George Harsch, who owns an attractive homestead of seventeen acres, just west of the city limits of Sheboygan, where he is living retired, is a native of this county, his birth having occurred on the 8th of January, 1857. His father, Adam Harsch, was born in Germany in 1819, but in his early manhood he came to the United States, locating in Ohio. From there he removed to Sheboygan county, settling in Sherman township, where he lived until 1865. In the latter year he came to the city of Sheboygan and erected a tannery, that he operated for about fifteen years. At the end of that period he disposed of his plant and went to Stockbridge, Calumet county, this state, and bought a farm upon which he lived until he passed away on the 28th of March, 1903, having attained the venerable age of eighty-four years.
While living in Ohio Mr. Harsch married Miss Mary Dunbar, whose death occurred March 10, 1902. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Harsch, of whom all are deceased with the exception of three sons, our subject being the youngest. The eldest surviving member of the family, Wesley, is married and lives in Ohio, while Benjamin, who is next in order of birth, is married and engages in farming in Stockbridge.
The education of George Harsch was obtained in the public schools of Sheboygan, which he attended until he had mastered the common branches. He subsequently laid aside his text-books and assisted his father in the operation of the tannery, and when the latter disposed of this business removed with his parents to Stockbridge. There he took up farming and continued to devote his energies to this vocation until 1909, when he sold his farm and came to Sheboygan, purchasing his present residence just outside of the city limits where he lives a retired life. Mr. Harsch has a very attractive place, the care of which gives him ample employment, and he is spending his latter years in well earned rest.
On the 16th of December, 1880, Mr. Harsch was married to Miss Bertha Schuchardt, a daughter of Constantine and Henrietta (Kruger) Schuchardt, who are mentioned at greater length under the sketch of Henry C. Schuchardt. To Mr. and Mrs. Harsch have been born two children: Elery, who is living on the old farm in Stockbridge, and Lillian, the wife of Jacob Verhulst, who is engaged in the manufacture of paper boxes in Sheboygan. Mr. Harsch lived a life of intense activity and diligence until he had attained the age of fifty-two, and although he has retired from the exacting demands of his former vocation, he is not living in idleness as is manifested by the well kept appearance of his property.
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