The path of opportunity is open to all and although difficulties and obstacles may at times bar the progress of the individual it is a well known fact that persistency of purpose and honorable effort will ultimately overcome these. The truth of this statement E. A. Zundel seemed to recognize at the outset of his career, and placing his dependence upon the safe, subsantial qualities of industry and energy, he has steadily progressed from a humble position in connection with the Crocker Chair Company of Sheboygan until he today has active voice in its management and control as its secretary. He was born in Garnerville, New York, March 18, 1868, a son of Charles H. and Emily (Wittich) Zundel. Charles Zundel was born near Stuttgart, Germany, and came to America about 1850 locating first in Rockland county, New York. He was a florist by trade and followed this occupation in Haverstraw, New York. In 1909 he removed to Sheboygan, where he now resides. There were four children in the family of whom our subject was the oldest.
When still in his minority, E. A. Zundel came to Sheboygan where he arrived in 1889. Two years later he became connected with the Crocker Chair Company with which he has been identified for twenty-two years. His initial position was that of bill clerk, but gradually he secured promotion, passing through various positions in the factory and in the sales department until he eventually became president of the company and owns control of the stock. This is one of the most important productive industries of the city. The business is capitalized for a large figure and the trade of the house has constantly increased until its output is now sent to various sections of the country. Branch houses have also been established in different cities although all manufacturing is done in Sheboygan. The work has been most carefully systematized so that maximum results are obtained at a minimum expenditure of time and labor-which is the secret of all success.
Mr. Zundel was married, in 1893, to Miss Marion Crocker, a daughter of W. D. Crocker, who is president of the Crocker Chair Company, and a complete sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume, and they have one child, Elouise. Mr. and Mrs. Zundel are well known socially and have an extensive circle of warm friends in Sheboygan.
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