Frederick Duchow, who for seven years was the proprietor of a saloon, located at No. 1536 Indiana avenue, Sheboygan, is now living retired. He was born in the province of Pommerania, Germany, on the 9th of May, 1853, and is a son of Chris and Christina Duchow, also natives of Germany, where the mother passed away in December, 1870. Together with his family the father emigrated to the United States in 1883, locating in Michigan, near Howard City. There he was employed in a sawmill until his death, which occurred a few months after his arrival in this country.
Our subject is the third in order of birth in a family of six, the others being as follows: Christina, the widow of Fred Ulreich, of Michigan, and the mother of five children; Chris, a cabinet maker of Sheboygan. who is married and has six children; Louisa, of Michigan, who married Ernest Karss, by whom she has had five children; Godfrey, of Sheboygan, who is married and has four children; and William, a carpenter of this city, who is married and has three children.
Frederick Duchow was reared in the land of his birth and educated in its parochial schools. At the age of twenty-six he was married and four years later with his wife and family he emigrated to the United States, taking passage on the same boat with his father and brothers and sisters. Upon his arrival in this country he located in Michigan and for two years thereafter was employed in a sawmill. At the expiration of that time he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, but he engaged in farming for only three years. In 1888 he came to Sheboygan, obtaining employment in the Phoenix Chair Factory and with this company he remained for seventeen years. During that time by reason of his thrift and careful management he accumulated sufficient capital to engage in business for himself. Therefore, in 1905, he resigned his position and opened a saloon and cafe at No. 1536 Indiana avenue. He there conducted a thoroughly first-class establishment in every sense of the word, and was accorded a good patronage by a desirable class of people. The place is now conducted by his son William.
Mr. Duchow was married in the fatherland to Miss Christina Janke, and to them have been born ten children, six of whom are living. Mary, who is the wife of Fred Beierdorf, a factory operative of this city, is the mother of one child. William, who is managing the business formerly conducted by his father is married and the father of two children. Frank, a factory operative of this city, is married and has one child. Rosa, Irvin and Henry are all at home.
The political support of Mr. Duchow is given to the republican party and he has always taken a keen interest in all municipal matters of a governmental nature, and is well informed and has definite ideas on all current political issues. In common with the majority of his countrymen he is identified with several fraternal and social organizations. Mr. Duchow is a genial man, his most pronounced characteristics being his generosity and loyalty to his friends of whom he has many.
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