G. J. Posson

Mr. Posson holds the responsible position of treasurer of the Northern Furniture Company. The plant of this large manufacturing concern is located on South Water and Maryland streets. He was born at Port Washington, Wisconsin, June 17, 1856, and is the son of Giles B. and Mary A. (Bonniwell) Posson. His father, Giles B., at the age of nine years removed to Wisconsin at the time when his father changed the location of his residence from Rome, New York, and made his first settlement in the west in Kenosha, this state. The family is of German extraction, but for more than a hundred years has been established in the United States. The old homestead upon which the father of our subject was born is still standing and is one of the old pioneer homes of the early days in the settlement of the Empire state. Mr. Posson was for many years engaged in business as a farmer after settling in this state in I 836. He reached the end of his earthly journey in 1go8 and is buried in Port Washington on the family burial lot. His surviving widow, Mrs. Mary A. Posson, is still a resident of this city. She was of the family of Bonniwell, of English extraction.

G. J. Posson was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the common public schools of Port Washington. At the age of fifteen he laid aside the text-books of his early studies and removed to Manitowoc, where he obtained employment with the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railroad as shop clerk and telegraph operator and sometime later was promoted to the position of storekeeper and accountant in 1884, which position he continued to fill until he became associated with the Northern Furniture Company of Sheboygan. His first position in the employ of this company, which was then the Mattoon Manufacturing Company, was that of paymaster, having also the charge and oversight of the sales department of that company. This position he continued to hold until he was, by the board of directors, elected to his present position as treasurer of the company. He is also a member of the board of directors.

The Northern Furniture Company of Sheboygan is regarded as the largest furniture manufacturing plant in the world. The operations of this concern are on a most extensive scale. Their catalogs and traveling salesmen reaching every part of the United States, and at their factories seven hundred skilled employes are required to take care of the enormous manufacturing business.

Mr. Posson was united in marriage in the city of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, June 11, 1879, to Miss Sarah Kittell. Mrs. Posson was the daughter of Amasa Kittell, her father having been one of Sheboygan's pioneer sawmill operators and during the war filled the office of United States deputy marshal. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Posson: Nellie, the wife of H. D. Warner, civil engineer, of Burlington, Iowa; J. 0., superintendent of the water and light plant of Algoma, Wisconsin; and Georgia and Benetta, both of whom are still at home with their father and they reside at No. 1940 Indiana avenue. Mrs. Posson passed away February 8, 1894.

Mr. Posson is a stanch republican, believing thoroughly in the principles and men constituting that great political organization. He has served as secretary of the fire and police board of Sheboygan.

Mr. G. J. Posson is one of the influential and successful business men of northeastern Wisconsin. His career in the business world is of itself an evidence of his integrity and industry. The major portion of his life has been spent in the city of Sheboygan where he is universally respected and is ever found ready to lend his assistance to the advancement of any measure of public interest seeking to improve the condition of the state and city in which he has established his home.


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