August Mitwede

August Mitwede owns a valuable farm of eighty acres located on section 9, Lima township, where in connection with the cultivation of his fields he engages in the raising of high-grade Holstein cattle and in dairying. A native of Sheboygan county, his birth occurred in the township where he now resides on the 11th of September, 1861. He is descended from one of the early pioneer settlers and represents the third generation of his family to have been identified with the agricultural development of this county. The paternal grandfather, Henry B. Mitwede, was born, reared and married in Prussia, Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States in 1851 with his wife and sons, coming direct to Sheboygan county. They first located in the city of that name, which was then only a village, but after a brief sojourn there· removed to a small farm Mr. Mitwede had purchased in Wilson township.

Together with the assistance of his sons he cleared and placed his land under cultivation and there he and the mother passed the remainder of their lives. They were the parents of three sons: Louis, who resides on a farm in the vicinity of Waukesha, Wisconsin; August, the father of our subject; and Gustave, who is residing in Sheboygan.

August Mitwede was born in Saxony, Germany, on the 26th of October, 1831, and there he was educated and reared to the age of twenty years. He accompanied his parents on their removal to this country and remained with them, assisting the father with the cultivation of the farm, until his marriage. He had previously learned the carpenter's trade and for a time he and his brother subsequently followed this occupation. Later he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, however, and located on a farm in Lima township, where he resided until about four years prior to his death when he removed to Sheboygan Falls, and there passed away in 1907, at the age of seventy-five years.

Mr. Mitwede married Miss Konradina Ahrens, who was born in Brunswick, Germany, on the 28th of November, 1839, and came to America with her parents, who located in Wilson township about a year after the Mitwede family settled there. Three sons were born to them, our subject being the second in order of birth. Herman, who is the eldest, resides in Sheboygan Falls, and the mother has made her home with him since the death of the father, while William, the youngest member of the family, is living in Plymouth.

August Mitwede was reared at home and at the usual age began his education in the district schools of Lima township, completing his course of study in the Sheboygan Falls high school. He early assumed his share of the responsibilities connected with the operation of the home farm, thus by the time he had attained his maturity possessed a practical knowledge of the methods of tilling the fields and caring for the crops. He remained a member of the parental household until he was twenty-eight years of age, at which time he was married and began farming for himself, on a place he had previously purchased in Sherman township. At the expiration of about two and a half years he disposed of this property and invested the proceeds in a farm in Lima township, which he has been operating with good success since 1892.

Two years ago Mr. Mitwede further increased his realty interests by the purchase of a twelve acre tract adjoining Sheboygan Falls, which he is renting. He is a man who exercises intelligent methods in the direction of his activities, as is substantially evidenced by the appearance of his fields and general condition of his property. His land is carefully tilled and planted to such cereals as are best adapted to the soil, with the result that abundant crops are annually harvested. Dairying has long been his specialty and he keeps only a high grade of Holstein cattle, which breed he has found to be best adapted to his purposes.

On the 5th of March, 1889, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Mitwede and Miss Amelia Langler, a daughter of Charles and Beate Langler, well known residents of Lima township, and to them have been born two children: Mary M., who is twenty-one years of age; and George H., a youth of fifteen.

The family are regular attendants and active members of the German Luth• eran church of Sheboygan Falls, of which Mr. Mitwede has been secretary for the past two years. His political allegiance has always been given to the repub• lican party, but he has never served his township in an official capacity, although he is public-spirited and takes a helpful interest in all matters of local import.


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