A large number of residents of Sheboygan county have chosen as their means of livelihood the occupation of dairy farming, and through this avenue of activity Robert C. Stolper has gained a creditable degree of success and a place among the progressive and prosperous agriculturists of his community. He was born in Sheboygan county, his birth occurring in Sherman township on the 3rd of November, 1873, a son of Ernest and Lena (Kaiser) Stolper, The father was born in Germany in December, 1852, and when but two years of age was brought by his parents to America, where he was reared upon his father's farm and attended the public schools. When he attained the age of twenty-one he was married and started out in life on his own account, purchasing a tract of sixty acres, to which he added by subsequent purchases of forty acres, eighty acres and twenty acres respectively. Thus he became the owner of property consisting in all of two hundred acres, a large part of which he cleared and put under cultivation, and upon which he made many improvements and erected the necessary buildings. That tract remained his home throughout the remainder of his days, his death occurring in 1889.
In 1873 he had married Miss Lena Kaiser, who was born in 1854 and was a daughter of George Kaiser, a native of Saxony, Germany. Her father came to America at a very early day and located on the farm upon which the subject of this review now resides. There his death occurred. Mrs. Stolper passed away in 1894. By her marriage to Ernest Stolper she became the mother of six children of whom Robert C. is the eldest. The others are as follows: Clara, the wife of William Hillger, of Beecher, Illinois; William, residing in Sherman township; Herman, making his home in Lucerne, Iowa; Elizabeth, who married Fred Rademacher, of Chicago, Illinois; and Albert, a resident of West Chicago, Illinois.
Robert C. Stolper acquired his education in the public schools of this county and his father's farm was the training ground upon which he received his preparatory training for the practical duties of life. In 1898 he began life independently through the purchase of a tract of two hundred acres which originally belonged to his maternal grandfather, and that farm has continued to remain his place of residence. He has placed many additional improvements upon the farm, remodelling the brick house originally erected upon it and building new barns and outbuildings, and it is today one of the most valuable and desirable farms in the locality. In connection with the tilling of the soil he makes a specialty of dairy farming and keeps on hand a fine herd, half of which consists of registered Holstein cattle, while the remainder is graded stock. He raises some full-blooded cattle which he sells and also uses for replenishing his own herd.
In 1898 Mr. Stolper was united in marriage to Miss Emma Schreiber, who was born in Sherman township, August 20, 1874, a daughter of Ernest and Wilhelmina (Ferk) Schreiber. The father, who was born in Silesia, Germany, was sixteen years of age when he came to America with his father, John Schreiber, in 1860. They first located at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they remained for two years, after which they came to Sherman township, where John Schreiber purchased a farm which remained his home until his death, which occurred shortly afterward, in 1869. Ernest Schreiber then took charge of the homestead and continued in its operation until his retirement from business, in 1909, at which time he removed to Plymouth and now makes his home in that city.
Shortly after his arrival in America he joined the Twenty-sixth Wisconsin Infantry and for three years served in the Civil war. During that period he was wounded, and after the close of hostilities returned home with a most creditable military record. He was married to Miss Wilhelmina Ferk, who was born in 1851, and unto them eight children were born, namely: Ida, the wife of Louis Weinhold, of Sherman township; Mrs. Stolper; Clara, who lives with her parents; Louisa, who married Herman Ludwig, of Sherman township; Fred, of Plymouth township; Lisetta, the wife of Oscar Weinhold, of this township; and Anna and Oscar, who both reside at home.
In the family of Mr, and Mrs. Stolper are seven children, Alma, Nelda, Harold, Vynita, Erna, Linda and Nora. The parents are members of the Lutheran church and the family is one of the prominent ones of Sherman township. Although manifesting a public-spirited interest in the general welfare and development of the community in which he resides, Mr. Stolper has never figured prominently in public life nor has he ever sought political honors, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his private affairs. He belongs to the Holstein-Friesian Association of Sheboygan county and has been an active and potent force in the work of improving the standard of stock in his section. He is one of the prominent stock breeders in Sheboygan county and the products of his dairy are well known for their excellence.
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