Isaac Verhulst, engaged in the cultivation of eighty acres of rich farm land two miles west of Sheboygan Falls, has been well known in agricultural circles of this district for many years. He is a native of Holland, his birth having occurred in Zeeland, that country, August 11, 1858. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Verhulst, were married in Zeeland and crossed the Atlantic to America in April, 1883. They settled in Greenbush township where the father rented a tract of land and followed the occupation of farming for twenty-one years. In 1907 he removed to Plymouth where he is now living in retirement.
John Verhulst was twice married. His first wife was Catherine Flips, the mother of the subject of this sketch, who died in 1876. John Verhulst was married the second time to Miss Jennie Baumann. By his first marriage he was the father of eight children, seven of whom are still living: Leonard, who makes his home in Holland; Isaac, the subject of this review; Lena, the wife of James DesWart, of Sheboygan Falls township; Jacob, who lives in Wood county, Wisconsin; Cornelius, now a resident of Sheboygan Falls township; John, who is married and lives in Dorchester, Clark county, Wisconsin; Mary, the wife of Louis Gotton, of Chicago; and Cora, who died at the age of nineteen.
Isaac Verhulst was reared at home and secured his early education in the public schools of Zeeland. He was married in his native country and later came to the United States. After reaching this country he worked as a laborer for some time and was a teamster in Sheboygan in the employ of the Riese Coal Company for two years. By much economy and strict attention to business he was able to save enough money to buy a farm of eighty acres in Sheboygan Falls township. His holdings are located two miles west of Sheboygan Falls and here he now lives and cultivates his land.
On the 21st of January, 1880, Mr. Verhulst was married to Miss Mary Stack, and they became the parents of three children: John, who is married and follows the contracting trade in Sheboygan; Harry, who is also a contractor in the same city; and Leonard, who is married and engaged in general farming in this district. Mr. Verhulst has been very successful since he engaged in the occupation of farming. He is an expert agriculturist and learned the details of the business assisting his father. He is an active, able and industrious man and well known throughout Sheboygan county as a public-spirited and progressive agriculturist.
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