Herbert A. Kalk is one of the enterprising and successful cheese manufacturers of Sheboygan county, being at present the owner and proprietor of the Green Baum Cheese Factory, located on section 1, Sheboygan Falls township. He was born April 28, 1881, in Herman township, and is the son of Julius and Louisa (Oetling) Kalk, the former a native of Germany and the latter of New York city.
The father emigrated to America in 1846 and settled on a farm in Herman township, where he continued to live for many succeeding years. In 1864 he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Oetling, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Oetting. Her father was one of the early settlers of Sheboygan county and was at one time a member of the state assembly from his district. To Mr. and Mrs. Kalk sixteen children were born, namely: Caroline, who resides in Mosel township and who is the widow of Louis Kaemmer, whose death occurred in May, 1911; Iwan, who is married and lives in Bayfield county, Wisconsin; Bertha, who is the wife of Chris Neumann, of Herman township; Charles, who is married and is engaged in farming in Sheboygan Falls township; Jennie, who married Otto Hammersmith, of Sheboygan; William, who was engaged in cheese making and whose death occurred in Mosel township in 1898; John F., who is married and is engaged in cheese making in Herman township; Lulu, the wife of Arthur Hanns, who is engaged in the general merchandise business in Potter, Wisconsin; Alfred, who is a carpenter and contractor and resides in Duluth, Minnesota; Richard, who is married and resides on the old homestead; Ellen, who is the wife of Theodore Toedter, of Mosel; Herbert A., of this review; Gilbert, who is a carpenter by trade and resides on the old homestead; Elsie, also residing at home; and two children who died in infancy.
Herbert A. Kalk was reared in his father's home and received his elementary education in the public schools of Sheboygan Falls township. Immediately following the close of his school course he remained under the parental roof and was engaged for some time in work on his father's farm. He later learned the trade of a cheese maker and continued to follow that vocation for a period of ten years, after which time he purchased a factory of his own, since known as the Green Baum Cheese Factory, located on section 1, Sheboygan Falls township. For the past seven years he has devoted his attention to the operation of his factory and has met with gratifying success.
On December 12, 1908, Mr. Kalk was united in marriage to Miss Anna Klemme, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Klemme, of Sheboygan Falls township. The grandparents of Mrs. Kalk were among the early settlers of Sheboygan county. Mr. and Mrs. Kalk are the parents of a son, Herold A., who was born October 24, 1910.
Mr. Kalk is the treasurer of the Sheboygan dairy board of trade, the object of that organization being that of offering for sale in the open market the cheese manufactured within the immediate vicinity at its meetings which occur every Tuesday afternoon in the city of Sheboygan. Mr. Kalk is one of the energetic and thrifty business men of the county of Sheboygan and a man who is known to be reliable in all business matters.
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