M. J. Heronymus is the secretary and general manager of the Rexine Company. The principal offices of this manufacturing concern and the factory are located at 422 South River street. Mr. Heronymus was born in the city of Sheboygan, July 21, 1879, and is the son of Emil and Dora Heronymus. His father emigrated to this country from Saxony, Germany, in 1856. On reaching this country he first engaged in the business of a dairyman and later started in the manufacture of wire screening. He was the pioneer screen manufacturer in Sheboygan. In this business he continued during the remainder of his life, which closed in the year 1882, at the age of forty years. He is buried in the family lot in Wildwood cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Emil Heronymus four children were born: Henry, who died at the age of thirty in 1900, at Dubuque, Iowa; Lena, the deceased wife of Louis Schram, who died in 1907, at the age of thirty-seven, and is buried in Plymouth, this state; Marie, residing with her mother, is a graduate of the city high school and at present public school librarian; and M. J. Heronymus, the subject of this review.
M. J. Heronymus was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the common schools. Having completed his studies, at the age of fourteen he became an apprenticed tailor. He continued in this occupation until having acquired a thorough knowledge of the trade and as a tailor was employed by the Bodestein Brothers for five consecutive years. Afterward he became a salesman and in that vocation continued for six years. While engaged in his work as a salesman he became interested in the George Miller Manufacturing Company and later effected the organization of the Rexine Company of Sheboygan. This institution is manufacturing and dealing in Rexine, auto soap and toilet Rexine and Rexine products of all kinds, both cleaning and disinfectant. The factories of the company are located at 422 South River street. From the organization of this company until the present it has been uniformly successful and is rapidly approaching the front ranks of manufacturers of its class. It now employs eight skilled laborers in the factory and office and maintains a traveling force of six expert salesmen on the road.
Mr. Heronymus was married in the city of Sheboygan, August 20, 1902, to Miss Hilda Gruebner, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Groebner. Her father by trade and occupation is a blacksmith. He at present is fifty years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Heronymus one child has been born, John, now in attendance at the kindergarten. Mr. Heronymus is not affiliated with any political party, but gives his support to the man and to the measure which in his judgment represents the best interests of the people. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Uniform Rank of Knights of Pythias, the Fraternal Order of Rangers, and is also treasurer of the Sheboygan Concert band.
Mr. Heronymus is a successful rising young business man. From the beginning of his business career as an apprenticed tailor he has steadily gone forward improving with each succeeding year his advantages until July 15, 1909, he established himself in an independent business of which he became the secretary and general manager. The Rexine Company and its success is largely due to the constant attention and business ability of Mr. Heronymus. He is a man. always interested in the improvement of his community, giving whatever time and attention is required to advance any measure that seeks the betterment of. the people. He is a member of the German Reformed church of this city and maintains his residence at No. 617 Huron avenue.
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