Adam Winter is one of the well known and successful farmers of Sheboygan county. He was born in Meeme township,v Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, July 24, 1867, and is the son of Charles and Marguerite (Hemp) Winter, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father emigrated to America in 1848 and settled on a farm in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, near Two Rivers. He later returned to Germany and after spending some time in his native land he returned to this country and established his home on the farm where he had first settled in Manitowoc county. In 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Marguerite Hemp, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hemp. Her parents were both natives of Germany and emigrated to the United States, settling in Manitowoc county. In 1876 Mr. Winter sold his farm in Manitowoc county and moved to Rhine township, where he continued to live until the time of his death, which occurred June 6, 1911. His wife now resides with her daughter Augusta.
To Mr. and Mrs. Winter six children were born: William, who is married and is engaged in farming on the old homestead in Rhine township; Adam, of this review; Minnie, who is the wife of Thomas Leahey and resides in Sheboygan; Augusta, the widow of Philip Eimermann, who passed away at Rhine, February 17, 1910; Charles, who is married and is employed in a lumber yard at Kiel, Wisconsin; and Lydia, who is the wife of August Roehr, of Plymouth.
Adam Winter was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of Manitowoc county. He remained under the parental roof, engaged in work on his father's farm until he was seventeen years of age, at which time he learned the stonemason's trade, and for eighteen years was engaged in the contracting and building business in the vicinity of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He later purchased a farm of forty acres located in the township of Plymouth, upon which he maintained his residence for one year and then exchanged that place for a farm of one hundred and thirty-five acres located two miles north of Sheboygan Falls, where he is now successfully engaged in raising high-grade dairy stock for his own use and also for the market.
Mr. Winter was united in marriage on April 30, 1893, to Miss Catharine Damrow, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Damrow, both of whom were natives of Germany, and to them ten children were born: Esther, who is a graduate of the Elkhart high school; Nelda, who was graduated from the Plymouth high school; Erving, who died at the age of three years, and Herbert, Viola, Elenora, Malitta, Adelia, Catharine and Elmer, all of whom are at home.
Mr. Winter is affiliated with the democratic party and while residing at Elkhart Lake served as city marshal for several years. He is one of the enterprising and highly respected citizens of Sheboygan county and can always be relied upon to give his help to the promotion of any measure intended to improve the condition of the people in his county and state.
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