For twenty-two years Emil Clarenbach has been engaged in the real estate, fire insurance and loan business in Sheboygan, becoming his father's successor, so that for a third of a century the family name has figured prominently in this connection, ever standing as a synonym for business integrity and enterprise.
Mr. Clarenbach was born August 9, 1856, in that city which is still his home, his parents being Ernst and Lina (Koehler) Clarenbach. The father came from the Rhine Province, the mother from Bielefeld, Germany. On arriving in the new world they settled in Sheboygan where they were married, both the father and mother being about twenty years of age at the time they crossed the Atlantic.
For a brief period Ernst Clarenbach was engaged in merchandising in Sheboygan, after which he joined his brother Emil in the commission business at Le Claire, Iowa, where he remained for about four years. He then returned to Sheboygan where he entered the employ of John Bertschy, who conducted a large grain and elevator business covering several counties. Later Mr. Clarenbach was elected registrar of deeds of Sheboygan county on the democratic ticket, in which position he continued for eight years, and then established the farm loan and real estate business which he conducted for ten years prior to his death in 1890. His wife survived him for about fifteen years, passing away in 1905. They had long been recognized as worthy and valued citizens of Sheboygan, Mr. Clarenbach making for himself a very creditable position in business circles.
In the public schools of this city Emil Clarenbach pursued his education and on starting out in the business world secured a position in the German Bank, where he remained for six years, serving in various capacities. He next became connected with the Phoenix Chair Company with which he remained as secretary for twelve years, and also had supervision over the financial interests of the business. At the time of his father's death he succeeded him in the real estate fire insurance and loan business and during the twenty-two years which have since come and gone has enjoyed a large clientage, placing many loans, negotiating many important realty transfers and writing a large amount of insurance each year.
Mr. Clarenbach was married in 1886 to Miss Josephine Reuther, of Sheboygan, a daughter of Paul Reuther, who came to America in the early '50s from near Kreuznach, Germany. He located first in Milwaukee and later removed to Chicago. He was a cooper by trade but after settling permanently in Sheboygan, operated a hotel. For ten years prior to his death, which occurred in July, 1910, he lived a retired life.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarenbach are the parents of three children, Louise, Ernestine and Ralph, the elder daughter being the wife of Glen M. Gracey, cashier of the First State Bank, of Holstein, Iowa.
The only office Mr. Clarenbach has ever held is. that of notary public. He has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking and yet in matters of citizenship he has always been progressive, giving his aid and cooperation to movements which he deems of essential value in the promotion of the welfare and upbuilding of this part of the state. He has a wide acquaintance here where his entire life has been passed and where he has so directed his labors as not only to win success but also to gain the high and merited regard of his fellow townsmen.
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