Town of Frankfort centennial
Settling the township: early life in the Town of Frankfort, pp. 27-39
FARM ORGANIZATIONS By 1875 the National Grange had a membership of 858,050 members. Local Grange orders were chartered in Wisconsin about 1880 and in Marathon County about 1895. One local grange order was organized in the Town of Frankfort at the Carl Hoernke home on January 2, 1897. It was called the For- ward Grange No. 540. The group held regular monthly meetings at the Hamman-Eggebrecht Saw Mill and at the town hall. Several orders of coffee were ordered at a price of 16 cents per pound. Since the Grange was a secret organization similar to the Masonic Order and since this was not always accepted by some people and especially the Reverend A.F. Imm, pastor of the local Lutheran Church, it did not last long. In order to keep peace in the church the local Forward Grange No. 540 was dissolved. After six months on June 26, 1897 it was dissolved. The charter members were: Carl Hoernke William Braun Albert Mielke Adolph Bornowski Joseph Schmirler Otto Mesalk John Osten H.C. Eggebrecht Brost Schooley William Lauz John Eggebrecht George Braun John Simson George Taves Ernest Hoernke Albert Dallman H. Meissner William Roger Henry Marquardt George Wescott Town of Frankfort was a charter member of one of these organizations, The American Society of Equity. Their charter hung in the old town hall for many years. Maybe someone could recall who some of the members were. Many of these Farmer Equity Cooperatives were later taken over by the operated by the Midland Cooperative. Although the Farmers Union was not instrumental i starting the milk strike in 1933 on the county level, they wer quite involved in the strike. They stopped all milk truck dumped some milk, and burned down some barns. This gc them involved with the law. Many of the farmers hauled their milk to cheese factories a night, yet were on strike in the daytime. Many a farmer mad butter at home with butter to sell. Cheese factories were guarded with shotguns by some an were paid for by the town after some conflict with the law. Th strike subsided as fast as it started. Farm Bureau Dairy Promotion Stand at the Wisconsir Valley Fair, Wausau in 1974. (L-R): Loddie Lee Losk: Jr., Mrs. Dorothy Loskot and Loddie Loskot St.
This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use see: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright