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HERMAN DRUCKREY. Among the
enterprising and popular citizens of Pulcifer, Green Valley township, Shawano
county, is found this gentleman. He was born October 28, 1859, on the island
of Rugen, in the Province of Pomerania, Germany, where both his parents,
Julius and Mary (Hass) Druckrey, were also born.
Julius and Mary Druckrey had the following named children: Malter,
who live in Germany; Matilda, who died at the age of twenty-six; Bertha,
in Germany; Charles, in Pulcifer; and Herman, the subject of this sketch.
Mrs. Mary Druckrey died in Germany in 1880, at the age of fifty-six years.
Julius Druckrey again married, and came with his wife, in the fall of 1888,
to the United States. They landed at Baltimore, and came direct to Pulcifer,
Wis., where he now resides. There have been no children by this marriage.
Previous to leaving Germany he worked at roof laying.
Herman Druckrey received a good common-school education. At the
age of fifteen he went to Stralsund, Germany, and there procured employment
as clerk in a store, in which occupation he continued eight years. Then
on June 14, 1882, he sailed from Hamburg on the steamer "Lessing" for the
United States, landing on June 28 in New York, whence he came direct to
an uncle who lived in Washington township, Shawano county, and remained
with him that summer. In the fall he went to work as a laborer on the Milwaukee
& Northern railroad, and in the latter part of the same year came to
Pulcifer and worked for two months in a sawmill. During the following winter
he clerked in the store of O. A. Risum, in Pulcifer, and the same year
attended school two and a half months in Washington township, Shawano county.
In July, 1883, he went to Dodge county, Wis., where he worked four months
as a farm hand. In the fall he returned to Pulcifer and resumed work as
clerk in the store of O. A. Risum, continuing with him for about
On August 24, 1884, Herman Druckrey was united in marriage,
in Pulcifer, with Miss Annie Wendling, who was born in Germany in 1812,
and they have had the following named children: Edward (deceased), Rudolph,
Herman, Robert, Oscar, William and Louisa. Mrs. Druckrey came to the United
States when four years old, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wendling,
who settled first in Sheboygan, later locating in Green Valley township,
Shawano county. In 1892 they returned to Sheboygan, where they both died.
In the spring of 1892, in company with Isaac H. Isaacson, Mr. Druckrey
started his present store, putting in a complete stock of hardware and
a full line of farm implements and machinery. In 1886 he built for his
home a comfortable modern dwelling. He owns a farm of forty-four acres,
and hires the work done. He is a Republican, and takes an active part in
politics, but has never sought office. Both he and Mrs. Druckrey are members
of the German Lutheran Church. Mr. Druckrey began life a poor boy, is a
careful business man, and is well liked and much respected in the community.