The life of Garret W. Grotenhuis has been an influential factor in promoting business development in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, and in the adjoining districts, and although he has now practically retired, from active life he still keeps up his interest in many important enterprises in the city and is always ready to cooperate in the promotion of municipal growth. Mr. Grotenhuis is a native of Holland township where he was born on November 4, 1865. His father, Henry W. Grotenhuis, was born in Gelderland, Holland, July 3, 1826, and remained in his native country assisting his father, John W. Grotenhuis, in the operation of a farm and a shop where he made wooden shoes by hand. He came to America when he was a young man and resided in New York for six years. At the end of that time he came to Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where he settled upon a farm and operated and improved it until his death on February 17, 1902.
Garret W. Grotenhuis was educated in district school No. 10, and worked for his father upon the farm until he was eighteen years of age. At that time he purchased a cheese factory in the operation of which he was successful for six years. He then bought a general store in Cedar Grove and was successful as a merchant for eleven years, bringing to the operation of this enterprise an industry and intelligence which, combined with his honorable business methods, resulted in a high degree of prosperity. He eventually sold his store and purchased three cheese factories in Holland township. He sold two of these at a good profit and operated the third for over seven years. When he finally abandoned this line of occupation he bought a half interest in a general store at Cedar Grove and, in partnership with Henry Kippe, did a constantly growing business for two years. He traded his half interest in this store to his partner at the expiration of the two years, receiving in exchange a whole interest in the building.
At the present time Mr. Grotenhuis is engaged in the buying and selling of cheese throughout the districts surrounding Cedar Grove. He is a public-spirited and progressive citizen and is interested in many enterprises along industrial and financial lines. He holds stock in the Bank of Cedar Grove, and is actively connected with the Cedar Grove foundry.
Mr. Grotenhuis was married to Miss Lizzie Steen, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Ongena) Steen, both of whom were born in The Netherlands and came to this country in 1867 settling in the township of Holland. To Mr. and Mrs. Grotenhuis three children were born: Ulysses, on May 10, 1896; Olive, on June 4, 1898; 'and Allen, on August 2, 1905. Mr. Grotenhuis has resided in Holland township all his life and has attained gradually the position which he now holds in the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens. He gave his energies to promoting his own prosperity along legitimate lines and is also more broadly interested in the general welfare.
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