Angelo R. Clas

Angelo R. Clas, a graduate of Harvard University in the class of 1908, occupies the position of secretary of the Falls Machine Company, one of the city's largest and most successful manufacturing establishments.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the 13th of February, 1887, his parents being Alfred C. and Louisa (Wick) Clas, the former a native of Sauk City, Wisconsin. Adam and Magdaline (Ernst) Clas, the paternal grandparents of our subject, were both natives of Germany. They emigrated to America in 1848 and settled in Sauk City, Wisconsin, where Adam Clas engaged in the contracting and building business, securing the contracts and erecting many of the bridges and sawmills throughout that portion of Wisconsin. He is now retired from business and has his home at Sauk City. His wife died in 1909.

Alfred C. Clas, the father of Angelo R. Clas, was born and reared in Sauk City, where he remained until seventeen years of age, receiving his early education in the common schools. On the completion of his common-school course he took up the study of architecture in Milwaukee and after completing the required course he obtained the position of chief designer in the architectural office of George Douglas. In this position he remained for a term of six years, at the expiration of which time he resigned his position and moved to California, where he was engaged in his professional line as architect for two years. He then returned to Milwaukee and formed a copartnership with Mr. Ferry under the firm name of Ferry and Clas. This firm continued in business for a period of twenty-five years.

Mr. Clas was united in marriage to Louisa Wick, daughter of Captain John Wick, who was a captain on the Great Lakes. Four children were born to this union, two of whom are now living: Angelo R., of this review; and Rubens, who is a student at Wisconsin University.

Angelo R. Clas received his early education in Milwaukee and later became a student of Harvard University, from which institution he was graduated in 1908. At the completion of his university course he returned to Milwaukee, where he was engaged as an architect in his father's business for a period of two years. He then removed to Sheboygan, where he now resides. He is interested in the Sheboygan Falls Machine Company, of which concern he is the secretary, Gustave Huette being its president and Mark Hoeper acting in the capacity of treasurer. This institution is one of the important manufacturing companies of Sheboygan Falls. Its business is the manufacture of wood-working machinery, automobile and marine motors and gas stationary engines for power plants. They carry on their annual pay roll a list of two hundred and fifty employees. The company was incorporated in January, 1903.

On the 12th of October, 1910, Mr. Clas was united in marriage to Miss Norma Huette, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Huette and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Karste, who now live in Sheboygan. Mr. Clas belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Masonic fraternity and is also a member of the Country Club of 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