Fred Matthias is engaged with his father, Herman Matthias, in the operation of a very large and highly developed farm located near the city of Sheboygan. He was born in Sheboygan county, May 3, 1884, and is a son of Herman and Augusta (Fesing) Matthias, both of whom are natives of Germany, the former having been born in Dessau, Anhalt. The father emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was but a young child in the year 1853. The family settled in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where his father followed the trade of a carpenter for forty years, after which he purchased a farm near Sheboygan and after being engaged for some years in agricultural pursuits his son Herman came in possession of the property and continued in the business of farming.
Herman Matthias in the year 1864 left the parental roof and removed to Madison, Wisconsin, where he continued to live for several years. In 1870 he purchased a team of horses and drove to northern Wisconsin, where he engaged in the business of teaming in the lumber woods in the winter and fanning in the summer. He was thus occupied continuously for five years, after which he returned to Sheboygan and permanently settled on the old homestead, which is located one and one-half miles west of Sheboygan city.
Mr. Matthias was united in marriage November 18, 1875, to Miss Augusta Fesing, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fesing, both of whom were natives of Germany and who emigrated to this country at a very early day, settling in Sheboygan township upon a farm, where they spent the remaining years of their life. The mother of Mrs. Matthias passed from this life in 1872 and her father in 1885. Both her parents are buried in Wildwood cemetery.
Fred Matthias is one of eight children, seven of whom are still living: Louisa, who married Jacob Thure, a molder by trade, living in Sheboygan, and has one son Clarence; Otto, an employee of the Kohler Enameling Company, who is married and has one son, Harvey; Oscar, a veterinary surgeon of Sheboygan Falls, who is married and has one son Robert; Fred, the subject of this review; Alfred, who is a carpenter by trade and lives at home; and Hattie and Walter, both also at home.
Fred Matthias is affiliated with the democratic party. With this political organization he has been identified since the year of his majority. He has been supervisor of the township of Sheboygan for three terms. He is a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union. Mr. Matthias is one of the solid and reliable citizens of Sheboygan county. He is prosperous in his business as a farmer and while in no sense a politician he is nevertheless interested in all measures affecting the welfare of his state and the community in which he lives.
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