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Title Paine Lumber Door Manufacturing
Catalog Number P1975.3.3
Accession number 6533
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Gelatin print on cardstock of Paine Lumber Door Manufacturing.
Date circa 1900
People Suess, John, Sr.
Suess, William 'Bill'
Subjects Industry
Lumber industry
Group Photographs
Working class
Child laborers
Paine Lumber Company
Wood carving
Doors & doorways
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Suess
Catalog date 2009-09-24
Cataloged by Cross, Scott
Medium Photographic Paper/Cardstock
Neg # 2579
Notes Interior view showing workers in the door department of Paine Lumber Company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The men and boys are standing at their work with planes on the doors. The man standing at center front, wearing a full beard, is identified by his daughter as John Suess. The man standing second from the right and leaning on a carved door panel is the donor's brother, William "Bill" Suess.

John Suess was born in Bohemia on February 8, 1851. He immigrated to the United States in 1882. He is first listed in the Oshkosh City Directories in 1886, working as a carpenter at Paine Lumber. His first wife was Anna Gertschlaeger, and they had six children together prior to her death in 1898. In 1899 John married Eleanora "Laura" Esslinger and the couple had three more children together. John was a master carver at Paine Lumber and worked in the newel and mantle department until he retired prior to 1930. He died in Oshkosh on December 8, 1935. His son William "Bill" Suess was born in Wisconsin on April 20,1883. He worked for Paine Lumber and later for McMillen. He married Kate Oberhansl in oshkosh on June 23, 1909.
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