William H. Limberg

A successful agriculturist of Plymouth township is William H. Limberg, who there owns eighty acres of highly cultivated land devoted to diversified farming and stock-raising. The greater part of his life has been passed in the immediate vicinity of his present home and he was born in Fond du Lac county, this state, his natal day being June 20, 1862. His father, Conrad Limberg, was born in Saxony, Germany, on the 21st of August, 1822, but in his early manhood he emigrated to the United States, settling in Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin. There he met and subsequently married Wilhelmina Fhlug, who was also a native of Saxony, her birth having occurred on March 9, 1832. She came to America in her early girlhood with her parents, who located on a farm in Fond du Lac county, where she married Mr. Limberg. They began their domestic life in that county but later bought a farm in the vicinity of Greenbush, and there passed the remainder of their lives.

The father passed a way in January, 1894, but the mothermsurvived him until December 3, 1900. Ten children were born to them, all of whom are living; our subject being the eldest. In order of birth the others are as follows: Philip, who resides in Greenbush; Katie and Mary, twins, the former the wife of 0. J. Bardon and the latter Mrs. H. Brockmann; John, who is living in Greenbush; Julia, the wife of P. M. Wolf, of Plymouth; Otto, who lives in Oshkosh, this state; Gusta, the wife of P. Schmidt, of this county; and Anna and Henry, twins, the former the wife of L. Peterson, of Iowa; and the latter a resident of Plymouth.

William H. Limberg, who was still in his infancy when his parents came to Sheboygan county, was reared to manhood on the home farm at Greenbush and educated in the district schools of that vicinity. He early began assisting his father with the work of the fields and care of the stock and after laying aside his schoolbooks he gave his entire attention to the operation of the home farm for a time, but later worked out by the month.

As he was the eldest of a large family many duties devolved upon him and his earnings were largely used to assist in maintaining his younger brothers and sisters until they were old enough to become self-supporting. After relieved of this responsibility he saved his money until he had accumulated sufficient to buy his present place when he engaged in farming on his own account.

Mr. Limberg labored tirelessly for many years bringing his land unto a high state of productivity and now reaps abundant harvests that amply repay him for his toil. During the period of his ownership he has wrought many and extensive improvements on his farm, including the erection of substantial barns and outbuildings and an attractive and comfortable residence, equipped with all modern appointments. He takes great pride in his place, which stands as a monument to years of industry and perseverance, proving that enterprise and persistence are greater factors in a successful career than favorable circumstances.

In connection with agricultural pursuits Mr. Limberg also engages in dairying and receives very satisfactory results from this undertaking. Mr. Limberg also builds and places on the market a patented silo and in all has erected over six hundred, putting up as many as two hundred and seventy-two during the last year and receiving gratifying financial results from the business. He has acquired a comfortable competence and beside his various interests owns a residence and lot in town which he rents.

On the 14th of March, 1894, Mr. Limberg was married to Lizzie Ossterhous, the eldest of the seven children of John and Jane Ossterhous. The others are as follows: Hannah, who married C. F. Bemis; Henry, who lives in Colorado; Alfred, principal of the high school at Grafton; Jennie, the wife of A. S. Parrish; Jacob, who lives in this county; and Ora, who is attending the university at Appleton.

Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Limberg: Leland John, whose birth occurred on the 4th of May, 1896; Wayne Conrad, who was born on the 9th of February, 1898; Beth Marion, born on February 28, 1901; and Florence Jane, whose natal day was the 16th of January, 1909.

Mr. Limberg is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union, and in politics he is a republican. He is a man of many commendable qualities and is accorded the esteem and good will of his friends and neighbors in Plymouth township, where his long period of residence has given him ample opportunity to manifest his worth.


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