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Herman Bogen

This Biography was contributed by: Jerry Head

Source: History of Sheboygan County Wisconsin, Vol II, p. 341
Carl Zillier, Editor
S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912

Although a carpenter by trade, agricultural pursuits have mostly engaged Herman Bogen, who owns a well cultivated farm of one hundred and two acres located on sections 17 and 34 of Wilson township, where he follows general farming and dairying and is meeting with success in both. He is a native of Sheboygan county, his birth having occurred on the old Bogen homestead in Wilson township, now the property of his brother August, on October 28, 1859. He is the third child born of the marriage of August and Helen (Grasse) Bogen, natives of Brandenburg, Germany, the father's birth having occurred on the 15th of August, 1825, and that of the mother on October 7, 1831. They emigrated to the United States in 1852, locating in Sheboygan, where the father, who was a blacksmith, followed his trade for two years. He subsequently bought eighty acres of land on section 8, Wilson township, that he cultivated in connection with the operation of a blacksmith shop. Later he extended his holdings by the purchase of another forty acres, following which he gave his entire time and attention to the cultivation of his land. The parents are both deceased, the father having passed away in 1888, at the age of sixty-three years, while the mother was seventy-seven at the time of her death, which occurred in 1908. There were seven children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Bogen.

Herman Bogen was reared at home and educated in the district schools of Wilson township and the German Lutheran parochial school located on the section line road, terminating his student days immediately after his confirmation at the age of fifteen years. His entire time and attention during the succeeding six years was devoted to assisting his father with the work of the farm. Soon after attaining his majority he left the parental roof and applied himself to learning the carpenter's trade, following this occupation for seven years. During that time he managed to accumulate sufficient money to enable him to buy eighty acres of land on section 17 of Wilson township, which formed the nucleus of his present farm. He then gave up his trade and devoted his entire time and attention to the further improvement and cultivation of his homestead. Subsequently he increased his holdings by the addition of another twenty-two acres located on section 34, that he is also cultivating. Mr. Bogen engages in general farming and dairying and is prospering in his business, as he is very practical and directs his undertakings in accordance with the best approved methods of the modern agriculturist.

On the 20th of March, 1885, in Wilson township, Mr. Bogen was united in marriage to Miss Tillie Gartmann, a daughter of William Gartmann, a farmer of this township, and to them have been born seven children: Emily, the wife of Otto Stiemke, of Sheboygan; Clara, who died at the age of twenty-four years, the deceased wife of Peter Tross, of Sheboygan; Louise, who married Fred Moening, of Wilson township; Robert, who is engaged in farm work in this township; and Mary, Hugo and Esther, all of whom are at home. The family manifest their religious faith through their membership in the German Lutheran church, and in politics Mr. Bogen is a republican, but he has never sought official honors, preferring to concentrate his energies upon the development of his agricultural interests.

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