H. A. Rehm, the proprietor of a cheese factory in Herman township, has been successfully engaged in business at his present location for more than a third of a century. His birth occurred in Lippe-Detmold, Germany, on the 15th of June, 1851, his parents being Conrad and Elizabeth Rehm, who spent their entire lives in the fatherland.
In 1869, when a youth of eighteen, H. A. Rehm crossed the Atlantic to the United States. For about six years he worked at the pottery trade in Milwaukee and Manitowoc and then familiarized himself with the process of cheese making. In 1876 he began the manufacture of cheese on his own account and has continued in that industry to the present time, his factory having been maintained on the same site in Herman township for the past thirty-six years. In the meantime, however, he has also conducted other factories and success has attended all his ventures.
At one time he likewise operated a farm of sixty-seven acres but eventually sold the property to his son Richard. Mr. Rehm has been married twice. In 1874 he wedded Miss Sophia Hanke, a daughter of Herman Hanke, of Herman township. By this union there were six children, as fo11ows: Lydia, who is the wife of Fred Lau, an agriculturist of Herman township; Sophia, who gave her hand in marriage to Frank Lau; William, a cheese manufacturer residing near Elkhart Lake; Richard, who follows farming as a life work; Louis, residing at Kiel, Wisconsin ; and Anna, who makes her home in South Dakota. The wife and mother was called to her final rest on the 24th of January, 1892, and in 1895 Mr. Rehm was again married, his second union being with Anna Stoeltling, a daughter of William Stoeltling, of Sheboygan county, who is now deceased. By his second wife Mr. Rehm has two children, Reuben and Leslie. The parents have an extensive circle of friends throughout the community, being highly esteemed as people of genuine personal worth and upright lives.
Mr. Rehm has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found the opportunities which he sought and through their wise utilization has gained a creditable position among the substantial and respected citizens of his county.
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