Garrett J. Dulmes was one of the organizers of the canning factory at Adell, Wisconsin, of which he is now the general manager. He was born May 1, 1863, in the township of Lima, Sheboygan county, and is the son of Henry J. and Gezina (Droppers) Dulmes. The father was born in Gelderland, Holland, in 1824 and the mother's birth occurred in the same province in 1824.
Henry J. Dulmes was a descendant of one of the old families of Holland and in his native country he was by trade and occupation a Weaver and followed that vocation for a livelihood while in his native land. In 1854 he emigrated to America, settling in Lima township, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where he purchased eighty acres of land, located on section 33, two miles east of Hingham, in the township of Lima. There he built a comfortable log house and established his residence. He later added to his original purchase until he was the owner of one hundred and ten acres of rich agricultural land. In 1881 he purchased ninety-eight acres four miles east of Hingham, to which he removed and continued to live thereon during the remaining days of his life, which closed in the year 1910, the mother's death having occurred in 1905. In their family were six children: William J. and John H., both of whom reside in Holland township, the former of whom is operating the old homestead; Henry J., of Lima township; Garrett J., of this review; Jane B., who became the wife of Ira Heinen, of Lima township, and is now deceased; and Albert, who resides on the old homestead in Lima township.
Garrett J. Dul mes was reared in his parents' home and received his elementary education in the public schools. At the age of twenty-one he learned the cheese-maker's business and for twelve years following was engaged in the operation of a cheese factory at Union Corners, in Holland township. At the same time he also owned an interest in a factory in Lima township, two and one-half miles east of Hingham, and had an interest in a general merchandising store at Union Corners, and was also the owner of a very fine farm in Sheboygan county. In 1895 he disposed of his interests in the store and factory and devoted his entire attention to general farming for a period of five years. In 1908 he became one of the organizers of the Adell Canning Company and since that date has been identified with that company as its general manager and has devoted his entire attention to its business interests.
The canning factory at Adell is one of the most complete and up-to-date plants of its kind in Wisconsin, the company making a specialty of canning peas and corn, and the plant has a capacity of thirty-two thousand cans per diem. In 1910 he built a beautiful residence in Adell, in which he and his family now maintain their home.
On March 4, 1890, Mr. Dulmes was united in marriage to Miss Dora H. Eernisse, who was born in Lima township in November, 1870, and is the daughter of Abraham and Henrietta (Mentink) Eernisse, the former a native of Zeeland and the latter of Gelderland, Holland. The father with his family emigrated to America in 1846 and settled in Holland township. They later took up their abode in the township of Lima, where Mr. Eernisse still resides, at the advanced age of eighty-five years. He served as a soldier in the Civil war. By his first marriage he became the father of seven children and his second wife, Henrietta Jentink, bore him twelve children, of whom Mrs. Garrett J. Dulmes was the eldest. The mother of Mrs. Dulmes passed away in January, 1912.
Mr. and Mrs. Dulmes are the parents of seven children, Clara, Etta, Mabel, Abraham, Florence, Mildred and John G. Garrett J. Dulmes is a member of the Wisconsin Canners Association and also of the National Canners Association. He and his family are all members of the Dutch Reformed church of Hingham. Mr. Dulmes is one of the highly respected citizens of his county and an enterprising man who is recognized as one of the most efficient in the conduct and operation of an up-to-date and modern fruit and vegetable canning establishment. He is a man whose reputation for integrity in business affairs has never been questioned and is interested in every public enterprise intended to improve the conditions of the people of the community in which he lives.
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