Carl Kerskamp
February 16, 1887 - April 3, 1949


Carl was born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Mary Kerskamp.  He attended public school in Sheboygan Falls and after completing school, was employed for a period of years at the former Weisse Tannery.  He was a lifeline resident of the city.

While still a young man, he learned the knitting and weaving trade from his father, carrying it on as a hobby throughout his entire life.  In his later years Carl developed this hobby into almost full-time work in a shop behind his home at 807 Detroit Street.  He was well known for his excellent rugs, but also knitted sweaters, mittens, socks, and many other items.

Carl was also known for his beautiful flowers, for he was a garden enthusiast, and spent much of his time there.  He was quite often seen around town driving his Model T Ford - he owned three in his lifetime.  He bought his first one for $800 from the former Boland and Benninghaus garage in 1921.

An active man, he was known to practically everyone in Sheboygan Falls.  And he was vitally interested in progressive civic government.  In 1914, he became the first treasurer of the city.  He served in that capacity until 1924, when he decided to give up the office because of the time involved and the small amount of pay.

In 1926 he was again a candidate for city treasurer, and won the election.  He served as treasurer until his death in 1949, being the longest serving city treasurer in the state of Wisconsin.  During the 33 years he served as treasurer, there was never a single error in his voluminous records.  He served under every mayor the city had up until 1949, beginning with Herman Boldt, first mayor of the city, to Gustave Holmgren who was mayor at the time of Carl's death.  As evidence of his prestigious record as a public official, all city offices were closed on the event of his death, and flags were flown at half staff.  Mayor Holmgren and other city officials served as honorary pall bearers.

Carl was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, and was on the church board for many years, serving as treasurer at the time of his death.  He was a member of the Rebekahs, and the Odd Fellows, and held practically every office in the latter at one time or another.

Carl Kerskamp died April 3, 1949, and was buried in the Sheboygan Falls cemetery.  He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Kerskamp; three sisters, Mrs. William (Anna) Dicke, Mrs. Carl (Mamie) Roepke, and Mrs. August (Dora) Posner, all of Sheboygan Falls; and one brother, Benjamin Kerskamp of Milwaukee.  His father and two sisters preceded him in death.

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