John Wichmann

John Wichmann is one of the enterprising citizens of Lima township, where he owns and cultivates sixty-six and a half acres of land located in section 18. He is one of Sheboygan county's native sons, his birth having occurred in Mitchell township on the rst of March, 1873. His parents were John and Christina (Plagemann) Wichmann, who were born, reared and married in Germany. In the early period of their domestic life they emigrated to the United States, first locating in Illinois, whence they later removed to Wisconsin. Soon after their arrival here the father acquired a farm in Mitchell township, which he diligently cultivated until his death in 1878. He was still in his early manhood, but had survived the mother for several years; her death having occurred in 1874. Their family numbered six: Emma, the wife of Fred Neyne, of Iowa; Henry, who died in Plymouth in 1908; Minnie, who married Henry Gloede, of Greenbush township; John, our subject; Gusta, who married Albert Zager, of Mitchell; and Louis, who died in Mitchell several years ago.

John Wichmann was only eighteen months old when his mother died, and less than five years at the time of his father's demise. He obtained his education in the district schools of Mitchell township and assisted in the cultivation of the old homested until he was twenty-seven. During the succeeding three years he worked out by the month but at the expiration of that time he began farming for himself as a renter in Plymouth township. The next year, in 1904, he came to Lima township and bought the farm on section 18, where he now resides. During the period of his ownership he has erected a new barn and made many other improvements, which have greatly enhanced the appearance and value of the property. He specializes in dairying but in connection with this annually raises a large number of hogs for the market. He is very energetic and practical in his methods, directing his efforts toward the achievement of a definite purpose, and is meeting with a corresponding measure of success.

At Plymouth on the 10th of May, 1903, Mr. Wichmann was united in marriage to Miss Helen Laack, of Oconto county, Wisconsin, and to them have been born two children: Emmet, who is eight years of age; and Althea, who is five. The family attend the Lutheran church at Lima, in which the parents hold membership. In politics Mr. Wichmann is a republican. He is highly esteemed in his community, where during the eight years of his residence he has proven himself to be a man of sterling worth and integrity, entitled to the confidence and respect of those with whom he has relations in either a business or social way.


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