The present popular and efficient superintendent of the Sheboygan County Insane Asylum is Pr.H. A. Arpke, who was elected to that position March 1, 1910. He was born in Franklin township, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, in 1868, a son of Simon and Fredricka (Marten) Arpke. The father was a native of Lippe-Detmold, Germany, who emigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled in Sheboygan county where he purchased a farm and cleared the land, which he tilled and brought under a good state of cultivation and upon which he lived until his death, which occurred in 1903, passing away in Franklin, his old homestead.
Dr. Arpke was given a good common-school education in Sheboygan county and, being reared on his father's farm, assisted him materially with his agricultural work until he attained his majority. Observing the necessity for competent veterinary surgeons and the opportunity afforded to men of that profession, at an early age he entered the Chicago Veterinary College, from which he was graduated in 1893. After his graduation he was for some time associated with Dr. Tasche and actively practiced his profession for a number of years. He also practiced at Franklin for two years after which he settled in the city of Sheboygan where he continued his professional career until elected superintendent of the insane asylum. He has always taken an active interest in political matters, giving his allegiance to the republican party. He has been an alderman for two years, was sheriff of Sheboygan county and has been chairman of the county republican committee. His election to his present position occurred March 1, 1910, and the service which he has rendered to the county in his present capacity is with distinction to himself and entire satisfaction to his constituents and the coun!y at large.
Dr. Arpke was married in 1893 to Miss Alma Franz, also a native of Sheboygan county. Her father, William Henry Franz, was a native of Saxony, Germany, and emigrated to this country while a young man. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Arpke have been born four children: Ella, in high school; Erna, also attending high school; and Raymond and Harold, twins. In his fraternal relations Dr. Arpke is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge, belonging to Evergreen Encampment, and is also identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Equitable Fraternal Union and the Fraternal Reserve Association.
Dr. Arpke, who has proved himself a most efficient and satisfactory superintendent of the insane asylum, has been an active and valuable citizen of Sheboygan county since attaining his majority. In his professional career he was successful and in that connection was of great service in the city and county where he practiced. Always painstaking in everything that he undertook, he also gave good satisfaction in the various political positions which he held previous to his election to his present place of trust and has in a political way acquired a notable reputation. In his present duties, which are extremely arduous and require much skill, patience and diplomacy, he exhibits the same care and attention which have always characterized him both in professional and political life. Genial in his nature and optimistic in his temperament, he has won the friendship of an unusually large number of people in the county in which he was born and is held in high esteem by all who know him. He is among the best citizens of the community and has the respect not only of his political and personal friends but also of his political opponents who recognize his fitness for public office and the ability which has characterized him since attaining his majority.
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