A worthy representative of the commercial interests of Sheboygan is C. Ernst Hinze, of the firm of Rust and Hinze, who are engaged in the general mercantile, flour and feed business at 1701 Indiana avenue. He was born at Schenkenberg in the province of Brandenburg, Germany, on the 12th of February, 1873, and is a son of Carl and Wilhelmina Hinze. The parents emigrated to the United States with their children in 1884, locating at Altamont, Illinois, where they still reside.
The education of C. Ernst Hinze was begun in his native country and completed in the parochial schools of Altamont. At the age of fourteen he laid aside his text-books and began his business career as a clerk in a general mercantile store. In 1889 he came to Sheboygan and being unable to find employment in the mercantile line, he took a position in a furniture factory. He continued in the service of the various local furniture manufacturers during the succeeding three years, and at the expiration of that time obtained a clerkship in the store of G. W. Schmitt. He was ambitious and diligent and aspired to have a business of his own, and with this end in view saved as much as possible of his earnings. Eight years after entering the employ of Mr. Schmitt he was in a position to realize his hopes and became associated with A. F. Rust in establishing the business they are now conducting. They have been very successful and have greatly increased their original capital and now carry a large stock of staple and fancy groceries and they also keep flour and feed.
The building in which their store is located was formerly used for a saloon and dance hall but they have remodeled it to meet their requirements and it is now one of the most attractive business structures in that part of the city. They are both energetic and capable men and the straightforward and reliable methods they have adopted in the conduct of their enterprise is winning them a constantly increasing patronage.
In this city on the 6th of June, 1895, Mr. Hinze was united in marriage to Miss Ida Rust, a daughter of Fred and Friedericke Rust. The father, who was for many years engaged in the manufacture of brick in Sheboygan, is now deceased but the mother is still living and now makes her home with the subject of this review. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hinze, two of whom, Walter and Reuben, died in infancy. The others are Elmer, Raymond and Harold, all of whom are attending school.
In politics, Mr. Hinze is a republican and for one term he served as supervisor in his township. In the course of his business career he has achieved the commendable success that invariably accompanies diligent and persistent effort when intelligently directed, and he is held in high esteem in the city.
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