G. J. Tenpas is one of the substantial agriculturists of Lima township, where he holds the title to two hundred and fifteen acres of land, which he has acquired through long years of unceasing diligence and persistent effort. He was born in Sheboygan Falls, on the 15th of February, 1862, and is a son of G. H. and Cina Tenpas.
Reared on a farm, the education of G. J. Tenpas was obtained in the district school located at Five Corners. At the age of fifteen years he left the parental roof and began earning his own living, being entirely dependent upon his individual efforts thereafter. The succeeding six years he worked out by the month, and as he had early been trained in habits of thrift and diligence, which he put into practice, during that time he acquired enough money to enable him to engage in business for himself.
He invested his earnings in a cheese factory at Hoard, Holland township, which he operated for two years. At the end of that time he disposed of it and bought a factory located on Hingham road, on section 29, Lima township, where he continued the manufacture of dairy products for another seven years. He then sold his business and went to farming. As his circumstances have warranted he has increased his holdings until he now owns two hundred and fifteen acres of land. Since acquiring the title to this property, he has greatly enhanced its value and appearance by the addition of various improvements, including the erection of a large barn in 1908, and a modern house two years later. He is very practical and directs his undertakings with intelligence and foresight.
His fields are in a high state of productivity, his buildings are kept in repair and everything about the place evidences capable supervision and the exercise of systematic methods in its operation. He keeps a high grade of stock and devotes much attention to dairying, milking about twenty cows, while he feeds both cattle and hogs for the market.
On the 30th of October, 1886, Mr. Tenpas was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Wolfert, a daughter of John Wolfert, one of the well known pioneers of Lima township, and they have become the parents of five children: Charles, who operates part of the home farm; Clara, who married Jacob Brasser, of Hingham; Lester, who is eighteen years of age; Harvey, who has passed the fifteenth anniverary of his birth; and Reuben, who is eleven years of age.
The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Tenpas takes an active interest in local politics, giving his support to the men and measures of the republican party. He has several times been called to public office, having served his township as chairman, treasurer and clerk, and he has also been school director and clerk, having filled the latter position for ten years. His life has been one of activity and perseverance, and his efforts are being crowned with the success he so thoroughly merits by reason of his earnest and persistent endeavors.
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