Oscar Loebel is one of the successful and highly respected citizens of Sheboygan where he is the proprietor of Loebel's Hotel which is one of the best known and up-to-date hostelries of this portion of the state. He was born December 27, 1864, in Leipsic, Germany, where he received his education, being a pupil in the public schools from 1871 to 1879, taking subsequently special private instruction in literary branches.
After completing his education he was apprenticed as a type setter and continued in that occupation from 1879 to 1883. During the time intervening between the spring and the fall of 1884 he was, as then was the custom in Germany, on the "Wanderschaft" as journeyman printer, and traveled on foot through almost every part of the fatherland. In 1889 he came to the United States and located first at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he obtained a position as a printer and was so employed on various newspapers.
During his spare time, however, he was a voluminous writer and his fertile pen produced a number of articles, creating more or less public interest, for newspapers and magazines, and he also is the author of a number of poems written for the German publication of Puck. In 1894, after the appearance of the newly invented type-setting machines known as linotypes, which forced thousands of printers out of employment, he found it necessary to look for a different occupation and he was fortunate in obtaining a position as a traveling agent of a publishing house in Milwaukee. His duties in that capacity, eventually brought him to Sheboygan in the spring of 1895, at the time when the "Sheboygan Volksblatt," a weekly German labor organ, was being published by the Central Labor Union. The editor of that periodical offered Mr. Loebel the position as assistant editor, which he at once accepted. In February, 1897, after a number of changes in the management of the paper had been made, he became the managing editor and continued in that position until May, 1901.
In March, 1901, he purchased one of the old established saloons located on Eighth street in Sheboygan and continued in this business until May 1, 1905. On the 9th of May, 1905, he purchased what was known as the "Milwaukee House," located on the corner of Pennsylvania avenue and North Water street. After taking possession of the property he began at once to improve the place by enlarging and remodeling the building and at the same time equipped it with modern improvements. Since 1908 he has changed the name of "Milwaukee House" to that of "Loebel's Hotel," under which name it is now known as one of the most popular and up-to-date establishments of its kind in Sheboygan. To the management of this property Mr. Loebel since having made the purchase of it in 1905, has given his entire attention.
Mr. Loebel was united in marriage April 11, 1887, to Miss Marie Louise Vicum, who was born in Leipsic, Germany, and to them eight children have been born, five of whom are living, namely: Gertrude, Elsie, Victor, Eugene and Oscar, Jr. Mr. Loebel is a member of the Sheboygan Business Men's Association, and of the Wisconsin Hotel Association, and also of several fraternal organizations in Sheboygan.
Mr. Loebel is one of the well known and influential citizens of Wisconsin. As an editor and writer he has done much for the improvement and advancement of the educational condition of the people in his state and throughout the northwestern county. As a business man he is highly respected for his integrity of character and is always to be counted upon to give his assistance to the promotion of any public measure intended to improve the condition of the people in his county and state.
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