Mattis Flaig, who is now living retired in Sheboygan, was for many years actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Wilson township. He was born in Germany on the 30th of March, 1844, and is a son of Mattis and Mary (Strom) Flaig. The family emigrated to the United States in 1852, and after spending about four months in New York city came to Sheboygan. During the first four years of his residence here the father engaged in fishing, but at the end of that time he bought thirty acres of land on section 8, Wilson township, and turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He passed away on the old homestead, where his grandson George is now living, at the age of seventy years. The mother, who died in March, 1869, was only about fifty-two at the time of her death. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Flaig is as follows: George, who died in 1908; Christine, who is married and lives in Sheboygan; Mattis, our subject; John, who passed away October 4, 1911; and Agnes, the deceased wife of Fred Aucksburg.
Mattis Flaig was given the advantages of but a meager schooling. He began his education in his native land, where he passed the first eight years of his life, and completed it in Sheboygan county. After laying aside his textbooks, he assisted his father with the cultivation of the farm most of the time until he was about twenty-four years of age, when he bought the home place. He diligently applied himself to its further improvement and cultivation until about fifteen years ago, when he withdrew from the work of the fields and renting the farm to his son George has ever since lived retired.
In Wilson township, in October, 1868, Mr. Flaig was married to Miss Ernestine Schmidt, who had emigrated to the United States but a short time previously, and to them were born six children: George, who is on the home farm; Anna, the wife of Charles Brant, a member of the city fire department of Sheboygan; William, who is a barber in Sheboygan; Ida, who married John Schmidt, of Sheboygan; Alma, the wife of Louis Holverson, a salesman in the Jung department store; and Otto, who is a barber in Sheboygan. The wife and mother passed away in Sheboygan in 1910, and on January 30, 1912, Mr. Flaig was married to Mrs. Augusta Flaig, the widow of his brother, John Flaig, the event occurring in Sheboygan. The political views of Mr. Flaig accord with the principles of the democratic party, but he has never sought official honors, although he takes an active interest in all local affairs.
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