Lawrence Rochlus is the senior member of the firm of L. Rochlus & Company, flour and feed merchants, their place of business being located at No. 530 North Water street, Sheboygan. Mr. Rochlus was born at Birnbach, in the Rhine province of Prussia, July 2, 1874, his parents being Anton and Lucille (Schmitz) Rochlus, who emigrated to America in 1882 and made their first settlement at St. Cloud, Wisconsin. Later the family removed to Sheboygan, where Anton Rochlus died in the year 1904 and was buried in the Catholic cemetery.
His wife, Mrs. Lucille Rochlus, who survives him, still lives in the city of Sheboygan. Lawrence Rochlus was reared in his parents' home and educated in the parochial schools at St. Cloud. At the early age of twelve years he started in life for himself, his first occupation being that of a farm laborer. In this line of work he continued for about seven years, after which he removed to Fond du Lac and from that city to Sheboygan in 1890, where he engaged as a laborer in any service at which he could make an honest dollar. This life he lived for a number of years and by continuous industry and studious, careful economy he was enabled to acquire a capital sufficient to establish himself in his present business as a dealer in flour and feed. His business was successful from the beginning and after some years of unbroken prosperity he erected the present offices and building in which he now conducts his flour and feed business.
Mr. Rochlus was united in marriage, in Sheboygan, to Miss Elizabeth Wagenknecht, by whom he has three children: Margaret, Lucille and Loretta, all attending the public school. Lawrence Rochlus is to be congratulated upon the success he has thus far made in life. Starting his independent career at the early age of twelve, with no capital other than his youthful hands and honest heart, he has availed himself of the opportunities within his reach as the years have been passing and by systematic economy has succeeded in lifting himself above the hardships and limited advantages of a day laborer to the position of an independent merchant proprietor of his own establishment, engaged in the flour and feed business, by giving his constant attention to which he has been uniformly successful. He is one of the reliable and progressive citizens of Sheboygan, enjoying a sufficient income from his business to provide for the necessities of his family and the education of his children. He resides in a home which he has purchased at No. 920 Center avenue.
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