Charles Klewe

Charles Klewe is the senior partner of the firm of Klewe Brothers, wholesale liquor dealers located at 524 North Eighth street, Sheboygan, the firm having maintained its location at this number since 1897. Mr. Klewe came to Sheboygan in 1873. His birth occurred at Prenzlau, Germany, on the day of December, 1857, his parents being William and Minnie Klewe, both of whom passed away in Germany, their native country.

Charles Klewe received his early education in the fatherland and acquired a serviceable knowledge of English later in the night school at Sheboygan. After settling in that city he engaged in any work that came to hand at which he could earn an honest dollar. He was economical and in 1887 he found himself possessed with sufficient means to purchase the present concern and later, in 1897, associated with him in the business his brother August, who had emigrated from Germany to this country in 1888. The business has been successful from its establishment and has a wide reputation throughout northeastern Wisconsin being one of the oldest concerns of its kind in Sheboygan.

On the 6th of January, 1888, Mr. Klewe was married to Miss Pauline Washmueth, a daughter of William Washmueth, who was a pioneer agriculturist of this county. Unto them have been born four children: Arnold, who is employed as a bookkeeper by the C. Reiss Coal Company; Elsa, a graduate of the public schools of Sheboygan; Lucia, a pupil in the high school; and Arthur, in attendance at the public school.

In politics Mr. Klewe is independent, supporting men and measure in preference to party dictates. He is a devoted and consistent member of the German Lutheran church and also belongs to the Sons of Herman and the Workingmen's Society. Charles Klewe in his business career is a fair example of the success to be attained by a poor boy who by force of adverse circumstances is compelled to rely wholly upon himself in fighting the battles of life. It is not at all remarkable that Mr. Klewe has succeeded but it is greatly to his credit to have done so considering the circumstances under which he began his career. That he has raised himself from the ranks of a laborer to a man of independent means is evidence of his energy, capability and business acumen.


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