Arthur Horneck has for a number of years been closely connected with the commercial interests of the village of Elkhart Lake. He was born December 6, 1874, in the town of Rhine, Sheboygan county. His father, Phillip Horneck, was a native of Germany, born February 16, 1830. He came to Wisconsin May 16, 1848, when a youth of eighteen years, and was first employed at farm labor in Germantown at fifty dollars per year. On the 1st of January, 1854, he married Cathrina Hartman. About four years before or in 1850 he had come to Sheboygan county and secured a homestead of forty acres in the town of Rhine, after which he became identified with agricultural interests, spending his remaining days upon the old home farm, which he converted into a well improved and valuable property. He was prominent in politics but never held office outside of his township. He acted as chairman of the town board and was town treasurer for several terms and was interested in all that was of vital worth in the upbuilding of the section in which he lived. He was active in the Odd Fellows society for many years and spent his last days quietly upon the homestead, where he passed away May 11, 1907, at the age of seventy-seven. He is still survived by his wife. Their family numbered twelve children, seven sons and five daughters.
Arthur Horneck attended the district schools and was reared to farm life until he reached the age of twelve years, when he left home and started to work in a cheese factory, being thus employed for two years, one-half of which time was spent in the employ of his brother. He also worked at the blacksmith's trade for a year and a half, at the end of which time he went to Milwaukee, where he was employed at different occupations for four years. Subsequently he took up his abode in Sheboygan and worked in the malt house connected with the Schreier Brewery for several years. On the expiration of that period he turned his attention to general merchandising in connection with his brother, Robert. They purchased the store of Charles Griem and conducted it in connection with a saloon until August, 1910, when they sold the store to J. Vick & Son and are now attending their saloon business.
On the 29th of January, 1903, Mr. Horneck was married to Miss Bertha Dexheimer, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Dexheimer, of the town of Rhine. Four children have been born unto Mr. and Mrs. Horneck, namely: Elmer, born April 29, 1904; Malcom, born August 1, 1905; Dorothea, June 6, 1907; and Margaret, April 29, 1911.
In his political views Mr. Horneck is liberal, supporting such men and measures as he deems worthy of support, irrespective of party lines. He stands high in the community, is popular with his fellow townsmen and has many admirable traits of character, which have won him warm friendships.
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