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West Bend in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler

 
 
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By Devon Polzar, 2019
1. Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler Marker
Inscription.  In 1902, 18 year old Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler sold fire insurance and mortgages to area farmers and merchants. He rode his bicycle (later used a horse and buggy) to expand the business. By 1907, the business had grown to encompass virtually all of southeastern Wisconsin. By 1913, B.C. Ziegler and Co. was one of the largest insurance agencies and farm mortgage companies in eastern Wisconsin. This year also marked the first bond issued to build a new church for Holy Angels in West Bend. This became Ziegler's stock in trade - institutional lending.

In 1920, Ziegler incorporated B.C. Ziegler and Company, which had over 5,000 customers. Ben Ziegler purchased the building at 215 N. Main Street in 1927. Ziegler opened sales offices in the early 1960's and began offering hospital, church and retirement home bonds in 1965.

In 1972, Ben's two sons, Bernard C. and R. Douglas were asked to take over leadership of the company after a tragic accident involving the Tom Kenny family. In 1986, Peter D. Ziegler (Ben's grandson) became president of the company. Ben Ziegler also founded the West Bend Company, First National Bank of West Bend and had

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By Devon Polzar, 2019
2. Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler Marker
a leading role in the founding of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company - all major contributors to the growth of the West Bend community.

The firm continues to offer a wide range of financial services to its customers. This plaque honors all who have been part of the Ziegler Company.
 
Location. 43° 25.487′ N, 88° 10.984′ W. Marker is in West Bend, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker is on North Main Street north of Hickory Street, on the right when traveling north. The marker is across from Old Settlers Park, attached to the side of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 North Main Street, West Bend WI 53095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Settlers Triangle (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eisenbahn Trail History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephan F. Mayer Home (approx. mile away); Tuchscherer Residence (was approx. mile away but has been reported missing. ); James Kneeland House (approx. mile away); Court House Square (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington County Courthouse Square (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bend.
 
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Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
3. Bernhard "Ben" C. Ziegler Marker
Looking east towards Museum of Wisconsin Art image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2019
4. Looking east towards Museum of Wisconsin Art
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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