Bio: Raddatz, Fred (1914)

Poster:: Crysal Wendt

Surnames: Raddatz, Kneer, Rick


----Source: History of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin (1914) page 839


Fred Raddatz, who since 1895 has been proprietor of the popular Kneer House, is a native of Germany, where he was born October 2, 1860, his parents being Adolph and Louisa (Rick) Raddatz. In 1872, when only twelve years of age, Mr. Raddatz left his native country for the United States and upon his arrival he came to Eau Claire, Wis., and located at Fall Creek, and for four years worked on a farm. In 1876 he came to the city of Eau Claire, and for the next two years acted in the capacity of teamster. He then found employment as runner for the Galloway House and by strict attention to business and persevering efforts he worked up to the position of clerk. Here he remained until 1895, when he became proprietor of the Kneer House, which he has since successfully conducted. His most estimable wife, Emma, is a daughter of the late Mathias Kneer.


Mr. Raddatz is one of the popular and influential men of Eau Claire and takes an active interest in all public matters. He is prominently identified with various fraternal organizations, being a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Templar. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and has filled all the chairs of that order. He holds membership in the Maccabees, the United Order of Foresters, the Beavers and the German Singing Society. He is an extensive owner of real estate in Eau Claire, among which may be mentioned the Kneer House and adjoining property. In political affiliations he is a Republican.




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