William L. Prange, one of the representative agriculturists of Sheboygan Falls township, was born February 13, 1882, a son of William J. and Augusta (Strasburg) Prange, natives of Sheboygan county. The paternal grandfather was William Prange, Sr., who came as a pioneer to Sheboygan county in 1848, when the native timber covered much of the country which today is transformed into highly productive farming land. The mother was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Strasburg, who came to this county among the early settlers from Luxemburg, Germany, their birthplace. They have both passed away.
William J. Prange, the father of the subject of this sketch, followed the occupation of farming and purchased and made his home upon a part of the property which had been the homestead of his father's family. His death occurred September 3, 1904. His widow makes her home in Sheboygan city and with her reside her two daughters, Edna and Anna. The other six members of the family are as follows: August, of Sheboygan, and George, of Sheboygan Falls township, who are both married; Hugo, also married, who is engaged in the hardware business in Sheboygan; Caroline, who is the wife of Edward Siemers and resides in Meeme township, Manitowoc county; William L., who is the subject of this sketch; and Louis, who is married and makes his home in Plymouth, this county.
William L. Prange received his education in district school No. 6, Sheboygan Falls, at the same time devoting a part of each day to assistance in the less arduous farm tasks, so that his practical and theoretical training went hand in hand. When he had attained his majority and the time came when he was to assume the graver duties and responsibilities of manhood he naturally followed that calling to which he had been trained and in the cultivation of his farm he has met with well merited success. He appreciates the fact that it is the so-called small things of life which wholly influence the destinies of individuals and of ten whole races of people, and to the details and seemingly minor tasks he gives due consideration and his personal attention.
On the 10th of June, 1909, Mr. Prange was united in marriage to Lena Meyer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer, both of whom are natives of this county. The father passed away March 28, 1912. Mr. and Mrs. Prange are the parents of one child, Arno, who was born on the 15th of February, 1911. The position which Mr. Prange holds in the community where he has been known throughout his life is the merited reward of earnest, persistent and honorable labor and he commands the respect and confidence of his fellowmen in a high degree.
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