William C. Hinze, who for the past five years has been conducting a saloon at 1801 North Tenth street, Sheboygan, was born in Germany, on the 16th of September, 1874. He is a son of Ferdinand and Wilhelmina (Blank) Hinze, also natives of Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States in 1883, locating at Altamont, Effingham county, Illinois. There the father, who was a laborer, worked on the railroad with a section crew for seven years. At the expiration of that time he came to Sheboygan and obtained employment in the Crocker Chair Factory, remaining in the service of this company until his death in 1909. The mother is still living.
The maternal grandparents Christ and Dorathea Blank came to the United States in 1886 and located in Effingham county, where they resided for four years. In 1890 they came to Sheboygan, and here they both passed away in 1897, the death of the grandmother occurring first and that of Mr. Blank six weeks later.
William C. Hinze, who was a lad of nine years when he accompanied his parents to America, began his education in his native land and completed it in the public schools of Altamont, Illinois. In 1889, he left home and came to Sheboygan and for sixteen years was employed in different furniture factories. At the end of that time he gave up this work and opened a saloon, which he is still conducting.
Mr, Hinze was married in 1897, to Mary Marx of the town of Schleswig, Manitowoc county, and they have one daughter, Lydia. Fraternally Mr. Hinze is a member of the Eagles and the Mattoon Mutual Aid Society. In his political views he is a socialist and always gives his support to the men and measures of that party.
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