Ernst Prietzel is one of the diligent and enterprising agriculturists of Sheboygan Falls township, where he owns a farm of seventy-four acres, located four and a half miles west of Sheboygan Falls. He is a native of this county, his birth having occurred in Herman township on the 22d of August, 1876, his parents being Ertmann and Christiana Prietzel. They were born and reared in Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States in 1868, settling in Sheboygan county. Here they were married on November 11, 1869, and to them were born eight children, five of whom are living, as follows: Hulda, the wife of William Granold, of Sheboygan Falls; Ernst, the subject of this sketch; Ida, who became the wife of Carl Steinart, of Plymouth; William, who is married and residing in Plymouth; and Gustave, who is also a resident of Plymouth. The parents continue to make their home on the old farm, which is now owned and operated by our subject.
No event of especial importance occurred to vary the routine of the early years of Ernst Prietzel, who was reared at home and educated in the district schools. He terminated his student days at the age of fifteen years, and subsequently started out to make his own way in the world. He had not learned a trade, but having assisted his father with the work of the fields and care of the crops from early boyhood, had a good practical understanding of the duties of an agriculturist, and for twelve years thereafter worked out as a farm hand.
In 1905, he purchased the old homestead, and here he has ever since been engaged in diversified farming, stock-raising and dairying, the latter engrossing more and more of his attention annually.
Mr. Prietzel gives his support to the republican party and his family attend the German Lutheran church. His consideration for his family and his foresight is indicated by the fact that he carries a policy in the New York Mutual Life Insurance Company for the protection of those who are dear to him. He is practical and energetic and in the development of his interests is meeting with success, and is becoming recognized as one of the efficient and prosperous agriculturists of his community.
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