Jacob Neuhaus, the former president of The Sheboygan Fruit Box Company, who is now living retired in this city, was born at Newton, Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, on the 25th of March, 1852, and is a son of William and Eliza Neuhaus. The father was born on the Rhine and reared in Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States about 1837, locating in Manitowoc county. There he acquired some timber land that he cleared and improved and energetically applied himself to its cultivation during the remainder of his active life. He was one of the first agriculturists in this section of the state, and as the country was but sparsely settled at that time, the winters severe and the roads little more than blazed trails, he endured all of the hardships and privations incident to pioneering. He passed away in 1896 at the age of seventy-three years and was laid to rest in the cemetery at Newton, where the mother who died in 1892 at the age of sixty-four, is also buried. Mr. Neuhaus was a republican in his political views and gave his unqualified support to the men and measures of that party.
The boyhood and youth of Jacob Neuhaus were not unlike those of other farmer lads who were reared in Wisconsin during the pioneer days. He early began assisting his father about the farm, thus laying the foundation for an agricultural career, and pursued his studies in the public schools of Newton.
After laying aside his text-books, at the age of fourteen, he gave his undivided attention to the farm work, remaining at home until he was eighteen. As the family was large and his father then had ample assistance he started out to make his own way in the world. For six years thereafter he worked out as a farm hand, but in 1876 he invested his savings in a tract of land that had formerly belonged to his father-in-law, and began farming on his own account. He assiduously applied himself to the further improvement and cultivation of this property for thirty-one years. In November, 1907, he withdrew from the work of the fields and came to Sheboygan and went to teaming for The Sheboygan Fruit Box Company. Later he purchased an interest in the business and in 1908 he became president of the company, retaining that office until October, 19n, when he retired.
Mr. Neuhaus was married on the 7th of April, 1876, to Miss Sophie Nagel, and to them were born three children: Lydia, who married Albert Martin, a farmer of Sheboygan county; Emma, who is the wife of Ferdinand Eick,' who is engaged in farming at Herman, this county; and Albert, who is living on the old homestead. The mother passed away in 1883 and on the 2nd of November, 1884., the father married Miss Maria Strassburger, who died on February 7, 1911, and is buried in Herman township. To Mr. Neuhaus and his second wife there were born four children, as follows: Laura, the wife of Fred Johanning, a farmer of Sheboygan Falls; Louis, who is employed at The Sheboygan Fruit Box Company; and Alma and Hilda, who are living with their father at the family home at 2233 North Fifteenth street.
Mr. Neuhaus is a member of Zion Reformed church and he also belongs to the Benevolent Association connected with the church, while his political support he gives to the republican party. For many years Mr. Neuhaus led a life of intense activity and diligence and is now able to pass his latter days in well earned peace and rest.
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