Through all the ages the concensus of public opinion has ranked music as the highest of all arts. It has not the limitations of height and breadth as does architecture, of size and curve as does sculpture, of color and form as does painting. Its power is an intangible one, and yet perhaps more potent because of that. It is the universal language, understood and enjoyed by all peoples, and as a representative of musical circles in Sheboygan, Ernest Kreuter is well known. He has always been associated with the Kreuter band, of which, in fact, he was the promoter. At the present writing, he is engaged in the sale of pianos, having a well appointed music studio, which is liberally patronized and is therefore numbered among the leading and successful mercantile houses of the city.
Mr. Kreuter is a native of Sheboygan county, his birth having occurred in Rhine township, September 17, 1875. His father, George Kreuter, was born in Freiburg, Baden, Germany, April 18, 1834, and died in 188g when fifty-four years of age. He was fourteen years of age when he came with a sister to America, making his way to Newburg, Wisconsin, where he followed the wagon making trade. He afterwards established his home in Rhine township where he opened a saloon and boarding house and also followed the wagon-making trade. Subsequently he took up his abode at Johnsonville, where his death occurred. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Heinemann is now living in Sheboygan. In their family were nine children, those beside our subject being: Augusta, who is the wife of Peter Bach, of Chicago; Isabella, the wife of William Mog, of Plymouth; Edwin, who is living in Neenah, Wisconsin, where he is engaged in the automobile business; Arthur; Emma, the wife of George Goodell, living at Lakeview, Wisconsin, where he is serving as deputy collector; Alma, who became the wife of Jacob Schlicht and died in September, 1911, leaving one child; Albert, a photographer at Plymouth; and William, who conducts a photographic gallery in Sheboygan.
When his school days were over, Ernest Kreuter began work in a factory and later took up photography, devoting his attention to that art until about 1904, when he began dealing in pianos. He now has a well appointed musical studio and is general agent for the Marquette pianos of Chicago. His own love for the art and skill as a musician enables him to judge very correctly of the value and worth of an instrument as regards tone, quality and other points, and he is thus of much assistance to his patrons in their purchases. He was the promoter and organizer of the Kreuter band and has aided in maintaining for that organization its high standard of excellence.
Mr. Kreuter was married in 1901 to Miss Antonia lbs who was born in Sheboygan in 1877, a daughter of William and Mary (Lodel) lbs who are still residents of this city, where the father is engaged in the painting business. Mr. and Mrs. Kreuter are the parents of four children: Theodore, ten years of age; Alice, aged eight; Hulda, seven years of age; and Marie, who is but one year old. The parents are members of the Reformed church and Mr. Kreuter also holds membership with the Rangers, the Moose, the Odd Fellows and the Sheboygan branch of the United Commercial Travelers of America. His many attractive personal qualities, combined with his musical talent, render him popular wherever he is known and most of all where he is best known. Mr. Kreuter is a stanch democrat and is prominent in the affairs of his party in this county, being at present a candidate for the nomination of sheriff on his party ticket. As a business man he has made continuous progress through close application and unremitting energy and he enjoys the high regard of his colleagues and contemporaries in business circles of his city.
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