At the age of twenty-five years William Kuhlmey bade farewell to his relatives and friends and the fatherland and emigrated to the new world, settling at once in Sheboygan county where he has since lived. Although a miller by trade, soon after settling here he bought an eighty-acre farm on which he lived for thirty-nine years. He then sold his land, having increased his holdings to one hundred and twenty acres, and moved to Plymouth where after a couple of years he built his present beautiful modem residence now occupied by himself and family.
Mr. Kuhlmey was born in Kloster Zinna, Germany, October 3, 1843, a son of Carl Edward Kuhlmey, who was born November 9, 1819, in Germany, and who was a miller by trade. The father in later years, however, became a farmer and survived until May, 1906. The mother, Othelia (Pullman) Kuhlmey, was born in Germany in 1823 and was a daughter of Fritz Pullman. Her parents spent their entire lives in the fatherland. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Kuhlmey were born six children, three of whom have passed away, William Kuhlmey being the only one of the family to come to America.
On reaching the United States Mr. Kuhlmey, of this review, came at once to Wisconsin, arriving in Sheboygan on the rst of December, 1867. The following day he went to Plymouth and for two and a half months attended school. Having learned the miller's trade in the fatherland he sought employment at that vocation in Wisconsin and followed it for five months.
On November 24, 1868, he purchased a farm of eighty acres situated on section 10, in the town of Plymouth, and upon this land he resided for thirty-nine years. During that time he cleared the place, erected the necessary improvements, added forty acres to his original holdings and has made of it a very fine agricultural property. In 1907 he disposed of his farm and removed to Plymouth, where he is now living retired. After is now living, enjoying the fruits of his earlier years gained by well directed labor and frugality.
Mr. Kuhlmey was married, August 14, 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Krumrey, who was born November 7, 1843, a daughter of Carl Kromrey, a native of Germany who emigrated to this country in October, 1849. Mr. and Mrs. Kuhlmey have no children of their own but have an adopted daughter, Thusnelda, now the wife of Charles Buchen.
The progressiveness which has since characterized the life and career of Mr. Kuhlmey was illustrated very typically when he left the fatherland and all his relatives and acquaintances and came to America, the land of greater opportunity, while he was yet a young man. Although he came single handed and alone to this country, he has succeeded in accumulating a sufficient competence to enable him to spend his declining years in the quiet of his own well appointed home, surrounded by his family and friends. He is well known and greatly respected in Plymouth and enjoys the confidence and respect of a large circle of friends.
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