Highly respected and well known among the business men of Sheboygan county, William F. Moeller at present occupies the very responsible position of vice president and treasurer of the Optenberg Iron Works, with which he has been identified for the past sixteen years. He was born in New Holstein, Calumet county, Wisconsin, October 29, 1878, and is the son of William and Wilhelmina (Koehlmer) Moeller, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father emigrated to America with his older brother when a boy of but nine years and settled in the state of New York, where he continued to live for a number of years. When a young man he removed to Wisconsin and located in the northwestern Lake Superior country, where he was engaged as a miner in the Calumet copper mines, in which he continued to be employed for several years.
In 1880 he removed to New Holstein, Calumet county, and there engaged in farming for twenty successive years. He later sold his farm and moved to the town of Plymouth, in this county, where he lived retired until his death, which occurred shortly before he had attained his seventieth year. He was united in wedlock to Wilhelmina Koehlmer, a native of Germany, who emigrated to America with her parents when she was a small child, the family settling in Sheboygan. Mrs. Moeller is still living and maintains her residence in Plymouth. In her family were twelve children, of whom nine survive, the subject of this review being the only son and the only one of the children residing in Sheboygan county.
William F. Moeller was educated in the public schools of New Holstein and Plymouth and after completing his common-school education he pursued a complete course in practical mechanics in the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He started in life for himself as an employee in a furniture factory at Plymouth and continued in that occupation for two years, after which he removed to Sheboygan and entered the employ of the Optenberg Iron Works, working as an apprentice for three years. His faithful attention to the interests of the company and his ability as a workman secured for him advancement and in due time he was promoted to the responsible position of foreman, in which capacity he has continued for the past seven years. He has also served as vice president and treasurer for the past four years and is ably discharging the duties of those offices. He is the owner of a beautiful home, which he erected at No. 818 Dillingham avenue, Sheboygan, where he now resides with his family.
On October 13, 1900, Mr. Moeller was united in marriage to Miss Anna Bube, a daughter of August Bube, who is employed as foreman in the shops of the Jenkins Machine Company, of Sheboygan. To Mr. and Mrs. Moeller has been born a daughter, Edna. Mr. and Mrs. Moeller are members of the Lutheran church of Sheboygan and are earnest workers in its behalf. Mr. Moeller is a man whose reputation for integrity and trustworthiness in business matters is well established throughout Sheboygan county. He devotes his time and energies to the interests of his business and he never hesitates to lend his aid and cooperation to any measure which has for its object the advancement and improvement of the welfare of the people in his part of the state.
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