Charles M. Ries, whose life record is a credit and honor to the county which in the fall of 1910 called him to public office in his election to the position of county treasurer, the duties of which he assumed on the 2nd of January, 1911, has always lived in this section of the state. His birth occurred in Sheboygan township on the 16th of February, 1861, his parents being Peter and Margaret (Clements) Ries, who were early settlers of the county, the father coming from Germany to the new world and establishing his home in Sheboygan in 1846. He was married here and became closely associated with business and public interests, his activities and his energy proving salient features in the substantial development and upbuilding of this part of the state.
Charles M. Ries was reared upon his father's farm, early becoming familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist as he tills the soil and gathers his crops. After leaving school he remained upon the home farm and is still identified with agricultural pursuits in the county as owner of fifty-three acres of the old homestead. At one time he owned one hundred acres but sold forty-seven acres of the tract to the Northwestern Railroad Company for yard purposes. In all his farm work he has been actuated by a practical and progressive spirit, resulting in the successful development and cultivation of his place which has annually returned to him good harvests, providing him with a gratifying income. A well spent life has won for him the high regard and trust of his fellow citizens, who, recognizing his capability for office, have indicated their trust in him by electing him to different positions of public responsibility. In 1890 he was appointed supervisor and the following year was elected to that office and served two terms, afterward becoming chairman of the board, in which capacity he continued for a year. He was afterward out of politics for six or eight years but later was again called to office and for eight consecutive years was elected, without opposition, as town chairman. In the fall of 1910 his name was placed on the county ticket as a candidate for treasurer, and the election returns showed him to have been the popular candidate. He therefore assumed the duties of the office on the 2nd of January the following year, and is making a creditable record as the custodian of the public funds.
Mr. Ries was married in 1885 to Miss Johanna Sprangers, of this county, and unto them have been born thirteen children, all of whom are still living. Mr. Ries holds membership with the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin and in that organization is widely known. His many sterling traits of character, his reliability in business, his loyalty in citizenship and his devotion to his family and friends are qualities which have placed him high in public regard.
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