William G. Kaufmann is proprietor of a meat market at Sheboygan, his native city. He was born December 10, 1869), and is a son of Frederick Kaufmann, who in 1857 came from Germany, his native country, to America and took up his abode in Sheboygan county. Here he began farming and also assisted in the building of the Northwestern Railway.
In 1864 he became proprietor of one of the first mea markets of Sheboygan, which he conducted for a long period and then retired to his farm, upon which he made his home until his death on the 17th of November, 1894.
In early manhood he had wedded Augusta Bollmann, a daughter of Christian and Fredericka (Schuetzer) Bollmann. Mrs. Kaufmann passed away August 18, 1884. Both parents were members of the Lutheran church. Their children were Johanna, the wife of R. Firzloff, who is living retired in Sheboygan; Mrs. Augusta Heinecke; Sophia, who is the wife of Christian Hopperd, a retired shoemaker of Sheboygan; Fred, who is a twin brother of Mrs. Hopperd and was scalded to death May 11, 1867; Minnie, the wife of G. Muhlman, formerly a teacher but now living retired; William, of this review; Ernest, who was a twin brother of William and was drowned July 3, 1881; and Otto, who is assistant cashier of the German Bank.
After his school days were over William G. Kaufmann assisted his father in the cultivation and improvement of the home farm for four years and later spent three years in the lumber woods of the Lake Superior region. He returned at the age of twenty to Sheboygan, where he entered into partnership with Herman Heinecke in the conduct of a meat market under the firm style of Heinecke and Kaufmann. This association was maintained until the death of Mr. Heinecke, since which time the business has been conducted by Mr. Heinecke's two sons and Mr. Kaufmann and has reached extensive and gratifying proportions. They are always fair in their dealings, giving correct weight and full measure, and the business has grown year by year.
Mr. Kaufmann is also interested in several other enterprises of Sheboygan and is likewise a stockholder in a number of banks in Michigan. Some of his stock he inherited from Ernst Bollmann, who for years was a prominent citizen of Wisconsin, extensively connected with important business affairs. He became largely interested in banks and at his death also left extensive holdings in northern Michigan mines. Moreover, he was noted as a gatherer of relics. He had an almost priceless collection of stones fro all parts of the world, which according to the terms of his will were distributed among his heirs.
In 1894 Mr. Kaufmann was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Grube, of Sheboygan, a daughter of Captain Ludwig Grube, who was the first chief of police of Sheboygan. He was a native of Hanover, Germany, and came with his parents to the United States, his father practicing veterinary surgery in Sheboygan to the time of his death in 1890. Ludwig Grube was a cooper and conducted a cooperage shop, in which he employed from twenty to thirty men, continuing in that business for about twenty years. In 1888 he was appointed chief of police of Sheboygan. He married Henrietta Hildebrandt, who died at the age of sixty-one years, while he passed away March 1O, 1912, at the age of sixty-three. They were the parents of eight children, including the daughter Minnie, who was the firstborn. Mr. and Mrs. Kaufmann now have three sons: Ernest, sixteen years of age, a pupil in the high school; and William and Fritz, aged respectively twelve and eight years and now pupils in the graded schools. Fritz was born on the tenth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Kaufmann. Mr. Kaufmann is a member of the Lutheran church. He takes no active part in politics, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs.
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