William Strauss, the owner of two hundred acres of valuable land on section 30, Mosel township, well deserves recognition among the prosperous and leading agriculturists of his community. His birth occurred in Herman township, Sheboygan county, on the 4th of June, 1860, his parents being Moritz and Christina (Garize) Strauss, who were born, reared and married in Germany. In 1850 or 1852 they crossed the Atlantic to the United States, coming direct to this county and settling in Herman township, where Moritz Strauss owned and operated a farm of sixty acres. The last decade of his life was spent in honorable retirement at Howard Grove, where he passed away in 1895 when seventy-three years of age. The period of his residence in Sheboygan county covered more than four decades and he was well and favorably known within its borders.
Unto him and his wife were born eight children, as follows: Richard, who passed away in Colorado when fifty-six years of age; Anna, the deceased wife of John Boeldt, of Schleswig township, Manitowoc county; Frank, the proprietor of a saloon and hotel in Silver Creek, who is married and has three children; Emma, who is deceased; William, of this review; Ida, who is the wife of Julius Schuett, a retired resident of Howards Grove, by whom she has one child; and Otto and Charles, both of whom are deceased.
William Strauss was educated in the district schools and after putting aside his text-books worked at farm labor. In 1886, when twenty-six years of age, he began his independent career as an agriculturist, coming into possession of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, the boundaries of which he later extended until it now embraces two hundred acres. Under his careful management and supervision the land has been brought to a high state of cultivation, the rich crops which the fields annually yield proving a source of gratifying remuneration to him.
On the 20th of June, 1886, Mr. Strauss was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Schreiber, a daughter of Gottlieb and Sophia (Voight) Schreiber. Mrs. Strauss is the youngest one in a family of three children, of whom one died in infancy and the other, Henry, when forty-two years of age. Her father emigrated to the United States in 1852 and devoted his attention to the operation of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Sheboygan county throughout the remainder of his life, passing away on the 14th of December, 1911, when eighty-five years of age. His widow makes her home with Mrs. Strauss. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Strauss have been born four children, as follows: Edwin, a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College at Kew Ulm, Minnesota, who is married and follows the profession of teaching at Kenosha, Wisconsin; Herbert, at home; Norbert, also at home, who is a graduate of the public schools and also pursued a course in agriculture at Madison; and Edgar, deceased.
Mr. Strauss gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has ably served in the capacity of township supervisor. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the German Lutheran church of -Mosel. He has lived in this county from his birth to the present time and there is no better evidence of the sterling worth of his character than the fact that many of his stanchest friends are those who have known him from youth, having found him true to high principles in every relation of life.
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