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Rocky's Bar
The building I am in has probably been a tavern since it
was built. Pete Grassl owned it for about 45 years; it was then
managed briefly by Bob Dein, Al Bandle and Bob Leonhardt.
My Uncle, Red Kann, took over the business in July of 1964
and managed it until July of 1980 when I took over. I have
enjoyed it very much. It's a small bar, no pool table or other
games, but everyone is friendly and it serves as a good
gathering place to hash out all the world's problems. The most
important thing is that my customers are a mix of all age
groups and everyone gets along great.
There are alot of hours in a week but with the help of Tom
Fischer and Scott Johnson, I seem to make it through. It's been
fun and I hope to be around for quite awhile.
Sauter Kundinger
Funeral Home
The Sauter Kundinger Funeral Home is located onThird
Street next to the Village Hall. It was purchased by DuWayne
and Donna Kundinger in February of 1977. Jerry Sauter is
also involved with the business.
Scott's Market
Scott and Kathy Kann purchased the grocery business
from Frank and DonnaEllenbecker in 1980. Employees of the
store are Gordon Kann, Nancy Wiesman, Shawna Lance,
Chad Vetter and Debbie Marohl.
Spe-Dee Drapery, Inc.
Frank and Mildred Ule and Frederick and Patricia Boldt
of Marshfield rented the Helstrom Pharmacy Building and
opened a drapery shop there.
They began by making draperies for mobile homes. The
Ules sold their interest in the business to Vernard and Dorothy
1971 Spe-Dee Draperies moved into their new quarters
on South Highway 97. The Dallman's son, Lowell, joined the
firm in 1975. Presently Spe-Dee Draperies employs three
workers. They still supply window treatments for mobile
homes however they are now a work room for many decorat-
ing firms in Wisconsin. They are also engaged in retail sales
of their custom made window treatments.
Stratford Beauty Nook
The Stratford Beauty Nook is owned by Rachel Kann.
She started the business in her home in 1961. Before starting
her beauty shop she worked in Mosinee. The shop is open
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Stratford Bread &
The Stratford Bread & Butter opened in Stratford in 1985
on the comer of Hwy 97 and Hwy 153. It was started by John
Balms of Marshfield. They sell gas, food, lottery tickets, and
other miscellaneous merchandise as well as register deer
during deer hunting season. Rhonda Umnus is the Manager
and Wendy Johnson and Heather Rasumssen are full time
employees. They also employ six to seven part-time workers.
Stratford Building
In 1956 Ralph Chrouser started Stratford Building Sup-
ply. In 1957 Joe Burger and Jens Casperson joined him in the
business. Casperson died in an automobile accident in 1957.
The lumber and building supply business has built many
structures in the area through the years. Today the business is
run by the sons of Burger and Chrouser; Joe Burger, Jr., Grant
Burger, George Chrouser, Peter Chrouser, Mike Chrouser,
John Chrouser and Dick Chrouser.
Stratford Designs,
In 1984 Dennis and Jean Hastings moved their business
from Marshfield into the former Farmside Farm Machinery
building on Highway 97 south. They produce silk screened
wall decor in their establishment. The finished product is
shipped all over the United States.
During the peak season from September to December,
they employ up to twenty-five employees. The rest of the year
about twelve are employed at the company.
Farmers Co-op
From The Stratford Journal May 28, 1920
Feed Mill Proposed for Stratford
(By Alex T. Kowalsky A.B. LL.B.)
"The need of a general feed mill in Stratford is not lacking
in demands amongst the farmers. A proposition has been
submitted to several leading business people and farmers by
a Mr. Smith representing the Hastings Industrial Comp. of
Chicago who was in our midst last week and the scheme
proposed appears plausible. Stratford, the center of a rich
agricultural district is an ideal location for a feed mill. The
farmers living about Stratford must go to Marshfield, Mara-

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