Sheboygan, a typical city of the middle west - enterprising, progressive, alert - finds a worthy representative of its business interests in Martin Burhop, proprietor of a well appointed hardware and plumbing establishment. He has worked his way upward from a humble clerkship, industry, diligence and reliability constituting the rounds of the ladder on which he has mounted to success.
He was born September 7, 1863, in Herman township, Sheboygan county, being one of the seven children of Frederick and Dorothea (Sempsroth) Burhop. The father was a native of Weetzen, Hanover, Germany, born April 9, 1817, and his wife was also a native of that locality. In the year 1846 they made the voyage across the Atlantic to the new world with Wisconsin as their destination. They first settled in Milwaukee but afterward removed to Herman township, Sheboygan county, where their remaining days were passed, the father dying in 1904, while the mother, who was born December 4, 1821, has also been called to her final rest.
They were members of the Lutheran church and Frederick Burhop, who gave his political allegiance to the democratic party, was recognized as one of its local leaders and served as supervisor and in various township offices. Of their seven children four are yet living: Martin; William, who is a teacher in Chicago; Frederick, a resident of Detroit, Michigan; and Herman, who is living on the old homestead in Herman township.
The usual experiences of the farm boy came to Martin Burhop in his youth. He divided his time between the schoolroom and the fields and when his education was completed gave his undivided attention to farm work until he reached the age of eighteen years. Subsequently he engaged in clerking in a store in Sheboygan and thus acquainted himself with mercantile methods, gaining the experience which qualified him to engage in business on his own account when, in 1892, he formed a partnership with his brother-in-Jaw and opened a general store, dealing in flour, feed, groceries, etc. n 1904 he formed a partnership with Ernst Aldag in the hardware and plumbing line, and the business has since been continued under the firm name of Ernst Aldag, Jr., & Company. They carry a large and carefully selected line of shelf and heavy hardware and are also doing a good business as plumbers and in handling plumbing supplies. Close attention to business, earnest purpose and straightforward methods have been substantial elements in their success.
In 1889 Mr. Burhop was married to Miss Emma Aldag, and they have become parents of three children but lost a son in infancy. The others are: Eleonore, twenty years of age, who is now a normal school student in Milwaukee; and Renada, fourteen years of age, attending school in Sheboygan. The parents are members of the Lutheran church and Mr. Burhop belongs also to the Sheboygan Mutual Aid Society and to the Arbeiter Verein. He and his wife occupy an enviable position in social circles and their own home is a very hospitable one, always open for the reception of their many friends. Mr. Burhop has, indeed, made a creditable place for himself in business circles and contributes to the commercial activity of the 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