Biography of John A. Wiener
Oswego County, NY Biographies





John A. Wiener. - One of the substantial citizens of Oswego is John A. Wiener, who is plant manager of the Oswego Board Corporation. He was born at Kewanee, Wis., May 2, 1880, the son of Dusmas and Mary Hazel (Fleigle) Wiener.

Dusmas Wiener was born in Germany and died at North Prairie, Minn., in 1929. He was four years of age when his parents came to the United States and settled at Kewanee, Wis. He was educated there and later became the proprietor of a saw mill at that place. In 1882 he removed to Royalton, Minn., where he continued to reside until his retirement in 1915. His widow, Mrs. Wiener, resides at Royalton. She is now 81 years of age. Mr. Wiener was a member of the Catholic Church. There were 11 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Wiener: 1. Annie Snyder, lives at Pierce, Minn. 2. Martin, lives at Saux Center, Minn. 3. Melehoir, lives at Little Falls, Minn. 4. Joseph, lives at Wausau, Wis. 5. John A., the subject of this sketch. 6. Mary Urbansky, lives at Rothchild, Wis. 7. August, lives at Sharpsdale, Colo. 8. Andrew, who died in 1914. 9. Albert, lives on the old homestead near North Prairie. 10. Matilda Harding, lives at St. Joseph, Minn. 11. Rose Janska, lives at Rice, Minn.

John A. Wiener obtained his education in the public schools of North Prairie, and until 1896 was identified with his father's business. He then was employed for five years in a flour mill at Two Rivers, Minn. spent two years at Royalton, Minn., and then went to Spokane, Wash., where he was identified with the Washington Water Power Company for one year. Mr. Wiener spent almost four years with the Great Northern Power Company in Minnesota, and later went to California as master mechanic for the Great Western Power Company. Upon his return to Minnesota he was in charge of operations for the Minnesota-Ontario Power Company for three years, after which he went to Keokuk, Iowa, with the Mississippi Power Company as master mechanic under Col. Hugh L. Cooper. He spent two years in Quebec, Canada, with the Laurentide Power Company, two years with the Abitibi Power & Paper Company, at Iroquois Falls, Canada, and seven years with the Marathon Paper Company of Rothchild, Minn. Mr. Wiener then became engineer in charge of development of plants for the Masonite Corporation at Laurel, Miss., and in August, 1928, came to Oswego as plant manager of the Oswego Board Corporation, a subsidiary of the St. Regis Paper Company.

In 1916 Mr. Wiener was married at Minneapolis to Miss Carrie Batzer, of Royalton, Minn., the daughter of Rudolph and Susan (Winch) Batzer, natives of Germany and Canada, respectively. Mr. Batzer died in 1918 and his widow lives at Lebanon, Ore. Mr. and Mrs. Wiener have a daughter, Antoinette Caroline, born July 23, 1920.

Mr. Wiener is a Republican, a member of the Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Pleasant Point Club. He is a director of the Y. M. C. A. and chairman of the American Red Cross in Oswego.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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