August Vowinkel, who has been conducting a plumbing business at No. 815 Indiana avenue for the past sixteen years, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, on the 11th of February, 1849, and is a son of Martin and Christine Vowinkel, both of whom passed their entire lives in the old country. After leaving school August Vowinkel obtained employment in a brickyard, and as he was an intelligent youth of diligent habits and earnest purpose he was promoted until he held the position of contractor. He retained this position until 1875, when together with his bride he took passage for America, with New York city as his destination. From there he went to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he obtained employment as foreman in a brickyard. He later withdrew from the service of the Erie company to take charge of a brickyard and sewer pipe manufacturing establishment in St. Louis. In 1879, he came to Sheboygan, and for a time was employed in Keller's brickyard, but he subsequently became malt master at Schreier's brewery, following which he engaged in the saloon business until he and his son started the business they are now conducting. This has proven to be a very successful undertaking, the business having developed in a highly satisfactory manner from the first, and is now yielding a good annual income.
Near Standem, Rhine, Germany, Mr. Vowinkel was married on the 1st of April, 1875, to Miss Margaret Zimmermann, a daughter of Stephen and Katherine Zimmermann, who died in Bavaria, Germany, where they are buried. Fourteen children have been born to Mr. and Mrs, Vowinkel, three of whom died in infancy. Those living are as follows: Juliana, who married Charles Hane, of Milwaukee, 'Wisconsin; Helene, the wife of Charles Simono, first lieutenant of the life saving station; August J., who is a plumber at Sheboygan; Clara, who is keeping books for her father and living at home; Jennie, who is also at home; William, a plumber in the employ of his father; Alma, the wife of Joshua Ritchie, who is a railroad employee; Hugo, a plumber, who is assisting his father; George, who is also a plumber; Ella, who is a student in high school; and Vera, who is attending the parochial school.
The family reside at No. 621 Alabama street, where Mr. Vowinkel has erected a very comfortable modern house. The family are communicants of the Roman Catholic church, and Mr. Vowinkel belongs to the Germania Association. His political allegiance he has accorded to the democratic party ever since granted the right of franchise, as he believes that their principles are best adapted to serve the highest interests of the majority.
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