Gottfried Damrow, Jr., is regarded by the citizens of Sheboygan county as being one of its most enterprising and valued agriculturists. He is the owner and proprietor of one of the finest and most highly developed stock farms in northeastern Wisconsin and resides thereon. He was born in Sheboygan county, March 26, 1864, and is a son of Gottfried Damrow, Sr. His father is a native of Germany and at the age of fourteen he emigrated with his parents to the United States in the year 1853. At that time the family consisted of father, mother, two sons and one daughter. In due time, without accident, they reached Sheboygan county, the objective point of their journey, where they settled in Sheboygan Falls township on a farm on section I. Here the grandparents of our subject spent the remaining years of their lives. The grandfather died at the age of fifty-five and the grandmother passed to the Land Beyond at the age of eighty-two.
Gottfried Damrow, Sr., remained upon the old homestead in the conduct of his father's estate and continued to be engaged in the business of farming. He was a man of rare usefulness to the citizens of this county and especially to the township of Sheboygan Falls. During his active years he served two terms as town treasurer and as supervisor for five continuous years, and for twenty-seven years he was the active representative of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of the town of Herman. In 1911 he retired from active services and now makes his home with his son William, who resides on the old homestead. He has been during all his life a devout member of the Lutheran church and is at present one of the members of the board of directors of the congregation in which he holds his membership.
On the 5th of July, 1861, Gottfried Damrow, Sr., was united in marriage to Miss Mary Logemann, a lady of German descent. Unto them were born eight children, seven of whom are still living: Ernstine, who is the wife of Henry Erbstozer, is the mother of seven children. Mr. Erbstozer is the proprietor of a popular hotel in the town of Lime. Gottfried, Jr., of this review, is the next in order of birth. Louis, an agriculturist of Sheboygan Falls township, is married and has seven children. William lives on the old homestead in Sheboygan Falls township. Catharine, living in Sheboygan Falls, is the wife of Adam Winter and has ten children. Minnie, the mother of two children, is the wife of Fred Langner, an agriculturist living in the town of Lima. Oscar, who is married and resides in Sheboygan Falls township, is engaged in the manufacture of cheese and acts as the president of the Cheese Makers' Association.
Gottfried Damrow, Jr., was reared in his father's home and educated in the district schools of Sheboygan Falls. During his years of school life he was engaged in assisting his father in the conduct of the old homestead. He remained under the parental roof until he was seventeen years of age and at that time he became an apprenticed carpenter, in which occupation he continued later as a master carpenter for a period of fourteen years. He then purchased a farm of eighty acres located on section 18 in the township of Sheboygan and since then has been occupied in operating the same. His farm is located four and a half miles west of the city of Sheboygan and in addition to the original eighty acres which he purchased and upon which his dwelling and necessary farm buildings have been constructed, he also owns thirty acres of excellent land in Sheboygan Falls across the road from his homestead, giving him a total acreage of one hundred and ten acres of land, all of which is utilized in the conduct of his dairy and cattle interests. He is one of the successful breeders of the Holstein strain and many animals of his herd have to their credit high records in points in the tests of milk product for butter fat.
On the 5th of August, 1888, Mr. Damrow was united in marriage to Miss Recka Engelhardt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Engelhardt, both of whom are natives of Germany and who emigrated to the United States at a very early date and settled on a farm in the township of Sheboygan Falls. To Mr. and .Mrs. Damrow six children have been born, four of whom are still living: Anna, at home with her parents; Harry, now a student at the State Business College; Hilda, attending the public schools; and Rubena.
Mr. Damrow is affiliated with the democratic party and as representative of the people has been elected by that party as supervisor of the township of Sheboygan for the present term. He was the clerk of school district No. 14, Sheboygan Falls for six years, this district being known as the joint school district of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls. He and his family are all members of the Lutheran church, of which he has been the officiating clerk for seven years. He is also the secretary of the Lutheran Mutual Aid Society Insurance Company.
Mr. Damrow is indeed a useful man not only as regards the section in which his home is established but for the entire state of Wisconsin. His beautiful farm is a model of a scientifically conducted agricultural institution and the success with which he has met as breeder of high-grade Holstein dairy stock is sufficient proof that the Wisconsin farmer needs only to direct his energies along the lines of most advanced methods of farming and stock-raising in order to be abundantly rewarded for his labor and studious attention in the field of some definite and special line of operation.
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