Peter J. Van De Loo was born in Germany, July 18, 1853, and is the son of William and Mary (Leigraff) Van De Loo. The father emigrated with his family to America in 1858 and came direct to Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, settling on a farm in Lima township, on which he continued to live until the time of his death. His wife also died many years ago on the old homestead.
Peter J. Van De Loo was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the public schools of Lima township. He remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-three years of age, at which time he engaged in farming for himself on a rented farm. This he cultivated until 1881, when he purchased a farm of eighty acres located on section 14 of Lima township, where he still resides. In 1911 he rented the farm to his son, Joseph H. Van De Loo, and has since retired from active farm life, maintaining his residence with his son, Joseph.
Mr. Van De Loo was married in Church of St. George, Wilson township, July 18, 1878, to Miss Katharine Prepster, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Prepster, of whom more extended mention is made in another part of this work. Mr. and Mrs. Van De Loo are the parents of four children: Clara, the wife of John Deeley, of Sheboygan Falls; Rosa, the wife of Fred Dankwort; Joseph H., who operates the home farm; and Mary, the wife of Henry Scharinger, who is engaged in fanning in Lima township. Mr. Van De Loo is affiliated with the democratic party, and he and his wife are members of St. Rose Catholic church. He is one of the substantial citizens of Sheboygan county, where he has been engaged in farming during all the years of his active life. He is highly respected in the community in which he resides and is in every way one of the useful and desirable citizens of Sheboygan county.
His son, Joseph H. Van De Loo, was born August 18, 1884. He was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the schools of Lima township. He remained under the parental roof until 1909, at which time he rented a farm in Lima township, on which he lived for two years. In 1911 he rented his father's farm of eighty acres, on which he is now engaged in general farming.
Joseph H. Van De Loo was united in marriage on August 29, 1908, to Miss Rose Jacoby, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jacoby, and they are the parents of two children: Alfred, aged three; and Milford, who is a year old. Mr. Van De Loo and his family are members of St. Rose's Catholic church in Lima township. He is numbered among ithe enterprising and successful farmers of Lima township and is highly respected among his friends and associates.
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