Reginald W. Busse holds the responsible position of secretary of the Optenberg Iron Works, with which he has been associated for the past seven years. He is a native of Wisconsin, his birth having occurred at Oshkosh, August 8, 1879, and is the son of C. F. and Catherine (Hoehle) Busse, the former of whom was born in Appleton and the latter in New York city. The mother was a daughter of W. J. Hoehle, a Methodist minister. She removed with her husband to Sheboygan in 1890 and her death there occurred in 1902, when she was forty-six years of age, but Mr. Busse is still living and continues to make his home in that city. In their family were five sons: Reginald W., of this review; Samuel, who is a bookkeeper for the Crocker Chair Company; Arthur, who is an engineer and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; William, who has charge of the order department of the Northern Furniture Company; and Milton, who is also in the employ of the Northern Furniture Company.
Reginald W. Busse was reared in his parents' home and educated in the public schools of Appleton. After completing his elementary education he pursued a general course of business training in the State Business College of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and later entered the employ of the Crocker Chair Company as foreman of its shipping department. He remained thus engaged for a number of years and then became connected with the Optenberg Iron Works, where he served an apprenticeship of four years as a boilermaker. At the expiration of that time he was elected as secretary of the company, which position he has filled for the past three years.
Mr. Busse was married in Sheboygan, June 18, 1902, to Miss Anna Optenberg, a daughter of J. H. Optenberg, president of the Optenberg Iron Works. To Mr. and Mrs Busse has been born a son, Marvin, who is now eight years of age.
Mr. Busse is affiliated with the republican party and is one of the active and influential men in the councils of that political organization. He received the nomination for alderman of the fourth ward of Sheboygan in 1912. Fraternally he is a member of Camp No. 2223, M. W. A., and he and Mrs. Busse are members of the English branch of the Methodist Episcopal church of Sheboygan. Mr. Busse's career as a business man has been one of steady progress from its early beginning until the present time. His ability and trustworthiness have been the personal assets with which he has secured a steady advancement from the position of an order clerk to the office of secretary of one of the large and prosperous iron companies of Sheboygan. He is a man of political influence in the county and he is always prompt to contribute his assistance and influence to the advancement of any enterprise seeking the improvement of the people in his state and the city in which he lives.
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