Fred Lange is the owner of an excellent farm of eighty acres in Lyndon township and has resided thereon for more than two decades. His birth occurred in Germany on the 15th of February, 1845. His father, who was born in Pommem, Germany, emigrated to the United States in 1866, settling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked as a carpet weaver. Subsequently he came to Sheboygan county and was here married a second time, his first wife, the mother of our subject, having died in Germany. John Lange was the father of thirteen children.
Fred Lange spent the first twenty-four years of his life in the land of his nativity and in 1869 crossed the Atlantic to the United States, working on a farm in the vicinity of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the first three years of his residence in this country. Subsequently he worked in a tannery at Milwaukee for a period of twenty years. At the end of that time, in 1891, he came to Sheboygan county and purchased the farm of eighty acres in Lyndon township on which he has since resided. He has erected outbuildings and has greatly improved the place in other ways, making it a model farming property. At the present time, however, he is practically living retired, having acquired a handsome competence by reason of his well directed industry in former years.
In 1872 Mr. Lange was united in marriage to Miss Fredericka Wodrick, a daughter of John Wodrick, who was a native of Germany and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after his emigration to the United States. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Lange were born twelve children, three of whom are deceased. The others are as follows: Amelia, who is married and resides in Milwaukee; Herman, living in Greenbush, Wisconsin; William, who makes his home in Milwaukee; Alvena, who is married and lives in Sheboygan county; Ida, who is married and resides in Plymouth, Wisconsin; Otto, of Sheboygan county; Albert, who is still at home; Lena, living in Milwaukee; and Tilly, who is still under the parental roof. Alfred died on June 21, 1912.
Since becoming a naturalized American citizen Mr. Lange has supported the men and measures of the republican party. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Plymouth Lutheran church. Coming to the United States in early manhood, he eagerly availed himself of the opportunities offered and has worked his way steadily upward to a position among the substantial and representative citizens of his community.
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