SCHRC releases two new books

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center in Sheboygan Falls has released two new books.

“Lippers Mills, Starting Life Over in a Foreign Land” by Richard A. Stoelb tells the story of the settlement and growth of the little village of Franklin in Sheboygan County.

This slightly out of the way place is located 12 miles northwest of the city of Sheboygan, just off County A four miles west of Howards Grove.

The first European settlement occurred in 1847, with a group of 112 from Langenholzhausen, Lippe-Detmold. Most chose to immigrate because of economic issues. For the first few years, the village was called Lippers Mills because of its settlers, but today we know Lippers Mills as the village of Franklin.

The second book is “Our German Heritage” by James E. Schultz.

Schultz wrote the book for his family, but also for the many other people, especially in Wisconsin, who share some version of German immigration.

It is intended to be a resource for three different audiences, including people interested in how German immigrants influenced life in America, especially in Sheboygan County; people interested in the Bloedel, Flick, Graefe, Hesse, Scherr (Scheer), Schulte, Schulz (Schultz), Sinner, or Wannemacher family lines; and for those looking for techniques for investigating their own family trees.

The regions spanned by the book are Saxony, North Rhine, Thuringia, Rhineland and Hesse.

Religious backgrounds include Reformed, Lutheran, Catholic and Free Thinkers.

Occupations include farmer, miller, carpenter, shoemaker, day laborer and peddler.

Both publications are filled with color images, historic and contemporary, and great stories, along with histories of immigration, settlement, growth and decline.

Both books are available in the SCHC Millhouse store, located at 518 Water St. in Sheboygan Falls or online at

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