Mr. Janke is one of the successful and highly respected farmers of Sherman township, Sheboygan county. He was born May 4, 1857, and is the son of Michael and Christina (Rode) Janke, both natives of Germany. The father was born in Posen, Prussia, February 2, 1810, and the mother's birth occurred in 1818. Michael Janke emigrated to America in 1850, at the age of forty years, and settled in Washington county, where he was engaged in farming until 1869. He then purchased a farm of eighty acres in Sheboygan county, upon which he continued to live until the time of his death, which occurred December 24, 1896.
He was united in marriage to Miss Christina Rode and they became the parents of eleven children, six of whom were born in Germany and five in America. The five surviving members of their family are: Louie, a resident of Waukesha, Wisconsin; Mrs. Caroline Sieder, of Sherman township; Emily, the wife of Gottlieb Knohr, of Sherman township; Minnie; and Emil, of this review. The mother of these children passed away on the 17th of May, 1890.
Emil Janke was reared in his parents' home and educated in the public schools. He remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-two years of age and during that time was engaged in work on his father's farm. He later started in life for himself and worked at the carpenter's trade for some time and for seven winters was engaged as a lumberman in the pine woods of Wisconsin. In 1887 he purchased his father's farm of eighty acres in Sherman township, upon which he has since continued to live. His is one of the most highly improved farms in this section of Sheboygan county. The buildings and improvements upon his place are of modern construction, the barns and stables are commodious and all well suited to the purposes of a dairy, of which his is one of the most complete of its kind in Sheboygan county. At present his dairy stock consists of fifteen high grade cows. In addition to his dairy business and his general farming he also breeds and deals in blooded draft horses.
Mr. Janke was united in marriage in 1887 to Miss Emily Stolper, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Stolper, of whom a more extended review appears in another part of this work. To Mr. and Mrs. Janke three children have been born: Ethelda, born in 1889, who is now the wife of Charles Strack, of Scott township, Sheboygan county; Anna, who died in infancy; and Melitta, who was born in 1898 and resides at home.
Mr. Janke's political allegiance is given to the republican party, and he is a member of Batavia Lutheran church. Energetic in his work, conscientious in all matters of business, Mr. Janke is a progressive and valued resident of the county in which he has chosen to make his home.
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