Alvin R. Dressler

Alvin R. Dressler is one of the leading confectioners of Sheboygan, a business which he engaged in after seventeen years spent as a molder in the Vollrath Machine Company's plant, where he was a most efficient worker. He was born in Saxony, Germany, September 26, 1866, a son of Gottlieb Dressler. The father came with his family to America in 1867, settling in Sheboygan City, where he followed tailoring all of his life. His method of operation was to serve his customers at their own homes, and he did both ladies' and gentlemen's tailoring, including mending. He was later employed in lime kiln work. He passed away in Sheboygan, where he had made his home since coming to America, in 1902, at the age of sixty-six years. His wife, who in her maidenhood was a Miss Julia Kraemer, died in 1900 at the age of fifty-five years. In their family were eight children, but one, a son, was accidentally killed when but six years of age. The others are as follows: Alvin R., of this review; Bert, engaged in the saloon business in Sheboygan; Ida, deceased; Emma, the wife of William Otis, of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; William, a molder of Bradley, Illinois; Minnie, who married Oscar Meinhart, of Clark county, Wisconsin; and Clara, the wife of Frank McFerren, of Hammond, Indiana.

Alvin R. Dressler was given a good common-school education in Sheboygan and after laying aside his text-books he worked in a chair factory and later learned the trade of a molder, being employed by the Vollroth Machine Company, a concern with which he remained for ten years. He was also employed as molder in other shops outside the city. In 1892 he removed to Bradly, Illinois, and engaged in the furniture business, and also in the foundry business, returning to Sheboygan in 1898, where he worked in a foundry for a while. In 1900, tiring of the business which he had followed so long, and becoming convinced that a better business opportunity confronted him, he opened a general confectionery business, in the conduct of which he pas been very successful so that he is now the proprietor of one of the leading establishments of this kind in the city.

Mr. Dressler chose as his life's companion and helpmate Miss Ida Byer, a daughter of William and Emma (Heath) Byer, both of whom are yet living, the former having served for thirty years as a watchman. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Dressler have been born three children, Muriel, Arline and Kenneth, aged respectively nine, four and three years.

Mr. Dressler is a member of the Eagles, an honorary member of the Sick and Death Society of the Molders Union and an active member of the Vollrath Aid Society. He was reared in the faith of the Lutheran church while his wife was reared a Baptist. Both are now members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. He is numbered among the successful and greatly esteemed business men of Sheboygan who by their lives of industry and economy are building up comfortable fortunes and preparing for the necessities of old age. He has the happy faculty of making a friend of every man whom he meets and is popular, having a very large number of friends. He gives careful attention to every detail of business, is prompt in the filling of orders and sees to it personally that every customer is given the attention he demands, thus insuring a constantly increasing trade. Genial in his disposition, optimistic by nature and affable and congenial toward aJl with whom he comes in contact, Mr. Dressler has formed the acquaintance of practically all of the citizens of Sheboygan among whom he and his family are held in high esteem.


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