Sheboygan Pioneer Monthly Supplement
The Michael Winter Very Early Pioneer Family - 1839
Sheboygan city and county residents were saddened by the news of the passing away of Michael Winter, on Monday, October
13, 1889, at the age of 64 years, being thus called to the Great Beyond while still actively engaged in a flourishing
lumber business, leaving a large but well provided family, along with a host of friends in both city and county, to mourn
his untimely death, which was preceded by a brief illness of lung trouble.
Michael Winter II was one of the earliest settlers in Sheboygan County, having emigrated from the Province of Pommerania,
Germany, with his parents and their family, in the year 1839, having been born in that province on August 8, 1825.
Michael Winter II married Bertha Benter (+1919) in 1849, in Sheboygan County and settled in Town Sherman in that year.
There he purchased a farm and built and operated a general store. Twelve years later, he was elected sheriff of Sheboygan
County and moved with his own family to the city of Sheboygan, where he remained until the time of his death.
When Michael Winter's term of office as sheriff of Sheboygan County ended, he soon founded the M. Winter Lumber Company
in the City of Sheboygan, and conducted it successfully until he died. The business was carried on by his sons, Arthur,
William and Jesse, for many years, and they branched out extensively into the manufacture of office furniture, etc., but
following the death of Arthur Winter the business was discontinued. Michael Winter III, son of Jesse Winter, resides now
in Green Bay, Wis.
Michael Winter, after his term of office as sheriff, in which he gained a wide acquaintance and formed many friendly
relations with men throughout the county, was honored at various times with his election to other public offices. In
1867, he was elected to the State legislature, and for two terms he served with honor as mayor of the City of Sheboygan.
Michael Winter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Winter I, came to America from the Province of Pommerania, Germany, in
1839, together with their children, and the father worked on the Erie canal for a time, and after living in Milwaukee for
about three years, the son, William II, settled down in Sherman Township, Sheboygan County, This was in 1842, and the
William Winter family is therefore entitled to a place of honor among the first families from Germany to settle down in
our county and to contribute to its development. The parents passed away at Milwaukee the year following their
immigration from Germany, and their last resting place is in a churchyard not far distant from their son William's pioneer
Michael Winter II and his wife were blessed with a family of nine children, whose names and dates of birth here follow in
chronological order, together with the dates of decease of those who have passed away: William Michael Winter, October
13, 1851, September 16th, 1916; Alwine Winter-Bodenstein, July 30, 1852, December 15, 1879; Augusta Wilhelmina Francisca
Winter-Koepsell, August 9, 1855; Louisa Mathilda Winter-Jung, April 5, 1858; Arthur Frederick Winter, July 26, 1861,
September 3, 1916; Theresa Winter, November 14, 1863, March 14, 1871; Emma Winter (died in infancy); Amanda Winter, March
30, 1866, April 14, 1866; Jesse Winter, 1871, April 17, 1924. Only two of this generation, Mesdames Jacob Jung, II and
Augusta, widow of John J. Koepsell, survive, and both still live in the City of Sheboygan.
To enumerate here the descendants of the third generation of this immigrated family would tax the space required beyond
limit, and therefore it must suffice to say that the Winter family is not in immediate danger of dying out.
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