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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Wisconsin farm progress days 1974,   pp. 271-274


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Wisconsin Farm Progress Days 1974
In 1974 the Ken and Richard Leick Farm on Highway 97, south of Stratford was the home of the Wisconsin Farm Progress
Days. The event ran for three days, July 30, 31 and August 1. It is estimated that 40,000 people attended on the first day and a
total of 125,000 people in the total of three days.
Leick corners, the site of Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, 1974.
Special Farm Progress Days Newspaper Section was
published jointly by the Wausau Record-Herald and the
Marshfield News-Herald on July 27, 1974. The articles and
photographs about Farm Progress Days are from the special
section.
Leick Farm History
Many years ago a farmer by the name of Peter Leick came
to the Stratford area from Brown County to buy a farm. Peter,
grandfather of Kenneth and Richard Leick, present owners of
the Farm Progress Days site, therefore laid the foundation of
the present Leick complex.
Archie Leick, son of Peter and later father of Kenneth and
Richard, helped his father. In 1926 Archie married and his
father built the young couple a home the following year.
In 1927 Grandpa Leick went into the hotel business in
Stratford, and Archie and his brother, Lawrence, farmed
together, renting the land from their father on a 50-50 basis
until 1936, when Archie purchased the present Farm Progress
Days farm.
Archie and Lawrence, who had also purchased acreage
nearby, now worked their farms separately, although they
were still in partnership with the larger pieces of machinery.
In 1944 Archie bought another 80 acres across the road, where
Richard now lives. Ten years later he bought another 40,
making a total of 220 acres of good farmland.
Through the years Archie Leick acquired the reputation
of being a good 'co-operator.' When the company agent
wanted to guide a tour through the countryside, Archie's farm
was always there with a welcome.
Archie was an active worker in the shipping association,
serving as its secretary. He helped build the Equity Livestock
property. He was also representative of District 11 of Ameri-


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