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Gottlieb Damler

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 apprentice.

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 public generally.

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, G.I. Gilbert.

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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