Town of Frankfort centennial
Businesses, pp. 111-119
John Busche moved to the Town of Frankfort in 1974. In addition to farming, he does back hoe work for water lines, septic and holding tanks. Leffel Manufacturing Darrel Leffel established a barn equipment welding busi- ness on his farm, in Section 34, in 1977. He built a new metal building, in 1978, where he makes up all types of partitions and stanchions. Livestock Ferdinand Holubetz drove a team of horses and a wagon, with an enclosed hutch, buying calves from local farmers, in the late teens and early 1920's. He butchered the calves, dressed them out and shipped them to Madison and Chicago veal markets. Loddie Loskot operated a livestock, poultry and egg busi- ness, from 1932 until 1959, on his farm in Section 10. The calves were sold to the Edgar Packing Co. and the eggs were trucked to be sold in Chicago. Arnold Bauman started raising poultry and eggs on his farm in Section 24, in 1935. In 1943, he started shipping eggs to the New York Market. He expanded his business by buying eggs locally and from as far as Minnesota and Iowa. He, also, expanded his markets and trucked eggs to Chicago, Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He built a packing plant on his farm in 1948. In 1954, his peak year, he was handling up to 1500 cases of eggs a day, with almost 50 employees working at candling and packing eggs, which were then inspected by a Federal Inspector. A partial list of employees were: Mildred Panzigrau, Char- lotte Borchardt, Mrs. Arnold Punks, Mrs. Lester Bauman, Mrs. Art Lueschow, Mrs. Melda Vold, Mrs. Elfreda Hoernke, Mrs. Marion Van Dreel, Mrs. Bernard Leffel, Mrs. Leona Jecke, Mrs. Lorna Schmelzer, Mrs. Adell Jeske and many more. Arnold continued the operation until 1959, when his packing plant burned down and was never rebuilt. Later, he sold his farm and moved, first to Mondovi, then to Chippewa Falls. There he developed a Pole Building Construction Company. Otto Hoernke's Turkey Farm This was started in the Town of Frankfort around 1935 by Otto Hoernke. He got the idea from his brother Alvin who lived in Minnesota since 1920. Several other farmers followed in this endeavor shortly after. Ernest Hoernke, Herbert Passeh], Herman Hoernke, William Hoernke, Herman Christiansen, Bill Thomas and Harvey Bohman. Otto Hoernke and his brother-in-law Fred Klumb were the largest of the turkey operations, raising about 10,000 turkeys per season. They not only processed and sold their own turkeys but also processed and sold turkeys for the other farmers in the township. Their total operation was probably in excess of 13,000. It was conducted on the Otto Hoernke farm in Section 22 SW SE. The business lasted until around 1950 when it became unprofitable to stay in business. Photography Charles Brown was a professional photographer, having operated a photography studio in Athens, in 1893. He moved to the Town of Frankfort, in 1894, where he continued his profes- sion for manyyears, taking pictures in the community and in the out-lying areas. He used the older style of camera, which had glass negatives. Unfortunately, most of the old negatives he had taken have been ruined due to exposure to the elements. Frank Bobert did photography work during his lifetime, in the Town of Frankfort. He was the son of John Bobert. Frank's son, Donald, has his father's collection of pictures. Daniel Wirkus was a teacher, who pursued photography during his spare time, taking pictures in Frankfort and the surrounding areas. Many of his pictures remain, identified with his name. His father was Joe Wirkus, Sr. Trucking Ferdinand Totzke, of Section 13, trucked livestock to the Stratford Shipping Association from 1924 to 1940, when the state began to raise license fees and other taxes. He drove a 1924 International truck. Elmerd Schemenauer Ernest Hoernke Turkeys Elmerd Schemenauer started hauling milk with horses, wagon and sleigh at the age of 14, while living in the Town of Johnson. He moved to the Town of Frankfort, in 1930. He was one of the first to start hauling milk to the Laabs Cheese Factory, later known as Kraft Foods, in Milan. He continued hauling milk for about 15 years.
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