William Kurth is one of the very successful and highly respected farmers of Lyndon township, Sheboygan county, where he is successfully engaged in the cultivation of his valuable farm of one hundred and twenty acres. He was born in Pommern, Germany, in 1858, and is a son of Frederick and Caroline (Klahn) Kurth, both of whom were natives of that country. The father, who was a shepherd, passed his entire life in his native land and died in 1874, the mother's death occurring in 1892. They became the parents of eight children, seven sons and one daughter.
William Kurth was reared in his parents' home and educated in the schools of his native land. As a young man he was engaged in work in the shipyards in Germany until 1881, at which time he emigrated to the United States. On reaching the shores of the new world he settled first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and there was engaged as an employee in a tannery, and continued to devote his time to that occupation for a period of six years.
In 1885 two of his brothers, August and Herman Kurth, emigrated to the United States, the former settling in Milwaukee and the latter in Adams county, this state. In 1882 Mr. Kurth, of this review, was married and immediately thereafter rented his father-in-law's farm of one hundred and seventy-four acres, located in Washington county, and there continued to be engaged in general farming for seven consecutive years. In 1895 he purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, situated in Lyndon township, Sheboygan county, upon which he established his home and has since continued to devote his time and attention to its cultivation. In addition to a general farming business, he is making a specialty of breeding and raising pure blooded draft horses for the market. He is also specializing in dairy farming, using at present in his business twenty head of well selected dairy cows.
Mr. Kurth was united in marriage in 1882 to Miss Elizabeth Klahn, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Klahn. The father was a native of Germany and emigrated at an early date to Wisconsin, settling in Milwaukee, where he continued to live until the time of his death.
To Mr. and Mrs. Klahn two children were born: Elizabeth, now Mrs. Kurth; and a sister, now deceased. The mother was twice married, her second union being with John Balthazard, who is engaged in general farming in Washington county. To Mr. and Mrs. Kurth eleven children have been born: Hattie, who was born September 28, 1883, and resides in Milwaukee; William, born April 1, 1887, who is operating a farm in Washington county; Paul, who was born April 14, 1889, and resides at home; Alma, who was born December 23, 1890, and resides in Milwaukee; Ella, born November 29, 1892; Oscar, born March 22, 1896; Martha, deceased; Louisa and Selma, twins, born October 4, 1900; Irwin, born May 26, 1903; and Emma, who died in infancy.
Mr. Kurth is affiliated with the republican party, and is one of the active and influential members of the Lutheran church. He is one of the successful and highly esteemed citizens of Sheboygan county and is a man who can always be relied upon to contribute his share to every public measure seeking advancement and improvement.
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