H. H. Engelking is living on the farm where he was born, situated on section 10, Sheboygan township, Sheboygan county, his mother and his sister Anna making their home with him. He was born in Sheboygan county, October 7, 1866, the son of William and Frederica (Stahl) Engelking, both of German parentage.
At the age of thirty years the father came to the United States, taking up his residence in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he remained for a year, during which time he was employed on a farm, later working as section hand on a railroad. In 1858 he came to Sheboygan county and for three years worked for a Mr. Raab as a teamster. He then removed to the farm now belonging to the subject of this review and engaged in the pursuit of agriculture in connection with his teaming operations. Being an industrious worker and possessing sound business faculties, by strict economy he paid for the farm which he first purchased and later bought another farm which he also conducted.
In September, 1859, he married Frederica Stahl and to them were born nine children, six of whom are still living, H. H., of this review; being the eldest. Otto, the owner of a fruit farm in Prairie county, Colorado, is married and has three children. Louis, who conducts a woodworking shop in Sheboygan county, is married and has three children. Clara, who is the wife of William Luecke, a mason and contractor of Sheboygan, is the mother of four children. Anna resides at home. Theodore, the youngest surviving member of the family, is head bookkeeper of the Kohler plant in Sheboygan. He is married and has a family of two children.
William Engelking, the father, died April 8, 1903, and his remains were interred in Wildwood cemetery. The mother, who is still living at the venerable age of seventy-five years, resides on the old homestead with the subject of this review. She is one of the oldest living settlers and a pioneer resident of Herman township, where she made her home about sixty years ago.
H. H. Engelking received his education in the district schools of Sheboygan county and, being anxious to acquire knowledge, he also attended night school for a considerable period. At the age of nineteen years he left home and went to Nebraska, where he devoted his attention to farming for a year. He then engaged in retailing farm machinery at Bloomfield, Nebraska, following that business for eight years. While in Nebraska he filed on a tract of land under the homestead act and perfected his title in 1892. In 1902 he disposed of his interests in Nebraska and went to Connecticut, where he spent about three years and then returned to Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, and has since been operating the old home farm. He owns a fine farm and is making a specialty of raising graded Holstein cattle.
Mr. Engelking has also maintained for the past six years a Kennel of blooded Scotch collies, which is well known under the name of the Pigeon River Collie Kennels.
Mr. Engelking is a member of the Sons of Herman, having been chairman of the Sheboygan branch of that order for one term and he is elected for the present term. He is a prominent man in his community and by his many excellent traits of character and general attitude of friendliness has formed a large number of friends. He is a stanch republican, a township supervisor and serves at present as the chairman of the board, which makes him a member of the county board. He is a member of the German Reformed church. He is an enterprising, enthusiastic, up-to-date business man, who looks after all the details of his affairs with care and each year he has added to his possessions placing his farm under a better condition of tillage and improvement.
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