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Herman R. Busse

History of Door County, Wisconsin : The county beautiful Chicago: by Holand, Hjalmar Rued; S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1917, Page 62 - 63

Herman R. Busse, who follows farming in Forestville township, his home being section 7, is numbered among the native sons of Wisconsin, his birth having occurred in Herman township, Sheboygan county, on the 15th of June, 1882. His parents were August and Caroline (Rehm) Busse. The parents were born in Lippe-Detmold, Germany, where they were reared and married, and in 1870 they came to the United States, establishing their home in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where Mr. Busse purchased a farm. The tract of land which he acquired was covered with a growth of native forest trees which he had to clear away before their land was prepared for the plow. There were still some Indians in the neighborhood and other evidences of pioneer life and conditions. Upon that place Mr. Busse remained until 1887, when he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land in section 7, Forestville township, Door county, constituting the farm upon which is son Herman now resides. This tract had been burned over at the time of the great fire. There was a log house on the place but as soon as possible the father erected a more modern and commodious dwelling and he continued to occupy the farm until his demise, which occurred in 1896, when he was sixty years of age. His wife is still living at the age of seventy-two years. His political allegiance was given to the democratic party but he never sought nor desired office. His entire time was given to his business affairs and in 1889 he built a cheese factory, which he operated in connection with the conduct of his farm.

Herman R. Busse spent his youthful days on the old homestead and eventually came into possession of the property, which comprises one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land that responds readily to the care and cultivation which he bestows upon it. He works diligently to make his land produce the best possible crops, practices rotation and has introduced many improved modern methods in the care of his fields.

In 1914 Mr. Busse was united in marriage to Miss Clara Freitag, a daughter of Joseph and Jennie (Beening) Freitag, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Chicago. Mrs. Busse was also born in Chicago and by her marriage has become the mother of a daughter, Helen. Mr. and Mrs. Busse are widely and favorably known in Forestville township and have a large circle of warm friends who esteem them for their genuine worth.

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