William Debbink engages in dairying in Lima township, where he owns a farm of fifty-three acres located on sections 13 and 14. He is descended from a substantial Holland family and was born in the province of Gelderland, Holland, on the 22nd of April, 1870. His parents were born, reared and married in that province, the father's natal day being the 8th of August, 1808, and that of the mother October 9, 1834. They emigrated to the United States with their family in 1877, coming direct to Gibbsville, this township. Here the father subsequently purchased forty acres of land located on section 14, diligently applying his energies to its further improvement and cultivation during the remainder of his active life. He passed away on the 12th of November, 1896, but the mother is still living and continues to reside on the home farm. They became the parents of four children, of whom our subject is the youngest. In order of birth the others are as follows: G. H., who is a resident of Lima township; D. John, who is a contractor in Milwaukee; and Hannah, the wife of William Riemes of Marathon county, Wisconsin.
The education of William Debbink was begun in the schools of his native land, where he passed the first seven years of his life, and completed in the district schools of Lima township. He was early trained in habits of thrift and industry, and while still in his boyhood was assigned regular duties about the farm. After leaving school he gave his entire time to assisting his father with. the cultivation of the home place until he was married, when he leased the homestead, operating the same as a renter for eight years. At the expiration of that time he purchased twenty acres of it. Three years prior to this he had bought thirty-three acres of land on section 13, just across the road from his father's property, making his holdings aggregate fifty-three acres. He engages in general farming and raises stock but also makes a specialty of dairying, in which line he is meeting with a good measure of success. His cattle, of which some are registered, are all high-grade Holsteins, which breed he deems best adapted to his purposes.
At Cedar Grove, on the 17th of March, 1897, Mr. Debbink was married to Miss Elizabeth Ebbers, a daughter of H. J. Ebbers, of that place, and to them have been born four children: Henry, who is fourteen years of age; Bernard, who has passed the ninth anniversary of his birth; Helen, who will soon celebrate her eighth birthday; and Agnes, who is in her fifth year.
The family are members of the Dutch Reformed church of Gibbsville, and his political allegiance Mr. Debbink gives to the republican party. He is an ambitious man of tireless energy and practical ideas, whose undertakings are carefully considered and systematically directed toward the achievement of a definite purpose, and therein lies the secret of the prosperity which is attending his efforts.
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