Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 467 - 469
On the 15th of December, 1848, Mr. Laack, Sr., and Miss Dorothea Bade were united in marriage. Mrs. Laack was born
in Hanover, Germany, February 14, 1828, and came to America the same year as did her husband. Unto this worthy
couple five children were born. August died at the age of ten years; Anna died when three years old; Henry
Christopher is the next in order of birth; Matilda is the wife of Henry C. Nickel, of Plymouth; and Ida wedded Dr.
Having lived in Sheboygan County for about forty years, during which time he became well and favorably known, Mr.
Laack was called to his final rest on Tuesday morning, July 26, 1887, of disease of the heart, after an illness of
nearly four months. The wife and mother survives her husband, and now resides at the home of her son, H. C. Laack,
August Ferdinand Laack was a man whose integrity was never questioned, and his ample fortune was acquired by honest
industry. As a citizen he was esteemed and respected. Personally, he was modest and unobtrusive, as well in later
years, when he had acquired a competence, as when, in earlier life, he possessed but little of the material things
of this world. He was endowed by nature with a strong physical constitution, but undoubtedly, his death, which
occurred in his seventieth year, was somewhat hastened by the privations and rugged experiences incident to his
Henry Christopher Laack was born in the town of Greenbush, February 17, 1850. He was but a year and a-half old when
his father sold his farm and removed to the town of Plymouth. He attended the schools of Plymouth, both German and
English, and at the age of fourteen his father took him to Chicago and placed him in a position to learn the
tinner's trade. After an apprenticeship of two years he returned. His father then established a hardware business
and placed H. C. virtually in charge, though the latter was still but a boy, in his seventeenth year. The business
was of course conducted in the father's name while his son was a minor, but on the latter attaining to the age of
twenty-one years, it was transferred to him, and he has ever since conducted it. The business career of H. C. Laack
has been attended with marked success. There is no doubt that the example and thorough training received from his
father, whose memory he holds in the highest respect and esteem, have been important elements in his successful
career as a business man. About 1880, Mr. Laack extended his business by adding a dry-goods and grocery department.
He now virtually has two stores, as the large rooms in which his well-assorted stock is kept connect only in the
rear, at the cashier's desk. It is not flattery to say that Mr. Laack has the best-arranged hardware establishment
in the county, and also one of the neatest stores to be found anywhere in this section. By fair dealing and
courteous treatment of his customers, he has worked up an extensive trade and gained the confidence of the people,
which is far better than bank stock.
Mr. Laack has invested large sums of money in building up the city of Plymouth. He is the builder of the Hotel
Laack, and of the two business blocks bearing his name, and of his beautiful residence, which is among the finest
in Sheboygan County. Besides, he has erected many other residences, thus adding to the growth and beauty of the
place, for he is a gentleman who spares neither labor nor money to do well what he undertakes.
In politics, Mr. Laack is a Republican, though he has never sought official position, always having had extensive
business interests, to which he has devoted his entire time and attention, thereby achieving a marked success.
On May 17, 1880, our subject was married to Miss Mary C. Wolff, a daughter of Hon. Julius Wolff, of the town of
Rhine, of whom a biography may be found elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Laack was born in the town of Rhine, May 30,
1854. She is an educated and accomplished lady, who was for some time a student in the Wisconsin State Normal
School at White Water, and at a parochial school in Milwaukee. Before her marriage she was a successful educator.
Mr. and Mrs. Laack have three children, two daughters and a son. Ida, the eldest, was born November 1, 1881; Paula
was bora October 29, 1882; and Julius August, named for his paternal and maternal grandfathers, was born June 20,
1885. They lost a daughter, Pauline, a twin sister of Paula, who died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Laack are members of the Congregational Church. Socially, he belongs to Plymouth Union Lodge No. 71,
I. O. O. F., of which he is Secretary. He also affiliates with the German Farmers' Verein. Wide-awake and
enterprising, Mr. Laack always takes a lively interest in whatever promises to be of public benefit.
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