Herman Sommer is the senior partner in the livery firm of Sommer and Zimbal, conducting business on Indiana avenue, Sheboygan, where they maintain a model barn equipped for all classes of trade related to their business. Mr. Sommer was born in Mosel township, Sheboygan county, September 17, 1871, his parents being Gottwerth and Elizabeth (Hetzel) Sommer, natives of Germany, who emigrated to America while they were yet young people. They were married in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin,. and established their home on a farm in Mosel township, Sheboygan county, where Gottwerth Sommer continued to reside until called to his final rest on the 13th of December, 1905. He is survived by his widow, who still lives at their old home. Their children were nine in number and Herman was the first in order of birth. Rudolph, a blacksmith of Sheboygan, is married and has three children. Edwin is a widower with one child. Charles, who is married and resides at Sheboygan, is engaged in the livery business. Gustave is an agriculturist of Clark county, Wisconsin. Bertha, the mother of two children, is the wife of Robert Vogel, the manager of a lumber yard at Cleveland, Manitowoc county. Amelia still resides with her mother. Richard and Adolph also have their residence on the old homestead.
Herman Sommer was reared at home and educated in the district schools. At the age of twenty he was employed by the C. Reiss Coal Company and remained in the service of this concern for a period of fourteen years. In 1905 he engaged in the livery business in copartnership with his brother Charles. This enterprise was conducted under the firm name of Sommer Brothers until 1910, at which time Paul Zimbal purchased the interest of Charles Sommer and the style of the firm became Sommer and Zimbal. This business is in every way a credit to the city of Sheboygan and bids fair to be maintained as one of the valuable institutions in the city.
On the 15th of December, 1899, Mr. Sommer was married to Miss Josephine Mailman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Mailman. Mr. Sommer may well look back with pride upon his business career. Through the years of his citizenship in this county he has maintained a name which stands for integrity and devotion to his business and his family.
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