Ernest Bollmann is one of the prosperous and well-to-do farmers in Sheboygan township owning and living upon the old homestead, on which he was born, April 9, 1884. He is a son of Christian and Ernestina (Zimbal) Bollmann. His parents were both natives of Germany. The father, having been born in that country in 1837, emigrated to America and settled in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where he engaged in farming. Some time after making his settlement in the new world he purchased eighty acres of land in Sheboygan township and after operating this property as a mixed farm and stock ranch he later sold the place and in 1865 purchased one hundred and sixty acres one mile southwest of the city of Sheboygan, where he bred fine dairy and stock cattle. In this business he was successful and for many years conducted his business in a most careful and scientific manner.
Mr. Bollmann chose as his partner for life Miss Ernestina Zimbal. Her parents were natives of Germany and when she was a young child they emigrated to this country. To Mr. and Mrs. Christian Bollmann seven children were born. William, who is married and has two children, is in the employ of the railroad at Sheboygan. Annie is the wife of Adolph Mallmann, who makes his home on a large ranch in Dakota, and has one son. August is married and is living on a ranch in Rapid City, South Dakota. Elonia is the wife of Edward Roehrborn, who is engaged in farming in Sheboygan township, and is the mother of three children. Olive married William Messer, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has two children. Ernest is the next in order of birth. Alma, still at home, is the owner of a large ranch in South Dakota. The father of this family died August 5, 1900, and his remains were buried in the Lutheran cemetery. The mother is still living.
Ernest Bollmann was reared in his father's home and educated in the district schools of Wisconsin and later completed a full commercial course in a business college of Sheboygan. After laying aside his text-books he at once engaged in farming and has since devoted himself to that business. He is the owner of a large and valuable ranch in South Dakota, but has always lived upon the old homestead in Sheboygan township. This beautiful farm of one hundred and sixty acres is one of the most highly developed farms in northeastern Wisconsin and for many years has been famous as a high-grade stock and dairy establishment.
Mr. Bollmann was united in marriage to Miss Rosa Wiersig on December 19, 1907. Mrs. Bollmann is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wiersig, natives of Germany. To Mr. and Mrs. Bollmann has been born one son, Ernest, whose birth occurred May 24, 1910. Mr. Bollmann is one of the well known and highly respected citizens of the county of Sheboygan. He is known throughout the entire county as a successful farmer and breeder of high-grade dairy and stock. cattle. All his life he has been a resident of the community in which he now lives and all of his years have been devoted to agricultural pursuits on the farm on which he now resides. He is regarded as a man of integrity and his assistance is always forthcoming in the promotion of any measure seeking to improve the condition of the agricultural interests of his state and the advancement of the people of his community.
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