Gottlieb Rau is one of the well known and successful farmers of Sheboygan county. He was born in Herman township, March 15, 1872, and is a son of Michael and Tillie (Schumann) Rau. The father, a native of Germany, emigrated to the United States with his parents who settled on a farm in Herman township at a very early date in the history of Sheboygan county, where the grandparents after settling in Wisconsin, continued to live during the remaining years of their lives. Michael Rau was united in marriage to Miss Tillie Schumann, and to them six children were born, five of whom are living: Augusta, who is the wife of Emil Hemberger, of Mosel township; Mary, the wife of Albert Festerling, of Escanaba, Michigan; Lena, who married Chris Hagenau, a resident of Kiel, Wisconsin; Gottlieb, the subject of this review; Villiam, who died at the age of thirty years; and John, who is married and still resides on the old homestead. The mother of this family passed away many years ago and the father is still living, and resides with his son, John, on the old homestead.
Gottlieb Rau was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the public schools of Herman township. As a young man he continued to live under the parental roof and was engaged at work on his father's farm. At the age of twenty three years he purchased a farm of his own, consisting of one hundred and seventy five acres, located five miles northwest of Sheboygan Falls. There he established his home and has since continued to reside. He is the owner of a large custom sawmill equipped to manufacture all kinds of lumber for commercial use. He is also the owner and proprietor of a complete threshing machine outfit and has for the past twenty-two years been actively engaged during the season in the operation of his threshing machine business.
On May 22, 1897, Mr. Rau was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Stietz, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Stietz, both of whom were natives of Germany and who emigrated to the United States at an early date. To .Mr. and Mrs. Rau four children have been born: Elmer and Edna, both of whom are at home; Melitta, who died at the age of one year and eleven months; and Wallis, at home.
Gottlieb Rau is one of the most active and successful business men in Sheboygan county and the success with which he has met in his varied business operations is largely due to his unremitting industry and the ceaseless vigilance he has exercised in caring for the details of his business affairs. He is justly entitled to be enrolled among the most respected and highly esteemed citizens of his county and state.
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