Noah Saemann, the oldest settler of Adell, is one of the prominent and leading citizens of that town and for almost three decades has been engaged in business as a general merchant and grain dealer, being the senior partner of the Saemann-Ziegler Company. He was the principal organizer of the State Bank of Adell and has since served as its chief executive officer. His birth occurred in the town of Scott, Sheboygan county, on the 27th of August, 1857. His father, John Saemann, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, on the 11th of March, 1834, his parents being John Michael and Elizabeth (Baumann) Saemann. On the 16th of March, 1840, they set sail for the United States with their two children, Christine and John, reaching New York harbor after a stormy voyage consuming forty-one days. They then traveled overland by boat and various other conveyances, making several unavoidable stops but eventually reaching Sandusky, Ohio.
On the 15th of June, 1840, John Michael Saemann purchased a small farm in Pleasant township, Marion county, Ohio, but after four years' work as a pioneer agriculturist settled at Colwnbus, that state. In 1848 the family removed to Cedar Lake, Washington county, Wisconsin, and in 1851 came to the town of Scott, Sheboygan county. John Saemann, the father of our subject, has since made his home near the village of Batavia. On the 18th of June, 1856, he wedded Miss Mary Rahskopf, by whom he had eight children, six of whom are still living. In 1906 the parents celebrated their golden wedding, having traveled life's journey together for fifty years.
Noah Saemann, who was the first born in his father's family, obtained his education in the schools of his native town. After putting aside his text-books he assisted his father in the operation of the home farm until seventeen years of age and then spent a year as clerk in a store at Batavia. Subsequently he worked as clerk in a store at Adell until twenty-three years of age and then made his way to Lawrence, Kansas, spending nearly two years traveling in Kansas and Oklahoma for a hide and wool concern.
In the fall of 1882, when twenty-five years of age, he returned to Batavia and on January 1st of the following year embarked in business at Adell as a general merchant and grain dealer. He is still conducting his interests in this connection as the senior partner of the Saemann-Ziegler Company and has won a gratifying and well merited measure of prosperity in his undertakings.
In 1908 he was the principal organizer of the State Bank of Adell and has ably directed the affairs of that financial institution as president since its incorporation. He was likewise the principal organizer of the Adell Canning Company and is the president of the DePere Canning Company. Few men are more prominent or more widely known in the enterprising town of Adell than Mr. Saemann. He has been an important factor in business circles and his prosperity is well deserved, as in him are embraced the characteristics of an unbending integrity, unabating energy and industry that never flags.
On the 15th of April, 1886, Mr. Saemann was united in marriage to Miss Alma J. Keller, a daughter of Charles and Emma (Jecke) Keller, both of whom are natives of Germany. They emigrated to the United States in early life, were married in this country and settled in Sheboygan county in 1868. Charles Keller here passed away on the 24th of May, 1888, but is still survived by his widow, who makes her home at Hingham. Unto them were born six children, five of whom are yet living. The other, a son, died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Saemann have four children, as follows: Jesse Charles, born in April, 1888, who is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and is now employed in his father's store; Morris K., who was born in April, 1893, and is a graduate of the Waldo high school; Blanche, whose birth occurred in April, 1897, and who has completed a course in the schools of Adell; and Eugene Noah, who was born in April, 1906. When Mr. Saemann's children first began their education the school was located nearly a mile from Adell. He was instrumental in having the same moved to town and it was also largely due to his efforts that a graded school was later established here.
Mr. Saemann has given his political allegiance to the republican party since age first conferred upon him the right of franchise. He was appointed postmaster of Adell in 1893 and altogether has been actively connected with postoffice work for thirty-five years, working in the post office at Batavia in early manhood. Since first establishing his home at Adell he has also served in the capacity of notary public. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church of Hingham, Wisconsin. He has ever discharged his duties with marked ability and fairness, for he is a most loyal, public-spirited citizen. As a business man he has been conspicuous among his associates, not only for his success but for his probity, fairness and honorable methods. In everything he has been eminently practical and honorable and this has been manifest not only in the business undertakings but also in his social and private life.
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