Sheboygan county has been signally favored in the class of men who have occupied her public positions. They have usually been citizens of high merit and of unquestioned fidelity, and to this class belongs A. P. Croghan, who is now clerk of the circuit court, to which position he was called in 1904, so he is serving at present for the fourth consecutive term. He is, moreover, recognized as one of the leaders of the republican forces in Sheboygan county, and upon the ticket of that party was elected to his present office.
Mr. Croghan makes his home in Cascade, and was born upon a farm in the town of Mitchell, this county, January 4, 1867, his parents being Patrick and Catharine (Ryan) Croghan. The father was a farmer and also a blacksmith by trade. He came to Sheboygan county from Indiana in the early '50s, accompanied by his family, then consisting of his wife and three children. His wife died after arriving here and later he married again in this county, having four children by that union, including A. P. Croghan. The father enlisted for service in the Civil war, being corporal of Company E, Seventeenth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving throughout the entire war in a most creditable manner. He was promoted in recognition of meritorious conduct, becoming second lieutenant of that company under Captain Peter Feagan, who is now coroner of the county. Patrick Croghan returned home at the close of the war but died January 8, 1860. His wife long survived him, departing this life August 23, 1901.
A. P. Croghan was reared upon the old homestead farm and attended the country schools after which he devoted five years to teaching in his native county. For eight years thereafter he was connected with the sales force of the McCormick Harvesting Machinery Company and later became special agent for the Northwestern Life Insurance Company, continuing in that field of business until elected to his present office. He secured a good clientage, writing a large amount of insurance each year. In 1912, upon the organization of the Cascade Telephone Company, Mr. Croghan was elected its president.
Mr. Croghan has always been interested in local politics and recognizes the fact that it is the duty as well as the privilege of every true American citizen to support the principles in which he believes. He has therefore labored for the success and upbuilding of his party and in turn has been honored with several local offices at the gift of his fellow citizens. He served as town clerk for the town of Mitchell for three years and was supervisor for the town of Lyndon at the time of his election to the office of clerk of the circuit court in 1904. His capability in that position finds proof in the fact that he has since been three times reelected so he is now serving for the fourth term. In 1908 he was an alternate delegate to the national convention of the republican party which nominated William H. Taft for president. He has a wide acquaintance among political leaders of the state and his opinions carry well in local republican councils.
Mr. Croghan was married in 1891 to Miss Etta O'Heam of Cascade, and they have two children, George and Imogene. Mrs. Croghan before her marriage was postmistress of Cascade and is at the present holding that position. Mr. Croghan is well known in fraternal circles; being worthy president of Aerie No. 277, F. 0. E., and also a member of Sheboygan Lodge, No. 299, B. P. 0. E. He possesses a social, genial nature that is appreciative of true friendship, and he has proven in his life the wisdom of the Emersonian philosophy that "The way to win a friend is to be one."
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