Otto Wippermann, who owns and cultivates ninety-two acres of land located on section 8, Mosel township, was born on the farm where he now resides on the 27th of September, 1861. His father, William Wippermann, was born in 1820 in Germany, in which country he passed the first thirty years of his life. Belonging to a family in comfortable circumstances Mr. Wippermann was given the advantages of a good education and for a time was a student of Heidelberg and Goettingen, and also of Leipzig Universities, where he took a course in law. He subsequently held the office of assessor and also engaged in agricultural pursuits until the fall of 1851, when he emigrated to the United States with his brother. He came direct to Sheboygan county and soon after his arrival bought eighty acres of land in Mosel township, eight acres of which he later sold to the Evangelical church.
The further improvement and cultivation of his land largely engaged the attention of William Wippermann during the remainder of his active life. He was a very capable man and became one of the foremost citizens of his township, in the progress and development of which he was one of the dominant factors. He was at one time a member of the state legislature and for sixteen years he was chairman of the township committee. Several years after locating in the county he was married at Sheboygan to Miss Charlotte Barkhausen, a native of Germany, and a daughter of George Barkhausen, who came to America in 1852. Both parents are now deceased, the father having passed away on the 6th of March, 1899, and the mother on April 27, 1900. To them were born five children, our subject being the third in order of birth.
The others are as follows: George, a carpenter of Sheboygan, who is married and has two children; Emma, the wife of Frank Koellmer, a farmer of Mosel township; Mathilda, who married Ernst Joenig and resides in Centerville, Manitowoc county; and Sophia, who became the wife of William Stoltenberg, a farmer of Centerville, this state. The parents are members of the Evangelical church.
The entire life of Otto Wippermann has been passed amid the scenes with which he is now familiar. He was educated in the district schools and received his agricultural training under his father, whom he assisted until he was twenty-eight years of age when he took over the management of the home farm. He engages in general farming and also raises stock and is meeting with a fair measure of success in his undertakings.
In Mosel township on the 20th of December, 1889, Mr. Wippermann was married to Miss Amelia Fischer, a daughter of Leo and Mary (Fritsch) Fischer, natives of Germany, and farming people of this county. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Wippermann numbers eleven: Edwin and Arnold, graduates of the Plymouth high school, who are now teaching; Rosie, who is a high-school student; and Elsie, Hertha, Edna, Olga, Hubert, Milton, Gilbert and Harold.
The family are members of the Evangelical church, of which Mr. Wippermann is secretary and treasurer. He is a democrat in politics, and has been clerk of his township for twenty-four years, having assumed the duties of this office in 1888, and he was also a member of the school board for six or seven years. He is one of the enterprising, progressive men of the community and assisted in the organization of the Mosel & Centerville Telephone Company, of which he is secretary and treasurer. Mr. Wippermann has many relatives in the fatherland, among whom is a cousin in the maternal line who is a civil engineer in the employ of the German government.
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