Bernhard Schreiber has for more than twenty years been engaged in general farming and stock-raising on section 29, Mosel township, where he owns one hundred and twenty acres of highly improved land. He was born in the township where he now resides on the 9th of February, 1867, and represents the third generation of his family to have been identified with the agricultural development of Sheboygan county. His father, John Schreiber, was a native of the grand duchy of Mecklenburg, whence he emigrated to the United States when a youth of seventeen years with his parents. The family came direct to Wisconsin and after a brief sojourn in the city of Milwaukee took up their residence in Sheboygan county. Here the paternal grandfather, Henry Schreiber, who was an agriculturist, acquired twenty acres of timber land, from which his sons cleared the wood for twenty-five cents per cord.
They were all thrifty and enterprising and through the intelligent direction of their united efforts were subsequently able to extend the boundaries of their farm by the purchase of another twenty acres. Here the grandparents passed the remainder of their lives. John Schreiber subsequently left the paternal roof and started out to make his own way in the world, continuing to devote his energies to agricultural pursuits. He prospered in his undertakings and later acquired a farm of his own, comprising two hundred and twenty acres, which he cultivated until his death in 1902, at the age of sixty-six years. He had always led an active life and such success as came to him was the result of his own unaided effort, as his sole capital when he left home consisted of an inexhaustible supply of energy and the determination of purpose that invariably achieves its aim. Mr. Schreiber married Miss Elizabeth Bleivemicht, also a native of Germany, who came to the United States with her parents when a child of seven years. She is still living at the age of sixty-three years, and resides on the old homestead. The maternal grandfather, John Bleivernicht, was born and reared in Mecklenburg, Germany. He was a farmer, and when he first came to this country in 1856 located in Schleswig, Manitowoc county, where he continued his agricultural pursuits. Four sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber, all of whom are residents of Sheboygan county our subject being the second in order of birth.
The boyhood and youth of Bernhard Schreiber were passed on his father's farm in the cultivation of which he began to assist during the early years of his school life. In the acquirement of his education he attended the common schools until he had mastered the fundamental principles of English learning, when he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He remained at home until he had attained his majority and then started out to farm for himself. As he was thrifty and energetic and directed his efforts toward the achievement of a definte purpose he prospered in his undertakings and about 1891 or 1892 removed to the farm where he is now residing. His holdings formerly comprised two hundred and eighty acres, but he has disposed of all but one hundred and twenty, which he has brought into a high state of productivity and is planting almost entirely to such cereals as can be used in feeding stock. Mr. Schreiber has a fine herd of Holstein-Friesian cattle and has erected a cheese factory on his place, which is being operated by his son-in-law, Edward Dassow.
When he was twenty-one Mr. Schreiber was married to Miss Sophia Harms, the event being celebrated in February, 1888. She was a daughter of Christ and Mary Harms, well known residents of Mosel township, where Mrs. Schreiber was born and reared. Mrs. Schreiber died on May 17, 1912. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber, as follows: Hattie; the wife of Edward Dassow, who is living at home; Ida, who is bookkeeper in the Herald office at Sheboygan; and Meta and Elsie, both of whom are at home.
The family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Schreiber votes with the republican party, and is now serving as chairman of the township board, and he is also superintendent of the county poor farm, and has been school clerk for eighteen years. He is one of the public-spirited, enterprising men of the community and is held in high esteem by his fellow citizens, many of whom have known him from boyhood.
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