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press and other equipment was added. The Schermerhom Brothers were in Stratford only until November, 1921, the issue of the 18th of that month being the first under the new ownership of Frank R. Otto, who stated in his first issue: "Now that I have taken possession of the Journal, I am going to say that I have the best equipped shop in this section of the State and can assure you that I am here for business and am going to give you the best kind of newspaper. "I do not need any further recommendation for Mr. Schermerhorn has said enough regarding that line. "I gave up my duties with one of Marshfield's largest publishing houses to come here, and I shall say again that I have the best equipped shop in this section of the state." During Mr. Otto's ownership of the Journal, the first typesetting machine was installed, a Linograph, doing away with the tedious work of setting all the type in the newspaper by hand. In that year, too, ground was broken for the start of the Stratford Canning Company here. Plans at that time were to can pears, beans, beets, and perhaps, sweet corn. Mr. Otto's last issue was on May 9, 1924, at which time the ownership of the Journal was taken overby a group of local businessmen. (I believe that the four were Theo. W. Hoffmann, R. Connor, Fred Semmelhack and George Chrouser.) Mr. Chrouser was president of the Home Publishing Company, but much of the actual writing of the news and comments was done by Mr. Semmelhack. He was a bit unconventional at times, and some of his stories raised some rumpusses. He learned of the dangers an editor faces. He printed a news story of a Stratford citizen and slightly misspelled his name. The day after publication, this individual came in to the Journal office and was carrying a quart syrup pail. Mr. Semmelhack was entirely unprepared when the irate sub- scriber swung the pail at his head and told him: "I'll learn you to spell my name with an ski instead of sky." Beginning with the April 5, 1926, issue of the Journal, it was under the ownership of Earl B. Crawford, who came here after serving as editor of the Keystone Enterprise. Mr. Crawford published the Journal through the boom times of the late 1920's and in the early years of the depresssion of the 1930's. In June, 1934, he sold the Journal to the present owner, who took possession on July 1, 1934. In October, 1943, a disastrous fire destroyed most of the machinery and equipment of the Journal. It was the middle of World War II when all the machinery was at a premium. For months, the Journal was printed in outside shops, until equip- ment could be found. The Journal was not completely set and printed in its own shop again until April 6, 1944. Don hale took over the Stratford Journal in 19? and his son, Paul, the current owner of the Journal took over in 1969. Paul also publishes the Stratford Merchants Messenger. Stratford Mini Storage Joe and Carol Lato opened their Mini Storage business in 1990. They have sixteen storage units of various sizes from 10xlO to 10x24 at 201 South Street. Stratford Plumbing & Heating In 1970 Donald Schultz and his wife, Tommie, purchased Guenther Sheet Metal & Plumbing and changed the name to Stratford Pulumbing and Heating. The business is located on South Weber Avenue and does a thriving plumbing business. They do residential, commercial and remodel plumbing. Heating work is no longer done but it remains in the name. Don and Tommie Schultz are both active in the business. They have three employees, their son Scott, Barb Schoenfuss, and Roger Roehrborn. The Stratford State Bank By Allie Knoll For the Stratford Journal At the turn of the century, the community of Stratford was a busy logging settlement. Mills were harvesting thousands of board feet of virgin timber. The lumberman in the area received their pay and purchased their necessities at the supply stores and probably kept the remaining cash under the mattress. The Connor Company mill provided a general store where the payroll could be redeemed for merchandise. How- ever, the people not employed at the mill needed a depository for exchange of their funds.
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