News: Green Grove (Cheese factory fire - 28 Dec 1939)
Surnames: Stephenson, Laabs
----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) 04 Jan 1940
The frame cheese factor of Christ Stephenson, 1 1/2 miles south of Curtiss (Clark Co., Wis.) at the Green Grove corner, was destroyed shortly before midnight last Thursday by fire of uncertain origin.
Neighbors were summoned, but the fire had already gained such headway that they were unable to check the blaze but succeeded in saving a truck load of cheese from the burning building.
The Stephenson factory, believed to have been the first plant erected in the Green Grove community, was built by Wm. Laabs, pioneer Clark County cheesemaker, nearly 50 years ago. Mr. Laabs later operated a factory northwest of Greenwood and at present resides in Oshkosh.
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