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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families
(1895)

Biographical,   pp. [unnumbered]-[1232] PDF (429.7 MB)


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CO2MEMORA TI VE BIO GRAPHICAL RECORD.
Although known to be a stanch I)emno-
crat, still he has always had the support
of all parties, regardless of political bias,
the general feeling being that the chief
magistrate of a city should be a mian pro
bo,'o pub/ic(,, and not a politician.
    Since assuming the reins of civic gov-
ernment in Green Bay, Mayor Elhore
has had the pleasure of seeing vast im-
provenients in the fast rising city, aniong
which may be mentioned a couple of miles
of cedar block paving; several miles of
sewers; two old bridges rebuilt, and a new
one erected; the reorganization of the
Fire D)epartment, which is now in all re-
spects a model one, equipped with the
Gamewell tire-alarm  telegraph system,
besides many   other improvements, all
tending to place Green Bay among the
model cities of the State. The latest
project, in the way of public progressive-
ness, is the new high school, which, it is
intended, is to be built of Lake Superior
red sandstone, and which will be an orna-
ment to the city. To his efforts, also,
Green Bay is indebted for the best system
of street railroads in the United States,
everything pertaining to it being of the
most modern design.
    On January I9, 1876, Mayor Elmore
was married to Miss Anna Leola Chap-
man, daughter of Col. William Chapman,
U. S. A., and one child has been born to
them, named William Chapman.      Mrs.
Elmore is a prominent member of the
Daughters of the Revolution, of which
she was appointed regent for the State of
Wisconsin.   Mayor Elmore is a merriber
of the F. & A. M., and is a Knight Temp-
lar; he is also affiliated with the Order of
Elks.
G USTAV KUSTERMANN. This
        well-known, popular and promi-
        nent citizen of Green Bay, of
        which flourishing city he has
been postmaster since 1892, is a native
of I)etmold, Germany, born May 24,
1850.
   Carl Ludwig Kustermann, grandfather
of our subject, was a farmer and mechanic
(as was his father before him) in Schoet-
mar (Lippe-Detmold), and died there in
advanced life, the parent of a large
family of children, one of whom, Carl
(father of our subject), was born in 1820,
also in Schoetmar. He (Carl) was reared
to the trade of gunsmith, and was em-
ployed as such in the German army for
nearly thirty years, also serving in the
Schleswig-Holstein campaign and the
Prussian-Austrian war of i866. In I846
he married Julia Wolleben, daughter of
Gustav Wolleben, by which union four
children were born- all sons---to-wit:
Carl, Gustav, Robert and Otto, the last
named dying at the age of fourteen years;
Robert was in    partnership with his
brother Gustav in the book and music
business at Green Bay until 1894; Carl
and Gustav will be more fully spoken of
farther on. The mother of this family
died in I886, the father in 1894.
   Gustav Kustermann, whose name in-
troduces this sketch, received his educa-
tion at the gymrnasium or high school in
Detmold, graduating therefrom, and when
fourteen years old went to the city of
Hamburg, where he served a three-years'
apprenticeship to the wholesale dry-goods
business. At the age of eighteen, in
1868, he emigrated to America, from the
port of debarkation coming direct to
Wisconsin and Green Bay, whither, not
long before, two of his old schoolmates
had come and settled. Here he clerked
in the hardware store of St. Louis
Case & Co., but at the end of about six
months secured the position of book-
keeper in the office of the Green Bay
Adivocate, at that time owned by Robin-
son & Bro., and filled the incumbency
with the utmost satisfaction for three
years, or until 1872. On March 15 of
that year, in company with Louis Neese
and Erastus Root, he established in
Green Bay a stationery and job-printing
business, the style of the firm  being
I Neese, Kustermann & Root "; but De-
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