Herbert Chesebro, president of the Hand Knit Hosiery Company, at Fourteenth and Huron streets, Sheboygan, came to this city in 1892 and has since been connected with its business, social and fraternal interests. He was born in Leonardsville, New York, September 1, 1863, a son of Paul and Jane Chesebro, both natives of New York, where the father conducted a carriage-making and blacksmithing business. His ancestors came to America from Boston, England, in the ship Arabella, in 1630, landing at Boston, Massachusetts. One of the name was founder of Stonington, Connecticut, and representatives of the family have served in the Revolution, War of 1812, and the Civil War.
Herbert Chesebro was educated in the public schools of the Empire state, after leaving which he entered the mercantile business which he followed in the state of New York until the year 1892 when he removed to Sheboygan. Soon after coming here he became connected with the Sheboygan Knitting Company, remaining with that concern until it went out of business, in 1904. He then established the present knitting plant, a factory employing about seventy-five people. He has successfully managed the business which has steadily increased its output until it is now one of the best known concern of the kind in the entire community.
Mr, Chesebro was married, in 1896, to Miss Jennie Riimmele, a daughter of Edward H. Riimmele, a native of Italy and chief engineer for the Lake Shore Railroad Company. In performing a deed of heroism - rescuing a child from death under a train - Mr. Riimmele lost his life.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Chesbro has been born one child, Robert E., who is attending school in Sheboygan. In his political faith Mr. Chesbro is an adherent of the republican party, being a stanch believer in the principles which it champions. In his fraternal relations he is a member of Sheboygan Lodge, No. 11, F. and A. M., Harmony Chapter, No. 10, and Knights of Pythias Lodge, No. 81. In the manufacturing circles of the city he is prominent and greatly respected. In the management of his large business he shows splendid executive ability and also has a comprehensive grasp of details to an extent possessed by comparatively few business men. As a reward of his wise and careful management the works of which he is the president are constantly expanding and the quality of the output is always maintained at a high standard. There are few business men or manufacturers in this city who are more popular or who according to general opinion are more able in their business management than Mr. Chesebro.
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