Theodore Conrardy is the owner and proprietor of the Excelsior Laundry, which is one of the largest and most successful enterprises of the kind located in Sheboygan. He is a native of the grand duchy of Luxemburg, his birth having there occurred on the 17th of June, 1869, and a son of Johann and Marguerite Conrardy. The parents passed their entire lives in Luxemburg, the father's death occurring in 1905 and that of the mother in 1911.
The boyhood and youth of Theodore Conrardy were passed in the land of his birth, where he acquired his education. At the age of eighteen years he decided to become a citizen of the United States and in 1887 crossed the Atlantic, landing in New York city. From there he came direct to Sheboygan, and a few days thereafter obtained employment on a lake boat that supplied spikes to the fishermen. At the close of the season he followed any occupation that afforded him the opportunity of making an honest living, subsequently obtaining a position as finisher in a veneer factory, where he was employed for eight years. As he was ambitious and desirous to engage in business for himself, he saved during that time systematically as much as possible from his earnings. In 1897 he resigned his position and investing his capital in the necessary equipment engaged in the laundry business. He was well qualified to make a success of this as he had worked at the business in the old country, and his wife, who assisted him during the early days, was also experienced in laundry work. In April, 1898, they removed to their present quarters and during the intervening years have built up such an excellent trade that they now own one of the largest and best patronized laundries in the city.
Mr. Conrardy is a man of practical ideas and progressive methods and he has spared no expense in equipping his plant, which is provided with every modern appliance and improvement essential to the successful operation of an establishment of this kind. Motor, electrical and steam power are utilized in turning out the work, which is done promptly and in a first-class manner. It has been his policy from the first to satisfy his patrons and he has succeeded so well in his efforts that it now requires the service of twenty-four people to do the laundry work, and during the busy season he is sometimes compelled to engage extra help.
In this city on the 26th of January, 1897, Mr. Conrardy was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Stolz, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Stolz, and a native of Germany. The father, who was a stone cutter by trade, died in the old country, but the mother passed her final days in Sheboygan. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Conrardy, two of whom died in infancy. The others are Marie, Adela, Theodore, Jr., Vera and Victor. The three eldest are attending the parochial school. The family home is located at 1124 Georgia avenue, where Mr. Conrardy owns a pleasant and commodious residence.
The family attend the Roman Catholic church of which the parents are communicants and Mr. Conrardy is also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sheboygan Lodge of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is independent in his political views, giving his support to such men and measures as he deems best qualified to serve the highest interests of the people. The success that has crowned the efforts of Mr. Conrardy is the result of unremitting diligence and perseverance, as he came to America in his early manhood with no capital save his determination of purpose and the wonderful hopefulness of youth.
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