Jacob Prepster

One of the capable agriculturists of Wilson township is Jacob Prepster, who is successfully engaged in the cultivation of the farm where he was born on the 15th of May, 1856. His father, John Prepster, was born and reared in Bavaria, Germany, whence he emigrated to the United States in 1854. On August 2, of that year, he located in Wilson township, where he bought twenty-four acres of land which he immediately set about clearing and improving. He was diligent and enterprising and by reason of his thrift and energy was later able to extend the boundaries of his farm from time to time until he had acquired eighty acres of land which he actively cultivated until his death in 1873.

Immediately fo11owing his arrival in Sheboygan county, Mr. Prepster was married to Miss Catherine Sibel, who was born in Bavaria April 1, 1832, and came to America on the same ship on which he crossed. Mrs. Prepster is still living and although she has passed the eightieth anniversary of her birth enjoys excellent health for one of her age. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Prepster, our subject being the second in order of birth. The others are as follows: James; Mary, the widow of James Miley, of Lima township; and Kate, who married Peter Van de Low, also of Lima township.

Jacob Prepster was reared on the home farm and acquired his education in the district and German parochial schools of Wilson township. In common with other farmer lads he assisted his father with the work of the fields and care of the stock while he was attending school, and after laying aside his text-books gave his entire time and attention to the cultivation of the home place. After the death of his father he assumed the management of the farm, which he operated for his mother until he was twenty-five, and then bought it. During the long period of his ownership Mr. Prepster has effected quite extensive improvements in the place and now owns one of the highly cultivated and valuable properties of the township.

On the 27th of May, 1884, at St. George's Roman Catholic church in Wilson, Mr. Prepster was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Ardts, of Lima township, and to them were born four children: John, Clara, Anna and Agnes, all of whom are at home. On the 18th of June, 1896, Mrs. Prepster passed away.

In political matters Mr. Prepster accords his support to the democratic party and he served for twelve or fifteen years as school director and for several terms he discharged the duties of township treasurer. He is a communicant of the Roman Catholic church, as was also his wife, and he and his family affiliate with St. George's parish in Wilson township. Mr. Prepster is an esteemed representative of one of the worthy pioneer families and has many friends in his community, the majority of whom were comrades of his boyhood days.


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