Michael J. Ronk, collector for the Gutsch Brewing Company at Sheboygan, and one of the more enterprising of the younger business men of this city, was born at Lake Church, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1880, upon the old homestead, where the birth of his father, Nicholas Ronk, also had occurred. The father is still living at the age of sixty years. In 1883 he came to Sheboygan and for eight years he was employed by the Dillingham Manufacturing Company. He married Anna Groff, a daughter of Michael and Anna Groff, who reside at Lake Church, Wisconsin. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Ronk were seven children: Anna, the wife of T. Heinzer, of Wausau, Wisconsin; Olga, who is the wife of J. Baumann, a molder of Milwaukee; George, at home; Mathias, an upholsterer of Sheboygan; Mary, at home; and Rosa, who is in school. The other member of the family is Michael J., of this review.
Reared in this city the last named attended school here until he entered business life to provide for his own support. He first secured employment in a factory and also followed the barber's trade. Subsequently he became connected with the brewery business, his identification therewith now covering thirteen years. At the present time he is collector for the Gutsch Brewing Company and the duties of that position are discharged promptly and capably, deserving of the confidence and good will of those whom he serves.
Mr. Ronk was united in marriage to Miss Mary Reinl, who was born June 24, 1880, in Charlesburg, Wisconsin, a daughter of Frank Reinl, who is living at Sheboygan. Her mother, however, died when Mrs. Ronk was but six years of age. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Ronk have been born four children, but one, a son, died at the age of seven years. The others are Viola Anna, Cordelia and Lester, aged respectively eight, seven and two years. Mr. Ronk and his family are communicants of the Catholic church and fraternally he is connected with the Sheboygan Aerie of Eagles, the Home Order of Foresters, the Knights of St. George and the United Aid Society.
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