The field of commerce is limitless and its prizes are many. The ages have demonstrated the fact that energy and determination are the qualities which win success when guided by sound judgment, and with the recognition of this fact Alfred Grasse determined that he would gain a fair measure of prosperity through close application and energy. He is now dealing in oils, vinegars and barrels, starting in this business in 1899. He was then a young man of about nineteen years, his birth having occurred in Sheboygan, July 26, 1880, his parents being Charles and Sophia Grasse.
The father came to this city from the province of Brandenburg, Prussia, in 1852, and engaged in business as a tank manufacturer. He conducted a good cooperage establishment and dealt quite extensively in barrels. Later he became the agent for the Standard Oil Company. At the time of the Civil war, however, he put aside all business and personal considerations and volunteered for service in the Union army as a member of the Twenty-sixth Wisconsin Infantry. He joined the army as a private and when honorably discharged at the close of the war was a corporal. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and he was one of its recognized leaders in this part of the state. His fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth, ability and fidelity to duty, elected him supervisor and he also filled the position of school commissioner. He is now living retired in Sheboygan, his well earned rest being the fitting crown to a life of well directed industry. His wife, who passed away in 1903, was laid to rest in Wildwood cemetery.
At the usual age Alfred Grasse began his education as a public-school student and passed through the consecutive grades until graduated from the high school with the class of 1900. Immediately afterward he joined his brother, Louis, in the conduct of their present business, the partnership being formed in 1905. They handle large quantities of oils and vinegars and they also do an extensive business in handling empty barrels.
Alfred Grasse resides with his father at No. 1121 South Fifteenth street. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he has fraternal relations with the Sons of Veterans. His religious belief is evidenced by his membership in the German Lutheran church and these associations indicate much of the nature of his interests and the rules that govern his conduct.
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