Martin Toebak

Martin Toebak is the senior partner of the firm of Toebak & Scherer, proprietors of the National Restaurant and Buffet on North Eighth street in Sheboygan. His birth occurred in Kaukauna, Outagamie county, Wisconsin, on the 3rd of December, 1883, his parents being Anton and Christina (Knepfel) Toebak, natives of Germany, who emigrated to America and established their home at Oostburg, Sheboygan county, where they remained but a short time. During the early years of their residence in America they lived at several places throughout this portion of Wisconsin, settling finally at Kaukauna, where Anton Toebak purchased a farm which he improved and operated for some years. He was also engaged in the cooperage business in Kaukauna, dividing his attention between this and his interests on the farm. Later he disposed of his properties at Kaukauna and removed to the city of Sheboygan, at which place he was employed in the Sheboygan chair factory until the time of his death, which occurred in June, 1910.

In the year 1877 he had wedded Miss Christine. Knepfel, whose parents were both natives of Germany. To this union ten children were born, six of whom are still living. Nellie, who resides in Sheboygan and has one child, is the wife of Henry Krumnauer, a carpenter by trade. Anna, living in Sheboygan, is the wife of Peter Folz, by whom she has one child. John, who is a carpenter by trade and occupation, is unmarried and lives in Sheboygan. William, a tinner, is married and makes his home in Sheboygan. Mary gave her hand in marriage to John Beuttner, who holds a position as watchman at the Phoenix Chair Factory.

Martin Toebak, the other member of the family, received his early education in the district and parochial schools of Sheboygan. He was first employed in the upholstering business and later in the manufacturing of brooms, in which occupation he continued for a term of four years. At the expiration of that time he entered into copartnership with Matt Scherer, and under the firm name of Toebak & Scherer he became identified with the business known as the National Restaurant and Buffet, which is located on North Eighth street in Sheboygan.

Mr. Toebak was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Liedtke, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Liedtke, both natives of Germany, who emigrated to America at a very early date. One child has been born to this union, Martin, whose natal day was March, 1912.

Fraternally Mr. Toebak is identified with the Eagles. He has been a citizen of Sheboygan from early boyhood days and is well and favorably known throughout the city and county. Industrious, energetic, thrifty and enterprising, he is now well established in a profitable business and is a man of genial and obliging manners.


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