Almon Leavens, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, has been for twelve years manager of the Lumsden Bandage Company of Sheboygan Falls, manufacturers of cheese bandages, a commodity which is shipped to cheese factories throughout the central states. He was born in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, September 29, 1854, the son of Darius and Hulda (Bailey) Leavens, both of whom were natives of Vermont. The father removed with his family from Vermont to Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, in 1847 and on coming to the county took up the trade of a carpenter and joiner, a vocation which he followed until his death. The wife and mother survived him, passing away about ten years later.
Almon Leavens was given a good public-school education in the schools of Sheboygan county, where he remained until he attained the age of seventeen years. Putting aside his text-books he learned the cheese-making business, a vocation which he followed a number of years. Twelve years ago he became manager for the Lumsden Bandage Company of Sheboygan Falls and has served in that capacity ever since. The company was established in 1887, at which time he was in Colorado. This company is doing a large business and under Mr. Leavens' management it has been successful and the business has increased from year to year until the present time.
Mr. Leavens was married in 1883 to Miss Jennie, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lumsden, and to this union three children have been born: Asher, a clerk in the German Bank of Sheboygan Falls; Alice, who is engaged in teaching school; and Burton, who resides at home with his parents and is attending high school.
Mr. Leavens and his family are among the most highly respected and estimable people of Sheboygan Falls. Mr. Leavens is well acquainted in all circles throughout the county, where he is regarded with the highest respect. He is a business man of splendid capacity, having the faculty for taking care of detail, handling employees and turning to good account every possible business opportunity.
Otto L. Twig
Mr. Twig is the president of the Twig Shoe Company, having its factories and offices at No. 1003 Niagara avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He was born in Sheboygan, February 20, 1860, and is the son of Henry and Caroline Twig. His father emigrated to America from Hanover, Prussia, in the year 1856, and on reaching this country he established his home in Sheboygan where he now has his residence. Mrs. Twig, his wife, passed away in the year 1911, at the age of seventy-nine years, and is buried in the family lot in Wildwood cemetery.
Otto L. Twig was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the German Lutheran parochial and public schools of Sheboygan. Having completed his education at the age of fourteen years and six months he engaged as an apprentice in the shoe-making business and continued to work at the trade until he had mastered all the details of the business.
In the year 1893 he established himself in the manufacture of shoes, employing in his initial establishment twelve persons, all of whom were skilled workmen in the shoe manufacturing industry. He has met with gratifying success since engaging in this business and he now employs thirty up-to-date, competent and skilled laborers. The increase in his buisness has necessitated the building of additions to his original factory in order that his goods and workmen may be properly housed.
Mr. Twig was united in marriage May 24, 1882, in Sheboygan, to Miss Katie Wolff, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Wolff. Her people were among the early pioneers of this county, coming from Rhine Province, Germany, in the 1950's. Mr. Wolff was a merchant at Johnsonville up to the time of his death. Mr. Twig is a member of the German Lutheran church.
Mr. Twig's experience in the manufacture of shoes has met with such gratifying success that his associates and business acquaintances are certain that he made no mistake in deciding upon making that line of business the occupation of his life. His goods are sold throughout the entire country and bear the stamp of superior stock and high-grade workmanship. Otto L. Twig is an enterprising man, characterized by integrity and industry and always ready to lend his influence to the advancement of any measure designed to improve the social and industrial conditions surrounding his fellow citizens.
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