judge on Jan. 1, 1906, succeeding Judge Jacques. Judge Schoengarth was born June 28, 1879, in Neillsville, spending most of his life here, except when he attended the State University where he graduated with a law degree. He was an active partner in practicing law with Spencer M. Marsh for five years prior to becoming county judge. County Clerk: Charles M. Bradford, county clerk, came from Sheboygan county. He came to the county in 1877, locating in the town of Sherman. His life was that of a sturdy pioneer. He taught school in the winter and farmed in the summer. Eventually, he gave up teaching, devoted to full- time to farming. After serving as town



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