Biography of Henry Shuman
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The rich farming district of Racine County furnishes splendid opportunities to the agriculturist and dairyman, and among the enterprising and prosperous farmers of the locality is numbered Henry Shuman, who is now comfortably situated in life. He makes his home near Franksville and is numbered among the native sons of Raymond Township, his birth having there occurred June 21, 1867. His parents, Fred and Margaret (Hansen) Shuman, were natives of Denmark, the former born August 26, 1833, and the latter August 15, 1826. They were married in Raymond Township, Racine County, where Mr. Shuman had located at. a very early period in its development. He had been a sailor of Denmark and sailed the seas for years, visiting almost every point of the globe. At length he determined to retire from that life and became a resident of Racine County, purchasing a farm of forty acres in Raymond Township. At length he disposed of that property and bought another farm of sixty acres. Still later he sold that tract and invested in a farm near North Cape. In 1881 he purchased his present farm, comprising eighty acres. He belonged to the Lutheran church, while his wife was a member of the Baptist church. She died May 9. 1889, and left behind her many warm friends. In politics Mr. Shuman is a democrat, but has never been an aspirant for office.
Henry Shuman, their only child, obtained his education in the district schools and took up the occupation of farming. He came into possession of his father’s old homestead and has always carried on general agricultural pursuits. He also does considerable dairying, milking ten cows, keeping high grade Holsteins. His home is a commodious, pleasant and attractive farm residence and he has built upon his place an excellent barn and good silo. In a word, his is a well improved property and he is now most comfortably situated in life.
In January, 1891, Mr. Shuman was united in marriage to Miss Anna Christensen, a sister of Martin Christensen, who is mentioned on another page of this work. To them have been born six children, namely: Elmer, who died at the age of twenty years, and Edna, Russell, Ralph, Jeannette and Lorain, all of whom are still under the parental roof. The eldest daughter is a member of the Baptist church and the family helps to maintain three neighboring churches, as they are all church workers. They are widely and favorably known in their part of the County, the hospitality of the best homes being cordially extended them.