W. C. Johann, who for fourteen years has been engaged in the insurance business in Sheboygan, was born in Sheboygan Falls on the 14th of January, 1867, and is a son of Joachim and Caroline (Steinfeldt) Johann, both natives of Germany. The father, who was a manufacturer of pumps and farming mills, emigrated to the United States in 1861, locating at Sheboygan Falls. Soon thereafter he was drafted into the army, but being unable to pass the physical examination was exempt from service. Some years after settling here he purchased an interest in a pump, fanning mill and general woodwork factory. He subsequently acquired a larger interest in this establishment, which was operated under the firm name of Little, Johann & Meyer, continuing to be connected with it until 1883. In the latter year he sold his stock to Mr. Meyer. During the succeeding three or four years he confined his efforts to jobbing, but at the expiration of that time, in 1887, he came to Sheboygan and lived retired until his death, which occurred in 1901. The mother of our subject came to the United States with her father in her early girlhood.
After his graduation from the high school W. C. Johann turned his attention to commercial activities. In 1887, he formed a partnership and established a general mercantile store which he conducted with increasing success for four years. At the expiration of that time Mr. Johann withdrew from the enterprise and accepted a position as traveling salesman with a wholesale shoe house. In 1895 he was granted a franchise by the city to install a telephone system, which he subsequently sold to the Northwestern Electric Company, and three years later, in 1898, he engaged in the insurance business. He has ever since been identified with this line and it has proven to be very remunerative. He is local representative of several well known and reliable companies and his patrons are many and from all walks in life.
Mr. Johann chose for his wife and helpmate Miss Caroline Hoehle, a daughter of William Hoehle, a Methodist minister, and to them have been born four children, Lucille, Gertrude, Lorine and Caroline.
Fraternally Mr. Johann is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, having joined the lodge when it was first organized in Sheboygan and is now serving as secretary. He is very active and enterprising, and possesses the cordial manner and sympathetic personality essential to success in his vocation.
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