John Edward Curtiss, president of the Plymouth Brewing Company, is one of the foremost business men of the town, being prominently identified with several of the thriving local enterprises. He was born in Plymouth on the 11th of August, 1866, and is a son of John Kline and Almira (Auyer) Curtiss, the father a native of Massachusetts and the mother of the state of New York. They were married in the latter state, whence they migrated to Wisconsin in 1858, the father being one of the pioneer agriculturists of Sheboygan county. Both parents passed the remainder of their lives on the farm, where they had reared their family, the mother's death occurring in 1886, and that of the father in 1892. Of the nine children born to them five are deceased.
The entire life of John Edward Curtiss has been passed in the vicinity where he is now residing. He was reared on the farm and educated in the district schools, assisting his father with the work of the fields and care of the crops, while mastering the common branches. After leaving school he devoted his entire attention to agricultural pursuits and seven years later bought the old home place, containing one hundred and sixty acres. Here he continued to engage in general farming and the raising of stock for thirteen years, meeting with excellent success in both lines. At the expiration of that time he disposed of his place and coming to Plymouth bought an interest in the brewing company he is now the head of. He was then secretary and treasurer of the company, being the owner of one-third of the stock, but in December, 1910, he was made president. Under his direction the enterprise has developed in a highly gratifying manner and they are now shipping their product throughout the surrounding country. In addition to his interest in this industry, Mr. Curtiss is also president of the Plymouth Box Manufacturing Company and he is a stockholder in various other local concerns. Mr. Curtiss was married in 1888 to Miss Nancy C. Gallagher, a daughter of William Gallagher, a native of the state of New York. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Royal Arcanum and the Eagles, and in politics he is a democrat. He is one of the public-spirited, progressive men of the town and takes an active interest in promoting the development of all local enterprises, and can always be depended upon to champion every movement that will advance the community's welfare.
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