Source: "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin",
by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.435-436.
Edward John Spettel is the owner of a fine farm in Schleswig township,
Manitowoc county, which he is successfully operating. He was born in
Franklin, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, on the 19th of October, 1864, and
is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Aulbach) Spettel. The father was born and
reared in Bavaria, Germany, and there he learned the shoemaker's trade. In
his early manhood he emigrated to the United States, first locating at
Herman, Sheboygan county, where he established a shop and followed his
trade for nineteen years. During that period he accumulated sufficient
capital to enable him to buy a farm so he came to Manitowoc county and
purchased some land in Schleswig township, and thereafter devoted his
attention to agricultural pursuits. Upon this place he passed away in 1887
at the age of sixty-three years. He was survived by the mother, who was
sixty at the time of her death, which occurred in 1901. The family of Mr.
and Mrs. Jacob Spettel numbered twelve, the living members of the family
beside Edward John Spettel being as follows: Emma, the wife of Adam Kerr,
of Sheboygan Falls; Anna, the wife of Rich Hartman, a farmer of Schleswig
township; Henry, who is living in Kiel; Jacob, a farmer of Eaton township;
Margaretha, the widow of John Hartman, of Schleswig township; John, who is
living on the farm of our subject; and Mary, a resident of Milwaukee.
Edward John Spettel was reared on his father's farm, in the cultivation of
which he began to assist while only a school boy. When old enough to begin
working for himself he left the parental roof and obtained employment as a
farm hand, following this occupation until he was twenty-seven years of
age. He was then married and following this event he purchased his father's
old homestead, that he operated for three years. At the expiration of that
time he removed to Sheboygan and took a position in one of the factories,
but he subsequently withdrew from this and located on his father-in-law's
farm. He cultivated this for seven years, but at the end of that period he
once more withdrew from agricultural pursuits and located in Sheboygan.
Later he again took up farming but gave this up to enter the employ of J.
B. Laun of Kiel. Subsequently he worked at the stone mason's trade.
For his wife Mr. Spettel chose Miss Mina Reimers, a native of Schleswig
township and a daughter of Hans and Henrietta (Voss) Reimers, both of
whom are now deceased. The parents came here in pioneer days, locating on
a farm which the father cultivated during the remainder of his life. Three
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Spettel, as follows: Harry, who is
twenty years of age, now living in Kiel, this state; Lilly, who is ten
years of age; and Harvey, who has celebrated the eighth anniversary of his
Fraternally Mr. Spettel is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union. He
is one of the well known residents of Schleswig township, where his family
has resided since pioneer days.
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