Michael Marquardt is one of the enterprising and successful farmers, owning and operating a farm of one hundred and thirty-eight acres located two and a half miles northwest of Sheboygan Falls, where he is engaged in making a specialty of general farming and also of the breeding and raising of pure-bred draft horses. He was born in Germany, August 2, 1849, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Marquardt, both of whom were natives of Germany, and who died in their native land many years ago. They became the parents of six children of whom only one is living, Michael, the subject of this review.
Michael Marquardt was reared in his parents' home and received his education in the schools of the fatherland. He emigrated to America in 1872, settling in Sheboygan City, where he was engaged as an employee in one of the city's factories for five years. On February 24, 1877, he removed to a farm of one hundred and thirty-eight acres located two and a half miles northwest of Sheboygan Falls and has since been engaged in general farming and also in the raising of pure-bred draft horses, having sold many of his well matched teams at premium prices.
On February 23, 1877, Mr. Marquardt was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Meggers, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claus Meggers, both of whom were natives of Germany, and who emigrated to America in 1854. The mother died in 1883 and the father in 1903. To Mr. and Mrs. Michael Marquardt sixteen children have been born, six of whom are now living. Emma, who is the wife of Fred Fitense, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin; Annie, who married Albert Zimbal, also a resident of Abbotsford, Wisconsin; Henry, a resident of Clair City, Minnesota; Richard, who is married and resides in Sheboygan Falls township; and Gustave and Hugo, both of whom are at home.
Mr. Marquardt is a democrat and is an adherent of the Lutheran faith, in which he has been raised. He is one of the successful men in his special line as farmer and stockman and is one of the well known and useful citizens of Sheboygan county, of which he has been a resident since 1872.
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