Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 231 - 232
Henry Abel, of Sheboygan, was born in what was then the town of Abel, now the town of Schleswig, Manitowoc County, Wis.,
May 30, 1852, and is a son of David Abel, who settled on section 13, in that town, in 1850. The town was originated in the
spring of 1856, and was called Abel in honor of the father of the subject of this record, but the following year it was
changed to Schleswig. David Abel was born in 1799, in Prussia, Germany. In 1849 he emigrated with his family to Sheboygan
County, but the following year settled in Manitowoc County, where he lived until his death, which occured in 1881. The
wife and mother died three years later. Their family numbered twelve children, but several of them died in early life.
There are now living two sons and two daughters. The only surviving brother of the subject of this sketch is Frederick
Abel. He was a faithful soldier in the War of the Rebellion, and was a member of the Twenty-seventh Regiment, Wisconsin
Infantry. In the course of the war he was severely wounded and taken prisoner. He now resides near Appleton, Wis.
Henry Abel continued to live in his native county until 1888, when he removed to the city of Sheboygan and engaged in
business. He operatesa wood-yard, boarding house and saloon at No. 836 Indiana Avenue. Mr. Abel was married in November,
1873, in Manitowoc County, to Miss Bertha Reseburg, a daughter of Louis Reseburg and early settler of that county. It may
be an interesting fact to state that the first marriage in Manitowoc County was that of J. Kammer and Frederika Abel. Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Abel have two children, Olga and Louis. Mrs. Abel was born September 25, 1854. Mr. Abel was elected
Alderman of his ward in the spring of 1892.
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