William Zuengler is one of the well known and enterprising business men of Adell, Sheboygan county, where he is successfully engaged in the furniture and lumber business. He was born April 14, 1858, in Sherman township, and is the son of Gottlieb and Louisa (Hillman) Zuengler, both of whom were natives of Germany, the father's birth having occurred near Breslau, Prussia, Germany, in 1828. The paternal grandfather of William Zuengler was Johann Gottfried Zuengler, a native of Prussia, Germany, who with his wife and three children emigrated to America in 1835, settling first in Pennsylvania and later in Buffalo, New York. After spending some time at that place he removed to St. Joseph, Michigan, and from there to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was by trade and occupation a shoemaker and for many years followed the pursuit of his trade. After living some time in Milwaukee he preempted forty acres of land in Washington county, located six miles southwest of Cedarburg, where he established his home and continued to reside for a number of years. In 1848 he sold that place and purchased three hundred acres of government land in Sheboygan county and there continued to live during the remaining years of his life, which closed in 1865.
To Mr. and Mrs. Johann Gottfried Zuengler five children were born, of whom three were natives of Germany and two born in this country. They were: Elenora; Gottlieb, the father of the subject of this review; Gottfried, Jr.; Rosa, born at sea; and Johanna.
Gottlieb Zuengler, the father of the subject of this review, emigrated to this country with his parents when a child seven years of age. He was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the public schools. He spent his early manhood at work on his father's place, remaining under the parental roof until 1856, at which time he acquired eighty acres of the home farm located on section 14 in Sherman township. He later added to his original purchase twenty-two acres, giving him in all a farm of one hundred and two acres, upon which he established his home and continued to live during the remaining days of his life. He was for some time treasurer of Sherman township and an influential citizen of Sheboygan county. He died in 1911.
He was united in marriage in 1856 to Miss Louisa Hillman, a native of Prussia, Germany, who with her parents, Charles and Charlotte Hillman, emigrated to America in 1846. She was born in 1830 and passed from this life in 1908. To Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Zuengler four children were born: Fred, now residing upon the old homestead; William, the subject of this review; Amelia, the wife of Henry Weinhold, of Sherman township; and Louisa, the wife of Gottlieb Hillger, Jr., of Glenwood, Illinois.
William Zuengler was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the parochial schools of Sherman township. In 1876, at the age of eighteen years he learned the cabinet-maker's trade in Glenbeulah, Sheboygan county, and at the age of twenty-one years he became a journeyman carpenter and continued in that occupation for eight years. In 1882 he opened a furniture store in Adell and in company with a partner he was also engaged in the general contracting and building business, making a specialty of building stores, elevators and farm dwellings. In 1883 he added to his furniture business that of a retail lumber business and in 1886 he purchased the entire interest of his partner in their contracting and building business, since which time he has continued in the successful operation of his diversified interests. He carries a large and up-to-date stock of furniture and his lumberyard is one of the most complete of its kind in this part of the state. He is also the owner of a fine farm which is being operated by his sons Philip and William.
Mr. Zuengler was united in marriage in 1882 to Miss Anna Borkenhagen. She is a native of Sherman township in which place her birth occurred in 1861, and is the daughter of John and Amelia Borkenhagen. Her parents were both natives of Pommern, Germany, who emigrated to America in 1855, settling in Sherman township where they maintained their home until the time of their death, the father dying in 1889 and the mother in 1896. To them nine children were born, of whom Mrs. Zuengler is the third in order of birth.
To Mr. and Mrs. William Zuengler ten children have been born: John, who is engaged in business with his father at Adell, married Margaret Pannier, and they have one child, Marie; Amelia is the wife of Walter Stolper and they have one child and make their home in North Dakota; Philip, William, Helen, Noah, Albert, Sophia, Annie and Henry complete the family. Mr. and Mrs. Zuengler with their family are members of the St. John's Lutheran church, of Adell, Wisconsin.
William Zuengler is one of the enterprising and useful citizens of Sheboygan county and occupies an enviable and honored place on the roll of her enterprising and highly valued citizens.
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