Henry Kohlhagen, who for many years was engaged in the operation of a stone quarry in the vicinity of Sheboygan, is a native of Germany, his birth having occurred in Mecklenburg on the 6th of January, 1835. He is a son of Elmer and Sophia Kohlhagen, both of whom passed their entire lives in the old country.
Henry Kohlhagen was reared and educated in the land of his birth and there he passed the first twenty-eight years of his life. Feeling assured from reports he had heard that better opportunities and greater advantages were afforded industrious young men in America than in Europe he subsequently took passage for the United States, coming direct to Sheboygan county. Soon after his arrival he went to work for a Mr. Giddings, remaining in his service for six years. He next found employment in the stone quarry of Mr. Craig, for whom he worked for five years. He was thrifty and diligent and during the period of his residence in this country he accumulated sufficient capital to enable him to engage in business for himself, so together with his brother Joseph he bought Mr. Craig's quarry. They were associated in the operation of this enterprise for fifteen years, but at the end of that time the brother sold his interest to our subject. Mr. Kohlhagen continued to conduct the business alone for a time thereafter, but later sold out to his son and Peter Ingalls, who were succeeded by Mr. Hildebrand in 1908.
In this county in May, 1866, Mr. Kohlhagen was married to Miss Sophia Poppenharven, a native of Germany, who came to Sheboygan county in 1866 and has ever since resided here. Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kohlhagen, two are still living: Reca, who married Alex E. Fowler, in Chicago, by whom she has had six children; and Adawand, who is married and has three children and is a resident of Sheboygan Falls, where he works in a brickyard.
Mr. and Mrs. Kohlhagen are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Kohlhagen has throughout the years of his manhood been a stanch democrat and has served for seven years on the village board of Sheboygan Falls. He has erected three houses in the town of Sheboygan Falls, the last one a fine residence which he has retained for his own use as a home. Mr. Kohlhagen has always been a hard-working, diligent man and such success as has come to him is the well merited reward of earnest effort and unceasing toil.
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