Joseph Sommersberger, Jr., is one of the well known and highly esteemed farmers of Mosel township, where he now cultivates sixty acres of improved farm land. He was born in Sheboygan county, May 14, 1865, a son of Joseph and Fredericka (Meyer) Sornrnersberger, both natives of Germany. The father was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1835, and came to America with his parents when, he was seventeen years of age. His father was Joseph Sommersberger, also a native of Bavaria, who came to America in 1852 and settled in Sheboygan township, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, where he died of smallpox in 1864. This disease was at that time prevalent in the district and Joseph Sommersberger became infected from a friend whom he had visited, caught cold and died in three days. His son, Joseph Sommersberger, the father of our subject, bought a farm on section 34, Mosel township, in 1871. He cultivated and improved his one hundred and twenty acres until a few years prior to his death, which occurred January 13, 1909, when he was seventy-four years of age. He died at the home of his son-in-law, Dennis Heck, of Sheboygan, with whom the mother still makes her home.
Joseph Sommersberger, Jr., received his early education in the district and parochial schools of Sheboygan county. He assisted his father in the work of the farm during his early youth and later entered the employ of T. M. Blackstock and worked upon his farm for seven months. At the end of that time he farmed for a short period for Reinholdt Illig in Mosel township, subsequently removing to Wausau, where he spent one winter working on a farm near a lumber camp. He then obtained a position as section hand in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and spent two years with that company. The following year he spent as an employee of the Crocker Chair Company but this position he resigned to engage in the milk business. He spent twelve years in this business and it was not until the fall of 1900 that he returned to section 34, Mosel township, and bought sixty acres of the land which his father had formerly cultivated. Here he has remained since that time and during the twelve years of his occupancy has been successful along the lines of general agriculture. He has added many improvements to his home, has built new barns and outbuildings, has increased his stock and modernized his equipment and made his sixty acres of land one of the model farms of Sheboygan county.
On the 28th of October, 1893, Mr. Sornmersberger was united in marriage to Miss Ida Bender, a native of Meeme township, Manitowoc county, Wisconsin. She is a daughter of Christopher and Anna (Schelk) Bender, the former a native of Prussia, Germany, and the latter of Mosel township, this county. Mrs. Bender died when her daughter was only nine years of age. Her husband still survives her and is living in Sheboygan township.
To our subject and his wife have been born five children, Henry, George, Aurelia, Verona and Anna, all of whom are living at home. The family are devoted members of the Catholic church of Sheboygan. Mr. Sommersberger has many friends in his native township, where he is well known and highly esteemed as an efficient farmer and a progressive man.
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