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Loose, Myrtle; Bastian, June / Persohn family tree 1812-1988
(1812-1988)

Additional history,   pp. 6-15 PDF (5.3 MB)


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I have asked Nelson Wolfmeyer to give me some interesting in-
formation about the factory and store and this is what he wrote.
"Nora Reichardt is right when she says no cheese was made on
Sundays. Milk was brought in on Saturday nights. It was skimmed
and the farmers took the skimmed milk home for the hogs and the
cream was sold, I believe to some dairy in Appleton. The farmers
kept Sunday mornings milk cold for Monday delivery. Later on this
skimming at the factory was done on Sunday morning so we would be
through in time to go to church. The farmers didn't get as much
money from this type of operation, but as most were good Metho-
dists they didn't mind. Eventually, however we made cheese on Sun."
Patrons of the factory saved themselves many a trip of going
to town, because they could buy their main necessarities from the
store. They carried a line of yard goods, sewing notions, general
hardware and groceries. Cookies, crackers and candy was sold by
bulk. They took eggs in trade for groceries.
When the farm truck replaced the horse and wagon, a gasoline
pump was added to the services available at the store. A corner in
the store also served as an Ice Cream Parlor.
Travelers passing thru the area occassionally patronized the
store and factory for cheese and necessarities. People staying on
the campmeeting grounds made good use of the store's services also.
Another article from Nelson's letter.
"The following events took place before my time,but I remember
them from conversations by my parents and others.
My father's family was brought up in the Town of Woodville.
This I believe is west of Forest Junction. Robert Timm ran a saw mill
at or near his farm. Apparentally the mill was run by a steam engine
and my dad was the fireman. I wouldn't be surprised if he boarded
somewhere in that area and so met my mother, Emma Bastian.
Apparently they bought the cheese factory after they were married.
They bought the factory from Adolph Praeger. It's possible that they
lived upstairs in the factory at first. There was a small room in
the southeast corner of the factory which served as store before the
new store building was put up.
We also had a barn and stable in the back and kept horses, wagons
and buggies. Cheese was hauled to Forest Junction by horse drawn
vehicles and shipped by rail to Appleton. And of course supplies for
the store were also picked up at Forest Junction depot.
Yes, my Dad was janitor at the church for many years. I recall
when he got his first Model T*Ford. Probably the first time he ran
it, he went to church on Saturday night to ring the bell, which was
customary at that time. He drove around the church three or four
times to figure out how to stop it.(The Model T).
Nelson and Alvin Wolfmeyer were sons of John and Emma Bastian
Wolfmeyer. They gave me this interesting material about the factory
and store.
During the early years, of the ancestors life in America, some
schools were built. Their children attended the schools to get their
education. Employment of some of the children was also found in the
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