Sheboygan County History

Some of the following pages are quite extensive in information; others, not so much, but all of it is quite interesting, even if you have only a passing interest in history. It's truly interesting to read of how different life was and the struggles those who came before endured - all for the sake of settling this land we now take for granted.

View of Sheboygan in 1858

History of Sheboygan County



"The complete history of Sheboygan County has not yet been written and the one who may have the temerity to to undertake the task will find that his work has been cut out for him. Many obstacles are in the way of accomplishing what may be desired in this relation, foremost of which is the almost total absence of the early settlers and the great and irreparable loss of the county records, which were destroyed by fire in 1861."

"An attempt has been made, however, to preserve for future generations and the next local historian, the salient facts now at hand and in so doing recourse has been had to the labors of others who have written of Sheboygan county as a wilderness and related incidents of its brave and hardy pioneer men and women. Atlases and the History of Northern Wisconsin, have been drawn upon. Articles written by Horace Rublee, J.H. Denison, Colonel J. A. Watrous, L. K. Howe and others appear in this work. Mr. Howe treated of the newspapers of Sheboygan County, while the others covered the broad field of fifty years of the county's existence. To all who have in any way assisted in making this volume possible, the thanks of the compiler is most heartily tendered."

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