Reinhard B. Firzlaff, one of the prominent and well known residents of Sheboygan, was formerly engaged in the meat business but is now living retired. He was born in Kolberg, Pomerania, Germany, June 21, 1854, the son of Franz and Caroline (Nuerenberg) Firzlaff, both of whom were natives of Germany. In 1869 the father emigrated to America, settling on a farm of ninety-nine acres near Sheboygan, on which the remainder of his life was spent, his death here occurring on September 27, 1895, when he was seventy-two years of age. The mother passed away in 1882. They were the parents of three children: Robert, who was born in Germany and passed away in 1910; Matilda, the widow of Fred Schneidewind, who was engaged in the contracting business and whose demise occurred on December 21, 1910.
Reinhard B. Firzlaff, the subject of this review attended the public schools of his native land until he had attained the age of fourteen years, when he came with the family to America, his education in English being acquired in the public schools of Sheboygan. After he had attained years of maturity he worked for a time on the farm with his father, later learning the shoemaker's trade. This occupation he pursued for nine years in Sheboygan and he then visited Duluth and Superior, where he followed his trade for a time. On his return to Sheboygan he purchased a shoe shop which he conducted for some time but, tiring of this business, he engaged in the buying, selling and shipping of live stock, shipping large quantities of live stock to the markets of Chicago, Milwaukee and Lake Superior. Upon discontinuing that business he built one of the modern meat markets of Sheboygan, which he conducted for twenty years. In 1903 he sold out and is now living comparatively retired in Sheboygan, although he retains active connection with the business interests of the city.
On the 26th of May, 1881, Mr. Firzlaff was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Kaufmann, the daughter of Frederick and Augusta (Ballmann) Kaufmann, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father was engaged in the meat business but some years prior to his death, which occurred in 1895, he retired from active life. The mother passed away on the 18th of August, 1884.
Mr. Firzlaff has taken a considerable interest in politics and was serving as alderman from the fifth ward. He is a member of the German Lutheran church of Sheboygan, in which he takes an active interest. He is now enjoying the fruitage of a lifetime of well directed labor and is among the well known and greatly respected residents of Sheboygan. His business dealings have always been characterized by strict integrity and the desire to please his customers. He possesses a warm personal nature, being optimistically inclined and very cordial in his intercourse with customers and friends. He is one of those substantial and patriotic German-American citizens of whom this country is proud and who form so large a proportion of our American population.
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