The industrial interests of Sheboygan find a worthy representative in Jacob John Hilpertshauser, who is superintendent of the Globe Foundry & Machine Company of Sheboygan. He was. born October 2, 1864, a son of Jacob Hilpertshauser, who was a native of the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, in which country he was reared and in 1851 was married. He came to America with his wife and one child in 1854, settling in St. Louis, Missouri, where he followed the carpenter's trade for two years. Subsequently he removed to Chicago and in 1856 came to Sheboygan, while later he took up his abode at Howards Grove. He, however, returned to Sheboygan, where he worked at the carpenters' trade and also did contracting, continuing in active connection with building operations in this city to the time of his death, whch occurred on February 8, 1890, when he was sixty years of age.
His wife, who bore the maiden name of Anna Schweitzer, is living at the age of eighty-three years. Mr. Hilpertshauser was a member of the Reformed church and was very active in politics as a supporter of the Democratic party. At the time of the Civil war he espoused the cause of the Union and went to the front with the Forty-fifth Wisconsin Infantry, doing active duty in defense of the old flag. He was wounded in an engagement but this did not keep him off duty for any length of time. Unto him and his wife were born ten children, of whom three are now living: Jacob and William, who are associated in business; and George, who is a contractor of Sheboygan.
In the public schools J. J. Hilpertshauser pursued his education and afterward learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked for one season for his father. He then began learning the machinist's trade in the establishment of which he is now one of the proprietors, spending three years there. He then went to Chicago, where he continued in the same business for nine years, after which he returned to Sheboygan and entered the employ of the Myers Machine Company, with which he remained as foreman for eight years. In connection with his brother he then purchased an interest in the present plant in 1903 and has since figured prominently in industrial circles as one of the owners of the Globe Foundry & Machine Company, of which he is superintendent. His thorough training as a machinist and his previous experience well qualify him for the onerous and responsible duties that now devolve upon him and enable him to carefully direct the labors of those who serve under him so that there is no needless expenditure of time, labor or material.
Mr. Hilpertshauser was married in 1895 to Miss Bessie Boehme, who was born in Sheboygan in 1872 and is a daughter of Charles and Emelia (Knolle) Boehme, both of whom are still living. The father was for many years a business man on the south side but is now living retired. Mr. and Mrs. Hilpertshauser have four living children: Blanche, now teaching school at Lake Forest, Illinois; Carl, a high-school student; and Fred and Eveline, aged respectively ten and eight years. They, too, are in school.
The parents also lost one child. They are members of the Reformed church of Sheboygan and Mr. Hilpertshauser belongs to the Modern Woodmen camp. He never takes an active interest in politics, yet is not neglectful of the duties of citizenship, for his aid and cooperation can always be counted upon to further progressive public measures. He is leading a busy and useful life, for he early realized that there is no royal road to success and he has, therefore, placed his dependence upon the safe, substantial qualities of indefatigable energy and unfaltering industry.
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