George S. Hoekstra has for seventeen years been engaged in the wholesale and retail milk, butter, cheese and ice cream business in Sheboygan, and is one of the representative men in this line of trade in the city. He is a native of this county, his birth having occurred on the 5th of April, 1862, in the old family homestead, which is one of the oldest residences in Sheboygan.
His parents, Sjourd and Dewka (Rensis) Hoekstra, were born, reared and married in Holland. They emigrated to America and settled in Sheboygan during the early pioneer days, and here the father, who was a carpenter and millwright, built the old family home, which is still standing and was one of the first houses built in that part of the city. The family always lived here, although Mr. Hoekstra's work necessitated his spending much of his time in Milwaukee and vicinity Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Hoekstra all but three are now deceased, our subject being the youngest. The eldest, James, is living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Olive, the only daughter, is residing with the mother, the father being deceased.
George S. Hoekstra was reared at home and educated in the public schools. After laying aside his text-books he began his business career as a clerk in the store of F. Lawrence, in whose employ he remained for twenty years. In 1895, he established the business he is now conducting under the firm name of George S. Hoekstra Milk Company, and has met with a gratifying measure of success in the development of this enterprise. He conforms to the modern sanitary regulations governing the care of milk and its various products, and the quality of everything he handles is of the best and exactly as represented; as a result he has an excellent patronage and makes consignments of his goods throughout the state.
Mr. Hoekstra married Miss Nellie Merrill, a native of Sheboygan county and a daughter of Almon Merrill, and to them have been born three children, Jennie, Francis and Harry. The family affiliate with the Congregational church in which the parents hold membership. Mr. Hoekstra also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, the Equitable Fraternal Union and the Moose. From the very first he has always made it a point to conduct his business transactions in the most straightforward and honorable manner and as a result he has won the confidence of his patrons and has established the reputation of being as good as his word, and to this must be attributed much of his success.
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