Alfred P. Steffen is officially and financially connected with one of the largest productive industries of Sheboygan, being vice president of The Konrad Schreier Company, owners of an extensive brewing and malting plant. He is also connected with a number of other important business connections and industrial undertakings of this city, his labors constituting an important element in commercial progress and its consequent prosperity here.
He was born in Davenport, Iowa, July 15, 1860, his parents being August and H. Margarethe (Gerlicher) Steffen, both of whom were natives of Germany, the father born in Herford, Westphalia, and the mother in Coburg, Gotha, Saxony. They were residents of Davenport, Iowa, at the time of the birth of their son, Alfred who pursued his education in the public schools of that city and in the Spencerian Business College. For two years after making his initial step in the business world he was connected with the grain trade in Davenport and subsequently spent ten years as a dry-goods merchant of that city. His business powers and capacities increased and expanded as the years passed, qualifying him for larger undertakings. In 1888 he removed to Sheboygan, where he entered into active connection with the brewing and malting business in association with The Konrad Schreier Company, of which he is now the vice president.
On the 15th of May, 1884, in Sheboygan, Mr. Steffen was married to Miss Emma Schreier, a daughter of Konrad and Elizabeth Schreier, and unto them were born three children, Marguerite, Lorelei and Alfred, Jr. The younger daughter is now the wife of Fred A. Karste, Jr.
Mr. Steffen is well known through fraternal relations, being a member of the Masonic lodge, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His life has been characterized by diligence and determination, by recognition and utilization of opportunities. He is classed with the leading and progressive business men of the city and the methods he has employed in the attainment of success are such as will bear close scrutiny and investigation.
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