Businesses of yesterday, pp. 185-218
Stratford Farm Fresh Stratford Farm Fresh, a specialty firm supplying fresh turkeys for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, was located just east of Stratford on Highwayl53. It was a joint venture of Bob Ulrich and Larry and Ardell Klemme to have a specialty product available for those who did not want the "piece de resistance" of their holiday meal frozen. The birds were grown by Klemme and Ulrich turkey farms. The plant opened in 1962 with eight employees. The first Thanksgiving employees were James Weigel, Neil Belke, Donetta Ulrich, Jeanette Klemme, Mary Weigel, Bernice Steczynski, Marie Oertel and Lorraine Seitz. Turkeys were killed one day--chilled-and then pack- aged and shipped the following day. Over 1,000 birds were processed in 5 days. They were sold in Central and Northern Wisconsin going to Stratford, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Wausau, Oshkosh, Merrill, Tomahawk and Minocqua. The firm discontinued operations after Thanksgiving 1981 due to the inability of obtaining premium birds in the Stratford area. Thousands of young turkey chicks at Stratford Farm Fresh. Courtesy Donetta Ulrich.
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