Otto C. Menz, who is conducting a wine and liquor business on the corner of Indiana avenue and Fifteenth street, Sheboygan, was born in Prenzlau, Germany, on the 5th of December, 1880, and is a son of Christian and Ernestine Menz. The parents were born, reared and married in the old country, whence they emigrated to the United States in 1883, settling in Sheboygan.
For fourteen years prior to leaving Germany, Christian Menz engaged in the manufacture of wood alcohol, and he also followed farming in his native land. After becoming a resident of this city, however, he first worked in the brickyard, but later he was employed in the various local factories, leading an active life until his death on August 14, 1906. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Menz, five of whom are still living, as follows: Anna, the wife of August Bindt, a pattern maker, by whom she had five children; William, a molder, who is married and has three children; Mary, the wife of William Ramus; Otto C., our subject; and Herman, who is living at home with his mother. They are all residents of this city.
Otto C. Menz, who was a child of only three years when he accompanied his parents on their removal to the United States, was educated in the public and German Lutheran parochial schools of this city. After laying aside his text books he worked in a shop for two years, but at the end of that time he accepted a position in the grocery store of G. W. Schmitt. He was an ambitious youth of earnest purpose and intelligently applied himself to acquiring not only a thorough knowledge of the grocery business but of commercial methods generally, with the expectation of later engaging in business for himself. He remained in the employ of Mr. Schmitt for eight years, then resigned his position and went to work in a coffee store. A year later he withdrew from this and went into business for himself. He has a good location and as his establishment is well conducted he has built up a lucrative trade.
On the 2nd of June, 1908, Mr. Menz was united in marriage to Miss Clara Hearbst, a native of this county and a daughter of August and Johanna Hearbst, who were born and reared in Germany, the father in Hanover and the mother in Schleswig. They emigrated to the United States during their early years, locating on a farm in Wilson township, this county.
Mr. Menz is one of the active members of the United Aid Society and the Phoenix Labor Aid Society and has hosts of friends, being a man of generous impulses and genial nature, who is always ready to assist those who are unfortunate with his ready sympathy and aid.
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