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Benjamin C. Schuck

Birth
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 23 Jun 1970 (aged 71)
Marathon, Marathon County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Merrill, Lincoln County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 86319841 View Source

Benjamin Schuck was born in Milwaukee on October 17, 1898, the son of William and Frieda (Schubert) Schuck. He was married in Milwaukee to Dorothy Ehne on May 25, 1920. They had one son.
Mr. Schuck was a former manager of the Rhinelander Brewery and sales manager for Mathie & Ruder Brewing Company. He owned and operated Schuck's Beer Depot at the time he was elected mayor of Wausau in 1958. Mr. Schuck served as mayor until 1964, and in those six years, while sometimes considered controversial, he accomplished a lot for the citizens of Wausau. He was a very aggressive mayor who saw himself as the head of a large organization. Some aldermen accused him of being a "dictator" who rode over them and often made decisions without consulting the alderman. His thought was that there often was no time when a tough decision needed to be made.
He backed the ordinance creating the office of comptroller and the installation of IBM computers. He established the new road out of the "Flats" to River Drive; he annexed the Riverview area; annexed the lands on which the Holiday Inn in located; purchased voting machines, and codified city ordinances. He was also instrumental in starting the use of soil cement as a base for blacktop, supported the bond issues for separation of storm and sanitary sewers, and built the fire station on Grand Avenue.
At his retirement, Mr. Schuck was quoted as saying: "You know, if a mayor wishes he can just sit on his tail in this office and look down on Third Street. He will get nothing done, but I bet he could build a good reputation of being a fine fellow."
Mr. Schuck was a member and past exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 248; Forest Lodge F&AM; Eau Claire Consistory; Tripoli Temple, of which he was ambassador.
Benjamin Schuck, at age 71, died in Marathon on June 23, 1970. He is buried in Merrill Memorial Park in Merrill, WI.

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