Richard Truttschel, who engages in general agricultural pursuits and stock raising in Mosel township, Sheboygan county, was born on the farm where he now resides on the 8th of October, 1874. His father, Ernst Truttschel, was born in Germany and there passed the first fourteen years of his life. He emigrated to the United States in 1848 with his parents, who located on some government land in Mosel township, where he was reared to manhood. After attaining maturity he acquired a farm of his own, which he increased from time to time by the purchase of other tracts until it aggregated one hundred and fifty acres. The further improvement and cultivation of his homestead engaged his time and energies until about 1902, when he withdrew from active work and removed to Sheboygan, where he is now living retired. The maiden name of the mother, who is now deceased, was Wilhelmina Festerling. She was likewise a native of Germany and came to America in childhood with her parents, who settled in Mosel township.
Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Truttschel, our subject being the sixth in order of birth. The others are as follows: Ida, the wife of Henry Koerman, who is employed in the American Manufacturing Company, by whom she has had two children, one of whom is deceased; Gustav, a farmer of Mosel township, who is married and has four children; Albert, a county employee in the courthouse at Sheboygan, who is married and has two children; Minnie, the wife of Frank Sommersberger, a farmer, and the mother of two children; George, who is residing in Milwaukee; and Louisa, deceased, who was the wife of Jacob Breuchel.
In the acquirement of his education Richard Truttschel attended the district schools of Wisconsin and 'also the Normal School at Dixon, Illinois. Upon the completion of his studies he returned home and devoted his time and attention to the cultivation of the fields and care of the crops. Upon the retirement of his father he bought the farm, which he has been cultivating with fair success for the past ten years.
On the 1st of February, 1902, Mr. Truttschel was married to Miss Emma Olivia Luecker, the event being celebrated in Mosel township. Mrs. Truttschel is a daughter of Christ and Mary (Brust) Luecker, farming people of Centerville, Manitowoc county, where they both passed away, the father's death occurring in October, 1900, and that of the mother in December, 1900. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Truttschel: Melvin, Gladys and Leroy.
The political support of Mr. Truttschel is given to the republican party, and he is now serving with efficiency as supervisor of Mosel township. He is a stockholder in the Mosel-Centerville Telephone Company, and is numbered among the capable and enterprising agriculturists of his community, where he has passed the greater part of his life and is accorded the esteem and regard of a large circle of acquaintances.
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