Charles Liebetrau

Charles Liebetrau, the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and fifteen acres in Lyndon township, has remained a resident of Sheboygan county from his birth to the present time, his natal day being March 18, 1856. His parents, Conrad and Dorothy (Henry) Liebetrau, were both natives of Germany. The father, who emigrated to the United States after the close of the Civil war, came direct to Sheboygan county and purchased a farm of eighty acres in Greenbush township, which he operated for a number of years. Disposing of that property, he purchased the farm of one hundred and fifteen acres which is now in possession of our subject and remained thereon until his death, which occurred in 1886. It was in this county that he wedded Miss Dorothy Henry, who had come to the United States with her parents.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Liebetrau were born three children, as follows: Charles, of this review; Henrietta, who is married and resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Ricka, who is married and lives in Sheboygan county.

Charles Liebetrau obtained his education in the schools of this county and after putting aside his text-books assisted his father in the operation of the home farm, which he inherited at the time of the latter's death. He has since devoted his attention to its further cultivation and improvement and now owns a model farming property, on which is a handsome residence, substantial barn and all necessary outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock. He keeps twenty-one head of high grade Holstein cattle and is recognized as one of the substantial and progressive agriculturists of his community.

On June 18, 1883, Mr. Liebetrau was united in marriage to Miss Paulina Torke, a daughter of Gottfried Torke, who was a native of Germany. Our subject and his wife have five children, namely: Robert, who wedded Miss Ella Phiefer and resides in this county; Emma, who was born November 21, 1884, and is now the wife of John Moll, of Holland township; Alma, whose birth occurred August 31, 1886, and who gave her hand in marriage to Adolph Moll, of Holland township; Oscar, whose birth occurred October 20, 1889, and who is still at home; and Walter, who was born August 12, 1892, and is also yet under the parental roof.

Charles Liebetrau gives his political allegiance to the republican party and his religious faith is that of the Lutheran church. In his social relations he manifested those qualities which win warm regard and lasting friendship and is widely known in the county of his nativity.


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