Robert W Ebben

Robert W Ebben

Male 1889 - 1976  (87 years)

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  • Name Robert W Ebben 
    Born 24 Jan 1889  Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Find a Grave FindAGrave Memorial 112543016 
    1848 Ship Descendant of an Immigrant on Libra 
    Died 02 May 1976 
    Buried St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Picture if you will the president of Appleton's First National Bank approaching an eager-eyed young office employee who had recently resigned from Kimberly Clark, and asking if that young man would like to help out at this bank while the regular help took vacation. Perhaps not so startling a story, but it does prove that Bank President Herman Erb was a discerning man, for that young clerk he offered the part time job to not only accepted the challenge, but wrote a bright success story in the bank's history.
      It was obvious from his first association with the First National Bank that the young part time employee, Robert W. Ebben, had found his niche in life. Originally hired as messenger and clerk with the bank, he was elected Assistant Cashier in 1934 and in 1931 was elected cashier.
      By 1947 Ebben was named vice-president and cashier and later director, and he still retains his connection with the bank, although officially retired in 1954. Robert was the only employee who ever was elected a vice-president and a member of the board of directors. Fifty years after being asked to fill in for vacationing employees, Ebben was honored for his half century of continuous service to the First National Bank, by being named to the Wisconsin Bankers Association Fifty-Year Club.
      A resident of Appleton since 1896, Robert W. Ebben was born in the Town of Holland. While attending Appleton parochial and public schools, he actively participated in extra-curricular activities, most notably football and track. Perhaps his participation was a bit too exuberant, for injuries he sustained as a youth have remained to nag him in the later years.
      High school athletic injuries notwithstanding, Ebben remained a dynamic aggressive man, and was active in associations outside the confines of the bank. One of the founders of the Zwicker Knitting Works, he served on its first Board of Directors after the knitting mill's 1919 incorporation. Zwicker Knitting Works not ranks as one of Appleton's more important industries, and availed itself of Ebben's talents; when he retired from Zwickers, he held the title of Vice-President. Other business dealings included being named Secretary and Director of the Western Elevator Company in 1941; Director of the Appleton Chamber of Commerce for six years and President of the Kimberly State Bank from 1938 to 1954, also serving as financial advisor to that organization.
      A fifty-year member of the Knights of Columbus, Robert Ebben attends Mass at St. Josephs Catholic Church. A member of the Appleton Elks Club, for some years he was a member of the local Lions Club and served as Commander of the Appleton Yacht Club.
      Married on October 1, 1912 to Dorothea Schilling of Grand Chute, Mr. Ebben was the proud father of five children: Catherine, now Mrs. M. A. Buchanan; Mary M Ebben who owns the local travel agency bearing her name; and Robert R., Carleton E., and Alfred C. Ebben.
      For a man who was asked to “help out” at the bank, back in 1910, Robert W. Ebben has proved that while a stroke of good luck might help in getting one's feet planted on the right path, it still takes drive and a keen intelligence to reach the top. When he started with the First National Bank, he found the assets listed at $3 million; now all these years later, the bank assets are over $66 million. . . making a success story for man and employer that could only be told in this country.
    Person ID I83520  Little Chute Historical Society
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2007 

    Father Ancestors Cornelius Ebben,   b. 21 Mar 1842, Mill en Sint Hubert, Noord Brabant, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1902, Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Regina VandeWettering,   b. 09 May 1846, Uden, Noord Brabant, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1896, Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 25 May 1869 
    Family ID F54810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Dorothea Lucy Schilling,   b. 11 Nov 1885,   d. 01 Jul 1963  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 01 Oct 1912 
    Children 
    +1. Catherine Adeline Ebben,   b. 31 Aug 1913, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1996, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Mary Magdallen Ebben,   b. 06 May 1916, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 2005  (Age 88 years)
    +3. Robert R Ebben,   b. 05 Jul 1921, Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jul 1974  (Age 53 years)
    +4. Carlton Eugene Ebben,   b. 24 Oct 1927,   d. 21 May 1996, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +5. Alfred C Ebben,   b. 18 Dec 1928, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 2006  (Age 77 years)
    Family ID F32708  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jan 1889 - Hollandtown, Brown Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
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