Among the business enterprises which feature in the commercial activity of Sheboygan is the shoe store owned and conducted by Gottlieb Kleefisch, who as a merchant has carried on business here for almost three decades, establishing his store in 1883. Throughout the intervening period he has not only carried a large line of goods but has enjoyed an enviable reputation by reason of the reliability of his business methods. He was born in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, January 6, 1858, and is an adopted son of Peter and Anna Catherine Kleefisch, who on coming to the new world settled in this county, taking up their abode upon a farm near Plymouth where the remainder of their days were passed.
Gottlieb Kleefisch, reared under the parental roof and educated in the public schools of the county, learned the trade of shoemaking in early life. He came to Sheboygan in 1873 and worked at his trade for a decade, during which period he acquired a sufficient capital to enable him to purchase a stock of shoes and open a store. Since that time he has been numbered among the shoe merchants of Sheboygan and his business has constantly grown and developed along broadening lines. He now has an extensive patronage and he does everything in his power to please his patrons, knowing that satisfied customers are the best advertisements.
In the year in which he opened his store Mr. Kleefisch was married to Miss Anna Biskobink, a daughter of Joseph and Anna Biskobink. They became the parents of five children: Clara, who is living at Chippewa Falls; Helen, a resident of Oconto, Wisconsin; Katie, the wife of John Schoemer; and Charles and Joseph, both at home. The wife and mother passed away in November, 1896, and in 1898 Mr. Kleefisch was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Anna Zimbal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Raih, who had two daughters by her first husband, Anna and Lucy.
In his political views Mr. Kleefisch is a democrat and has served as alderman of his city from the fourth ward for eight years. He is a stanch and active worker in his party and in public office he put forth earnest and effective effort to advance the interests of the city along lines leading to permanent improvement and progress. His religious faith is that of the Catholic church.
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