Albert Peter Funk (1875-1945), born La Crosse, WI. to Michael and Anna Funk, became a very successful industrialist and community leader. He began his career as General Manager of a small struggling manufacturing company, La Crosse Rubber Mills Co., which produced rubber raincoats and tarpaulins. Realizing the limited growth prospect of the company, he began manufacturing rubber and canvas footwear and moved operations to the North side of La Crosse on Indian Hill. The company experienced rapid growth and became one of the largest rubber footwear companies in the nation. In addition to his President of La Crosse Rubber Mills Co, he was a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, The Batavian Bank of La Crosse, Employers Mutual Insurance Co. of Wausau, WI, Wisconsin Manufacturing Association and Treasurer of La Crosse Trailer Co. He married Dorothy Rendell and had 4 children: Albert, Frederick, Virginia, and Henry.