Prominent among the many sterling citizens of German lineage whose sturdy national qualities of industry, intelligence and capacity for working against overwhelming obstacles have contributed so largely to the prosperity and success of Sheboygan county, is Henry F. Dettman, now engaged in general farming in this district. His father, Carl Dettman, was born in Germany, April 1, 1828, and worked on a farm in that country until he came to America in 1862. He settled immediately in Ozaukee county, Wisconsin, where he worked at farming in the employ of others until 1864, when he acquired possession by purchase of about forty acres near the town of Scott, which he farmed until, on account of poor health, he turned the farm over to his eldest son. The father for a time lived in Batavia, where he remained until the death of his wife, on January 8, 1869, when he returned to make his home with his eldest son. Henry Dettman's mother was Johanna Turow, also a native of Germany, born in that country in 1826 and married there. She came to America with her husband and one child, the elder brother of the subject of this sketch. To Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dettman seven children were born: August, now a prominent farmer of Sheboygan county; Alvina, who died at the age of fifteen years; Bertha, the wife of Joe Counsell, of Wisconsin; Christina, deceased, who was the wife of William Gerhardt; William, a citizen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Jacob, who died in infancy; and Henry, the subject of this review.
The last named was born in Scott township, Sheboygan county, and was educated in the public schools of that district. His early life was spent upon his father's farm until the age of fifteen years, when he hired himself out to the neighboring farmers and dairymen by the month. His qualities of industry, frugality and thrift enabled him in 1890 to purchase the home farm upon which his elder brother then was residing and the forty acres of farm land which surrounded it, but two years later he sold the land and the house and bought his present place of eighty acres in the same district, which he had previously rented. He engages in general farming but makes a specialty of his dairy, personal superintendence to all the work which goes on on his farm and in his dairy. He has been successful in the line of work in which he has been engaged during his whole active life and now in the prime of his career has attained a degree of prosperity which is well merited by his industry and ability.
In 1892 Henry Dettman was united in marriage with Mary Liebenstein, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Liebenstein, natives of Germany, who came to this country at an early day. They became the parents of five childre.i: Arnold, born in 1893, now living at home; Elda, whose birth occurred in March 1895; Laren, who is in his thirteenth year; Edna, aged twelve; and Wilma, the youngest daughter, born in December, 1903. Henry Dettman is interested in the political affairs of his locality and votes the republican ticket on national issues, being a consistent and loyal member of that party. He and his family are devoted members of the Evangelical Lutheran church of Batavia, Wisconsin, and his religion is a vital and active force, leavening his honorable and worthy life.
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