Abraham Louret owns ninety-seven acres of well improved land on sections 30 and 31, Lima township, and there he engages in the breeding and raising of thoroughbred Holstein cattle. He is a native of Sheboygan county, his birth having occurred in Holland township on the 18th of May, 1863. His father, Abraham Louret, was born and reared in Holland, but in early life he left the land of his birth and came to America, seeking the wonderful opportunities he had been told awaited all enterprising young men in the new world. He came direct to Sheboygan county, and soon thereafter purchased some land on section 6, Holland township, which he diligently cultivated for several years. He subsequently sold this tract and bought a place on section 7,where he continued his agricultural pursuits until shortly prior to his death, which occurred at the home of a son at Colesburg, Iowa. For his wife Mr. Louret chose Miss Johanna Delyser, likewise a native of Holland, who came to the United States with her parents, Josiah and Johannah Delyser, who located in Holland township. She passed away on the home farm in 1876, at the age of forty-seven years. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Louret numbered four, of whom our subject is the youngest. In order of birth the others are as follows: Josiah, who is deceased; Anna, the wife of Abraham Brill, of Holland township; and John, who is a resident of Lyndon township.
The early years in the life of Abraham Louret were very similar to those of other lads reared in his community at that period. He was educated in the district schools and assisted his father about the farm until he was twenty years of age, when he learned telegraphy. His first position was with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company, with whom he remained a year. At the expiration of that time he identified himself with the Chicago, St. Paul & Kansas City, now the Great Western, continuing in their service for five years. He subsequently engaged in the milling business with his brother Josiah at Verndale, Minnesota, but three years later he disposed of his interest in this enterprise and returned to Holland township, where he farmed for several years. Disposing of his property there he came to Lima township and purchased ninety-seven acres of land on sections 30 and 31, which is his present place of residence. In connection with general farming, Mr. Louret has always engaged in stock-raising but since the spring of 1911, he has been making a specialty of the breeding of high-grade cattle. He has recently added to his herd four head of registered Holsteins, which he purchased in New York, and expects to make of his place one of the model stock farms of Wisconsin. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Louret has been agent for the Fidelity Phoenix Fire Insurance Company, and for some time he has also been representative for the Home and North American Insurance Companies.
In Holland township, on the 24th of December, 1890, Mr. Louret was united in marriage to Miss Debbie Rhodes, a daughter of Henry and Deborah (McConkey) Rhodes, well known residents of that township. Three children have been born of this marriage, as follows: Lucille, who is now eighteen years of age; Beatrice, who has passed the sixteenth anniversary of her birth; and George, who is a youth of fourteen.
The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church of Hingham, in which the parents hold membership. Fraternally Mr. Louret is affiliated with Hingham Camp, No. 4109, M. W. A., of which he was clerk for ten years and he also held the office of watchman and was sent as delegate to the state camp. He is a republican in his political views and for five years discharged the duties of school clerk in his township. Mr. Louret is a man of energy and enterprise, and as he conducts his transactions in an upright and fair manner, is accorded the respect of those with whom he has dealings. He is meeting with success in his undertakings and is numbered among the capable and substantial 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