Fred G. Firzlaff, who has been conducting a meat market in Sheboygan for the past eleven years, was born in this city on the 13th of February, 1873, and is a son of Robert and Amelia (Schneiderwind) Firzlaff.
The father was born in the province of Pommern, Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States in his early manhood. He located in Sheboygan and for several years thereafter worked as a laborer, thus acquiring sufficient money to enable him to engage in farming, which vocation he followed until his death. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Firzlaff numbered five, those beside our subject being as follows: Reinhold, who is a farmer; Bertha, the wife of Henry Bergander; Sophia, who married Otto Marquardt, a moulder, of Sheboygan; and Anna, the wife of William Udich, of Sheboygan.
Fred G. Firzlaff was given the advantages of a common-school education. After laying aside his text-books he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, which he continued to follow until he was about twenty-four years of age, when he came to Sheboygan and learned the butcher's trade. In 1901, he established the market he is now conducting and during the intervening years has succeeded in building up a good trade. He carries fresh and cured meats, fowls, fish and oysters in season, and as the quality is above question and he is accommodating to his customers, he is accorded the patronage of some of the city's best families.
Mr. Firzlaff married Miss Ida Goerlitz, also a native of Sheboygan and a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Bergander) Goerlitz. The father, who was a toll-gate keeper, and the mother are both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Firzlaff have two children: Emma, who is eleven years of age; and Barney, who is one and one half years old.
Mr, and Mrs. Firzlaff are members of the Lutheran church and he belongs to the Bethlehem Gemeinde, and in politics he is a democrat and has on several occasions represented his district in the local conventions. He is diligent and enterprising in his methods and to this must be attributed much of the success he has met with in the development of his business.
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