Although a native of Germany, Fred Laack is a pioneer of Wisconsin, having come to Sheboygan county when eight years of age with his parents in 1854. He has been a successful farmer during his active business life and on retiring removed to Plymouth, where he now resides in his pleasant home.
He was born in Germany, October 2, 1844, a son of Carl and Wilhelmina (Stein) Laack, who emigrated to the United States in 1854. They came at once to Sheboygan county, settling on a farm near Plymouth where they lived until their deaths, the father passing away in 1882 and the mother in 1883.
Mr. Laack was educated in the common schools of Plymouth and when about fifteen years of age, having learned the carpenter's trade, began following that vocation and for fifteen years he gave to it his entire attention and time. He then purchased a farm upon which he lived until 1908, when he retired and moved to his pleasant home in Plymouth. He is a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted in 1862 in Company B, Twenty-seventh Wisconsin Infantry, and served his adopted country for three years, being discharged in 1865. Immediately afterward he returned home and again occupied himself at his trade and the carrying on of his farm work.
Mr. Laack was married in 1869, to Miss Elizabeth Fisher, a daughter of Henry Fisher, one of the early settlers of Sheboygan county. Unto them were born seven children, namely: Charles A., of Sheboygan Falls; Herman E., who was burned to death in 1911; Ida, who married Herman John; Mary; Cora, the wife of William Pretzel; Paulina, the wife of Carl Ellis, of Rose Lake, Idaho; and Otelia, who wedded Henry J. Fitzpatrick. The only order to which Mr. Laack belongs is the Grand Army of the Republic, his membership being with the H. P. Davidson Post, No. 212. In Plymouth, where Mr. Laack has lived for so long, he is familiarly known by practically all the people in the city. He is a man of geniality, companionable by nature and possessing the happy faculty of forming and retaining many friends. He is among the most respected citizens of the city and county and his home is noted for its hospitality.
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