The business interests of Plymouth have long found a worthy representative in John Holzschuh, whose efforts along various lines of activity have brought him to a prominent position among the enterprising and prominent citizens of the community. He is one of Sheboygan county's native sons, his birth having occurred in Lima township on the 13th of June, 1860.
His father, Caspar Holzschuh, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1830, and in 1850, when a young man of twenty years, came to America with his brother, locating at Sheboygan where they engaged in the operation of a shoe-making establishment. In 1860 he moved to Hingham and there conducted a store until about 1866, when he made his way to Freeport, Illinois, and there ran a flour and feed store for a time. Later he resided for a short time in Dubuque, Iowa, and then, returning to Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, located at Onion River and there conducted a hotel. In 1873 he came to Plymouth and here opened a boot and shoe store, continuing in that line of business until his death, although during the latter years of his life he had also operated a grocery store. He was a man of enterprise and ambition, whose life was one of continuous activity, and his death in 1902 closed a well spent and useful life. He had married Miss Wilhelmina Pider, whose birth occurred in 1838 and who still survives him, her home being now in Plymouth. They were the parents of two sons, John, of this review, being the elder. His brother Joseph, now resides in Plymouth.
In the public schools of Sheboygan county John Holzschuh received a good education and after putting aside his text-books he learned the cigar-maker's trade, which he continued to follow for three years. At the end of that time he took up the painter's trade, which he followed for a similar period, and then entered the livestock business, engaging in the butchering business for eighteen years. He was successful in that enterprise and eventually he was able to extend his efforts into other directions, establishing a livery which he conducted in connection with his other interests. Finally this branch became so important that he withdrew from the live-stock and butchering business in 1903 in order to devote his entire attention to his livery.
His barn is excellently equipped with many fine horses and modern and up-to-date vehicles, and his is one of the foremost and most successful enterprises of this character in the city. His attention has also been directed into other channels and he was one of the organizers and is now a stockholder in the Plymouth Telephone Company.
On the 9th of November, 1883, Mr. Holzschuh was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Burkhardt, a daughter of John and Augusta (Turpe) Burkhardt. The father was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1821, and on coming to America located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where for a time he followed the occupation of a baker. About 1855 he went to Sheboygan and took up land near Sheboygan Falls, upon which farm he passed away about 1895.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Holzschuh were born four children, namely: Otto, who resides at home and is engaged in business with his father; Clara, the wife of Emil Jensen, a mail carrier of Chilton, Wisconsin; John, a resident of Sheboygan Falls, who married Miss Pearl Blust, of that city; and Herbert, now attending college at Sheboygan. The family attend the German Reformed church, to which the various members belong, and are held in the highest esteem throughout the entire community.
Mr. Holzschuh is a member of the Royal Arcanum and also of the German Aid Society, while his political affiliation is given to the democratic party. He has served as city marshal, in which capacity he proved himself a most efficient official but outside of this has never sought nor desired office, although his interest in the community's welfare is deep and public-spirited. He is, however, preeminently a man of business, possessing keen sagacity and wise judgment, and the capability with which he has managed his affairs is manifest in the gratifying degree of prosperity which he today enjoys, being numbered among the substantial and successful business men of Plymouth.
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