August Friedrichs owns and is successfully conducting a hardware store at No. 1526 Indiana avenue with which he has been identified during the entire period of his business career, the enterprise having been founded by his father. He was born in this city on the 3rd of November, 1876, and is the eldest child and only son of Henry and Augusta Friedrichs, the former of whom is a native of Rhenish Prussia. Henry Friedrichs came to Sheboygan with his father, Henry J. Friedrichs, in 1855, and they established a blacksmith shop which they operated for many years on Indiana avenue. There were but two or three buildings in this section of the city at that time, and the settlers still received frequent visits from the Indians.
In later years Mr. Friedrichs gave up his blacksmith shop and engaged in the hardware business in which he continued until his death, on the 10th of December, 1910. He had the distinction of conducting the first blacksmith shop on the south side of the city and he was also one of the pioneer business men of that section. For many years he was prominent in both commercial and public circles and was elected alderman from the fifth ward at various times, giving efficient service in this capacity for several terms. During his early years he voted the democratic ticket, but in later life he changed his views and transferred his allegiance to the republican party. He was first elected to the council as a democrat but later represented the same ward as a republican, his achievements as a public official receiving the endorsement of a large portion of the opposition. He possessed high standards of citizenship and fearlessly pursued the path he deemed right, regardless of expediency.
Besides our subject, Mr. and Mrs. Friedrichs were the parents of four daughters: Bertha, who married John Steimle, one of the owners of a fishing tug; Augusta, the wife of Otto Zwerg, who is a decorator, sign painter and window trimmer of this city; Ida, who married Fred Eckhardt, a member of the Hub Clothing Company, also of this city; and Clara, who passed away at the age of thirty-one years. The father was buried in Wildwood cemetery, the mother, however, continuing to make her home in this city.
Sheboygan has always been the home of August Friedrichs, who pursued his education in the public schools until he was a youth of eighteen. He then supplemented the knowledge therein acquired by a complete commercial course in a local college, thus qualifying himself for the practical duties of a business career. After leaving college he became associated in business with his father, whom he had been assisting when not engaged with his studies since 1892. It was his expectation to make this business his life vocation, and he energetically applied himself to mastering its every detail and in 1901 was taken into partnership by his father. Ever since the latter's death he has conducted the enterprise alone and is now sole proprietor, having bought the interest of the other heirs on the 11th of December, 1911.
Mr. Friedrichs resides at 1520 Indiana avenue. He gives his political support to the democratic party. He has an extensive acquaintance in the city, having passed his entire life here, and as he is a man of high principles, who conducts his business transactions in an upright and highly commendable manner, is accorded the esteem of all who have dealings with him.
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