Prosperous and fertile farm lands of Sheboygan are to a large extent owned and operated by men of German birth or lineage, who bring to their activities in the new world the stanch and steady virtues which distinguished their fathers and their forefathers in the old. A man of German descent who has done much toward the expansion and development of the agricultural interests of this section of the country is Frank Sommersberger, now engaged in general farming in Mosel township.
He was born in Sheboygan county, May 7, 1867, a son of Joseph and Fredericka (Meyer) Sommersberger, both natives of Bavaria, Germany. His father came to America about 1852, when he was seventeen years of age, and settled in Sheboygan township with his parents. He farmed in that district until 1872, when he removed to Mosel township and settled on a farm of one hundred and twenty acres. He was a member of the German Catholic church of Sheboygan and died in that faith in 1909 in the township of Mosel, in the seventy-fourth year of his age.
The mother of our subject was also born in Germany but came to America with her parents when she was only five years old. Her father, Joseph Meyer, was a farmer by occupation and settled in the township of Meeme, Manitowoc county, where he operated a farm for some time. He later made his home with one of his daughters in St. Genevieve, Missouri, and he died at the home of his daughter, Mary, the wife of Dennis Heck, at Sheboygan. Joseph Sommersberger and his wife were the parents of nine children, four of whom are still living: Joseph, Jr., now married and living on a farm; Frank, the subject of this review; Anna, the wife of Anthony Schubert, a foreman at the Crocker Chair Company, by whom she has one child; and Mary, the wife of Dennis Heck, of the Phoenix Chair Company in Sheboygan, by whom she has two children.
Frank Sommersberger received his early education in the district and parochial schools of Sheboygan. He worked upon his father's farm and gained a thorough knowledge of the details of agriculture. He then spent two years in Sheboygan as a teamster in that city and finally returned home and in 1900 started to farm for himself on the sixty acres of land which he is now operating. He is interested in all kinds of agriculture and has made many improvements upon his land during the time of his occupancy. He strives always to keep his equipment and machinery modern. An extensive branch of his business consists of dealing in high-grade milch cows, which he buys and sells on a large scale.
In October, 1891, Mr. Sommersberger was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Truttschel, a daughter of Ernest Truttschel, a prominent farmer of Sheboygan county who is now living retired and a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. Our subject and his wife are the parents of two children, John and Malinda, both of whom are living at home. The family are devout members of the Roman Catholic church, in which faith Mr. Somrnersberger was reared and in which he is bringing up his children.
In the course of his career as a farmer Mr. Sommersberger has acquired a moderate fortune, which he invests in a judicious manner in local enterprises. He is one of the stockholders of the Mosel Centerville Telephone Company and is actively interested in anything looking toward the welfare of his native county. He is well known and highly esteemed in agricultural circles of Sheboygan, where he has gained a reputation as a careful and scientific farmer.
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