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IX. Miscellaneous stories,   pp. 66-70

Page 67

Records were kept for each cow. Feeding
was done according to the production and
testing records. A State tester came to
the Chiber home every month. He spent
the night there so he could test samples
of milk from each cow every norming and
evening. Traveling was difficult then,
and he often walked during the winter.
The Ox Hole, located in the Trappe River
near Lieber's Bridge on the Trappe River
Road (formerly known as Teige Road), has
been a favorite swimming hole for over
50 years.
The valley resounded with joyous shouts
every summer evening during the haying and
harvesting seasons when the youth gathered
there for a refreshing dip.
The Otto Naef family installed a diving
board which added to the joy of swimming.
Many became expert divers as well as
The old timers told how a team of oxen lost
their lives while skidding logs over the
ice there. Thus, it became known as "The
Ox Hole".
Many of the modern homes today are install-
ing sauna baths. About 60 years ago, John
Chiber built a log Finnish bath house on
his farm near a spring. Each Saturday, he
woul4 build a fire in the stone fireplace
so that everything would be ready for his
friends when they walked to his home for a
steam bath. They used the spring for the
refreshing dip following the steam bath.
Charlie Pieper, Frank Nowak, Charlie Deede,
Allen Mason, and the neighborhood boys were
his weekly guests. After the bath, the
evening was usually spent by spinning yarns
and playing cards.
About 30 years later when his cheese
factory closed, he converted the whey
house into another Finnish bath. Now,
instead of walking, friends such as August
Koehler, John Raduechel, and Harvey and
Raymond Schilling came by car on Saturday
nights. Mr. Chiber's Son-in-laws, Clarence
Ramthun, Bono Teige, and Anton Kittel
built the fire and filled the water tank
for him and enjoyed the bath too. A
Finnish bath was also built by John and
Martin Chiber on their farm by the Cain
A galvanized bath tub displayed at the
Marathon County Historical Society was
made by a tinsmith for him when he oper-
ated his cheese factory.
The Trappe River bisects our Township
from east to west into the Wisconsin
River. Its source is in Langlade County
where it is a mere stream. It then flows
through the Town of Hewitt before entering
the Town of Texas. There are many small
streams flowing into it so it gradually
increases in size enroute to its mouth.
To date, the origin of its name is not
Let me take you on an imaginary canoe
trip down the river. We will embark at
the bridge on County Highway J. The
river has many shallow riffles, rocks,
twists and rapids so it is a real chal-
lenge. It flows almost entirely through
wild uninhabited country. As we look
to the left, we see a tree farm owned by
William Schultz. He was the first in
our Town to use the water in this stream
for irrigation. Besides trees, he also
watered plots of strawberries. The
scenery is beautiful as we progress
onward passing large white pine trees,
maples, white birch, and poplar. Golden
buttercups inhabit the small marshes
along the way and cattails surge up in
many places. It is an environment for
wildlife. We see red-winged blackbirds
perch among the cattails.
WAUSAU, WIS, 54401

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