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Arthur Manz

Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 683 - 684

Arthur Manz is one of the prominent and progressive young business men of Sheboygan. In his large double store, at the corner of Beech and Alabama Streets, is found a good assortment of dry goods, hats, caps, gents' furnishings, groceries, crockery, tinware, jewelry, etc. Mr. Manz is a native of Wisconsin, born in Manitowoc County, December 15, 1863. His parents, Louis and Hetwig Manz, are both natives of Germany, the former of Hesse-Darmstadt, and the latter of Saxony. In early life they emigrated to the United States, and located in Wisconsin. By occupation, the father is a cooper and turner, having learned his trade in the Fatherland. In 1868 he removed to Franklin, this county, where he pursued his trade some ten years, and then came to the Chair City, where he and his wife still make their home. This worthy couple have three living children: Arthur, who is the eldest; Bertha, who married J. P. Steil; and Pauline, who is the wife of Paul Heinecker.

Mr. Manz whose name heads this biography was educated in the common schools of this county. When about eighteen years old he went to Milwaukee, where for some time he served as a merchant's clerk. Having returned, he clerked for William Bentram, and also for K. Schreier, the well-known brewer, remaining with the latter four years. In 1887, Mr. Manz opened business on his own account, handling groceries, crockery, flour and feed, and he also ran a saloon. Two years later he added a dry-goods department. On his lots he has erected commodious buildings, as follows: Dry-goods department, 22x60 feet; grocery, 22x60; warehouse, 18x46; feed store, 24x60; saloon, 22x66; ice-house, 14x48; private barn, 20x30; buggy-shed, 28x36; and a shed for farmers' teams, 14x92.

Mr. Manz was married, in the Chair City, April 22, 1887, to Miss Amelia Vollbrecht. The young couple have four children: Clara, George, Meta and Lily. Mr. Manz belongs to the Order of Foresters, Germania Unierstuetzungs-Verein, and to the Kranken Verein.

In a small way our subject began business, but by industry, push and enterprise he has won a place among the substantial business men of the city.

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