John Kummer is city comptroller of Sheboygan, which position he has occupied since 1899. He is serving his seventh term and was elected as a representative of the democratic party. He is also president of the board of public works, and the record which he has made in these connections proves that with him patriotism is before partisanship and the general welfare before personal advantages.
Mr. Kummer, like a large percentage of Sheboygan's valued citizens, is a native of Germany. He was born, September 29, 1858, and in 188o, when twenty-two years of age, arrived in the new world. He had been educated in the fatherland and entered business circles there as a clerk in a manufacturing establishment. At length he determined to try his fortunes in the new world, and upon crossing the Atlantic settled in Sheboygan where he soon secured a position in the office of the Badger State Tannery where he continued for ten or twelve years. It was soon afterward that he was called to public office in his first election to the position of city comptroller, and no higher testimonial of his able service could be given than the fact that he has been seven times elected. He is careful and systematic in the discharge of his duties and his record is one which refutes the too generally accepted belief that a public official is not an honest man.
Mr. Kummer married Miss Agnes Flaig, of Sheboygan, and they are the parents of six children, Rosa, Lizzie, Martin, Agnes, Amelia and Frieda. Mr. Kummer belongs to the Home Order of Foresters and to the United Aid Society. He wins friends wherever he goes and is held in highest esteem where he is best known.
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