Peter Ries, Jr., a lifelong resident of Sheboygan county is well known as a dairyman, making a specialty of Holstein-Friesian cattle. In his business he displays enterprise, diligence and determination and is meeting with creditable and honorable success. He is a son of Peter Ries, Sr., who was born in Sheboygan township, October 25, 1858.
His father, who also bore the name of Peter Ries, was a native of Germany and on coming to the United States in 1853 settled in Ozaukee county, Wisconsin. He resided there for less than a year, however, and removed to Sheboygan county where he purchased a farm of one hundred and eighty acres, a mile and a half south of the city of Sheboygan. Upon that place he resided for a number of years and on leaving the farm he removed to the town in which he lived retired to the time of his death. He passed away in, 1897, survived for two years by his wife. In their family were seven children, of whom six are yet livirig. His son, known as Peter Ries, Sr., was educated in the German and English schools of Sheboygan and through the periods of vacation assisted his father in the further development and cultivation of the home farm until twenty years of age. He was married on the 21st of February, 1882, to Miss Lena Juckem, a daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Mathias Juckem, who were also natives of Germany, but came to the United States in early life. The death of Mrs. Peter Ries, Sr., occurred in 1900 and her grave was made in the Northside Catholic cemetery.
Mr. Ries still resides in Sheboygan and has seventeen acres of land which he devoted to truck gardening. He too, is a devout member of the Catholic church, in which faith the family has been reared. Unto him and his wife were born six children: Peter, born October 25, 1883; Elizabeth, who is the wife of John Hammerly, a shoemaker of Sheboygan, by whom she has three children; Susie, the wife of William Rammer, living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and Katie, Annie and Lena, all at home with their parents.
Peter Ries, Jr., the eldest of this family, spent his youthful days under the parental roof and acquired his early education in the district schools after which he became a student in the Pio Nono College of St. Francis, near Milwaukee where he remained for three years. Since putting aside his text-books, he has been engaged in cattle raising, making a specialty of Holstein-Friesians. He has some fine specimens of this breed and is meeting with success in his undertaking. He is also engaged in dairying and finds no difficulty in disposing of his dairy products owing to their excellence. He is a persistent, industrious young man and his energy and perseverance are strong elements in his success.
On the 21st of May, 1907, Mr. Ries was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hasselhofer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hasselhofer, and they now reside on a farm in the township of Wilson. Mr. and Mrs. Ries have three children: Leo, born April 16, 1908; Raymond, born April 29, 1910; and Ethel, born May 30, 1912. Mr. Ries has filled the office of road commissioner for the past two years and has been made a candidate for the position of clerk on a non-partisan ticket. He does not hold closely to party, but regards rather the capability of the candidate and seeks the welfare of the majority rather than the interests of the individual. He represents one of the old and well known pioneer families of the county, bearing a name that has ever been an honored one in this district since his grandparents located here at an early day.
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