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

Peter Kauer, Page 637


PETER KAUER, wholesale and retail dealer in wines and liquors, whose business is at Nos. 509 and 511 Eighth Street, Sheboygan, is a well-known citizen of this city, of which he is a native, born August 22, 1855.  He is a son of John Kauer, one of the pioneers of Sheboygan.  The latter is a native of Zeltingen, Germany, and came to America when a young man.  In Sheboygan he was married to Miss Mary Melchner, who was a native of the same place as her husband.  Mr. and Mrs. Kauer's family comprised three sons, on whom Peter is the eldest.  John, the second in order of birth, died at the age of nine years.  The third and youngest son is Anton, who is also in Sheboygan.

    Peter Kauer's life thus far has been spent in his native city.  In his boyhood he attended the public and parochial schools.  For about a year he was employed in the office of Register of the Deeds, and later was engaged with the K. Schrier Brewing Company for five years.  At the end of that time he started in a business for himself, and in 1884 engaged in the wholesale liquor trade with G. Schneider, but has been alone in Business since May, 1889.  His stock of goods is valued at from $8,000 to $10,000.

    Mr. Kauer was married in Sheboygan on the 30th day of April, 1877, to Miss Minnie Steckhan, a daughter of Henry Steckhan, one of the early settlers of this city, whose death occurred August 13, 1891, his wife having preceded him about three months.  They had a numerous family, consisting of seven daughters and four sons, and left at death five daughters.  Mrs. Kauer was born in the Chair City, December 29, 1853.

    Mr. and Mrs. Kauer have four children, one son and three daughters:  Sophie, Emma, Alma and Charles Peter.  Mr. Kauer, though still a young man, can remember when Sheboygan was comparatively an unimportant place.  he grew up with the city, and is one of its enterprising citizens.