One cannot carry his investigations far into the history of business enterprise and activity in Sheboygan without learning that the Aldag family has been closely connected with commercial interests here for a long period, and the excellent record which Ernst Aldag has made as a hardware merchant contributes to the unassailable reputation that has ever been attached to the family name. He was born in this city March 10, 1878, and bears the name of his father, Ernst Aldag, Sr., who is still a valued and honored resident of Sheboygan. He is indebted to the public-school system for the educational advantages which he enjoyed and when he left school he took up blacksmithing, which he followed for six months. He then began learning the tinner's trade, at which he worked for twenty-one years. On the expiration of that period he embarked in business on his own account, forming a partnership with his brother-in-law, which continues to the present time. They carry a large line of shelf and heavy hardware and their business activities at all times conform to a high standard of commerical ethics. Their plumbing department is also an important source of revenue, for they are accorded a liberal patronage in that connection.
On the 1st of February, 1879, occurred the birth of Augusta Falion, who became the wife of Ernst Aldag. She is a native of Germany, and a daughter of Carl Falion, who is now living in Sheboygan. He came with his family to the new world in 1880, settling first at Cleveland, whence he came to this city, where he and 'his wife still make their home. Mr. and Mrs. Aldag have become the parents of two interesting little sons: Marion, eight years of age; and Carl, aged six. Mr. Aldag belongs to the United Aid Society, to the Sheboygan Union and to the Unterstuetzungs Verein. He was reared in the Lutheran church and has always attended its services. He is widely known in Sheboygan and the sterling traits of his character have given him firm hold upon the high regard of his fellow townsmen.
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