Guido Nehrlich is the general manager of the Freyberg Lumber Company, one of the largest and most flourishing institutions of its kind in northeastern Wisconsin. The manufacturing plant and the lumber yards of this concern are located at the foot of Pennsylvania avenue, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Mr. Nehrlich was born in Sheboygan, July 25, 1873, and is the son of Emil and Babette (Shlicht) Nehrlich. His father when a young man emigrated with his parents to this country from Apfelstadt, Saxony. Emil Nehrlich was by trade and occupation a turner. After following his trade in this country for some time he established himself in the wholesale liquor business and was also engaged as an expert bookkeeper for the Weisse Tannery Company of Sheboygan Falls. His ability as an accountant and his integrity and universal popularity among his associates and friends qualified him for usefulness in a larger field and he was accordingly elected as county clerk for this county, in which position he continued to serve for six successive terms. Later he received the appointment of deputy treasurer of Sheboygan county, serving in that capacity for one term. He was a man universally trusted by the people of his county and at all times succeeded in justifying the confidence reposed in him as a public servant. He passed away in 1910, at the age of sixty-four years, his wife surviving him a little over one year, her death occurring in July, 1911. They are both buried on the family lot in Wildwood cemetery.
Guido Nehrlich was reared in his father's home and educated in the Sheboygan public schools. On laying aside his text-books at the age of fourteen he became an apprenticed plumber and continued in this business until he became a proficient workman. While he was engaged in the occupation of a plumber he found time to take a full business course in the Sheboygan Business College, and continued to follow the business of plumbing for a period of seven years, after which he formed a partnership with William Schaetzer, with whom he established in a more extensive way a general plumbing business. This firm met with gratifying success and in 1901 Mr. Nehrlich was engaged by the Freyberg Lumber Company as bookkeeper. This position he held until he received the appointment of manager, a position which he still retains. In addition to his responsibilities as manager of the Freyberg Lumber Company, he is also the administrator of the C. B. Freyberg estate.
Mr. Nehrlich was united in marriage, January 25, 1896, to Miss Nonna Freyberg, a daughter of C. B. and Caroline Freyberg. Her father, the founder of the Freyberg Lumber Company, was one of the pioneer business men of Sheboygan and one of the first men to engage in the fish indusrty with the use of nets. He died in 1908 and was buried in Wildwood cemetery. An extended account of Mr. Freyberg's life is found elsewhere in this work.
To Mr. and Mrs. Nehrlich three children have been born: Margaret and Clara, both of whom are pupils in the high school of Sheboygan; and Helen, a pupil in the public schools.
Mr. Nehrlich is a man of energetic business ability and as manager of the Freyberg Lumber Company maintains the high standard of that concern, which has been in successful operation in Sheboygan since 1888. He is always alive to the demands of the trade, successfully and fairly meeting the competition with other concerns engaged in similar 'business. Mr. Nehrlich is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is regarded as a man of strict integrity and as one ready at all times to assist in the promotion of any public measure calculated to advance the best interests of the people.
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