Joseph Ziesel has for many years past been identified with agricultural pursuits and mercantile interests, constantly improving his financial condition as the years have passed. He was born July 15, 1855, and is a son of August and Augusta (Steimle) Ziesel, both being natives of Germany and at an early day emigrating to this country, settling first at Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
Mr. Ziesel later removed with his family to Sheboygan Falls township, where he located upon a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits. To Mr. and Mrs. Ziesel seven children were born, three of whom are still living: Catherine, the wife of John Schwartz, who is engaged in farming in Greenwood, Clark county, this state; Joseph, the subject of this review; and Margaret, the wife of Roger Williams, residing in California.
Joseph Ziesel was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the district schools. He was employed on his father's farm during the early years of his life. At the age of thirty-two years he purchased a store in Franklin and was there engaged in the general mercantile business for a period of two years, after which he sold that property and purchased a store in St. Kilian, Fond du Lac county, where he engaged in the general mercantile business and continued to give his entire attention to his establishment for the succeeding nine years, during which time he twice suffered loss by fire of his entire stock and buildings. Having met with such disastrous misfortunes, he removed his residence and business to Plymouth, where he rented suitable quarters in which he opened a general mercantile business, and there continued for a period of three years. He eventually sold his stock of goods at Plymouth and purchased a store property at Elkhart Lake, where he again engaged in the general mercantile business, remaining in that location for four years. At the end of that time he exchanged his property at Elkhart Lake for a farm in Sheboygan county and the six years following he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. This land together with its farm equipment he traded for a saloon at No. 1730 South Eighth street and at that place he has been giving his attention to his business for the past three years.
Mr. Ziesel is a genial and social man and well known throughout the county and in his last and new venture in business he has met with gratifying success. Mr. Ziesel was united in wedlock on the 8th of June, 1880, to Miss Josephine Biskobing. Mrs. Ziesel is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Biskobing. Her parents were both natives of Germany, who emigrated to America many years ago and were married in the city of Detroit, Michigan. To Mr. and Mrs. Ziesel eleven children have been born, nine of whom are still living: Josephine, Meta, Lena, Theresa, August, Francis, Joseph, Alfred and Esther, all of whom have been well educated.
Having been engaged in business in various parts of the county of Sheboygan, Mr. Ziesel has come in contact with a great number of people of this county and is one of the well known men throughout this portion of the state. His long years of experience as a prosperous merchant brought him in contact with all classes of people in the various communities in which he was engaged in the conduct of his business. He is an up-to-date and prosperous man, giving careful attention to his affairs and devoting himself to the best interests of his family.
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