Christ F. Henning, residing on section 11, Herman township, has been successfully engaged in business as a contractor since 1894 and also devotes his attention to the operation of a farm of sixteen acres. His birth occurred in Brandenburg, Germany, on the 28th of January, 1864, his parents being Christ and Johanna (Braun) Henning, who were likewise natives of that country. The family emigrated to America in 1868, settling in the township of Herman, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where the father worked at the mason's trade, which he had learned in Germany. The last decade of his life was spent in honorable retirement, his demise occurring in 1896 when he had attained the age of seventy-nine years. His widow, who still survives him, is now eighty-one years of age. Their children are five in number. Bertha is the wife of Fred Brauer and has six children. Mr. Brauer is a musician and wagon maker residing in the village of Seymour, Outagamie county. Mary gave her hand in marriage to Henry Termaat, an agriculturist of Sheboygan Falls, by whom she has five children. Johanna, the widow of Martin Bertschey, resides at Plymouth with her two sons. Augusta is the wife of August Eickhoff, a farmer of Manitowoc county, by whom she has three children.
Christ F. Henning, the other member of the family, pursued his education in the district and parochial schools. After putting aside his text-books he learned the mason's trade and subsequently worked at that occupation in Sheboygan, in the employ of Christ Ackerman, for eight years, acting as foreman during three years of that time. In the capacity of foreman he assisted in the erection of the Hotel Foerster at Sheboygan. In 1894 he embarked in business on his own account as a contractor in Herman township and has there remained continuously since. He erected the building of the Cleveland State Bank and has built many of the homes in the township, a large number of contracts having been awarded him in recognition of his ability in his chosen field of labor. He also owns and cultivates a farm of sixteen acres on section 11, Herman township.
On the 1st of January, 1890, Mr. Henning was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Krumdick, a daughter of Henry and Gusta Krumdick, who still reside on the home farm. Mr. and Mrs. Henning have six children, as follows: Elsie, who is the wife of William Prigge, an agriculturist of Herman township, by whom she has one child; Lena, who is employed as stenographer and bookkeeper by a cheese-jobbing concern in Plymouth; Martha, living in Plymouth; William, who works in a mill at Howard's Grove; Mary; and Augusta.
In politics Mr. Henning is a stanch republican. He has served as justice of the peace and has held the office of township clerk for nine terms, discharging his duties in both connections in a highly commendable and satisfactory manner. His religious faith is that of the German Lutheran church. Earnest effort and intelligently directed labor have ever constituted the salient features of his business career, while his life has been governed by high principles that have gained for him the respect and good-will of his fellowmen.
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