Mr. Saph is the owner and popular proprietor of the Lake View Park Hotel of Sheboygan. He was born in St. Clair county, Michigan, July 25, 1853, and is the son of Valentine Arnold and Mary Louisa (Drewland) Saph. The father was born in Salisbury, England, and emigrated from that country to the United States at the age of twelve years. On reaching the American shores he continued his journey westward and settled at St. Joseph, Michigan, at a time when that town was but a settlement surrounded by the unbroken wilderness. He was educated in the public schools of St. Clair county, after which he engaged in the study of law, and after completing the necessary preparation he was admitted to the bar and continued to practice his profession during the remainder of his life.
He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Louisa Drewland in 1850 and to them ten children were born, the five of whom survive being as follows: C. M., of this review; Caius, who is married and resides in Marine City, Michigan, being a prominent man of that place; Stella, who is the widow of James Ticknor and resides in Marine City, Michigan; J. P., who is married and resides in Loraine, Ohio; and Mary L., who married George P. Willis and resides in Loraine, Ohio. The parents of these children are both deceased, their deaths having occurred many years ago.
C. M. Saph began life for himself at the early age of fifteen. In June, 1868, he shipped as a sailor and continued to follow that occupation during all the early years of his life. He proved to be a competent and trustworthy seaman and steadily won promotion until he at length became captain and master of his ship. He sailed on the Great Lakes as captain for a period of twenty-four years, retiring in 1906. He then engaged in the hotel business at Waukegan, Illinois, where he remained for two years and then disposed of his interests and removed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he operated the Cook Hotel for a period of two years. He then removed to Sheboygan and purchased the Lake View Park Hotel, which is situated south of the city limits, on the bank of Lake Michigan, and is a commodious and well appointed two story building containing thirty-five guest rooms.
Mr. Saph is a member of the Elks Lodge of Sheboygan. He is well known and popular throughout Sheboygan county and is recognized as one of the practical and successful hotel men of his state.
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