Joseph Silbernagel, one of the well known citizens and substantial agriculturists of Herman township, is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and fifty acres on section 8, in the operation of which he has been busily engaged for about fifteen years. His birth occurred in Herman township, Sheboygan county, on the 15th of June, 1863, his parents being Peter and Josephine (Lutz) Silbernagel, who were natives of Rhine Province, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1848. Their marriage, however, was celebrated in this country, the ceremony being performed on the farm which is now in possession of our subject. Peter Silbernagel owned and operated the tract of eighty acres in Herman township, now owned by his son Joseph, of this review, continuing its cultivation until the time of his wife's death, which occurred on the 12th of October, 1893. Subsequently he took up his abode in St. Nazianz, Manitowoc county, but later returned to Sheboygan county, spending the remainder of his life with his son Joseph. He died in June, 1902, at the age of seventy six years, passing away in the faith of the Catholic church. Unto him and his wife were born five children, as follows: Anna, who gave her hand in marriage to William Will and now resides with her husband and children on a farm in Colby, Clark county, Wisconsin; Joseph, of this review; Christopher, who died at the age of two and a half years, being burned to death in the barn; Mary, who died at the age of four; and Katharine, who passed away at the age of twenty-six.
Joseph Silbernagel obtained his education in the district schools and after putting aside his text-books worked at farm labor for a time. When twenty years of age he began dealing in farm machinery, continuing in that business for ten years in connection with farming. He afterward spent three years in Chilton, Wisconsin, conducting a saloon during one year of that time and later being engaged in the livery business for a year and a half. From Chilton he removed to Appleton, this state, where he resided for two years, conducting a saloon for thirteen months of the time. On the 31st of March, 1898, he returned to Herman township, Sheboygan county, where he has since operated a farm of one hundred and fifty acres in such an able manner that he has annually harvested good crops. He also raises Holstein-Friesian cattle and in both branches of his business has won gratifying success. In connection with his agricultural interests he is a director of the Mosel Centerville Telephone Company.
On the 26th of October, 1886, Mr. Silbernagel was joined in marriage to Miss Mary Jackels, a daughter of Jacob and Johanna Jaekels, formerly of Chilton, Wisconsin. The father now resides in Milwaukee but the mother is deceased, having passed away on the 21st of June, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Silbernagel have two children: Joseph J ., an agriculturist by occupation, who is married and resides with his father; and Harry P., at home.
In politics Mr. Silbernagel is a stanch democrat. For four terms he has ably served as chairman of the town board of supervisors. In religious faith he is a Catholic. No trust reposed in him has ever been betrayed in the slightest degree and his fidelity to honorable, manly principles has ever won for him the good will and friendship of those with whom he has been brought in contact.
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