Bio: Imig, Arthur (1885 - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Imig, Miller, Appleyard, Seif, Maxon,
Riggs, Mattson, Lemke, Grap, Klement, Lea, McKinze, Hom, Swenson,
Balcer, Wojtkiewicz, Rentz, Liebenow, Scherer, Young, Rosekrans,
King, Ruedy, Mabie, Scott, Norenberg, Reindel, Warren, Jacob,
Schultz, Zickert, Stelloh
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) July 23, 1953
Imig, Arthur (9 October 1885 - 15 July
Arthur Imig was Pioneer in the Development of
started his work with purebred Holsteins 47 years
year 1953, Centennial of Clark County, has now been marked by the
passing of Arthur Imig, a pioneer in the county’s dairy
industry. Mr. Imig died of a heart attack on Wednesday, July
15. He had completed a little more than half a century in
developing a leading position as a purebred breeder and as a
producer of a large volume of milk. Arthur Imig came to Clark
County with his parents in 1901. He was then 16 years of
age. He was brought up in an atmosphere of dairying, for his
father Henry, venturing into the relatively new farming region of
Clark County, had brought with him from Jefferson County the best
animals he had developed there, and these became the nucleus of the
herd which subsequently stocked the large Imig farm about three
miles north of Neillsville (at the corner of Hwy 73 and CTH
Dairy conditions were still primitive when Arthur
Imig and his brother William bought the old home farm. Arthur
Imig has told the editor of The Press how the average stable of
those days had an oversupply of ventilation, which came not through
the ventilating system of modern times, but through the many cracks
and crevices of the siding which made no pretense of being
tight. It took years to develop as a standard the basement
barn, with protective masonry and earthen fill.
Arthur Imig was a steady, obedient farm boy, who
listened to his father and learned from him. But he was also,
even as a young man, reaching out for what the texts and the
professors knew. So he went to the University for the short course
and learned there the possibilities of progress through purebreds.
The cows brought to Clark County by his father were good grades,
but 47 years ago Arthur and his brother went into the development
of a herd of purebred Holsteins, and Arthur Imig, at first with his
brother William and then with his sons, Harold and Elton, persisted
in the purebred line. He stuck to purebred Holsteins year
after year and decade after decade, through good times and
bad. He kept himself informed of the status of his herd by
steady testing. He knew all the time just what he was doing
and the degree of success which he was attaining.
Arthur Imig was essentially a dirt farmer, as
well as a breeder of fine cattle. He chased no rainbows, but
stuck to the practical.
demonstrated the value inherent in the free enterprise system of
America, making an important contribution to the progress of the
entire dairy industry of the county. The animals which he sold
carried with them, on the average, a contribution of quality.
They contributed to the improvement of the Holstein breed even
beyond the limits of Clark County. The present improved
status of the Holstein breed in Clark County cannot be accounted
for without making liberal allowance for the contribution made by
Mr. Imig. His career as a breeder reached its climax when, in
1952, one of his animals gained recognition as a Gold Medal sire,
selling for $13,000 at the state auction.
Ton of Milk per Day
his last years Mr. Imig had a herd of about 80 purebred Holstein
cows, with a daily production in the flush of one ton or more of
milk per day.
Arthur Imig’s qualities as a practical
business farmer gained him recognition as a director of the
Neillsville Bank and as an appraiser for the Neillsville Production
a good citizen and large property owner Mr. Imig gave attention to
the public service and its cost. He was secretary-treasurer
of the county branch of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, and made
appearances for that organization before the county board and
elsewhere in the interest of efficient and economical
government. He served in various town and school offices, his
last such service being as clerk of the Town of
Pillar of the Church
Apart from his business and official relations,
Mr. Imig’s chief interest was in his church. He carried
on in the tradition of the old-style "pillar" of the
church. His membership was in the Congregational Church of
Neillsville, of which he was a trustee for many years. He was
carefully attentive to whatever duties might fall upon him there,
doing his part thoroughly, whether it was in attention to the
repairing and painting of the church building or in the singing of
the Sunday hymns. His presence at Sunday service was a
foregone certainty except as sickness or absence
record was definitely better than that of another
Congregationalist, the editor of The Press, who, after a series of
absences, addressed Arthur Imig on the church steps after the
Joke to Arthur Imig
"Arthur" said the editor, "I haven’t seen
you here for quite a good many Sundays." There was a twinkle
in the editor’s eye, but probably Arthur did not see
it. Instead, in all sober seriousness he said:--"Well,
I’ve been here every Sunday."
Perhaps Mr. Imig saw the intended joke, and
perhaps he didn’t. But in any case his church relation
was no joke to Arthur Imig.
Arthur Imig’s birthplace was Fort Atkinson,
and the date was Oct. 9, 1885. His father was Henry
Imig. His mother was Louisa Miller. He married Mayme
Appleyard June 11, 1914. She survives him, as well as their three
children; Harold, Elton and Dorothy, Mrs. Louis Seif.
Surviving also is a brother, Charles of Wisconsin Rapids.
There are nine grandchildren.
sister Amelia Maxon, died in 1942, and his brother and partner,
William P. Imig, died in 1948.
Many friends called at the Georgas Funeral Home
to pay their last respects. The Congregational Church was
filled for the final rites at 2 p.m. Saturday. The minister
for the solemn service was the Rev. Jess Norenberg, state
superintendent of the Congregational Church. Dr. Sarah
Rosekrans sang, "The Lord’s Prayer," and a number was sung by
a quartet composed of Milo Mabie, Randolph Griggs, Roy King and
Earl Ruedy. Mrs. Jess Scott was the
Flowers were in charge of Mrs. Clarence Reindel,
Mrs. Neil Warren, Mrs. Paul Jacob and Mrs. Bertie Schultz.
Pallbearers were: Paul Jacob, Frank Zickert, Otto Warren, Fred
Stelloh, Herman Schultz, and Frank Zickert.
Present from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Imig, Miss Louise and Carl Imig, Wisconsin Rapids: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Riggs and family, Mrs. Warner Matson, Mrs. Robert Lemke, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Grap, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Klement, Salina, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lea, Escanaba, Mich.; Mrs. Bell McKinze, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hom, Silvis, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Swenson and family, Marshfield; Mrs. Fred Hom, Osseo; Mr. and Mrs. John Balcer and Louie Wojtkiewicz, Thorp; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rentz, Mrs. E. Liebenow and Mrs. M. C. Scherer, La Crosse; Mr. and Mrs. J. Young Willard.
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