Among the prosperous business men of Sheboygan who have won success by reason of their unremitting diligence and perseverance in the face of hardships and disappointments that would have brought defeat to men of less determination of purpose must be numbered W. F. Sachse, dealer in harness, furs, fancy leather goods, trunks and trave1ers' accessories at 616 North Eighth street.
He was born on a farm in the vicinity of Cleveland, Manitowoc county, this state, on the 23rd of May, 1869, and is a son of Frederick and Katherine Sachse. The father was born in Saxe-Weimar, Germany, whence he emigrated to America with his parents in 1852. They located on a farm in Manitowoc county, which at that time was very sparsely settled and there they endured all of the hardships and privations that fall to the lot of those who form the advance guard in the progress of civilization.
Frederick Sachse was reared to manhood on his father's farm, which under their able supervision and intelligently applied energy was converted from a forest into one of the best cultivated and most valuable properties in that section of the county. It remained in the family until November, 1910, when Frederick Sachse disposed of it and removed to Cleveland, where he is now living retired.
The education of W. F. Sachse was acquired in the public and German Lutheran parochial schools, which he attended until he was a youth of fourteen years. He then laid aside his text-books and for a short time thereafter assisted his father in the operation of the home farm, following which he went to Manitowoc and entered a harness makers'shop as an apprentice. After the expiration of his period of service he obtained employment in the factory of the Semmann Manufacturing Company at Milwaukee which was afterward bought out by Benjamin Young. Four years later he resigned his position and came to Sheboygan to engage in business for himself. The first few years were desperately hard and filled with countless hardships and disappointmentssuch as every man encounters when striving to build up a business on limited capital. He oftentimes had to accept farm produce in exchange for his merchandise which he would later sell, thus acquiring a little ready cash, and resorted to untold subterfuges and many petty economies in order to keep his business running.
Ultimately his efforts were rewarded with success and as his business increased he was compelled to seek larger quarters from time to time until he bought the property on North Eighth street on which he is now located. Here he engages in the manufacture of harness and leather goods and carries a large and well assorted stock of furs, fancy leather goods, trunks and all accessories necessary to the comfort of the traveler. He is of an inventive turn of mind and an inventor of many harness accessories which are sold throughout the United States. He also does a considerable jobbing business and his trade reaches out through the surrounding counties.
Mr. Sachse is a man of much sagacity and in the conduct of his establishment has adopted a policy that commends him to the confidence of all who have transactions with him. He is courteous and accommodating to his patrons, and as his prices are moderate and his merchandise exactly as represented to his customers he enjoys a large trade and is the owner of one of the city's most thriving and prosperous enterprises.
On the 27th of September, 1892, Mr. Sachse was united in marriage to Miss Clara Reinemann, a daughter of Christoph and Elizabeth Reinemann. The father is one of the pioneer agriculturists of Manitowoc county and still resides on his farm in the vicinity of Cleveland, that county, in the cultivation of which he has met with excellent success.
Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Sachse, as follows: Clarence, who is assisting his father in the store; Erwin, who is a high-school student; and Viola, who is attending the public school. The family live at 616 National court, which property Mr. Sachse owns. The family attend St. Mark's Lutheran church, of which the parents are members. Mr. Sachse is in every sense of the word a self-made man, as he has made his own way from early youth and such success as has come to him is the highly merited reward of earnest effort and intelligently and definitely applied energy.
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