Frank E. Lord, who owns and operates a cheese factory on section 8, Greenbush township, is a native of Wisconsin, his birth having occurred in Richland county on the 30th of September, 1882. His father, Edward Lord, was born on a farm in the vicinity of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on the 18th of December, 1836. About 1846 he went to Richland county, where he subsequently engaged in agricultural pursuits. He is still residing in that county and now owns and operates a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres. The mother, whose maiden name was Anna Kellog, was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, on the 18th of November, 1845, but in her early womanhood she went to Richland county and has ever since made that her home.
Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lord, those beside our subject being as follows: William H., who is engaged in the banking and lumber business in Foley, Minnesota; Mary, the wife of C. W. Nee, of Richland county, Wisconsin; Kate, who married J. Schaubb, a blacksmith, of Richland; John, a cheese maker, who resides in Richland county; Sam, who is living at home; and James, who engages in the cheese industry a mile and a half from Plymouth. The father is a veteran of the Civil war and served for four years as a private in the Fourth Wisconsin Volunteer. Infantry.
Frank E. Lord was reared on the farm where he was born and educated in the common schools. He subsequently learned cheese making, and has now been actively identified with this industry for ten years, the entire period, with the exception of one year spent in Washington county, having been passed in Greenbush township.
On the 16th of October, 1906, Mr. Lord was married to Miss Rose Krell, the event being celebrated in Washington county, this state, where Mrs. Lord was born and reared. She is a daughter of John and Mina (Becker) Krell, natives of Germany, the father having been born in 1842 and the mother on the 8th of September, 1841. They came to America about 1872, and settled on a farm in Washington county, where the father passed away on the 27th of February, 1909. The mother is still living and now makes her home in West Bend, that county. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Lord: Evelyn, whose natal day was the 8th of April, 1908; Janice, who was born on December 9, 1909; and Rosamond, whose birth occurred on the 29th of July, 1911.
The parents are members of the Roman Catholic church, and Mr. Lord belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. He gives his political support to the democratic party, but has never held an official position, always having given his entire time and attention to his business. He operates his factory the year around and is meeting with success, his trade showing a marked increase from year to year.
Charles F. Sommer, who since 1905 has been identified with the business interests of Sheboygan as a liveryman, was born in Sheboygan county, September 9, 1879, the son of Gootwerth and Elizabeth (Hetzel) Sommer. The parents were both natives of Germany, where they were reared and educated. About 1862 they emigrated to the new world and settled near Sheboygan. Here the father passed away in 1905 but the mother still resides on the old homestead. In their family were eleven children. Louis, William, Herman and Rudolpf are all married. Edward, whose wife passed away, leaving him a son, was married in the state of Minnesota. Charles F. is the subject of this sketch. Gustave resides at home. Bertha married Robert Vogel, of Cleveland, Manitowoc county, who is the manager of a lumber company at that place. Emily, Richard and Adolph, who complete the family, are all residing at home.
Charles F. Sommer received a good common-school education, faithfully pursuing his studies until he became fourteen years of age, when he laid aside his school books and began his active battle in business life, working at various occupations until 1905, when he became interested in the livery business in Sheboygan, a vocation which he has since followed.
In June, 1909, Mr. Sommer was married to Miss Ella Bartlett. Mr. Sommer has been successful in his business ventures, to which he gives strict attention and has a very satisfactory patronage on account of the excellence of the service he gives his customers. He is affable and cordial in manner, and has succeeded in gaining and holding a large number of friends both in a business and social way. He is well known and popular in Sheboygan and his reputation for integrity and ability is well established and he is one of Sheboygan's most respected young business men.
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