No history given in this volume illustrates more closely the value of capable and efficient service than that of August Scheck, who for twenty-one years has been chief of police of Sheboygan. So carefully has he guarded the interests of the public in his official capacity that there has been no thought of change unless some ambitious man has desired the position for his own gain. Mr. Scheck had previously been a patrolman and throughout his official career his record has been most creditable.
A native of Connecticut, he was born in Waterbury on the 6th of August, 1857, and is a son of Jacob and Maria (Oeckerlander) Scheck. The father was born in Wittenberg, Germany, and came with his wife to America in 1852, settling at Waterbury, Connecticut, where he worked as a laborer. In 1866 he removed westward to Milwaukee where he was connected with the fish industry almost to the time of his death which occurred in 1904 when he was seventy-six years of age. He had for about four years survived his wife, who passed away in 1900 at the age of seventy-two years. They were consistent members of the Lutheran church and were people of many sterling traits of character. In their family were four children: John, a tinner residing in Milwaukee; August; Mary, the deceased wife of William Kufeldt, and Emma, also living in Milwaukee.
After his school days were over August Scheck began learning the tanning and currier's trade, which he followed to the age of twenty-nine years. In 1877 he came to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, continuing in the same line of business until 1886, when he retired from that field to accept public office, having been appointed to the position of patrolman on the police force. Five years' capable and faithful service in that capacity brought him to his present position, to which he was appointed on the 18th of January, 1891. He has since served as chief of police, covering a period of twenty-one years. He has ever been fair and impartial in the discharge of his duties, has carefully systematized the work of the department and ever seeks to maintain law and order in their highest form.
In 1875 Mr, Scheck was married to Miss Mary Eszwein, who was born in Sheboygan county and is the daughter of Philip Eszwein, a native of Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, who came to America in an early day and who was at one time engaged in the lumber business and in farming in this county but is now living retired at the very venerable age of ninety years. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Scheck have been born two children: Jacob C., a plumber of Chicago; and Wallace, who married Alma Jopke and has one child, Wallace, now five years of age. For his second wife Wallace Scheck chose Gertrude McCormack, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mr. Scheck is prominently known in various fraternal connections. He was president of the local organization of the Fraternal Order of Eagles when that society built its present fine home, which is one of the finest lodge buildings of the city. He also holds membership with the Knights of the Maccabees, is a prominent member of the Turnverein and also of the Concordia Singing Society. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church. While he votes with the democratic party he has never held nor desired office save that which he now fills, and he has never allowed political honors to interfere in the slightest degree with the efficient performance of his official duties.
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