William L. Steinke, who is engaged in the soda and mineral business, has passed practically his entire life in Sheboygan, his birth having here occurred on the 20th of July, 1877. He is a son of Louis Steinke, a native of Saxony, Germany, who emigrated to the United States in his early manhood, locating in Sheboygan. The father was a shoemaker in the old country and for a time continued to follow that trade after coming here, but he subsequently turned his attention to other occupations, and for a time he drove a stage from Sheboygan to Kiel. In 1888 he started the business now conducted by our subject, and continued in this until his death in 1896. For his wife Mr. Steinke chose Miss Augusta Knoll, to whom he was married in the United States.
William L. Steinke, who is the second child born to his parents, was reared at home and given the advantages of a common-school education. After laying aside his text-books he became associated in business with his father, and since the latter's death he has had the sole management of the enterprise, and has met with very good success in the promotion of its development. On the 16th of April, 1907, Mr. Steinke was married to Miss Theresa Braun, a daughter of John Braun, Sr., a well known contractor of this city. and to them has been born one child, William J.
Fraternally Mr. Steinke is a member of the Eagles, Moose, Buffaloes and the German Aid, and takes an active interest in the work of each organization. He is an energetic young man of laudable ambition and is making a creditable place for himself in local business circles.
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