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Source: “Educational History of Wisconsin: growth and progress of education in the state from its foundation to the
present time” - Charles McKenny, editor.” Chicago: Delmont, 1912, p. 563.
William H. Luehr, one of the leading educators of eastern Wisconsin, is principal of schools at Sheboygan Falls, Wis. His life work has been spent in the schools in the eastern portion of the state, where he is regarded in the highest light. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Teachers’ Association.
Mr. Luehr was born in New Holstein, Wis., June 26, 1861, not many miles removed from his present field of labor. His parents, John N. and Margaret (Groth) Luehr, natives of Holstein, Germany, are both dead.
His early education was received in the country schools of New Holstein and the high school of Chilton. Later he spent two years at the Oshkosh State Normal and two and one-half years at the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1889 with the degree of Ph. B. In 1896 he took a graduate course in American history under Prof. F. J. Turner, and in economics and finance under Prof. R. T. Ely.
Mr. Luehr’s career as a teacher began in the district and graded schools of New Holstein, his native town. He was principal of the high school at Grand Rapids, Wis., for six years and served ably as principal of the Manitowoc, Wis., high school for the long period of thirteen years. He has been principal of the Sheboygan Falls High School for two years. He has two schools, fourteen teachers and 450 pupils under his direction. Mr. Luehr devotes his personal attention to teaching history, civics and mathematics.
Mr. Luehr has found time to engage in various other lines of activity outside of the teaching field. For three years he was editor of the Centralia Enterprise and in this capacity drew forth much favorable comment for his able stand in questions of the day. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Elks and Masonic orders.
Mr. Luehr was married in 1890 to Miss Clara Hachez of New Holstein. Two children were born of this union – Lucille, aged 19, and Robert, aged 12 years.
NOTE: After several years in Sheboygan Falls, he was principal of the New Holstein schools for several years. More about William Henry Luehr and his family can be found in obituaries on this site for his mother Anna Margaretha (Groth) Luehr and his wife Clara (Hachez) Luehr, both from the New Holstein Reporter, and his own from the Kiel Record.
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