Bernhard F. Schneidewind is a well known contractor and builder of Sheboygan although one of the younger representatives of trade interests of this character. He was to the manner born, being of the fourth generation engaged in the mason contracting business. In all of his work he manifests a knowledge of modern methods and his skill and ability are winning for him an extensive and growing patronage. He was born in Sheboygan, January 7, 1883, and at the usual age became a pupil in the public schools, pursuing his studies through consecutive grades until he reached the age of seventeen years, when, desirous to enter business life, he began learning the mason's trade, diligently applying himself to the mastery of the business in principle and detail. He worked at the trade in the employ of others until 1905, when, joining his brother-in-law, he entered the general contracting and building business.
For a few years they took contracts of various kinds but now concentrate their energies exclusively upon mason work. They have erected a number of fine buildings in Sheboygan and the county, including the Vollrath plant and other well known structures which stand as monuments to their skill, ability and enterprise. Something of the volume of their trade is indicated by the fact that they now employ eighteen workmen.
In 1907 Mr. Schneidewind was united in marriage to Miss Lydia Doege, who was born in Sheboygan in 1885, a daughter of William and Anna (Stuemke) Doege. Her parents are both living and the father has throughout the greater part of his life engaged in the tanning trade. In their family were three children, the brothers of Mrs. Schneidewind being Elmer and William, both at home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schneidewind hold membership in the Lutheran Emanuel church of Sheboygan and the latter is a member of the Aid Society. Mr. Schneidewind has never been active in politics, preferring to concentrate his time and energies upon his business affairs. He has ever strived toward perfection in the exercise of his contracts, combining convenience in construction with all that is most substantial in material and in workmanship and adding thereby to the architectural beauty of the city. He has made continuous progress since starting out in business on his own account and is now one of the most prominent contractors of Sheboygan county.
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