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Henry G. Mueller

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 654 - 655

Henry G. Mueller is a prominent lumber-dealer of Sheboygan, and one of the ex-Sheriffs of the county. He is also numbered among its pioneers, the year of his coming being 1847. His father, Christian Mueller, was born in what was then the province of Hanover, Germany, April 27, 1803. There he grew to manhood, and married Anstina Von Rodel. In 1847, the family, consisting of the parents and three children, two sons and a daughter, emigrated to the then Territory of Wisconsin, and settled on a new farm in Herman Township, Sheboygan County. On that place, however, the family resided but a short time, as it was the property of another man, and not long after purchased a place on which they lived for many years. Eventually, the father sold out and resided with his son, Henry G., until his death, which occurred May 29, 1873, at the age of seventy years. The mother survived the husband and father, passing away March 11, 1881. The eldest of the family was Louis. He did not come West, but remained in the city of Troy, N. Y., and is now a resident of Mexico, Oswego County, of that State. Augusta, the second of the family, married Frederick Wagner, and resides in Hancock, Mich. The subject of this sketch is the next in order of birth. A daughter died in Germany in infancy.

Henry G. Mueller was born in Germany, May 27, 1836, being about eleven years of age when the family emigrated to the United States. He well remembers not only the journey from the Old World to the New, but also the condition of the country before Wisconsin had assumed the dignity of Statehood. It was necessary that he should make his own start in the world, and he accordingly worked out, acquired some money, and bought a small farm. Later on, he sold his place, and, with William Halbach, erected a sawmill in the town of Herman, and that property Mr. Mueller still owns. He served as Sheriff of the county from January, 1886, to January, 1888.

Mr. Mueller was married on May 19, 1861, to Miss Wilhelmine Damrow, a daughter of Godfried Damrow, who emigrated to Sheboygan County from Germany in 1852, locating in the town of Sheboygan Falls, where he died September 12, 1860, at the age of fifty-seven years. The wife and mother, who was born in 1819, now lives in the town of Herman. Mrs. Mueller was one of five children, three boys and two girls: Godfried, Christian, Wilhelmine, Anstina and William. The last-mentioned was the only one born in this country. Mrs. Mueller was born January 29, 1843. She and her husband were the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters, namely: Albert, Louis, Emma, Henry, Adell, Otto, Minnie, Ella, Hattie and William.

Our subject is one of the well-known citizens of Sheboygan County. He has been a resident of Wisconsin during its entire existence as a State, and has witnessed its growth and development from a state of wildness to its present advanced condition of wealth and prosperity. Mr. and Mrs. Mueller have a pleasant home in the Chair City, situated on St. Claire Street, on the shore of Lake Michigan. It is in a fine location, and was erected by Mr. Mueller in 1888.

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