It can without doubt truly be said that a successful and efficient hotel manager is born not made and this applies with peculiar force to Peter J. Altmeyer, proprietor of the Sheboygan Falls Hotel, which he has been successfully running for many years. He was born in Two Rivers, Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, August 5, 1847. His parents, who were both natives of Germany, emigrated to the United States in the spring of 1847, settling in Two Rivers township, were they lived and labored for many years. They subsequently removed to Appleton, Wisconsin, where they resided for two years and where the mother's death occurred in 1885. After her death the father made his home with his son, the subject of this review, until he passed away in 1894, his remains being interred in Alaska cemetery in Kewaunee county.f
Peter J. Altmeyer attended the public schools of Two Rivers until he attained the age of fourteen years, after which he became actively engaged in agricultural pursuits for twenty-five years. He then removed to Algona, Wisconsin, where he served in the capacity of engineer for three years in a furniture factory. He then went to Door county on White Fish bay, where for six years he was engaged in the timber business, getting out cedar ties, posts and hemlock bark. From there he removed to Pierce, Kewaunee county, where for several years he conducted a cheese factory. He then went to Manitowoc county, where he conducted a hotel until 1906, when he came to Sheboygan Falls and opened the present first-class hotel which he is successfully and ably managing.
In 1875 Mr. Altmeyer was united in marriage to Miss Mary Klotz, a daughter of John and Lizzie (Baughmann) Klotz, natives of Bavaria, Germany. To Mr. and Mrs. AJtmeyer nine children have been born. Albert, who resides in Sheboygan, is married and has four children. Carrie is the wife of William Boldus, who conducts a meat market in Two Rivers. Matilda, who is the wife of Charles Kurtz, has three children. Elizabeth is the wife of Guy Hurst, foreman of a chair and tub factory at Two Rivers, and the mother of four children. Lawrence, who is also married, resides in Sheboygan Falls, where he is engaged in the feed and wood business. Catharine is the wife of Ed Fessler, the proprietor of a grocery store in Sheboygan, and the mother of one child. Alvin is married and lives with his father. Henry resides at home and runs the barber shop connected with his father's hotel. Adeline, who completes the family, resides at home and is attending school.
Since removing to this county and becoming connected with the hotel business here Mr. Altmeyer has become widely known as a hospitable, genial and efficient hotel man. His house is conducted with a view to giving his guests homelike and comfortable surroundings and the heating and all its appurtenances are always kept in excellent condition. The house is patronized by a large number of people of the county who chance to be temporarily in Sheboygan Falls as well as by many commercial travelers who call at this city.
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