Otto J. Wendlandt

Of Duluth’s industry represented in the printing and typographical trade one of the leading establishments is the Wendlandt Printing & Binding Company, comprising a complete establishment at 114-116 West First street for doing all classes of printing, binding and the manufacture of stationery supplies. The president and manager and practically the founder of the business is Otto J. Wendlandt.

Other officials of the concern are Louis G. Wendlandt, secretary, and William H. Wendlandt, treasurer.

Otto J. Wendlandt was born at Bloomer, Wisconsin, April 3, 1877.

His father, John M. Wendlandt, was a native of Germany and came to America in 1866. For a number of years he followed his trade and business as a brewer at Bloomer, Wisconsin, but in 1891 removed to West Superior, where he continued business as a general merchant until his death in 1899. Of his eleven children seven are still living, Otto J. being the second in age.

Otto J. Wendlandt was educated in the public schools of Bloomer, and first went to work for R. C. Mast, a bookbinder of Superior. He learned and followed that trade at Superior, and in June, 1902, came to Duluth and set up a modest shop of his own in the basement of the Providence Building. From bookbinding he gradually expanded his business, organizing the Wendlandt Printing & Binding Company and increasing the facilities until it is now one of the chief organizations of its kind in Northern Minnesota. From time to time Mr. Wendlandt has also given his enterprise to other business affairs and is vice president of the Cuyuna-Duluth and the Cuyuna Mille Lacs Mines at Ironton, Minnesota.

He is affiliated with the Elks, Good Samaritans, Sons of Hermann and Order of Moose, is a member of the Commercial and Lions Clubs and in politics is independent. June 13, 1900, at Superior, Wisconsin, Mr.

Wendlandt married Miss Christina Yeska, whose people also came from Germany. They first settled at Milwaukee and afterward moved to Long Prairie in Minnesota, where Mrs. Wendlandt finished her education.

Mr. and Mrs. Wendlandt have five children: Pearl, born in 1902; Vernon, born in 1904; George, born in 1907; Violet, born in 1910; and Marion, born in 1913.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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