William J. Gallager, one of the successful dairymen of Lima township, owns and operates the farm where he was born on the 14th of February, 1864. He is a son of William and Mary Gallager, well known pioneer residents of this township. The father was a Canadian, his birth having occurred in the vicinity of Ogdensburg. Mr. and Mrs. Gallager were the parents of five children, our subject being the youngest. The other members of the family are as follows: Essa, who married Charles Kroeger and made her home in Sheboygan Falls, where she passed away; Albert F., a detective residing at Cando, North Dakota, where he was severely wounded by shots while tracking wheat thieves; Mary, the wife of Delbert Craig, of Lima township, who is mentioned at greater length elsewhere in this work; and Nancy, who married Edward Curtis, proprietor of the Plymouth Brewing Company.
In the acquirement of his education William J. Gallager attended the district schools of Lima township and the high school at Sheboygan Falls. He remained at home and assisted his father with the work of the fields and care of the crops until he was twenty-three years of age, when he began farming for himself. For five years thereafter he cultivated leased land in Lima township, but at the expiration of that time he removed to a place near Cascade in Lyndon township, where he continued to farm as a renter for two years.
In 1897, he bought the old homestead, comprised of one hundred and twenty acres located on section 8, and has ever since devoted his energies to its further cultivation and improvement. His fields are in a high state of productivity and are planted to such cereals as are best adapted to the feeding of stock, as his specialty is dairying. He keeps only Holstein cattle of a high grade, his herd now consisting of twenty-five head.
At Winooski, Wisconsin, on the 12th of April, 1887, Mr. Gallager was married to Miss Henrietta Hobbs, a native of that place, and to them have been born two children: Velma, who is living at home; and William H., who died at the age of eleven years.
The political views of Mr. Gallager coincide with the principles of the republican party, but at local elections he often casts an independent ballot, giving his support to such men and measures as he deems best qualified to serve the highest interests of the community. He is both enterprising and progressive in his business methods, and is meeting with well merited success in the development of his interests.
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