John E. Holling, under sheriff of Sheboygan and employed in the Schrier Brewery, was born in this city May 9, 1866, a son of Charles and Johanna (Koeppe) Holling. The parents were both natives of Holstein, Germany, whence the father emigrated to the new world in 1857 and the mother in 1862. They settled in the city of Sheboygan, where the father was employed in a brewery for a time, afterward working in a brickyard. Later he purchased teams and engaged in a general teaming business until about 1900, after which he lived retired until his death, which occurred in November, 1903. The mother still survives and is a resident of this city.
John E. Holling was educated in the public schools of Sheboygan and after laying aside his text-books was employed as a laborer in various capacities for some time. He afterward became sexton of Wildwood cemetery, a position which he held for a number of years. During that time he became connected with the Oconto Brewing Company, with which he remained for a considerable period, but later was employed by the Schrier Brewing Company, of Sheboygan, a position which he still holds.
Mr. Holling was married in 1888, to Miss Anna Conrad, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Conrad, both natives of Germany who came to the United States in 1852 and settled in Sheboygan county. To Mr. and Mrs. Holling seven children were born, all of whom are at home, namely: Hildegard; Edna; Irma, a graduate of the high school; Frederick, attending business college; Theodore; Elizabeth, and Ruth.
In his political views Mr. Holling is a democrat and has taken a lively interest in political matters, having efficiently served for the past few years as under sheriff of his county. In his fraternal relations he is a member of the Eagles lodge 'and also of the Equitable Fraternal Union, his membership being in Sheboygan. In his official capacity Mr. Holling has served with distinction to himself and credit to his party and constituents, having made a very favorable record in the important official position which he holds. As an employee he has always rendered loyal service to the concerns with which he has been connected and as a private citizen his reputation and standing are excellent. Having always lived in Sheboygan he has an extremely large circle of friends and acquaintances, both political and social and in the fraternities to which he belongs is popular and active.
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