Among the young business men who are occupying creditable positions in connection with the commercial activity of Sheboygan is numbered Edmund E. Kuhli, who is bookkeeper for the Gutsch Brewing Company. He was born May 4, 1880, not far from the city in which he makes his home. His father, Gustav F. Kuhli, was born in the province of Pomerania, Germany, February 28, 1842, and when a youth of fifteen years came to the new world with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick William Kuhli. His father was born December 18, 1814, while his wife, who bore the maiden name of Wilhelmina Stolzenberg, was born in 1809. They were accompanied on the voyage by two brothers of the former. On reaching the new world they continued their journey across the country and became residents of Milwaukee, where F. W. Kuhli died on the 15th of January, 1890, having for three years survived his wife, who passed away in 1887.
Gustav F. Kuhli learned and followed the cooper's trade and in 1885 he came to Sheboygan county, where he was employed by the Dillingham Manufacturing Company. He afterward took up his abode in the city of Sheboygan and later entered the employ of the Sheboygan Novelty Company, with which he is still connected. He married Catherine Henkel, who was born September 16, 1845, a daughter of Henry Conrad and Marie Catherine (Battenfeld) Henkel, the former a native of Darmstadt, Germany. The family came to America about the middle of the eighteenth century and her father engaged in farming in the township of Rhine, Sheboygan county. Her grandparents were Heinrich and Maria Elsie Henkel. It was in 1854 that Mrs, Henkel came to the United States, settling in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and it was in this country that she gave her hand in marriage to Gustav F. Kuhli. They became the parents of seven children who are yet living, namely: Otto H.; Louis F., who is a photographer of Milwaukee; Edmund E.; William 0., who is living in Seattle, Washington; Ida, the wife of Gottlieb Heide, of Sheboygan Falls; Della, who is the wife of E. L. Flack, a resident of Seattle; and Amanda, the wife of George W. La Vigne, also of Seattle. Both he and his wife are held in high esteem.
After leaving school Edmund E. Kuhli took up the hand carving trade, at which he worked for two years. He next entered Patten's Business College, in which he pursued a course of a year and a half and, thus well qualified for important and responsible duties, accepted the position of bookkeeper with the Globe Foundry. After spending two years in that connection he entered the employ of the Gutsch Brewing Company in the capacity of bookkeper and has since continued in that position, making an excellent record. He has carefully systematized the work of his department and his labors are attended with excellent results by reason of his accuracy, capability and faithfulness.
In 1905 Mr. Kuhli was married to Miss Anna Helen Preuss, who was born February 28, 1885, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and is a daughter of William Preuss. Mr. Kuhli belongs to the Lutheran church and in its teachings finds the motive power which guides his actions and regulates all of his relations with his fellowmen.
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