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Historic places and people in the land of milk and honey: Wisconsin's treasure: a tribute to our past, a celebration of the present and our commitment to continue the good life

[Honey Creek Train Station],   p. 20 PDF (469.9 KB)

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  The Land of Milk and Honey Awaits
      In Honey Creek, Wisconsin
Some folks travel around the world
   seeking peace and pleasure,
Hoping to find that perfect place
   which they can rightly treasure.
In the United States some find their dream
   in Seattle or in Branson,
But the land of milk and honey awaits
   right here in Wisconsin.
Even our roads depict it so
  from Prairie to Valley View,
Where on hill and plain the growing grain
   stirs one's heart anew.
There's a little church upon a hill
   with a creek not far below,
Which are little changed from yesteryear,
   remembered long ago.
So unless you've found that perfect place
   in Seattle or in Branson,
Perhaps you ought to come and see
   Honey Creek, Wisconsin.
                           Robert Stowell
In the 1880's, the SO0 line RR built its line
from Chicago to Minneapolis, coming
through Honey Creek in about 1885 and
hauling its first trainload of flour from
Minneapolis to Chicago in 1888, The black-
smiths John Beers and Fred Bauman were
kept busy shoeing the many horses being
used in building the railroad. At this time
Honey Creek acquired a depot, hotel, mill,
lumberyard and stockyards. At the stock-
yards many head of cattle, pigs and sheep
were shipped out whenever a carload
could be assembled. Often some of the
farmers and horse dealers would go out
west, buy a carload of horses in Dakota
and Iowa, selling them out of the railroad
car in Honey Creek up at the depot.
In season, pickles from surrounding farms
were brought into the pickle factory. They
were processed in huge tanks of salty brine
and in due time put in pickle cars and
shipped to Chicago for packing in jars.
Vogler & Schillo operated the pickle facto-
ry for many years with Splinter Pickle being
its last owner. Late October and early
November seemed to be the cabbage
harvesting time. Bill Baker, Bill Clason and
Harold Rossmiller were among some of the
farmers that loaded tons of cabbages into
refrigerated cars and shipped them to
kraut factories in Chicago. Each wagon
load would be weighed at a scale at the
mill and the company would pay the farm-
ers accordingly.
The hotel near the depot on Langmaid
Street served the people that came off of
the passenger trains. This didn't happen
often, but the bar always seemed to do a
brisk business. Gambling on cards and the
pool table was all a part of the activities up
there for many years. It has been a private
home for a long time now.
Many of the boys and girls from Honey
Creek rode the passenger trains to High
School in Burlington. The fare was $. 10 each
way so it cost $1.00 per week. The depot
was a great place for the young people to
watch the station agent as he worked the
telegraph key, try the gum machine in the
waiting room, and experience the sites and
sounds of the railroad from benches in the
waiting room, It became a part of the
International Production Specialists when it
was moved across the tracks by the
DanDee Equipment Company some years
                         Wendell E. Earle

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