ETER BRUCKER, who resides on section 29, Empire Township, is one of the practical and progressive farmers of Fond du Lac County. He was born in Prussia, Germany, July 11, 1848, and is a son of Martin and Christina (Keuler) Brucker, who were also natives of Prussia. There were but two children in the family, Peter, of this sketch, and Catherine. wife of John Gaspers, a resident farmer of the town of Calumet. By occupation Martin Brucker was a farmer which business he followed throughout the greater part of his life. In 1853, when Peter was a lad of five years, he bade farewell to friends and native land, and with his family set sail for America. Forty-four days were
consumed in making the voyage, but at length the little party reached New York City, and thence proceeded directly to Wisconsin, and located in Fond du Lac County. Mr. Brucker purchased eighty acres of raw prairie land in Calumet Township, and at once gave his attention to the cultivation of his farm, which he operated successfully until 1872, when he was called hence, his death occurring Aug. 24, 1871. He was a worthy and respected citizen and honored pioneer, and his loss was sincerely mourned by many. A lover of liberty and opposed to the rule of a monarch, he came to free America, and from the time of his arrival identified himself with the history of the community in which he lived. He shared in the trials and privations incident to frontier life and participated in the growth and progress of town and county. He felt a deep interest in all that pertained to the public welfare, and was prominent in the promotion of public enterprises.
In political sentiment he supported the principles of the Democratic party. Mrs. Brucker survived her husband for a number of years, dying in March 1888, at the age of sixty-nine.
From the days of his early boyhood Peter Brucker has been a resident of Fond du LAC County. He was reared to manhood upon the old homestead, and in the district schools received his primary education. He then pursued a two years' course of study in a select school in Dodge County, Wis., and at-the age of seventeen years left the school room to enter upon his life occupation, that of general farming and stock-raising. Assuming control of affairs at home, he ably managed his father's farm until the death of Mr. Brucker, when he removed to his present home in the town of Empire. On the 14th of February, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Gertrude Schneider who was born in Calumet Township, in July, 1849, and is a daughter of Stephen Schneider, native of Germany, and a pioneer settler of this county. Her parents became residents of this community in 1848, and resided upon a farm in the town of Calumet until called from this earth. The mother departed this life in 1879, and the year following the father was laid by the side of his loved companion. They were worthy and valued citizens and held in universal respect.
The young couple began their domestic life upon the old homestead, but in 1875 removed to the town of Empire. The year previous Mr. Brucker purchased eighty acres of land on section 30. and later became the owner of twenty-four acres on section 29. Moving to his new home in the year above mentioned he at once began the cultivation and improvement of the land, and now has on of the finest farms in the town. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Brucker, and the family circle yet remains unbroken: Stephen J., the eldest, was born Nov. 16, 1871; he was followed by John M. July 22, 1873; Albert, Jan. 17 1875; Mary E., Sept. 8, 1877; Henry, June 8, 1879; Mathew W., April 6, 1882, and Louisa, July 13, 1885.
As before stated Mr. Brucker is now the owner of one of the best farms in the town of Empire. By subsequent purchase he has extended its boundaries until it comprises 184 acres of fine arable land, which pays a golden tribute to his care and cultivation. He raises a good grade of stock, and everything about the place denotes thrift and industry. When called upon to aid in any public enterprise Mr. Brucker cheerfully responds, and has ever been identified with the best interests of town and county. He has been honored by his fellow-citizens with various local offices of trust, was Side-Supervisor of the town, and now fills the position of Chairman of the Town Board. He discharges his duties in a prompt and able manner, highly satisfactory to his constituents. He and his wife are members of the Catholic Church, and have won the confidence and regard of all.