The commercial and industrial interests of Plymouth find a worthy representative in the person of Byron W. Rowe, who is engaged in the wholesale cheese business. He was born in this city on the 20th of April, 1857, and is a son of Joseph J. and Martha C. (Moore) Rowe. The father was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1822, and there was reared to manhood and acquired his education. When old enough to choose a vocation he decided upon the wagonmaker' s trade, which he followed until he came to Plymouth in 1856. He then engaged in contracting and building, continuing to follow this business until his retirement. The Rowe family is of English extraction, but they have long been residents of this country, having first located in Philadelphia.
Byron W. Rowe has passed his entire life in Plymouth, to whose public schools he is indebted for his education. After laying aside his text-books he obtained a position in a cheese factory, where he learned the trade and has ever since been identified with this business. He has been very successful in the development of his interests and is now one of the foremost business men in Plymouth. Mr. Rowe was formerly engaged in the operation of factories but his entire attention is now devoted to the wholesale trade and he has built up an excellent patronage.
In 1885, Mr. Rowe was united in marriage to Miss Vira Dutcher, a daughter of Joshua and Cynthia (Marsh) Dutcher, who came to Sheboygan county from Belleville, New York, during the pioneer days. Two daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Rowe: Maude, who is a graduate of the Milwaukee Normal School; and Mae, who is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Both daughters are living at home.
The family attend church and the daughters are church members. In politics Mr. Rowe is a republican and is now a member of the school board. He is also a member of the Iroquois Club and is held in high regard in the business circles of the town, as he is known as a man of upright principles who maintains a high standard of commercial integrity in all of his transactions. He and his family have always figured prominently in local social circles, the hospitality of the best homes being accorded them, while collectively and individually they can always be depended upon to assist in promoting every movement that will tend to advance the intellectual or moral standards of the community.
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