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Fred A. Distelhorst

Source: From the Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin, published by The Lewis Publishing Co, 1891 pages 240 and 241

Fred A. Distelhorst, a prominent merchant of Dorchester, was born in Hanover, Germany, July 25, 1860, the sone of Fred and Rose (Remmier) Distelhorst. The parents emigrated to Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, in the fall of 1865, settling in the woods. With the help of his sons the fater succeeded in clearing 100 acres where they now reside. They had five children: William, Fred, Charles, Rose and Helen. William now resides in Emporia, Kansas; Rose, the wife of Fred Laack lives in this city; Helen, the wife of Henry Gessert, in Sheboygan; and Charles lives on the homestead with his father.

Fred A., our subject, was reared to farm life, and in 1879 removed to Chicago, where he attended evening school, and also worked at the carpenter's trade three years. He then returned to Sheboygan County, where he worked in a creamery until the fall of 1886, and then came to Dochester and established his present creamery. He soon afterward erected a store building, and has since kept a general stock of goods. He ships his butter to Ashland, Wisconsin, and also gives the farmers the full benefit of the market price at that city without asking pay for his work in making. He has recently put in a new and improved churn, which is run by steam power. During the summer months he churns every day, but not quite so often during the winter.

He married October 28, 1882, to Phillipine Boerger, who was born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, a daughter of Anton Boerger, deceased. They have four children: Walter, Birdie, Rose and Charles. Mr. Distelhorst is a member of the Lutheran Church.

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