Dr. G. Edmund Knauf, a graduate of Rush Medical College of Chicago and county physician of Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, since 1908, was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, September 12, 1882. He is a son of John and Sylvia (Yerken) Knauf, both of whom were natives of Germany. The maternal grandfather, William Yerken, came to America in 1851, settling at Jamestown, Connecticut. The paternal grandfather, becoming convinced that the new world offered advantages greatly superior to those of the fatherland, left Germany in 1846 and came with his family to the United States, casting his lot with the comparatively young and growing country on this side of the Atlantic. Like most of our excellent German-American citizens, he was loyal to the United States and when the war cloud gathered in 1861 he volunteered as a soldier in defense of the Union cause. He served for three years and was honorably mustered out at the end of that time.
His son, John Knauf, was born in Treves, Germany, in 1844, and was therefore but two years of age when brought to this country. Upon attaining his majority he engaged as a dry-goods merchant, handling in connection with that line pop and other soft drinks, and was accounted a very successful man.
Dr. G. Edmund Knauf acquired a common and high-school education in Wisconsin and early in his life decided upon the medical profession as the field for his life's work. He accordingly fitted himself to enter Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which he was graduated with the class of 1904. That he was well adapted to become successful in his profession was clearly demonstrated while attending the medical school and by his graduation with high honors. Upon settling in Sheboygan he demonstrated by the successful way in which he handled his cases that he was a young doctor of ability and skill, inasmuch as he not only built up a gratifying practice, but was elected in 1908 to the position of county physician, which office he still holds. In the discharge of the duties devolving upon him in that connection he has shown the same skill that has characterized him in his private practice. His public position has served to extend very materially his acquaintance and enlarge his practice so that he has become well and favorably known among all classes of people of Sheboygan county.
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