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 From the Portrait and Biographical Record of Sheboygan County, Wis., 1898:

Bodenstein Brothers, Page 228


BODENSTEIN BROTHERS, merchant tailors and dealers in ready-made clothing, hats, caps and furnishings goods, in Sheboygan, are successors to their father, George Bodenstein, who established the business in 1860.  The sons, M.A. and John, who were associated with their father for many years in the store, succeeded to the business in 1880.  They occupy a large double store, 40 x 120 feet, Nos. 516 and 520, Eighth Street, and also occupy one-half of the upper story, and are doing an extensive and increasing business.

    Martin A. Bodenstein, the senior member of the firm, was born in Sheboygan, Wis., February 3, 1857, and is a son of George and Ernestine (Hophf) Bodenstein.  He was reared and educated in his native city, and at the age of fourteen years began learning the tailor's trade in his father's shop, and continued with him until the father retired from business, when he succeeded to the business in company with his brother John, as previously stated.

    Mr. Bodenstein was married in Sheboygan, January 12, 1886, to Miss Jennie Roenitz.  Mrs. Bodenstein is a native of Sheboygan, and is a daughter of William Roenitz.  Mr. & Mrs. Bodenstein have one child, a son, George, born November 24, 1888.

    In politics, Mr. Bodenstein is a Republican.  Both he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

    John G. Bodenstein, the junior member of the firm, was born in the Chair City, June 16, 1859, and was reared and educated in his native town.  He received his mercantile education in his father's store, and joined his brother in business, as above stated.

    The Bodenstein brothers are both practical business men, and have had an extensive experience in their line of trade.  Their establishment is one of the most complete of the kind in the county.  Their prices are reasonable, and their work of the best quality for the money to be had in the market.  They are so widely known, and their reputation for upright and fair dealings so well established, that it is not necessary to say more.  Both are courteous gentlemen, and are held in high esteem in business and social circles.