Otto A. La Budde has been identified with the hardware business in many capacities and in different places for many years. He spent his entire active life in this occupation and upon his retirement in 1910 had acquired a moderate fortune, which he always uses to the best advantage and for the development and benefit of Sheboygan county. He was born in the town of Rhine, where he now resides, on June 11, 1865. His father was Ferdinand La Budde, a native of Stolpe, Germany, whose birth occurred in that country, February 29, 1824. He married in his native country Adeline Nametz, born in 1830 in the same place.
They left Germany for America in 1857 and came to Plymouth, Wisconsin, where the father worked as a wagon maker for four years. Attracted by the growing agricultural development of this section of the country, he bought a farm in Rhine township in 1859 and cultivated it until 1878, when he and his family removed to Plymouth. Ferdinand La Budde retired from active work in the same year and lived with his family until his death in 1901. He had survived his wife since 1887 and left at his death a family of three sons and two daughters. During his life he was an active member of the Evangelical church and in this faith he reared his children.
Otto A. La Budde received his early education in the public schools of Plymouth and this was later supplemented by a course at high school. Immediately after laying aside his books he entered the hardware business as an apprentice for three years with H. C. Laack. Later he went to Rochester, Minnesota, and spent some years in the hardware business in that city. After two years at Topeka, Kansas, in the same line of activity he came to Elkhart Lake in 1885. Here he conducted a hardware store until his removal to Oconto in 1907. He was active in his chosen business in that city for three years, until 1910, when he retired from all business connections and returned to Elkhart Lake, where he now resides.
On July 5, 1888, Mr. La Budde was united in marriage to Miss Anna Freutel, a daughter of William Freutel, who followed the trade of wagon making all his life. They are the parents of three children: Walter, aged twenty-three; Arthur, who is now nineteen; and Raymond, a youth of fourteen.
Mr. La Budde has been active in democratic political circles for some years and has held various offices at different times during his career. He served for five years as president of the village of Elkhart Lake and is now in his first term as assemblyman. He has a firm faith in the future of his native district and is always ready to lend his aid and influence in behalf of any movement looking toward its progress 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