Dr. Conrad T. Tasche has been in the active practice of medicine in the city of Sheboygan since April, 1906, his offices being located at No. 804 Michigan avenue and his residence at No. 6o8 North Seventh street. His birth occurred in Sheboygan, this county, on the 8th of September, 1872, his parents being August and Mary Tasche. The father emigrated from Lippe-Detmold, Germany, about 1840 and settled in the city of Sheboygan at a time when it was a village consisting of only one or two small houses.
The surrounding territory and the shores of the lake at that time were infested with marauding, half savage Indians, and Sheboygan was not the safest place in those far-off days in which to establish a home. But the dauntless courage of the pioneer shrinks not at tasks which today appear impossible to the sons and daughters of a higher civilization. A farm was preempted near what is now the city of Sheboygan, upon which he moved and began at once to establish his home. The land was densely covered with a wilderness and the first crop of potatoes was planted in the open spaces near the large pine trees, which stood everywhere in abundance over his homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. His house he constructed of logs from the trees cut in the clearing of the land. On this farm he continued to reside during the remainder of his life, which came to a close in 1885, at the age of fifty-three years. His remains were buried in the Wildwood cemetery in Sheboygan. His widow is still a resident on the old farm, where she lives in the care and keeping of her son Henry.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Tasche were born nine sons and one daughter, as follows: August, who died in 1880, at the age of twenty-one, and is buried on the family burying ground in Wildwood cemetery ; William, who is one of the progressive farmers of Nebraska; Lizzie, now the wife of Adolph Rodewald, a prosperous farmer in Manitowoc county, this state; John, a practicing physician and surgeon of Sheboygan; Fred, a prosperous farmer in the township of Mosel, Sheboygan county; Otto, who is engaged in the banking husiness at Tripp, South Dakota, and is one of the large land owners in that state; Louis, who is engaged in the pratice of veterinary surgery in Sheboygan; Conrad T., of this review; Herman, a prosperous dentist of Sheboygan; and Henry, in charge of the old homestead on which he lives, where he is engaged in farming.
Dr. Conrad T. Tasche was reared in his parents' home and received his elementary education in the district schools of the district in which his parents lived. He later completed a full business course in the business college of Sheboygan. Upon his graduation from the business college of Sheboygan he at once became a registered student in the Hope College of Holland, Michigan, and from that school entered upon the study of medicine in the Detroit Medical College at Detroit, Michigan. After having completed the required course of studies in that institution he was graduated with the degree of M. D. in the class of 1897.
Shortly after receiving his diploma as a physician he established himself in the practice of his profession at Howards Grove, Wisconsin, where he continued to reside for a period of eight consecutive years. During his professional life in that place he was uniformly, successful in building up an extensive practice and on his removal to Sheboygan in 1900 he left behind him many and highly esteemed friends and pleasant associations. Dr. Tasche has given his entire attention since graduation to the practice of medicine, specializing in surgery, but he has nevertheless had strong faith in the value of good real estate holdings and has been a very extensive investor in real property in various parts of the country, owning at this time seven hundred acres of good agricultural land.
On the 20th of October, 1897, in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Tasche was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Sieck, by whom he had three children, namely: Leslie William, now a pupil in the public schools; Gladys A., in the fifth year of her age; and Myra, who died in infancy. Dr. Tasche is a republican in politics and always interested in the issues and principles advanced by the party of his choice. He is a chapter .Mason and also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, while in the line of his profession he is connected with the County, State and American medical associations. He is likewise a valued member of the Sheboygan Country Club.
Dr. Conrad T. Tasche is in every respect one of the highly esteemed and accomplished physicians of the city in which he resides. He is a man active in business affairs as well as successful and reliable in the practice of his profession and is always to be relied upon as a friend and helper in the advancement of any public enterprise seeking the welfare of the people in his county and state. He owns his own beautiful residence in which he and his family reside at No. 6o8 North Seventh street.
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