W. S. Piper, the president of the Sheboygan Novelty Company, a position which he has held since 1908, was born September 11, 1876, in New Holstein, Calumet county, Wisconsin.
The father, G. A. Piper, was also born in Calumet county, and is a mechanic by trade. Both he and his wife are still living and reside in Sheboygan. The grandfather was a native of Schleswig-Holstein and came to America in the '50s, locating in Calumet county, Wisconsin, where he farmed and ran a blacksmith shop.
W. S. Piper, who was reared in Wisconsin, received his education in the public schools of that state. Early in his business life he became a photographer, an occupation which he followed for five years in Sheboygan and Portage, Wisconsin. Having an opportunity in 1901 to become connected with the Sheboygan Novelty Company, a position which offered him a better chance for development and also promised a better business future, he decided to become identified with that concern. He displayed adaptability in his new position and soon became proficient in the details of the work. He continued in a comparatively humble capacity until 1908, when C. B. Freyberg, the former president, died and the subject of this review was elected to the responsible position thus left vacant.
The Sheboygan Novelty Company was organized April 5, 1890. The first president was Obid Mattoon, who served in that capacity until 1892, when he severed his connection with the concern. The incorporators of the company were Adolph Preussler, Robert Preussler, Obid Mattoon, Charles B. Freyberg and Albert Freyberg, Sr. The manufactured products which the Sheboygan Novelty Company is placing upon the market include buffets, china closets, ladies' desks, bookcases, music cabinets, and a general line of high class furniture.
For his companion in life Mr. Piper chose Miss Alma Freyberg, a daughter of C. B. Freyberg, of the C. B. Freyberg Lumber Company. To this union two children were born, Walter Jr., and Robert G.
Mr. Piper, who has long been a resident of Sheboygan and whose successful official connection with the Sheboygan Novelty Company has given him an excellent standing as a manufacturer and business man, ranks among the best citizens of Sheboygan. He has always given strict attention to his business, mastering every detail and carefully looking after all the departments. He has a large circle of acquaintances and owing to his position as president of the Sheboygan Novelty Company he has become acquainted with large numbers of furniture dealers throughout the middle west. He is optimistic by nature and has the faculty of holding the friendship of those of his acquaintances with whom he has come to be on intimate terms.
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