The commercial interests of Waldo find an able representative in Herman W. Grohskopf, who for three years has been successfully engaged in the hardware and furniture business there. He was born in Prussia on the 26th of May, 1875, and is a son of Christian and Ernestina (Heise) Grohskopf, likewise natives of Prussia, the father having been born in 1844 and the mother in 1850.
After the completion of his education, Christian Grohskopf learned the machinist's trade, which he followed in his native land until 1883, when together with his wife and family he emigrated to the United States. He came direct to Sheboygan, where he obtained employment in the Phoenix Chair Factory, remaining in their employ until the early '90s. He then bought a farm on section 32 of Sheboygan Falls township and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He has met with very good success in his undertakings and still resides on his farm, which is one of the well improved and cultivated properties of that community.
Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Grohskopf, our subject being the second in order of birth. The others are as follows: William, who is living in Mosel township; Richard, who is on the old homestead; and Anna; the wife of Frank E. Hein, of Waldo.
The first eight years in the life of Herman W. Grohskopf were passed in his native land where he began his education, and continued it in the public schools of Sheboygan until he was a youth of fourteen years. He then laid aside his text-books and began his business career with H. C. Prange, remaining in his employ for seven years. In 1896, he enlisted as a musician in the Fifth United States Cavalry for three years, his regiment serving under General Miles in Porto Rico during the Spanish-American war. When mustered out he returned to Sheboygan Falls and for a year thereafter assisted his father on the farm. At the expiration of that time he obtained a position in Dunker's Orchestra and also the Olympic Quintette at Milwaukee.
In 1909 he came to Waldo and bought the hardware store of H. W. Timmer and has ever since devoted his entire time and attention to the development of his business interests. He is enterprising in his methods and subsequently extended the scope of his activities by adding to his stock of hardware a line of furniture, which has proven to be a very successful undertaking.
In the conduct of his business Mr. Grohskopf has adopted a policy that commends him to the confidence of all who have transactions with him, and as he is accommodating to his patrons and the quality of his merchandise is fully commensurate with the prices asked. He is accorded a large and constantly increasing trade.
On the 12th of April, 1902, Mr. Grohskopf was married to Miss Minnie Heiden, who is descended from one of the oldest families of Sheboygan Falls township. She is the daughter of Louis and Ernestina (Heckler) Heiden, and is of German extraction as the name would suggest. The father, who is a farmer in the vicinity of Sheboygan Falls, was born in this township, whereto his parents emigrated from Germany during the early pioneer period. Mrs. Grohskopf is the eldest of the three children and the mother of three sons and three daughters. They are in order of birth as follows: Elmer, Irwin, Herman, Jr., Evelyn, Ema and Helen.
The family affiliate with the Lutheran church in which Mr. and Mrs. Grohskopf hold membership, and he belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. Enterprising in his business and progressive in matters of citizenship, Mr. Grohskopf is a man who would be an acquisition to any community, as he heartily cooperates in promoting the development of various public interests.
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