P. RATH, pioneer citizen and County Clerk of Langlade County, was born in
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, February 15, 1860, the son of Valentine and Mary
Anna (Feser) Rath, both of whom were born in Bavaria and immigrated to America
in 1858, settling in Sheboygan. The father died in Sheboygan in 1911. Valentine
Rath, Sr., was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting from Sheboygan County and
seeing service in some of that conflict’s severest battles.
Rath was reared in the city of Sheboygan and there attended the parochial school
of the Roman Catholic church, of which his parents were, and he and his family
are now, members. When a youth he learned the trade of a cooper and worked at
that trade for two years or more and then entered the employ of Henry Rath,
packing lime. When nineteen years of age he came to Langlade County. then a part
of Oconto County, and he is one of the pioneers of this community. He settled in
Price township and was active as Chairman, Assessor, Town Clerk, and in County
affairs before his election to the office of County Clerk in 1902. He held the
position of Town Clerk at the time of the election. Mr. Rath has been
successively re-elected to the office of County Clerk at each election since
1902 with handsome majorities. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus as well
as the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin and the Catholic Order of Foresters,
having held various official capacities in the last two named. He is at
present the Treasurer of the Wisconsin County Clerks Association, having
been re-elected in 1922. Mr. Rath is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of
America, the Sons of Veterans and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
15, 1890, he was united in marriage to Madelene Mary Friederich, of Sheboygan,
who was born and reared in that city. To this union six children have been born,
as follows: George P.; Joseph F.; William M.; John H.; Clara Mary; and Thomas E.
Rath. Four of Mr. Rath’s sons served in the fighting forces of Uncle
Sam during the World War, Thomas H.
being too young at the time, later served in the U. S. Navy, and Mr. Rath, as a member of the
Board of Exemption of the Langlade County district, and who engaged actively in
other war activities, distinguished himself as a true patriot. William M. Rath,
while overseas, met and afterwards married Marthe Aubertin. This was Langlade
County’s only war romance.
P. Rath has played a conspicuous part in Langlade County activities for many
years; he was instrumental in getting Price township detached from Polar
township and was the leader of the homesteaders in their political battles in
the pioneer days of Price.
Mr. Rath first came to Langlade County he took up a residence on one hundred and
sixty acres of land in Polar township, now Price township. He resided there for
a number of years and then moved to Bryant, village in Price township, and was
engaged as a lumber grader and cruiser, which work he followed until his
election as County Clerk. He then moved into Antigo, where he has since made his
home. By his capable and thorough performance of duty, his high order of
citizenship and his fidelity to the county, Mr. Rath has won the confidence and
highest esteem of scores of citizens all over Langlade County. The Rath family
reside at 130 Lincoln street.
P.336 History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing CO. 1922.