John Verhelst is one of the highly respected men of Wilson township where he is engaged in the pursuit of farming. He was born October 8, 1865, in the Nether lands. He was reared in his parents' home and educated in the public schools of his native country. He emigrated to the United States in 1908 and settled in Sheboygan where he remained for one year only, during which time he was engaged as an employee in one of the factories of that city. He then removed to Sheboygan township where he rented a farm of fifty-three acres upon which he settled and successfully cultivated for a period of two years and then removed to Wilson township where he entered a farm of one hundred acres on section 33 and since that time has devoted his entire attention to the cultivation of that place, making a specialty of dairy farming, using at present in his business sixteen high grade dairy cows.
Mr. Verhelst was united in marriage in Holland, to Miss Lucy Van DeWege, on July 23, 1886, who is a native of Holland and to this union five children have been born, three of whom are living: Edward, Joseph and Jacob, all of whom are still under the parental roof. Mr. Verhelst is known among his business associates as a man of unquestioned integrity and as one who thoroughly understands the business of dairy farming.
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