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William H. Schroeder

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 314

William H. Schroeder, a successful farmer of the town of Plymouth, was born in Sheboygan Falls Township, September 26, 1855. His parents, John and Amelia (Pachtmann) Schroeder, were natives of Germany, the former having been born in Ruezov, Pomerania, and the latter in Wernigrode, near the Hartz Mountains. The father was reared on a farm, and when eighteen years of age learned the trade of cabinet-maker. He was born in 1810, and in 1837, at the age of twenty-seven, sailed for the city of New York, where he worked at his trade for some ten years. While in that city he married Mary Stratmeyer, by whom he had one daughter, Dores, who became the wife of Charles Barker, and died in 1875, leaving a son, Charles, who was reared by his grandfather, John Schroeder.

In 1847, with his wife and child, the father came to Wisconsin and located on section 26, in the town of Sheboygan Falls. Soon after coming to this county Mr. Schroeder was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife. He was again married, in the town of Mosel, this time to Mrs. Amelia Pachtmann, who bore the same name before marriage. She was a native of Germany, as has been stated, and there wedded Frederick Pachtmann. In 1848 they came to this country, locating in Mosel Township when everything was wild. Her first husband and all of their children died there. Of the second marriage, there were three children, one of whom died in infancy; the surviving are Alvena and William H. The father has, in later years, affiliated with the Republican party in his political sentiments. The mother's death occurred February 10, 1882, in her seventieth year.

The gentleman whose name heads this record was reared on a farm, and received a common school education, remaining at home until his marriage, January 26, 1883, the lady of his choice being Miss Hulda Truttschel, daughter of August Truttschel, an early settler of the town of Mosel. Mrs. Schroeder is also a native of Sheboygan County, born in the town of Mosel. To Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder four children have been born. Elsie L., Louise A. and Amelia A., twins died of measles on the same day, June 10, 1891; Cora R. completes the family.

In his politics, Mr. Schroeder is a Republican, having cast his first Presidential ballot for R. R. Hayes. Socially he is a member of the Modern Woodsmen. Mr. Schroeder is a prominent farmer, interested in whatever promises to be of advantage to his fellow-men. His entire life has been spent in this county, in the development of which he has taken an active part. A wide-awake, energetic man, he commands the high regard and confidence of all who know him.

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