Julius Sommer, residing on section 32, Mosel township, is the proprietor of the Mosel Berry Farm and devotes his attention to the pursuits of gardening and berry raising. He was born in Mosel township on the 28th of September, 1867, his parents being Gustav and Fredericka (Fetch) Sommer, both of whom were natives of Altenburg, Saxony, Germany. The father, whose birth occurred in 1840, was a youth of sixteen when in 1856 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States with his parents, who established their home in Mosel township, Sheboygan county. The grandfather here took up a tract of land embracing one hundred and six acres and continued to reside thereon throughout the remainder of his life, passing away when our subject was still very young. Gustav Sommer, the father of Julius Sommer, followed farming throughout his entire business career and his undertakings in this connection were attended with a gratifying measure of success. He passed away in Mosel township in 1903, when sixty-three years of age, after a residence of nearly a half century in this county. His wife, who came to America with her parents in 1851, when a little maiden of seven years, still resides on the old homestead farm with her son Otto.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Sommer were born six children, as follows: Gustav, who is married and follows farming in Mosel township; Julius, of this review; Ida, who is the wife of Rudolph Wagner, an agriculturist of Herman township, by whom she has two children; Herman, who is married and has two children and makes his home on a farm in Mosel township; Emma, who died at the age of eighteen years; and Otto, who is married and had two children, one of whom is now deceased. The last named resides on the old homestead place.
Julius Sommer acquired his education in the district schools and worked on the home farm until twenty years of age. He then secured employment as a painter in the Crocker Chair Company of Sheboygan and remained with that concern for sixteen years, being head of the shipping department during twelve years of that time. Leaving the service of that company because of ill health, he spent six months in travel as a means of rest and recuperation. On the 1st of March, 1904, he took up his abode on a tract of twenty acres which he had purchased in Mosel township and where he has since been engaged in the pursuits of gardening and berry raising, his property being known as the Mosel Berry farm. As its proprietor he has won well merited success, the products of his farm finding a ready sale on the market.
On the 27th of December, 1892, Mr. Sommer was united in marriage to Miss Ida Steinhaus, a daughter of Fred and Antoinette (Wagner) Steinhaus, of Mosel township. Her father came from Saxony, Germany, at an early day. He was a cigar maker by trade but owing to ill health did not follow his vocation continuously. He died in 1885 in Mosel township.
Mr. and Mrs. Sommer have three children, namely: Edgar J., Myrtle Ida and Wilma Meda. The parents are members of the German Reformed church. Upright and honorable in all life's relations, Mr. Sommer is highly respected and esteemed in the county where his entire life has been spent.
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