The rich farm lands of Sheboygan county, undulating with their harvests of wheat and oats, are an important factor in the agricultural development of America. Charles Nickel has been for many years prominent along this line of activity and has engaged in the occupation of general farming in this county since 1881. He is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in Ozaukee county, this state, on November 2, 1858. His father was John Nickel, a native of Germany, born in Hesse-Darmstadt, in 1817. He came to the United States when still a young man and settled in Ozaukee county, Wisconsin, where he bought the farm on which his father had previously settled. This he later sold and moved to Sheboygan county, where he purchased two hundred and forty acres north of the tract of land which Charles Nickel is now cultivating.
Both the father and grandfather of the subject of this sketch died upon this farm, John Nickel's demise occurring on May 4, 1887. He had six children: Frederick, who is deceased; George, living in Unity, Wisconsin; Charles, the subject of this sketch; Jacob, a resident of Sheboygan county; and John and Elizabeth, both deceased. Upon their father's death these children sold the farm and divided the estate, at which time Charles Nickel bought his present farm of seventy-five acres. The mother was Christina Young, a native of Germany, who came to the United States with her parents and settled in Washington county, where her death occurred May 13, 1885.
Charles Nickel was educated in the public schools of this township and has been engaged in agricultural pursuits all during his life. He assisted his father in the work of the farm until the latter's death in 1887, although six years previous to this time he had had it under his personal management, renting the land from his father. He subsequently bought a tract of ninety-five acres of which he later sold twenty acres, the remaining seventy-five constituting his present place. He has made many improvements in the course of his agricultural career, and has installed new machinery and modern equipment in all parts of his farm. He makes a specialty of dairying, keeping on hand about fifteen head of high- grade stock.
Mr. Nickel was married in 1883 to Miss Sybilla Schultz, a daughter of Henry Schultz, who was a native of Germany. They have four children: Amanda, who married Frank Slater, of Waldo; Charlotte, the wife of William Broker, of Milwaukee, by whom she has one child, Hazel; Reuben, at home; and Eugene, attending school. Politically Mr. Nickel is a republican, and an active factor in the public affairs of his district. He has held the position of supervisor of Sherman township and was a director of the local school board for three years. He is prominent in the Modem Woodmen of America, and a devoted member of the German Evangelical church, in which faith he was reared. He is an active and efficient farmer, interested in many new discoveries which are rapidly making agriculture a progressive science.
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