Henry Trautmann, who is successfully engaged in general farming and dairying in Wilson township, is a worthy representative of a well known pioneer family, his people having been identified with the agricultural development of Sheboygan county for sixty-five years. He was born on a farm in Mosel township on the 9th of February, 1874, and is a son of Fred Trautmann, a native of Saxe-Weimar, Germany, his birth having occurred on April 20, 1836.
In his early childhood he emigrated to the United States with his parents, Carl and Maria Trautmann, who first located in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin. In September, 1847, they removed to Sheboygan, and two years later they went to Mosel township, where the father bought a farm which he cultivated until after the war. Disposing of his homestead he then removed to Sheboygan, where he passed the remainder of his life. He passed away in 1890, at the venerable age of eighty-three years, having survived his wife for about twelve years.
Fred Trautmann continued to live on the home place for several years after his father retired, following which he bought a farm in Mosel township. He disposed of it in 1879, and invested the proceeds in a farm in Herman township which he cultivated until 1887. In the latter year he likewise sold it and removed to Wilson county, where he bought one hundred and fifty-six acres of land to which he subsequently added another tract of ten acres. He energetically applied himself to the further improvement and cultivation of this place until 1908, when he retired from active work, but he still lives on the farm and enjoys good health, despite the fact that he has attained the venerable age of seventy-six years.
For his wife and helpmate Mr. Trautmann chose Miss Lena Von Loh, a native of Germany, who died in 1902, at the age of sixty four years. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Trautmann numbered five, our subject being the fourth in order of birth. The others are as follows: Charles, who died when he was thirty-nine years of age; Frank, a farmer of Lima township; Emma, the wife of William Bollmann, of Sheboygan; and Fred, Jr., who is associated with our subject in the cultivation of the home farm.
The entire life of Henry Trautmann has been passed in this county, his education having been acquired in the district schools of Mosel and Wilson townships and the high school of Sheboygan Falls, which he attended for three years. After laying aside his text-books he diligently applied himself to assisting his father in the cultivation of the home farm until the latter retired in 1908, when he and his brother, Fred, Jr., bought the place. They are both enterprising young men of progressive ideas and systematic methods and are meeting with success in their undertaking. Their fields are devoted to diversified farming and under their capable supervision are annually yielding abundant harvests. In connection with their agricultural pursuits they also engage in dairying and milk twenty-four cows on an average the year around.
In Wilson township on the 29th of February, 1908, Mr. Trautmann was married to Mrs. Clara (Kessel) Row, the widow of Frank Row and a daughter of Ferdinand Kessel, of Sherman township. In his political views Mr. Trautmann is a republican, but he is not an aspirant to public office, although he takes an active and helpful interest in all matters pertaining to the development of the public utilities and assists in forwarding every movement that he feels will promote the community's welfare.
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