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Family History Center – Sheboygan

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
3920 Saemann Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081


Linda Smith, director, 458-8178

Hours:Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday by appointment. For all other appointments contact Linda Smith at the number above.

The Center will provide assistance to people of all faiths who are interested in researching their family history.

Conversation, April 22, 2004.

2013 Farmers Markets

• Sheboygan: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, from June 1 to Oct. 30, at Fountain Park, corner of 8th Street and Erie Avenue.

• Elkhart Lake: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Saturday, from June 1 to Oct. 12, at the downtown Train Depot.

• Waldo: 1 to 4 p.m., every Saturday, from June 1 to Dec. 14, at Waldo Memorial Hall, 308 W. First St. 

• Kiel: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday, from June 19 to Oct. 23, at City Park, downtown Kiel. 

• Plymouth: noon to 5:30 p.m., every Thursday, from June 20 to Oct. 17, at the Generations Building parking lot, 1500 Douglas Drive. 

• Town of Lima: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday, from Aug. 3 through late October, at the Boldt Century Farm, N3526 Highway 32.

Source: May 31, 2013 The Sheboygan Press 

Fax Transmission in Sheboygan


Mead Public Library offers fax service to the public. To send a local or long distance fax, the fee is $2 for the first page, and $1 for each additional page. For an international number, the fee is $10 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. The charge to receive a fax is $1 per page. For more information, contact the Help Desk (second floor of the library) at 459-3400, ext. 3422.

This website, Free Fax, offers limited free faxing services.

Local businesses that offer paid fax services include:
Office Max, 3424 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan, WI 920-208-7690 
GT Graphics, 821 Michigan Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 920-458-3525
Piggly Wiggly, 3124 S. Business Dr., Sheboygan,920-452-0411
Piggly Wiggly, 2905 N. 15 St., Sheboygan, 920-458-9991
UPS Store, 3120 S. Business Dr., Sheboygan, 920-5934

Source: Telephone survey by MPL staff.

Fires - Major Sheboygan Conflagrations

Badger State Tannery - January 19, 1920
Garton Toy Company - May 31, 1929 
K. W. Muth - March 12, 1968
Northland Plastics - May 27, 1973 
Austin Gray Iron Foundry - March 27, 1974
Sheboygan Glass Company - June 19, 1974 
Grand Executive Inn - December 17, 1975
Diamond Printing - February 23, 1976 
Playdium - February 22, 1977
Kneevers Hotel - February 12, 1978 
American Excelsior - April 16, 1980
Thonet Industries - April 19, 1982 
H. C. Prange Company - October 16, 1983
99 Hall - May 23, 1988 
Jume's Restaurant - September 26, 1990
Perkins Restaurant - April 30, 2004 
Landmark Square - March 19, 2007
Source: The information was gathered from various issues of The Sheboygan Press.

Food Pantries

Listing of local food pantries begins on page 53


What is the meaning of the term gemütlichkeit, and how is the word spelled?


It is a descriptive word referring to German hospitality or friendliness, especially in Sheboygan and Milwaukee.

Source: The Sheboygan Press, Centennial edition, August 10, 1953.

Genealogical and Historical Information - Sheboygan

Answer: Contact Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, 518 Water Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085, 920-467-4667,, Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Harbor, Sheboygan - Breakwater Lengths

Answer: North Pier: 3,829' South Pier: 2,340'
Source: United States Army Engineers District, Detroit, MI. May 1983.

Haunted Places in Sheboygan (or rumors thereof)

(Reprinted with permission from the Oct. 31, 2005 Sheboygan Press)

GlenbeulahGlenbeulah Graveyard 
A graveyard filled with graves that date to the early 1800s. A man hung himself in this graveyard and is said to be found walking about after midnight. 
You also can see a glowing grave and a pair of shoes that appear on

Kohler: The American Club
Walking through the back halls of the hotel, a witness came across a gentleman standing there in a dirty flannel shirt and torn and faded corduroy pants.They thought it was odd to see man in such attire at the American Club but shrugged it off, thinking he was a guest enjoying a cigar in the lower level. Bidding him a "good evening," but he stared blankly at the floor as though he didn't just see the witness greeting him. They passed him later, then turned to look again and he was gone. The security tape, which they saw later, showed the witness wave and talk to no one. The American Club East Wing of the hotel is haunted. It is the oldest part of the hotel. A woman hung herself in room 209 long ago and often haunts that room, often standing by the fireplace in the room across from that known as the Washington room. 
Also, someone killed a woman in room 315 on the third floor long ago. A man can be seen walking down the hall coming from that direction and lights will turn on by themselves.

