William M. Winter is the secretary of the Winter Lumber Company, one of the leading business enterprises of Sheboygan, having its general offices located at 406-407 North Eighth street. His residence is located at No. 2022. South Eighth street. His birth occurred at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the 13th of October, 1849, his parents being Michael and Bertha Winter.
The father came from Stettin, Germany, to this country in 1842, settling first at Buffalo, New York, and during his residence in that city he was employed in the service of the Erie Canal Company. While engaged in his duties for that company he suffered a severe accident which resulted in the breaking of three of his ribs. This unfortunate incident incapacitated him for further service at the time and on severing his connection with the canal company he removed to Milwaukee. To him belongs the unique distinction of being the first shipper of lumber into Sheboygan. In the sawmill and lumber business which he established in Sheboygan on Maryland avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets, he was successfully engaged for many years until his death, which occurred in 1889 at the age of sixty-four years. He was buried on the family lot in Wildwood cemetery in Sheboygan.
His surviving widow still resides with her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Jung, on Jefferson avenue, in Sheboygan. William M. Winter was reared in his father's home and educated in the public schools of Sheboygan and at the age of fifteen years he began his early business career as an employee of his father in his lumber business and later in life succeeded to the management of that business. After operating most successfully the lumberyard for many years, this property was disposed of and at the time of the sale it was the largest lumberyard in the city of Sheboygan.
The Winter Lumber Company manufactures exclusively bank and office fixtures and is the only manufacturing establishment in Sheboygan making a specialty of this class of furniture. Of this company William M. Winter is both secretary and a director. The firm at present employs one hundred skilled men in the manufacture of its goods, the factory being located on the corner of Maryland avenue and Seventh street. In addition to his duties in connection with the Winter Lumber Company Mr. Winter has also built several residences in Sheboygan.
On the 18th of August, 1874, at Sheboygan, Mr. Winter was united in wedlock to Miss Minna Raab, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Raab. Her father was one of the pioneer ship owners and also the proprietor of the Raab dock of Sheboygan. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Winter five children have been born: Irwin, employed as the scaler for the Winter Lumber Company; Alfred 0., a stenographer employed by the International Salt Company; Franklin L., part owner of a sawmill in Arkansas; and Lydia and Hilda, both of whom are graduates of the Sheboygan high school.
Mr. Winter is affiliated with the republican party, being an enthusiastic and loyal supporter of that political organization and is also a member of the National Union. He has spent his entire business life in his adopted city and during all his busy years has been regarded as one of the enterprising, successful men of this part of Wisconsin. His business operations have brought him in contact with the most aggressive, influential people of this portion of the state and he is well known throughout the lumber manufacturing fraternity.
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