Source: "History of Northern Wisconsin" published 1881, page 526.
Gottlieb Damler, County Treasurer, Manitowoc, is a native of Germany, born
Sept. 25, 1826; came to Sheboygan June 6, 1851, there he remained seven
months, then removed to Two Rivers, followed there the boot and shoe
business till 1873. He had learned this trade in his native country,
having served there ten years; he has also been engaged in the manufacture
of brick from 1873 to 1876, when he was elected County Treasurer, which
position he continued to hold during his residence in Two Rivers. He held
offices of Assessor, Town Treasurer four years, School Treasurer sixteen
and a half years, has been Chairman of the Town and County Board of
Supervisors during 1873, '74 and '75, and has been the recipient of many
other public honors.
He was born on September 25, 1826 in Lippe Detmold, Germany to
Wolrath and Christiana Damler. His siblings included sister Augusta and
brother Carl. Both also immigrated to Wisconsin. Another brother is thought
to have left Germany for the Netherlands. Nothing further is known of him.
Gottlieb was trained as a shoemaker, probably after several years as an
Gottlieb Damler left the German port of Bremen on the ship Kosmos and
arrived in New York on June 2, 1851, heading for Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The
ship passenger list mentions that he was 24 years old.
As a young man he was a shoemaker in Two Rivers, Wisconsin., later
held several political offices in Manitowoc County, WI. He was also a
deacon in a Methodist Church in Two Rivers, Wisonsin. On September 9, 1854
he married Christina Sachse in Two Rivers. She was the daughter of Gottlob
and Augustena Sachse. They had five children, that we have records of,
August, Fred, Matilda, Gretina ( Tina), Robert C. and Mathilde ?
In an article in the Manitowoc County Chronicle, Two Rivers
Newspaper on May 21, 1872; the following story appeared. Mrs. Allie, widow
of the late Jno. V. Allie, called the Chronicle office last week, and
requested us to make acknowledgement of the receipt by her of the whole
amount due on the policy which her deceased husband held in the
Northwestern Life Insurance company of Milwaukee. She tenders her thanks to
the company and to their very efficient agent at Two Rivers, G. Damler, for
promptness with which the amount of the policy has been paid, and
gratefully recommends this company to the favorable consideration of the
From an article in the Lakeshore Times on April 18, 1845. The new city
board met and organized last night but transacted no business. They
adjourned until Wednesday night at which time they will probably proceed to
elect the various city officers. The following list comprises the names of
the new board. First ward: H. Greve, J.G. Lehmkuhl, G. Damler, Second ward:
Peter Johnston. J.S. Anderson and Thos. Torrison, Third ward: Henry Vits,
John Schreihardt, Harry Hanson, Fourth ward: John Boecher, J.F. Dumke,
Besides his social and political activities, he invested in land and
according to Wisconsin land records in 1884 Gottlieb Damler owned 320 acres
of land in Iron County, Wisconsin.
He died in 1902 and is buried in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery of
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI.
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