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Historic places and people in the land of milk and honey: Wisconsin's treasure: a tribute to our past, a celebration of the present and our commitment to continue the good life

[Stowells' Trucking],   p. 11 PDF (377.3 KB)

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In 1839, the homestead, deeded by the US
to William Darwin Crane, was sold in two
weeks to Norman Dyer. In 1952, Marvin and
June Stowell purchase the property. Their
son and his wife, James and Bonnie Stowell
now own the homestead. Stowell Trucking
was started by Marvin Stowell in 1947 when
as many as twenty farms existed on Spring
Prairie Road alone. Marvin filled the need
for rellable, efficient transportation of live-
stock to the Milwaukee and Chicago mar-
kets. The trucking business still prospers
today, serving farmers and expanding in
other areas. In 1974, Stowell's Catering was
created for weddings, reunions, company
functions. It has become the thirty-five year
lunch stand at the Activity Center at the
Walworth County Fair.
In 1962, the Activity Center and Cattle
Show Area was built with contributions from
farmers and proceeds from auctioning
their livestock.
Jim has served for twenty-six years as
Chairman of the Spring Prairie Township
and has seen many changes as people
from Chicago and Milwaukee settle in the
country. The original name Spring Prairie
came from the many springs and the love-
ly prairie fields. Four population areas in
Spring Prairie are Honey Creek, Honey
Lake, Spring Prairie and Paradise Valley.
Development of cluster communities is
receiving serious consideration vs. chang-
ing the pastoral landscape with endless
small parcels for homes. "We need to care-
fully consider our future land use, for once it
has changed use, it has changed forever."

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