Reinold A. La Budde has given his time and attention during almost all of his active career to agricultural pursuits. For a short time he left this line of activity to engage in the hotel business but soon resumed his farm life and has never left it since that time. He was born in Germany, April 15, 1857, a son of Ferdinand and Adeline (Namaetz) La Budde, natives of Stolpe, who came to America from Germany in 1858 and located in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where the father worked first at wagon making and then at farming. He retired from active work in 1875 and died in 1901, leaving a family of five children. He had survived his wife for a long time, her death having occurred in 1887.
Reinold A. La Budde was educated in the common schools of his district and remained upon his father's farm until he was twenty years old. He became well acquainted with the details of farm life and showed remarkable intelligence and a great liking for everything connected with the cultivation of the soil. He formed a partnership with his brother Theodore and rented the home farm for four years after his father's retirement, making many improvements in buildings and equipment and transforming the homestead and the acres surrounding it into a model and up-to-date farm. He spent one year traveling in the west but then returned home and spent a few months with his brother on the farm, later removing to Plymouth. Here he purchased one of the leading hotels and occupied himself with its management and direction for one year, but his intense interest in farm life and his love for the country led him, after a short time, to sell out his interests in the hotel business and return to the old homestead, where he has resided since.
In 1881 Mr. La Budde was united in marriage to Miss Josephine Gaffron, a daughter of Anthony Gaffron, a native of Germany, who came to America in 1855. The father followed the occupation of tailoring first in New York for two years then in Plymouth, where he worked at his trade for fifteen years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Roman Catholic church, in which faith he died in 18g5. To our subject and his wife have been born twelve children: Otilia, aged twenty-nine, who is now the wife of Gust Torfeld, of Plymouth, Wisconsin; Ferdinand, who has attained the position of manager of the Plymouth Cheese Company at the early age of twenty-eight; Theodore, who is now twenty-six years old and lives with his wife in Sheboygan, where he holds a position with the local gas company; Otto, aged twenty-five, who is also married and lives on a farm in Greenbush township; Frank, now in his twenty-fourth year, who is principal of the schools at Knapp, Wisconsin; Ida, aged twenty-one, who occupies the position of clerk in a Plymouth business house; Anthony, aged twenty, living at home; and Edward, Leta, Rhyna, Lily and Adeline, aged respectively seventeen, sixteen, fourteen, eleven and nine years, all of whom are living with their parents on the home farm.
Mr. La Budde gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and has been for many years a prominent figure in local public affairs. He has been director of the school board for twenty-four years and has always been actively interested in educational affairs. He is a prominent member of the Modern Woodmen of America and is associated with the Evangelical church. He has attained a degree of success in his chosen line of work which is only possible to an intelligent, high-minded and energetic man. Modern agriculture calls for the possession of these qualities just as insistently as does business or the professions, and Reinold A. La Budde has proved his ability by his undoubted success.
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