Bio: Schafer, William (History - 1861) 
Contact: Janet Schwarze




----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin, by The Lewis Publishing Co., 1891; page 246 - 247

WILLIAM SCHAFER, a traveling salesman for D. M. Osborne Co., of Auburn, New York, manufacturers of farm machinery was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, April 20, 1861, the son of Peter Schafer, a native of the same place. Our subject was reared to farm life and educated in the common schools, and after reaching maturity worked on a farm several years. He then clerked in the general store of Gabe Ulmann at Appleton, Wisconsin, one year, after which, in the fall of 1883, he came to Dorchester, where he has since lived. For some time he dealt in horses here, and was also in the mercantile business five years, but failing health caused him to abandon this pursuit. He then commenced traveling, selling machines to the farmers, and in 1890 commenced work for his present employers.

Mr. Schafer was married, December 14, 1882, to Ida D. Spengler, who was born in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, June 17, 1882, the daughter of Hermann Spengler, of Caledonia Township, Waupaca County. They have three children: Arnold A., Arthur H. P. and Hattie E. Mr. Schafer has been Constable for three years, and is the present incumbent. He is a member of I.O.O.F.





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