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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

The village,   pp. 47-78


Page 48

The Village continued to grow and prosper.
The following article is from the Marshfield
News, Feb. 25, 1909.
BUSY STRATFORD
Substantial proof of a wide awake village
"The place where Stratford now stands was
once the camping ground for wild tribes of Indi-
ans. But this is not an Indian legend we are going
to tell. The pale face now own the territory and
have laid it out into lots and blocks and built up a
village. Stratford by rail is 12 miles distant from
Marshfield and you hardly get your seat warm
before the conductor that took your fare informs
you that you have reached your destination.
For three-fourths of a mile on the west side of
the track is a row of business houses, the streets
back being built up of homes. Possibly 800 people
live there and surrounded by every comfort of the
present age are happy, prosperous and contented.
It has not reached that stage of paved streets or
boulevards but still lingers in the lap of the
wooden age in the way of buildings and walks. But
Stratford is a busy little place and the past year has
added to its importance by the building of a large
brick school house and the incorporation of a
bank.
It might be of interest to mention the business
firms, the largest of which, of course, is the R.
Connor Co. with their big department store, saw,
planing, stave and heading mills. In addition to
these they have their own lighting plant and fur-
nish light to the village. The store is looked after
by E. H. Allington and the mills by Wm. Goetz.
The other business interests are L. B. Weber,
livery; Louis Klumb, butcher shop; John Gall,
tailor; Kaiser Bros., barbers; 0. A. Holm, harness
shop; Louis Garbish, saloon, John Hicke, saloon
and hall; H. L. KLemme, saloon; E. C. Leitritz,
hotel; Chris Korntved, restaurant; Mahoney &
Son, general merchandise; Maxson Bros., hard-
ware and farm machinery; two blacksmith shops.
feed mill, opera house, co-operative creamery;
bank, Walter Oby, cashier; C.O, Fuller and H. S
Wahl, physicians; Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist
and Presbyterian churches, brass band, electric
lights and telephone. So it will be seen that in a
business way nearly every branch in a commercial
sense is represented and with a good farming
country fast settling up to draw from. Stratford is
a thriving place.
Possibly the best indication of its thrift is re-
flected by the first statement of the new bank
which after a business period of only three
months, shows a bank deposit of $19,000. This of
itself has added confidence and business tone to
the place."
Courtesy: Mrs Strasser
1907 - Looking westfrom Leo Wenzel
corner on 97 and Elm St


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