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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

And that's the way it was...,   pp. 161-162


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And that's the way it was...
A selection of notes from The Stratford Journal
January 1917 - The cook shanty at Camp 10 burned to
the ground. New provisions had to be sent.
March 1917 - When Albert Verch was preparing to run
the Marathon County Railroad engine in the round house, a
lantern he left in the cab while he went to open the doors, set
fire to the cab. He immediately turned in the alarm, but before
the fire was under control, the woodwork was burned and the
valves and gauges were destroyed.
June 1917 - Geo. Schmidt is building a cheese factory on
the Joe Baxter farm half way between here and Staadt.
1917 - House For Sale - Good location 1 block from main
street; 4 rooms, 1 pantry, 1 closet down stairs; 2 rooms, 2 large
closets up stairs: barn.-Price $1300. call at Journal office.
November 1918 - A deal was made this week whereby
Ed Schoppenhorst, owner of the Stratford Opera House gets
an improved farm near Colby and Jos. Gravens of Colby gets
the Opera house and blacksmith shop.
April 1919 - Fred Damon Jr. became the possessor of the
Stratford Opera House and the property connected with the
same.
May 1919 - A deal was closed whereby Fred Damon sold
the property known as the Stratford House to Jos. Ritger of
Marathon City. Mr. Ritger will remodel the building and put
in a stock of furniture and undertaking supplies.
July 1920 - Thirty three thousand pounds of TNT has
been allotted to Marathon County farmers by the Land Clear-
ing department of the College of Agriculture. It will be
shipped sometime during the month of August. The cost will
be 9 cents per pound plus two cents for freight and handling
with a rebate if there should be any.
Plan for Distribution
In order that farmers in every part of the county have an
equal chance the following plan of distribution approved by
the chairman of the county Agricultural Committee has been
adopted. Eight hundred pounds will be allotted to each town.
Distribution to be in the hands of the town chairman. Each
chairman will be supplied with blanks. Each farmer will be
limited to fifty pounds. Go to your chairman, fill out a blank
and pay him $5.50, he will issue a receipt.
He will send blanks with money to the County Agent's
office. Under a ruling by the College the TNT must all be
shipped to one place. Chairman must make arrangements to
have someone from his town call for the TNT as soon as
notified. In case there is extra charge for hauling from
Wausau this must be added to the eleven cents.
In cases where town chairmen do not dispose of the
allotment for their towns, same will be given to towns having
applications in excess of their allotment. Applications must
reach the office of county agent by August 1. Prompt action
is necessary. Beginning farmers should be given the prefer-
ence.
October 1920 - While working on improvements around
his building, Monday, P.F. Grassl, proprietor of the Stratford
Pool and Billiard Hall stepped on a rusty nail. He is detained
from his regular duties on this account and his business is
being carried on by Ed Obermeirer.
December 1920 - Young Men Fall 100 Feet To Death
Quick Action and Courage of Sam Frankwick, Local
Mechanic, Rescues Crew Foreman from Dangerous Position,
when Scaffold Gives Way Dropping Two Steel Structural
Workers 100 Feet through False Works to Frozen Ground.
New Stratford Water Tower Claims Two Lives
Fred Benz of Wausau, and John Kujawa of Almond, were
killed at Stratford Wednesday, when a scaffold on which they
were working, at the top of the new city stand-pipe, broke and
dropped them to the earth a hundred feet below. Two other
workmen, Sam Frankwick and Al Schroeder, who comprised
the crew, were not injured, Mr. Frankwick being on the
ground and Mr. Schroeder, the foreman, directing the riveting
from the inside of the tank at the top of the structure. It is
probable that only the courage and quick action taken by Mr.
Frankwick averted further disaster when he quickly mounted
the frail ladder and climbed thru the ruins and lent assistance
to Schroeder who was in a precarious position inside the tank,
dangerously near the five-foot bottom opening with little or
no support except a narrow plank which was liable to slip at
any moment and drop him to the fate of his companions. The
cool courage of both men was remarkable and as soon as
Frankwick reached the top with a line, Schroeder pulled
himself to safety and both men hastened to the ground, where
Benz and Kujawa lay crushed and lifeless. Dr. G.F. Murphy,
Stratford physician, was notified and hurried to the spot,
where he found Kujawa dead and few signs of life in Benz.
Benz died about ten minutes after the arrival of the doctor.
The bodies were taken to the undertaking parlors ofRitger and
Platteter and the relatives of the deceased notified. Coroner
Meilahn of Wausau reached Stratford Wednesday evening
and Thursday morning a representative of a Wausau under-
taking firm arrived to accompany the body of Benz to Wau-


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