Dairy farming and stock-raising are two of the most important industries of Sheboygan county. They are closely allied with the occupation of general. farming and are to a large extent an outgrowth of it. One of the most prosperous men identified with this line of activity in this section is William D. Berth, proprietor of one hundred and twenty acres of land six miles northwest of Sheboygan Falls where he owns a modern dairy and raises fine blooded stock for the market. He was born in Germany, January 24, 1855, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Berth, who lived and died in their native country. They were the parents of eight children, three of whom came to the United States. Minnie married Charles Schultz and lives in Plymouth township. Ferdinand is married and lives with his wife in Greenbush township. William is the subject of this sketch. They landed in America in 1882 and came immediately to Sheboygan county where they settled on a farm.
William D. Berth received his education in the public schools of Germany and remained in his native country until he was twenty-seven years of age. He emigrated with his brother and sister to this country and settled with them in Sheboygan county where he engaged in the occupation of general farming for some time. In 1902 he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land six miles northwest of Sheboygan Falls and upon this he now resides. He makes a specialty of dairying and has a fine herd of graded cattle. He is keenly interested in every new discovery along agricultural lines and gives his personal superintendence to the improvement and development of his stock and farm. His dairy is clean and sanitary and equipped with every modern appliance along the lines of this industry. His graded stock has gained a reputation throughout Sheboygan county and obtains a ready sale on the market.
On the 12th of November, 1892, Mr. Berth was united in marriage to Miss Reka Hart, and they are the parents of four children: Anna, the wife of John Albright of Sheboygan Falls township; Martha, who married Fred Mueller, and now resides in Greenbush township; and Fred and Frieda, who live with their parents on the home farm. Mr. Berth is well known and highly esteemed in the agricultural circles of Sheboygan county and is recognized as a man who is interested in the welfare and development of this section of the country.
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