Numbered among those citizens of Sheboygan who are prominent both in business and in official life, is Carl Lutze, who has been a resident of this city since he was sixteen years of age. As a contractor and builder he has long been a conspicuous figure in industrial circles and as an efficient public servant he has a most distinguished and honored record.
He was born in Harz mountains, near Halberstadt, Germany, February 15, 1839, a son of Christian and Sophia (Fuertenberg) Lutze. The father was born in 1802 and in 1855 emigrated with his family to the new world, coming at once to Sheboygan. He had learned the carpenters trade in the fatherland and worked at that trade after coming to this city for a time. In 186o he built a small oil mill which he operated until 18i7. He passed away in 1887. The mother, who was born in February, 1812, died in 1898. Carl Lutze is one of three sons born to his parents and is the only one surviving, one son having died on the journey to America, while the other, Ernst, passed away in Sheboygan in 1907.
Carl Lutze received his education in the fatherland, but at the early age of eleven years began learning the carpenter's trade from his father. He came with his parents to America in 1855 and after attaining years of maturity he commenced to work at his trade until 1870. At that time he engaged in contracting and building, a vocation which he has followed until the present time. One of his early building achievements was the old Schreier brewery, which was later destroyed by fire, and he was retained to construct the large modern plant of the same company. He is one of the most extensive builders and contractors in Sheboygan, having been engaged in that business for a long time, during which he has built many of the most elaborate and costly buildings in the city.
Carl Lutze was married in 1867 to Ernestine Emilie Paulman, who was born in Sheboygan, in 1848, a daughter of Christian and Christina Thirloch, both of whom were natives of Saxony, Germany. The father emigrated to the new world in 1848 and built the first wagon shop in Sheboygan. He died an accidental death while hunting in 1856. His wife, who survived him, passed away in 1900 at the age of seventy-eight years. The wife's grandparents were drowned when the sailing vessel on which they had taken passage went down in a storm near the coast of England. Mrs. Lutze is one of four children born to her parents, and beside her, one brother, Louis, is living in Sheboygan. Unto Mr. and and Mrs. Lutze have been born eight children, namely: Sophia, the wife of J. Kleinhaus, of Stanton, Illinois, by whom she has four children; Anna, who married Ferdinand Falk, a carpenter of Sheboygan, and has one child; Ida, who is the wife of G. Burger of Marysville, Ohio, and the mother of five children; Emma, at home; Fritz, who resides in Boston and who married Miss Louisa Routh, by whom he had one child, who is now deceased; Henry, a resident of Milwaukee; Minnie, who is married and a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Arthur, at home.
Mr. Lutze in his political faith is a democrat and in recognition of his sterling integrity and genuine worth has held numerous offices in Sheboygan. He was for two years road commissioner, served as alderman for two terms, has been postmaster, was a member of the board of public works in 1895, 1896 and 1897, and it was due to his activity in that direction that the Seventh Ward schoolhouse was erected. The leading bridges across the river were also built under his supervision. Mr. Lutze is a member of the Lutheran church of Sheboygan, in the faith of which he was reared. There are few men in the city of Sheboygan who are more prominent in business and political circles than the subject of this review. Being an intensely active man and possessing unusual ability both in business and political lines, the impress of his character and work has been ineffaceably stamped upon the city of his adoption where he has lived so labored so earnestly. Always being interested in the welfare of his city and being one of its leading spirits, he naturally sprang into prominence and by his career of promotion and labor he has done vastly more than has the average citizen in making Sheboygan the populous, prosperous, modern city which it today is. He is most widely known and universally respected and is held in high esteem by a large number of business, political and personal friends.
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