Glenzer, Richard C. (History - 1871)


Janet Schwarze




----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

RICHARD C. GLENZER, who, with his brother, John, is engaged in operating a profitable farm of 120 acres in Section 12, Green Grove Township, was born in Sheboygan County, Wis., Jan. 24, 1871, son of Justus and Elizabeth Glenzer, his mothers' family name being Younger. The father, who was born in Germany, came to this country when young and settled in Sheboygan County, where he engaged in farming. There also he met and married Elizabeth Younger. In 1875 they came to Clark County, Justus Glenzer buying a farm of 160 acres in Green Grove Township. He was active in local affairs, serving on the township board And as treasurer of the school board, and was a Republican in politics.


He died June 15, 1912, his wife having passed away many years previously, in 1876. They had a large family of ten children-Henry, who resides in Dorchester, Clark County Elizabeth, now deceased August, a resident of South Kaukauna, Wis. Mary, wife of H. Klemm, of Green Grove Township John, who lives on the home farm William, deceased Barbara, widow of Fred Stacker, and residing in Colby Fred, of Green Grove Township Richard C., subject of this sketch, and Minnie, who is deceased. Richard C. Glenzer, in company with his brother John, acquired their present farm after their father's death, and have operated it in partnership ever since. They have made many improvements on it, building a basement under the entire barn, besides building an addition to the latter also erecting a silo 16 by 32 feet in size, and a machine shed, hog house and chicken house. They raise Holstein cattle, milking twenty cows, and also raise such crops as hay, corn, oats and barley.


Richard C. Glenzer was elected clerk of the school board in 1909 and 1912, and township treasurer in 1916. He is president of the local branch of the American Society of Equity, also of the Green Grove Farmers' Produce Company, and is a stockholder in the Wausau Packing Company. In religion he is a German Lutheran. He was married Dec. 1, 1902, to Hattie Sommer, who was born in Chicago, daughter of August and Theresa Sommer, her father being a harness maker by trade. The family moved to Colby, Wis., where they lived several years, and then Mr. And Mrs. Sommer returned to Chicago, where he died. His wife is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Glenzer have had three children-Minnie, born, Dec. 15, 1903 Richard, who died in infancy, and Reuben, born April 3, 1908.



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