Adam Lorenz is one of the successful dairy farmers of Lima township, in which he owns a farm of one hundred and ninety acres and is making a specialty of raising pure bred Holstein cattle. He was born in Scott township, Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, May 15, 1861, a son of Henry and Katherine (Kircher) Lorenz. The former was a native of Saxony, Germany, and the latter of Alsace. The father's birth occurred July 19, 1828, and in 1849 he emigrated to America, settling near West Bend in Washington county, Wisconsin, where he worked as a farm hand near Milwaukee for two years. He then came to Scott township, Sheboygan county, where he purchased eighty acres of land on which he established his home and was engaged in the cultivation of his land until 1863. In that year he sold his property in Scott township and moved to Lima township and there purchased seventy-five acres located on section 16, on which he continued to reside until 1896, when he sold out to his youngest son, who now lives on the place. After selling his farm he removed to Sheboygan Falls, where he purchased property on which he built a comfortable residence and there continued to live until his death, which occurred October 28, 1896, at the age of sixty-eight years.
Henry Lorenz was united in marriage in St. Michael's church, Washington county, Wisconsin, to Miss Katherine Kircher, who was a native of Alsace, Germany, and emigrated to America with her parents, who located near West Bend in Washington county at an early day. She died on May 1, 1912, at the home of our subject, with whom she had lived for the seven years preceding her death, which occurred at the age of eighty-nine years. She was born September 11, 1822. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lorenz were the parents of four children, as follows: Nicholas, who is a resident of Sheboygan Falls; Adam, of this review; Jacob, who still resides on the homestead place; and Katherine, who passed away in 1904. The father of this family was a stanch democrat and was often importuned to accept office of public trust in his township but always declined. He was one of the principal factors in the organization of the Wilson Fire Insurance Company and, though a public-spirited man, preferred to give his entire time to the interests of his home and family rather than assume the responsibilities and cares of public life.
Adam Lorenz was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in school district No. 3 at Five Corners, Lima township. He remained under the parental roof and was engaged in work on his father's farm until he was twenty-three years of age. At that time he purchased a farm of sixty acres located on section 21 in Lima township, where he was engaged in general farming until 1899. He later sold that property and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 17, where he has since continued to live. Some time after making the purchase of his present farm he bought thirty additional acres, giving him in all one hundred and ninety acres of land, all of which is highly improved. He makes a specialty of breeding Holstein cattle, of which he has at present a herd of sixty-five head, one-half being pure-bred stock. It is his purpose during the current year to dispose of all his graded cattle and thereafter confine his operations to breeding and raising, for his own use and sale in the open market, only full blooded Holstein stock. He was the first man in Sheboygan county to purchase a Patterson motor car and his experience with that machine was so satisfactory that he secured the agency for the sale of the Patterson motor car in Sheboygan county and in that business he has met with encouraging success.
Mr. Lorenz was united in marriage, in Holy Name church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, by Father Heider, on February 5, 1885, to Miss Helena Ries, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ries, of whom more extended mention is made in another part of this work. To Mr. and Mrs. Adam Lorenz ten children have been born, namely: Jennie, who is the wife of August Nytes, of Kaukauna, Wisconsin; Henry, at home; Margaret, a graduate of the Waldo high school, who now fo1lows the profession of school teaching; Frank and Matilda, who are also still under the parental roof; Lena, who is a graduate of the Waldo high school and is now engaged in teaching in Lima township; Peter and Myrtle, both at home; Andrew, who died in infancy; and Theodore C., who is also at home.
Mr. Lorenz is independent in the exercise of his citizen's franchise and has served as a member of the town board of supervisors and also as a member of the school board, and is at present one of the directors in the Wilson Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He and his family are members of St. Rose Catholic church of Lima. Mr. Lorenz is one of the well known citizens of the county in which he lives and is a man respected by all his friends and associates for his uniform integrity in all business transactions and is in every way one of the valuable and influential citizens of his part of the 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