John F. Kalk, engaged in the manufacture of cheese, his skill and enterprise resulting in the production of a high-grade product, makes his home in Herman township, within the borders of which his birth occurred August 23, 1874. His father, Julius Kalk, came from Germany in 1848, settling on the farm now occupied by his son Richard. Throughout his entire life he carried on general agricultural pursuits. He was married after coming to the new world to Miss Louise Oetting, who still survives and is yet living on the old homestead. The father was but twelve years of age when, in 1848, he made the voyage to the new world, having been born in 1836. He crossed the Atlantic with his parents and the Kalk family became identified with the pioneer development of Sheboygan county. Julius Kalk bore his part in the arduous task of developing and improving a new farm and throughout his life gave his attention to the work of the fields.
John F. Kalk pursued a district-school education and worked upon the home farm until twenty years of age. He then began learning the business of the manufacture of cheese, which he has followed continuously since 1894. In 1901 he started a cheese factory where he is now carrying on business, previous to which time he had spent five years in the employ of others. The cheese which he manufactures is of excellent quality and is made with strictest regard to scientific and sanitary conditions. His output, therefore, finds a ready sale on the market and is bringing to him a substantial financial return.
In January, 1903, Mr, Kalk was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hickmann, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stresa Hickmann. Mrs. Kalk's father is now deceased but the mother is living at Schoolhill, Manitowoc county, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Kalk have four children, namely, Julius, Philip, Norma and Elmer.
The parents have been lifelong residents of this part of the state and John F. Kalk has become established as an enterprising business man, for he has demonstrated the fact that he is not afraid of hard work and close application and that he will utilize every honorable effort for business advancement.
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