Otto Kaufmann needs no introduction to the readers of this volume, being a native son of Sheboygan, where he has so directed his labors that promotion his brought him to the position that he now occupies as assistant cashier of the German Bank, in which capacity he has served continuously since 1900. His identification with the bank, however, dates from August, 1893, and his capability has at length placed him in his present connection with one of Sheboygan's strongest financial institutions. He was born August 21, 1873, his parents being Fred and Augusta (Hollmann) Kaufmann. The name indicates his German ancestry.
The father came from Germany in 1857, settling in Sheboygan, where for twenty-five years he conducted a meat market. His death occurred in November, 1896, when he was seventy-three years of age, but for some years prior to that time he had lived retired, enjoying the fruits of his former toil. The Bollmann family is also of German origin and was founded in America at about the time the Kaufmann family arrived in the new world. The maternal grandfather of Otto Kaufmann was a sheep-raiser and various others of the Bollmann family have been engaged in agricultural pursuits, in which connection they have become well known in this county.
Otto Kaufmann acquired his education in the German Lutheran parochial school and in Concordia College at Milwaukee, pursuing his studies to the age of nineteen years. Since that time he has been identified with banking, entering the German Bank of Sheboygan in August, 1893. Nineteen years have since come and gone and during the intervening period he has worked his way up from the position of messenger to that of assistant cashier and has also become financially interested in the bank as one of its stockholders. This, however, by no means limits the extent of his business connections, for he is also treasurer of the Rexine Company of Sheboygan, treasurer of the Ballmann Land & Investment Company and secretary and treasurer of the Houghton & Keweenaw Land Association, Ltd. The last two are close corporations.
At Milwaukee, on the 7th of August, 1898, Mr. Kaufmann was married to Miss Eva Schilder, a daughter of Joseph and Augusta Schilder, early residents of Sheboygan. Mr. and Mrs. Kaufmann have four children: Karl, who died January 30, 1912, at the age of six years, and was buried in Wildwood cemetery; Otto, Jr., who is a pupil of the parochial school; and Rhoda and Eleanor, who have begun their education as pupils in the first ward school. The family occupy a beautiful residence at No. 515 St. Clair avenue, which Mr. Kaufmann erected in 1907. The parents are members of the English Lutheran church and Mr. Kaufmann belongs to the Country Club. He has attractive social qualities as well as splendid business ability and the traits of character which he has displayed in the different relations of life have commended him to the confidence and high regard of the general public.
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