The extensive bakery business which George Adam Hirsch is now conducting had its inception in 1891. From a small beginning the enterprise has grown steadily and now constitutes one of the important, productive industries of Sheboygan. The success of this undertaking is due to the courage, progressive methods and thorough reliability of George Adam Hirsch, who, like many of the city's substantial and valued residents, is a native of Germany. He was born in Seckenheim, not far from Mannheim, Baden, April 3, 1864. His father, Joseph Hirsch, was born in the same locality in 1824 and there followed the occupation of farming.
At the time of the revolution of 1848 he joined the army and participated in active military duty. He died in 1876 while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Catherina Bleemel, survived him until 1905, passing away at the age of seventy-four. In their family were five children, Jacob, Maria, Philip. Peter and George A. With the exception of the last named all are still residents of Germany and the sister is now the wife of Peter Grabb.
George A. Hirsch was a pupil in the public schools of his native country to the age of fourteen years when he began learning the baker's trade at which he worked for two years. He then started out as a journeyman and traveled through his native country for ten years in order to acquaint himself with the trade which he followed in different parts of Germany. On the expiration of that decade he came to America, accompanied by his wife and family and since 1888 has resided continuously in Sheboygan.. For one year he worked at his trade in connection with the Mohr bakery and later was with his brother, for a year. In 1891 he opened a bakery on his own account and has since developed a business of extensive and gratifying proportions, so that he now employs four men to deliver his goods. His bakery products are of excellent quality and his business methods have brought to him an extensive and gratifying patronage. All work is done neatly, promptly and scientifically and his success is the merited reward of close application and unfaltering diligence.
In 1887 Mr. Hirsch was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Heer, who was born in Lampertheim, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, in 1866, and is a daughter of Peter Heer, who was a farmer by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Hirsch have two children: Philip, born in 1888; and Anna Rosa, in 1890. The son is proving of valuable assistance to his father in the management and conduct of the business.
Mr. Hirsch belongs to the Germania Society of Sheboygan. He has ever been content in his resolution to make the United States his home. He has here found the opportunities which he sought and in their improvement has worked his way steadily upward so that he is now numbered among the substantial residents of the county and as a business man contributes to the enterprise and upbuilding of the city in which he makes his home.
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