John L. Acker, the founder of the Acker Electric Company and the president of that institution, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 7, 1872. The father, Clem Acker, was a native of Germany and a tanner by trade. He emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1852, when he was but a year old, the family settling in Sheboygan county shortly after their arrival in the new world. The father resided with his parents until he reached early manhood and then removed to Milwaukee, where he was married to Miss Mary Leub. In 1892 they came to Sheboygan and this city has since been their home.
John L. Acker attended the public schools of Sheboygan and was later graduated from a parochial school in Milwaukee. After leaving school he went to St. Louis, Missouri, where he learned the electrical trade and where he lived for a number of years. He then returned to Sheboygan and was employed by the Sheboygan & Wisconsin Lighting Company for a number of years, after which he embarked in business on his own account. In 1894 the present business was in a small way established by Mr. Acker and so continued until 1907, when he entered into partnership with Joseph E. Schiffeneder, the firm name being Acker & Schiffeneder.
The business was conducted as a copartnership until 1909, when it was incorporated as the Acker Electrical Company, with John L. Acker as president, and H. E. Thomas as secretary and treasurer. The business has been a thriving one and from time to time materially expanded, in the scope and volume of the work turned out, until now the concern does a large contracting business, putting in electrical equipment of all kinds, installing city electrical work, isolated electrical plants, and furnishing supplies of all kinds.
On May 6, 1895, Mr. Acker was married to Miss Anne Vander-Bloeman, a daughter of Herman Vander-Bloeman, a native of Holland and a mason by trade To this union has been born a son, Arthur Acker, who is attending high school.
Mr. Acker is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Elks. His prominent position as a business man and manufacturer together with his long residence in Sheboygan have given him a most extensive acquaintance throughout the city where he is regarded as one of the most valuable of Sheboygan's business men. Beginning in a small way he has, by strict attention, built up an extensive business, the results of which have been highly satisfactory. The Acker family is prominent in social and fraternal circles and is most respected and esteemed in the city of Sheboygan.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL