William Gotter owns and operates a farm located one and one-half miles southwest of the city of Sheboygan. He was born in Germany, August 20, 1849, and is a son of Frederick and Anna Gotter, both of whom were natives of Germany, their births having occurred in that country in the year 1816. They were united in wedlock in their native land in 1839 and together with their family emigrated to the United States in 1850, making their settlement on a farm in Sheboygan township, this county, where they continued to live during the remaining years of their life. To Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gotter seven children were born: Gottfried, who is engaged in farming in Illinois; Frederick, who is married and is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Iowa; William, the subject of this review; Gotlieb, deceased; Elizabeth, who is the wife of Gotlieb Torke and lives in Sherman township; Anna, of Wilson township, who became the wife of August Harps, a veteran of the Civil war; and Ferdinand, a retired farmer living in Sheboygan township.
William Gotter was reared in the home of his parents and educated in the English and German schools of Lima township. He remained under the parental roof until twenty years of age and has since been engaged for himself in agricultural pursuits.
On the 21st of May, 1880, Mr. Gotter was united in marriage to Miss Mary Heinze. Mrs. Gotter is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Heinze, both of whom were natives of Germany and emigrated to this country at a very early date. Mr. Heinze is still living and resides in Sheboygan. To Mr. and Mrs. Gotter six children have been born: Mary, the wife of August Weidemeyer, a carpenter, and the mother of two children; Anna, who became the wife of John N. Henning, a farmer, and has one daughter; Ida, living with her parents ; Martha, who married Albert Hartman, who is engaged in farming in Sheboygan township; and Alvina and Herbert, both at home. The mother of this family passed away on September 23, 1896, and was buried in the Lutheran cemetery.
Mr. Gotter for many years has been regarded as one of the successful agriculturists of this county. His farm, located close to the city limits gives every evidence of its being operated by a skilled and practical agriculturist. He is a man of the highest type of character and the beneficent influence of his life has been felt during all the years of his residence among the people of the community in which he lives. He and all the members of his family are loyal communicants of the Lutheran church.
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