John Buelke, one of the prominent and prosperous citizens of Sheboygan county, devotes his attention to general agricultural pursuits in Lyndon township and is an extensive landowner. His birth occurred in Pommern, Germany, on the 28th of January, 1854, his parents being Fred and Minnie (Kruger) Buelke, both of whom were likewise natives of Pommern, the former born in 1810, and the latter about 1814. Fred Buelke was an agriculturist by occupation, owning and operating a farm of eighty acres in Pommem, where his demise occurred in 1886. His wife also passed away in the fatherland, her death occurring about 1896. They had nine children, six of whom still survive and four of whom are residents of the United States.
John Buelke obtained his education in Germany and when a youth of nineteen crossed the Atlantic to the United States in company with a sister. August, the oldest son of the family, had emigrated to this country five years before and Paul, another brother of our subject, had landed on American shores one year previous to the arrival of John.
Leaving his sister in Milwaukee, John Buelke came to Sheboygan county and began working for the Jewetts at Winooski, remaining in their employ for eight years. After the death of Glanville Jewett, who had charge of the asylum, Mr. Buelke was appointed in his place and had the care of the inmates for nearly four years, at the same time attending to his farming duties. After eight years' experience as a farm hand in this country he purchased the tract of one hundred and sixty acres on which he now resides, erected all of the buildings thereon and made many substantial improvements. Subsequently he bought a farm of one hundred and twenty acres about two miles west of his home place and this tract is now occupied by his son Paul. The farm now occupied by his son George is a tract of eighty acres which he purchased south of Plymouth and on which he erected a house and barns.
Mr. Buelke devotes his attention to the pursuits of general farming and dairying, has about forty head of high grade cattle and has begun to improve his herd by keeping thoroughbred Holsteins. The prosperity which he now enjoys is all the more creditable by reason of the fact that he came to this country empty handed and had to depend entirely upon his industry and ability for whatever success he might hope to achieve.
On the 25th of October, 1879, Mr. Buelke was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Fischer, a native of Germany and a daughter of William Fischer. Mrs. Buelke was brought to this country in infancy and was married in Milwaukee. She is the mother of nine children, namely: Emma, who was born in 1880 and is now the wife of August Ebelt, of Sheboygan county; Katie, who was born in 1882 and died at the age of twenty-one; Paul, whose birth occurred in 1885 and is now married; George, who was born in 1887 and is also married; William, who was born in 1889 and is still at home; Lottie, whose natal year was 1894 and who now follows the profession of teaching; Clemens, who was born in 1892; Walter, born in 1897; and Louisa, whose birth occurred in 1900.
In politics Mr. Buelke is a republican, exercising his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of that party. He is a Baptist in religious faith and erected the church of that denomination at Waldo without financial or other assistance. The hope that led him to leave his native land and seek a home in America has been more than realized. He found the opportunities he sought, which, by the way, are always open to the ambitious, energetic man, and making the best of these he has steadily worked his way upward. He possesses the resolution, preservance and reliability so characteristic of his nation, and his name is now enrolled among the best citizens of Sheboygan county, within the borders of which he has resided for almost four decades.
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