William H. Burhop, who owns and operates a cigar factory in Sheboygan in connection with which he has been conducting a saloon since 1908, is a native of Hanover, Germany, his birth having occurred on the 7th of March, 1871. He is a son of Fred and Anna Burhop, likewise natives of Hanover, whence they emigrated to the United States with their family in 1882, locating in Sheboygan, where they have ever since resided.
Here the father found employment as a laborer in some of the local factories, continuing to engage in work of this kind until his retirement. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Burhop, four of whom are still living, as follows: William H., our subject; Fred, who is in partnership with his brother in the cigar business; Anna, the wife of Harry Quast, living in Sheboygan; and Charles, who is a cigarmaker in the employ of his brothers.
The first eleven years in the life of William H. Burhop were passed in the city of his birth, where he began his education, completing it in the parochial schools of Sheboygan. After his confirmation at the age of fourteen years, he laid aside his text-books and entered a cigar factory in the capacity of an apprentice. He continued to follow this trade, after completing his period of service, until 1894, when he established his factory. As he had but limited means it was necessary for him to begin on a very small scale, but he has increased his establishment during the intervening years, and now gives employment to four men. In 1908, Mr. Burhop extended his business interests by opening a saloon in a building adjoining his factory, and has ever since been conducting both of these enterprises.
In this city on the 21st of October, 1893, Mr. Burhop was married to Miss Anna Gerber, a daughter of John Gerber, a native of Germany, and to them have been born two children: Irma and Arno, both of whom are in school. Mr Burhop is a member of the Phoenix Aid and the Sheboygan Mutual Aid Societies, and in politics he is a democrat, but he has never aspired to public office, always having given his entire attention to the development of his private interests.
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