John Staples is one of the recent acquisitions to the business circles of Sheboygan, where he has been conducting a grocery store since January, 1912, at Indiana avenue and the city line. He is a native of this state, his birth having occurred at Marshfield on the 23rd of January, 1883, and the eldest son of Wenzel and Katherine Staples.
The parents are both natives of Germany, whence the father emigrated to the United States in 1868. He was trained to agriculturai pursuits and during the early years of his manhood devoted his energies to fanning, but for the past eighteen years he has been foreman of a veneer factory. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Staples numbered four, those beside our subject being as follows: Frances, the wife of Joseph Kaeser, of Sheboygan, and the mother of one daughter; Katherine, the wife of William Lane, of Sparta, Wisconsin, and the mother of one daughter; and Margaret, who is at home.
The boyhood and youth of John Staples were passed in his native town in whose public schools he obtained his education. In 1898, he left home and went to Fond du Lac, this state, where he engaged in the hotel and saloon business as proprietor of the Fountain City hotel. He conducted this hostelry for eighteen months, and at the expiration of that time engaged in the grocery business in Fond du Lac. Two and a half years later he disposed of his store and took a position as bartender. He continued to follow this occupation for seven years, and at the expiration of that time resigned his position and came to Sheboygan.
In January, 1912, he purchased the store he is now conducting on Indiana avenue, and although he has been identified with this enterprise for only a few months is building up an excellent trade. Mr. Staples is a man of much sagacity and foresight and makes a careful and systematic study of the needs and requirements of his business and promotes its development along well defined, positive lines. He carries a well assorted stock of staple and fancy groceries of good brand and quality which he offers at reasonable prices, and as it is his policy to accord his patrons the most courteous and considerate treatment he is building up a fine trade and has every reason to feel assured of the success of his enterprise.
On the 28th of February, 1905, Mr. Staples was united in marriage to Miss Anna Mohr, the event being celebrated in Fond du Lac. She is a daughter of Jacob and Magdalene (Klapperich) Mohr. The father was for many years engaged in the tailoring business in the latter city where he passed away in 1897, but the mother is still living and continues to reside in Fond du Lac. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Staples: Elnora Marie, who is four years of age; and one who died in infancy. Mr. Staples is diligent and enterprising and is concentrating his entire energies upon his business, which he is promoting with a goodly measure of success.
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