Kohler: Old Governor's Mansion
Witnesses have felt cold spots while walking through the old governor's mansion

Sheboygan: U.S. Bank downtown
The bank is haunted by a janitor that worked there named Duke. He worked there until the day he died. He's fond of shaking certain doors and occasionally moving things.

Sheboygan: Yacht Club
A worker there has heard stories and shrugged them off. He has had problems with lights being turned back on after turning them off. Then he started having feelings that someone was watching him. One night he finally saw a figure of a man in the basement prior to closing up.

Sheboygan: Stop sign
An Indian family used to live in a house near a stop sign. Rumors say that the husband killed his wife and children brutally. Rumors say that if you go there late at night and stop at the stop sign with high beams on, the sign will have blood dripping down it. Then you will hear the Indian guy walk toward you and sing Indian songs.

Sheboygan Falls: Eagle River
In the 1800s, a man worked on the railroad tracks. One day, he was in the back on a caboose and he fell off. He was hit by another train and decapitated; his head flew 200 feet away. To this day, he uses his old railroad light, searching for his lost head.

Elkhart Lake: Lions Park
Late at night,swings mysteriously swing and the merry-go-round spins and there is no wind. It is rumored that this is because a small kid fell off of the top of the big slide and died.

Plymouth: Yankee Hill Inn B & B
There are two old buildings that are known as the Gilbert Huson and Henry Huson houses. Three workers have reported hearing people walking around and things dropping. Workers usually refuse to work by themselves. The third floor is especially creepy and extremely cold at all times. One day three workers were waiting for laundry to get done. While the three were sitting in the basement, an old mirror that sits on the wall dropped. None of the workers were near it as it shattered into hundreds of pieces. (Sheboygan Press note: The present owner of the house said he found a broken mirror beneath a washer in the basement.)

Oostburg: Veterans Park
It is said that a drifter drowned in the creek that runs through the park. There have been reports of a man who walks the banks of the creek on certain nights, and when approached, he seems to walk into the creek and disappear. Strange noises also come from sewer pipes which are on the park's north side.

Historical Research Center, Sheboygan County


518 Water Street
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Center doesn’t accept telephone queries. All questions must be in person or through the mail. A SASE is required. For more information see

Mead Public Library Information File

Homelessness in Sheboygan, where to go for help

Crisis Line – 459-3151 (24 hrs.) Green Bay
St. Vincent De Paul –457-4844 (M-F 9-1) Food, clothing, transportation
Salvation Army – 458-3723 (M-F 8:30 – 12, 1 – 4:30)
Consumer Credit Counseling – 458-8840 Ask for Angela, bus ticket available to Green Bay or Milwaukee
Reach – 457-1111 (till 6p.m. after 6 call 211 Appleton Office)
Sheb. Co. Heath and Human Services – 459-3155
Sheb. Interfaith (SCIO) – 457-7272, Women with children, single women in an abusive situation
Some services are limited to Sheboygan Co. residents only.

If all else fails, homeless can sleep in bus shelter or police station lobby per S.P.D.

Indian Mounds in Sheboygan County - Bibliography

The Wisconsin Archeologist. Vol. 19, No. 3, August 1920. (Entire issue) W 977.5 W74
"The Kletzien and Nitschke mound groups," by W. C. McKern. Bulletin of Public Museum of City of Milwaukee. Vol. 3, No. 4. W970.1 M19
Twelfth annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1890-91. To the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 572 Un32r, p. 93
The Sheboygan Press Index under "Indians - County
Source: Mead Public Library Information File