From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 468
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Leicher. One of the most widely know residents of Loganville, Mr. Adam Leicher, aged veteran of the wagon business in that place, now in the eighty-second year of his age, is one of the outstanding citizens of his locality He was born in the village of Hofheim, Nassau Province, Germany, Sept. 16, 1847, son of Lorenz and Margaret (Ruf) Leicher. He resided in his native place until ten years of age, when, with his parents and sisters, Catharine and Eva, he came to America. They left Germany April 12, 1857, and arrived at Hartford, Wis. June 9, 1857. His brothers, Martin and Lorenz, and sister, Elizabeth, had located at Hartford the year before, 1856. The Lorenz Leicher family located on a farm one and a half miles from Hartford, where they resided for many years. Adam Leicher worked on the farm and attended school when he could be spared from it. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the army, but was rejected because of his youth.
In November 1865, he became an apprentice to August Werner, wagon-maker of Hartford, for a period of two years, and received the wage of fifty dollars for the first year and eighty dollars for the second. At the end of his apprenticeship he worked at his trade for several different firms, including Rowel and Sealey at Hartford. On Sept. 1, 1868 he began work in the shop of William Kendall at Neosho, Wisconsin, continuing there two years. Then, in 1870, he came to Loganville, Sauk County, where he engaged in the wagon making business, which he conducted for fifty years. In addition to his wagon making he had the undertaking business over a period of 22 years. Since quitting the wagon making business he has been engaged, with his sons Bert and Frank in the manufacture of motor trucks.
His wife, whom he married March 26, 1869, was Mariette Kendall of Neosha. She was born Feb. 13, 1849, at that place, daughter of William and Eliza (Blood) Kendall, and died at Loganville, March 2, 1926. The Kendall family originally came from New York to Walworth County, Wis., and William Kendall, who was a wagon maker by trade, represented a long line of Vermont forebears.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Leicher were the parents of eleven children, five of whom grew to maturity:
Fenton A., born March 20, 1873; married November 2, 1895; Anna Krug, daughter of William Krug, of Winfield; and now resides in Luverne, Minn.; have two sons - Robert F., Luverne, Minn., who married Edith F. Fugate of Novinger, Mo., June 15, 1916, and has six children, Roberta Florence, James Fenton, Dorothea Mariette, Anna Laura, Theo Clare and Marion Louise - and Theodore A., of Roseville, Cal., who married Nina Shell House of that place, on June 25, 1927.
Edward L., born Sept. 27, 1876, married S. Etta Beers, Sept. 27, 1898, and now resides in Luverne, Minn.; they have one son - Loraine E., of Minneapolis, Minn., who married Henrietta Egert, now deceased since 1920, and, a widower, married in November, 1924, Helen Early of Minneapolis, Minn. he has one son, John Edward.
Gilbert C., born July 3, 1881; married Elizabeth Fischer, Sept. 8, 1920, and resides at Loganville; they have three children - Frances, Richard and Carol.
Frank C., born Oct. 19, 1884, now resides at Loganville.
Cora May, born May 11, 1887, married May 11, 1909, Charles Fischer of Reedsburg, now residing at Loganville; they have four children - Margaret, wife of Edwin Ward of Reedsburg - Kendall, Clarence, and Rollie.
For over sixty years Mr. Leicher has been a staunch supporter of Republicanism in Wisconsin, and was during his middle years considered an able debater on political problems, and wrote frequently in the Reedsburg Free Press while Mr. Chandler was editor, during the 1870's. He was elected a Justice of the Peace in 1873 and continued in that office for fifty years, when he voluntarily surrendered the position on account of encroaching years. In 1874 he was elected secretary of the Westfield Creamery Association, which position he still holds. During the entire fifty-four years he has worked untiringly for the continuation and efficiency of the Association with the result that regular meetings have always been held and a permanent fund has been created to provide for the future care and maintenance of the creamery.
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