The consensus of public opinion places Henry J. Neuens in a creditable and envious position in business circles in Sheboygan, and he is also known as one of the democratic leaders of the state.
In the city where he resides he has long conducted a real-estate and insurance business, starting in that field in 1887, since which time he has labored persistently and energetically to build up a business that is now of gratifying proportions.
He came to this city in 1886 and has always been a resident of Wisconsin, his birth having occurred at Port Washington, on the 23d of June, 1858, his parents being John and Margaretta Neuens. The father came from Luxemburg in 1851, and settled first in Ohio whence he removed to Port Washington in 1852. There he acted as superintendent of wood cutters in the employ of Burnham and Blake and later he started in business on his own account as proprietor of a hotel.
He still makes his home at Port Washington where he is living retired at the advanced age of seventy-eight years. In politics he has been a democrat since becoming a naturalized American citizen, and he has been honored with various local offices, serving as county treasurer, as clerk and as alderman. In 1911 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife who passed away at the age of seventy-six years and was laid to rest in the Port Washington cemetery.
Henry J. N euens attended public and private schools of his native town until he reached his eighteenth year but in the meantime had had considerable business experience through the assistance which he rendered his father. 'He then entered the Spencerian Business College at Milwaukee and was graduated therefrom in 1882, receiving a diploma attesting that he had completed the commercial course. In the meantime, from 1878 until 1882, he filled the position of bookkeeper in the McLaughlin and Butler wholesale wine and liquor house.
Following the completion of his commercial course Mr. Neuens returned to Sheboygan with the intention of becoming actively interested in the manufacture of chairs. For a year he served as bookkeeper and during that period carefully investigated the business situation in regard to chair manufacturing. In that time he became convinced that to place his money in such an enterprise would not prove a wise investment. He next went upon the road as a traveling salesman for the Phoenix Chair Company, and gradually he became interested in the real-estate, loan and insurance business until he concentrated his entire time and attention upon that business. He now annually negotiates many important property transfers; places many large loans and writes a gratifying amount of insurance. so that the different departments of his business are bringing to him substantial and well merited success. His clientage is large, and it is a well known fact that Mr. Neuens is to be depended upon in any business transaction, and that while he seeks legitimate success he is at the same time interested in the substantial welfare and upbuilding of his city, and in the field of real-estate dealings uses his opportunity to promote the best interests of Sheboygan.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the 26th of June, 1886, Mr. Neuens was married to Miss Alexie Riedel, a daughter of Theodore and Margaretta Riedel, her father a manufacturing and traveling salesman of Milwaukee. Mr. and Mrs. Neuens reside at No. 436 Park avenue in a pleasant and commodious home which he erected in 1891.
In politics he is a democrat and is prominently known throughout the state. He has served as supervisor of his county and has received strong support for the position of insurance commissioner. He holds membership with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin and the Catholic Order of Foresters, and his religious faith is that of the Catholic church which claims him as a communicant. He is also connected with Concordia Turnverein and the Sheboygan Mutual Laborers' Benevolent Association. He is interested in vital problems and questions of the day relating to the welfare of county, state and nation, and also keeps well informed upon themes of significant interest to the public. He is a man of fine personal appearance, of splendid physique, large and well proportioned, and the outer man is but an indication of a broad mind and public spirit that place him with Sheboygan's foremost citizens.
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