Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Page 617
Theodore L. Diestelhorst, proprietor of the Farmers' Home, Sheboygan, has been a resident of the Chair City since
1851. His birthplace was in the village of Pattensen, Callenberg, kingdom of Hanover, Germany, his natal day being
November 27, 1848. He is a son of Louis T. and Fredericka (Kraemer) Diestelhorst. With his parents he emigrated to
Sheboygan, Wis., in 1851. His father was born in Hamburg, September 14, 1809, and died in Sheboygan January 1,
1879. The mother was born February 2, 1808, in the same city as her son, and died in Sheboygan December 11, 1878.
Our subject was an only child, and was educated partly in private schools and partly in the High School. He learned
the harness-making trade in his father's shop in Sheboygan, and succeeded to the business, which he continued for
twenty years. Failing health compelled him to make a change of business, and he opened the Farmers' Home, which he
has continued to keep. He has stabling accommodations for one hundred head of horses, and has made his place a very
popular resort for country people.
On the 29th of October, 1871, Mr. Diestelhorst was married to Miss Augusta Binte, in the city of Sheboygan. The
lady was born in Sheboygan, and is a daughter of William and Florentina Binte. Her parents were natives of New
Barnim District, Pottsdam, Prussia, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1848, settling at Sheboygan. The father
was born March 7, 1820, and died April 19, 1882. He was a tailor by trade, but farmed for a time after coming to
Wisconsin, afterward resuming work at his trade. The mother was born April 21, 1815, and died February 15, 1882,
only two months before her husband.
Mr. and Mrs. Diestelhorst have four children: Louis W., who is employed in the jewelry business in Milwaukee;
William L., who is a jeweler's apprentice in Sheboygan; Theodore F., who is a dry-goods clerk; and John C., who is a
Mr. Diestelhorst is a Democrat in his political views, and is serving as Alderman from the second ward. Socially,
he is a member of Gutenberg Lodge No. 68, A. O. U. W.; of Oak Council No. 509, R. A.; and of Armenia Lodge No. 26,
S. H. He owns his business building, Nos. 811 to 815 Eighth Street, and his fine brick residence at the southeast
corner of Ninth and Ontario Streets, opposite Fountain Park. Mr. Diestelhorst has been a resident of Sheboygan for
forty-two years, and is esteemed as one of the reliable and respected business men of the Chair City.
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