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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Businesses of yesterday,   pp. 185-218


Page 215

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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