Fred C. Reineking, who is engaged in the manufacture of cheese in Herman township, is an enterprising citizen whose close application and industry have constituted the measure of his success. He was born August 15, 1853, in Herman township, a son of Simon Reineking, who was born in Germany and was reared to the occupation of farming. In 1847 the father came to America and, traveling across the country, made his way to Milwaukee. He afterward came to Herman township, Sheboygan county, where he settled upon a farm, purchasing land which he converted into rich fields. He came to this country with his father and after arriving in the new world turned his attention to general agricultural pursuits which he continued to follow until his death, about twenty years ago. He had a farm of two hundred acres upon which he placed many modern improvements and equipment, while his methods of tilling the soil converted the wild timber land into productive fields. He was one of the members of the Reformed church and was prominent in local political affairs, serving as clerk of his township. He married Catherine Wehrmann, who was a native of Germany, their marriage, however, being celebrated after they became residents of Sheboygan county. To them were born six children; Simon, who is married and lives in the Dakotas; Fred; Henry, who operates a farm in Herman township; August, living on the old homestead in Herman township; Conrad, who is married and lives upon a farm in Herman township; and John, who is a practicing physician living in Hortonville, Wisconsin.
Fred C. Reineking pursued his education in the German district schools and worked upon the home farm until 1872, when at the age of nineteen years he began learning the cheese-maker's trade. He has followed this business since with the exception of a few years, when he was engaged in making butter in Outagamie county. He pursued a dairy course at Madison, learning the butter-making business, and he has always used scientific methods in the manufacture of cheese as well. He now has a fine factory, well equipped, and devotes practically his entire time to the work of manufacturing cheese of high grade, so that the products of his dairy find a ready sale on the market.
On the 8th of September, 1881, Mr. Reineking was married to Miss Ursula Legler, a daughter of Ulrich and Agatha (Rohrer) Legler. Her father was a farmer and also operated a gristmill in Fond du Lac county. He came from Switzerland to America in 1848 and the mother, a native of the same country, arrived in the United States a few years later. They settled in Fond du Lac county, where they continued to make their home until called to their final rest. The father died December 25, 19n, at the age of ninety-two years, and the mother passed away April 28, 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Reineking have been life-long residents of this part of the state and have a wide acquaintance which has resulted in gaining for them many warm friendships.
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