One of the large number of efficient men who constitute the corps of officials and assistants who have charge of the extensive and complex interests of the Gutsch Brewing Company of Sheboygan, is Louis Kropf, who as bookkeeper is doing important work in that connection. He was born October 23, 1870, in Sheboygan, and the family name indicates his German lineage. His father, George Kropf, was a native of Oberhessen, Germany, and with his family came to Sheboygan in 1856. Here he followed the cooper's trade but as there was no work of that character to be secured in this city at the time he went to Chicago for the winter seasons, where he could more easily obtain employment and thus provide for the support of his family. He continued in the cooperage business until five years prior to his death, which occurred November 13, 1901, when he was seventy-nine years of age. His wife, who in her maidenhood was Elizabeth Tannenbaum, was born in Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany, and died in December, 1907, at the age of seventy-nine years. In the family were eight children of whom Louis is the youngest. Four others are still living: William, a resident of Chicago; Minnie, the wife of C. O'Brien, living in Milwaukee; Anna, the wife of D. W. Reinfrank, also of Milwaukee; and Dora, the wife of John Waters, of Los Angeles. George, Emma and Elizabeth are deceased.
After leaving school Louis Kropf went to Chicago where he spent seven years as an employee of a picture frame and moulding company. He then returned to Sheboygan and spent a year in boating on the lakes. He next became bookkeeper for the F. Gelle Hardware Company with which he remained for six years and for five years was similarly employed by the H. H. Miller Company. He was afterward with the Sheboygan Gas Light Company as bookkeeper for six years and in 1911 came to the Gutsch Brewing Company as accountant. He enjoys an excellent reputation in the line of work to which he has now given his attention for a number of years and his position is a lucrative one and one of responsibility.
In 1898 Mr. Kropf was married to Miss Ida Woehrman, whose birth occurred in Sheboygan, November 17, 1878, her parents being William and Louisa (Peuselin) Woehrman. The father owned and conducted the old Franklin House in Sheboygan for a number of years. He was a veteran of the Mexican war and the Woehrmans were numbered among the pioneer families of Sheboygan. Mr. and Mrs. Kropf have two children: William George, twelve years of age; and Edith, a little maiden of three summers.
Mr. Kropf is a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternity, the Modern Woodmen of America. the Knights of the Maccabees and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and in the local organization of the last named he served as trustee for one term. He likewise belongs to the United Aid Society which indicates his interest in those measures and movements which are looking to the betterment of conditions among the unfortunate. In other ways he manifests a broad humanitarian spirit and in all the relations of life has displayed sterling qualities which have firmly established him in the high regard of his fellow townsmen.
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