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Town of Frankfort centennial
(1890-1990)

Settling the township: early life in the Town of Frankfort,   pp. 27-39


Page 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.


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