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 436-438
Mr. and Mrs. William Stolte. One of Reedsburg's most active and influential citizens, Mr. William Stolte II, is one of a few businessmen of this city who has spent his entire life in his native town. He was born January 23, 1866, son of William Stolte I, and Dorothea (Meyer) Stolte. The father was born at Hohenbunstorf, Hanover, Germany, March 2, 1833, son of George and Dora (Evers) Stolte. The Stolte family was one of two which existed in the vicinity of Hohenbunstrof as early as the year 1300. George Stolte grew to manhood on the ancestral farm, and upon attaining man's estate, married. William I, came to America in 1860, his parents following him two years later. On December 21, 1862, William I, was married to Dorothea Meyer. She was born Nov. 15, 1839, a native also of Hohenbunstrof, and came to the United States with her parents, George and Dorothea (Reitzmann) Meyer, while quite young. Her father was a native of Himbergen, Hanover, Germany, where his early years were spent. Upon becoming of age he entered the Prussian Army, with which he served for several years. After the triumph of Napoleon he served in the Napoleonic Army, and was with the Corsican Conqueror on his famous Moscow expedition On this campaign he was taken prisoner by the Russian soldiers and kept in captivity for over two years.
Mr. and Mrs. William Stolte I, located in Reedsburg in 1865, and from that date until his death Jan. 18, 1912, he was an outstanding business man of this place. His wife died Oct. 29, 1925. Their photographs appear herewith. More extended notice of the labors of William Stolte I, is made on another page of this volume.
Mr. William Stolte II, grew to manhood in Reedsburg, where for forty years he has been active in mercantile affairs, and his most widely known connection was probably with the Stolte, Dangel and Foss Company, which dealt in general merchandise and had a store in the Harris and Hosler building and subsequently assumed the mangership of the Big Store. Since going out of the store business, he has devoted himself to the Cold Storage business, with which he is most intimately connected.
Mr. and Mrs. Stolte were married April 22, 1895, her maiden name having been Rosette Heyer. She was born March 14, 1869, in Darien, Wis., daughter of John Jacob and Augusta (Tess) Heyer. Her father was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Aug. 21, 1830, son of Christian Heyer. At the age of twenty-one, in 1851, he came alone to America. Having apprenticed in Germany as a tinner, he went to Philadelphia and practiced his trade. Subsequently he came to Hales Corners, Milwaukee, Wis., where he opened an establishment of his own. There, in Milwaukee, he met and married Augusta Tess, Nov. 28, 1866. This lady was born Aug. 4, 1848, in Mecklenburg, Germany, daughter of Jacob Tess. In 1853 the Tess family came to America, coming aboard a sailing vessel. They cam immediately to Milwaukee County, locating at a place that was afterward named Tess Corners, in their honor. Mr. Jacob Tess took up land upon which the present village of Tess Corners is situated. From Milwaukee County Mr. and Mrs. Heyer removed to Darien, Walworth County, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. John Jacob Heyer died April 9, 1899; his wife, March 14, 1914. They were the parents of five children: Emily (widow of F. Moon); Rosette; Henry, of Darien, Wis.; Nettie, a government nurse of Palo Alto, California; Gussie (Mrs. D. W. Dykeman, of Everett, Washington).
Rosette grew to womanhood in Darien, attending the Darien Public schools and later the Whitewater Normal. Upon completing her education she taught school for a number of years in the county of her nativity; then she was employed in the Reedsburg schools. Since coming to this city, her life has been intimately associated with the social and educational life of the community, where she enjoys fine social connections.
Mr. and Mrs. Stolte have three children, who appear with their father and mother in the accompanying photo: Ruth, at the extreme right of the photo, born July 16, 1896; married Raymond W. Alright, May 14, 1921, and resides in Akron, Ohio; they have two children, Patricia Stolte Alright, born Nov. 14, 1924; and Raymond William Alright, born June 30, 1928. Herbert A. Stolte, born July 21, 1898; married Nov. 16, 1927; Josephine Weaver; they reside at Dallas, Texas. He is manager of the Stolte Wholesale Drug Company of that city. Will A. Stolte, born Sept. 15, 1903. He is associated with his father in business.
Our subjects have always been public-spirited citizens, supporting all movements toward city-betterment. For fifteen years Mr. Stolte has been a member of the City Council, and for many years prominent in the Old Settlers Society, in which he holds an office.
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