John Heisdorf, who owns and operates a dairy farm a mile and a half west of Sheboygan, where he has been residing for the past seven years, was born in Trier, Germany, on the 11th of November, 1858, and is a son of Valentine and Anna (Klein) Heisdorf. The parents, who were also natives of Germany, emigrated to the United States with their family in 1867, and on August 27, of that year, located on a farm in Manitowoc county, where they passed the remainder of their lives. The father's death occurred in 1869 and that of the mother in 1879.
Mr. and Mrs. Heisdorf had four children of whom the eldest, Peter, and the second in order of birth, Nicholas have passed away. A daughter, Catharine, married William Dhein, who is a farmer in Calumet county and there he also engages in the real-estate and insurance business,
The education of John Heisdorf was begun in his native land, where he lived until he was a lad of nine years, and completed in the district schools of Manitowoc county. After laying aside his text-books, he assisted his mother with. the cultivation of the farm until he was twenty years of age, when he went to work for his brother-in-law, William Dhein, remaining in his service for four years. He then went into partnership with the latter in the manufacture of cheese, their plant being located on Mr. Dhein's farm at Charleston, Calumet county, Wisconsin. They were associated together for three years, but at the end of that time Mr. Heisdorf withdrew from the business and went to Maple Grove, where he built a factory which he operated for a year.
He subsequently disposed of this and removed to Herman, Sheboygan county, and started a factory on his father-in-law's farm. Seven years later he erected a plant at Ada, and continued to operate them both for nine years. Owing to the state of his health he was subsequently compelled to dispose of his plants, following which he removed to the state of Washington and lived there for five months. He next bought a small farm two miles west of Kiel and erected a cheese factory near this farm. Three years later he disposed of this establishment and came to Sheboygan where he lived from October to March, 1905. He then bought his present place located west of the city and here he engages in dairy fanning and is meeting with very good success.
On the 21st of April, 1885, Mr. Heisdorf was married to Miss Katherine Demgen, the event occurring while Mr. Heisdorf was located at Maple Grove. Mrs. Heisdorf is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Demgen, natives of Germany. The father passed away on September 16, 1908, and is buried in the Catholic cemetery at Sheboygan, but the mother is still living in Sheboygan. Two sons have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Heisdorf, as follows: Joseph, who was born on the 15th of March, 1886, and died on the rath of July, 1897, and is buried in the Catholic cemetery of Herman; and Adolph P., whose birth occurred on the 4th of March, 1894. He received his early education in the district and Catholic parochial schools, but later supplemented this by a course in the business college at Sheboygan.
Mr. Heisdorf is a republican. He is a member of the Dairymen's Association, of which his son, Adolph P., is the secretary, and the family are all communicants of the Roman Catholic 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