Frank Gieseke

Frank Gieseke, foreman in the cigar factory of F. Giesman, is one of Sheboygan's native sons, his birth having occurred in this city on the 18th of June, 1887, and he is a son of William and Louisa (Doerfer) Gieseke. The father, who was left an orphan in early childhood, was a native of Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States, locating in Sheboygan. Here he met and married Miss Doerfer, who was also a native of Germany, her birth having occurred in the city of Berlin. William Gieseke, who always worked as a laborer, passed away on October 18, 1900, at the age of sixty-four years, but the mother survived until March 12, 1912, passing away at the age of sixty. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gieseke, our subject being the youngest. The others are as follows: Lena, who married John Luther, of this city; Tina, the wife of Albert Helm, also of Sheboygan; Louisa, who became the wife of William Sherman, of Chicago; Charles, who is a contractor of Sheboygan; William, who makes his home in Chicago; and Louis, who is living in Sheboygan.

The entire life of Frank Gieseke has been passed in this city, his education having been obtained in the public schools. After mastering the common branches he laid aside his text-books and became an apprentice in a cigar factory. He has ever since followed this trade and is now foreman in the factory of F. Giesman.

For his wife Mr. Gieseke chose Miss Alma Eberle, who was born in Manitowoc in 1886, and is a daughter of John and Mary Eberle, the father being a cigar maker of Manitowoc. Mr. and Mrs. Gieseke are members of the German Lutheran church and fraternally he belongs to the Eagles and National Fraternal League. He is also affiliated with the Turnverein and in 1910 was elected warden of this society. He has served as an election clerk in his ward.


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