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The Pioneer, a monthly supplement to the Sheboygan Press


Sheboygan Press - June 26, 1931

Sheboygan Pioneer Monthly Supplement

Prominent Pioneer Time Persons


Among the many prominent picturesque and peculiarly characteristic figures seen on the Sheboygan streets in the Sixties the following command ye editor's front of memory:

"Jimmy" Berry, the always clean-shaven, droll little Irishman of sunny disposition and ready wit, whose profession followed closely that of physician, he having for many years served as sexton of Wildwood cemetery. He possessed a thirst far out of proportion to his general income, his particular "income" of the fluid that cheers - especially men of his grave occupation! - being more steady than was its effect.

Dr. Charles Hagemann, indifferently accoutered, devoted worshiper at the shrine of St. Alcohol, but a very capable physician, in contract with whom, in habits, dress and bearing, were the dignified "mediziner," silk-hatted, mantled, carrying gold-headed, shiny ebony yet sturdy walking sticks, and all clad in black broadcloth.

Dr. Louis Bock with his friendly manner and cheerful face, leading; Dr. A. F. St. Sure, of noble Swedish descent and, like Dr. Bock, of pudgy figure; also tall and broad-shouldered and popular Dr. Frederick Hahn. The bachelor Sheboygan Triumvirate, slim Theodore Lucas, great ladies man; Charles Adolphi, pudgy city clerk, and G. Marquardt, lank, blond and whiskered county surveyor. The Kuehnstaedt Twins, Frederick and Julius, quite indistinguishable, wool-shawled, rather pudgy merchandisers.

Herman Buchheim, the nimble spare-bodied, blond grocery dealer, and his partner, Alexander Lupinski, small of figure, polite in manner, soft-spoken, and dignified in harmony with his name. S. M. Barrett, pioneer industrial and superintendent of the Sheboygan and Fond du Lac railway company, tall, robust, dignified, silk-hatted, black Prince-Albert clad, F. R. Townsend, pudgy, small but rather amiable banker. Julius Breitzmann, typical old German pharmacist, knowing all about medicaments but nothing about ice cream, lunches or any other refreshments served in modern drug stores. To Breitzmann's apothecary shop one went for relief from distress other then that caused by hunger or thirst. David Taylor, lank, blond, farmer-lawyer, dignified but amiable. William Ashby, better known as Uncle Sam, he having in very early days settled in Town Sheboygan and brought with him considerable sums of money in the form of "greenbacks" issued by the Federal government, of which his Indian friends got a good share. There never lived a man more friendly and amiable and generous that was Sam Ashby. He would offer his shirt to you if he thought you needed it more than he did.

There were also yet other interesting pioneertime men met, in the Sixties, on the streets of Sheboygan, very worthy but too numerous to be described in detail in this sketchy review, men like Frank Geele, Sr., Konrad Scheier, George Reinnold, Gottfried Stamm, George End, Joseph Keller, Henry Foeste, Fred Karste, F. G. Lintz, Henry Roth, the Gutsch brothers, Clemens Reiss, Thomas M. Blackstock, Jacob Jung, Fred Koehn I, Alfred Marschner I, Carl Zillier, H. N. Ross, F. J. Mills, Jakob Kuster, Jacob Vollrath, August Pieper, Ferdinand Gaertner, John Mallmann, Kasper Pfister, William Holle, Joseph Wedig, Konrad Krez, Christian Albrecht, C. Riedel, Charles Fleischer, Ernst Clarenbach, John Pantzer, the Fairweather brothers, Albert Mahlendorfs (father and son), William and son James Bell, John O. Thayer, Rev. R. W. Blow, Father Michael Haider, Rev. A. D. Stecher, G. L. Krause, Pape brothers, Theodore Huette, Joseph Schrage, Rev. J. T. Kluge, Rev. T. J. Howtrd, C. G. Becker, Horace A. Gaylors, B. M. Fuller, Adam Schneider, N. A. Millard, and also Ernst Aldag, August and Franz Kornreich, L. A. Descombes, the Crockers, John Beekman Cole, Frederick Koch, Rudolph Geussenhainer, Charles Bach, Michael Gottschalk, Jakob Hilpertshauser, Andrew and David Brand, Fred Hildebrand, the Imigs, Adolph Lebermann, George Bodenstein, Jakob Gerend, Paul Weigand, Henry Scheele, Friederich Zimmermann, John Hauenstein, Frederick Oetking, Louis Meier, Bernhard Meyer, Michael Winter, Carl Witte, Chr. Wolf, John Henne, M. Wilgus, Doug. Gibbs, the Mallories, L. E. Minott, John Griffith, John Sandrock, George C. Cole, Herman F. Piderit, Nicholas DeVille, Gerhard Dieckmann, Jacob Nytes, John Pfeiler, H. G. H. Reed, John Bertschy, Leonhard Schlicht, August Pott, J. A. Bentlry, Wm. H. Seaman, Adam Trester, Fred Walther, Gust Wedell, A. L. Weeks, Joseph Weiskopf, George Thies, Bille Williams, Ferdinand Wetzel, Theodore Zschetzsche - the correct spelling of which last names involves so much effort that further extension of this list has reduced ye editor's energy quite to the exhaustion point and compels him to halt.

Readers of this sketch are reminded that the persons above named all lived within the personal memory of ye editor, and that for that reason the names of prominent men who "lived and moved and had their being" in Sheboygan before that time are not included in this historical sketch, nor are the names of those who came to and became prominent in Sheboygan after that time, too comparatively recently to be "embalmed" historically now.


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