Charles Hasselhofer, who engages in dairying in Wilson township, where he owns a well improved farm of one hundred and ten acres, was born in Germany in 1850. He is the only child of the late Joseph and Hannah (Rommer) Hasselhofer, who were born, reared and married in Germany, whence they emigrated to the United States in 1858. They came direct to Sheboygan county, locating in Wilson township, where the father worked out by the month during the first five years of his residence in America. At the expiration of that time he purchased twenty-five acres of unimproved land, and after erecting thereon the necessary buildings engaged in farming on his own account. He prospered in his undertakings and later was able to extend the boundaries of his place until it contained eighty acres of land, all of which he brought into a high state of productivity. He continued to reside there until his death on the 29th of February, 1912, at the venerable age of eighty-four years.
Charles Hasselhofer, who was a child of eight years when he accompanied his parents to the United States, completed the education begun in his native land in the district schools of Wilson township. He assisted his father with the work of the farm from his earliest boyhood and after leaving school he gave his undivided attention to agricultural pursuits. About forty years ago he bought seventy acres of land which formed the nucleus of his present farm. He subsequently purchased another twenty acres and about ten years ago he took over his father's farm, making his entire holdings aggregate one hundred and eighty acres. After engaging in the cultivation of this for about three years he sold seventy acres of it to his son, Joseph, and now in connection with the cultivation of his fields he is engaging in stock-raising and makes a specialty of dairying, the majority of the cows he is milking being Holsteins.
In Sheboygan on the 20th of November, 1883, Mr. Hasselhofer was united in marriage to Miss Rosa Myerhofer, who was born in Germany, whence she emigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Hasselhof er are the parents of six children, as follows: Joseph, who is a farmer in Wilson township; Anna, the wife of Oswald Zimbal, also of Wilson township; Mary, who married Peter Ries, of Sheboygan ; Rosa, the wife of Matt Sprengers, of St. Cloud, Minnesota; and Charles and Henry, who are still at home with their parents.
The family are communicants of the Roman Catholic church, and his political support Mr. Hasselhofer gives to the democratic party. He has always led a life of diligence and earnest purpose and conducts his transactions in a highly honorable and upright manner. As a result he is esteemed in his community and is numbered among the substantial agriculturists.
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