Clark County, Wisconsin
1893-1993 Centennial History
Early Township History
Location: County Trunk "N" and Koser Avenue, Worden
Township, Clark Co., WI
This is a picture of my grandfather's cheese factory,
taken about 1907. He named it Cloverleaf and it was one of
two known to have been situated in Worden township. The other was
LaGrander's Hillside Dairy and it was
at the corner of Broek road and Fernwal Avenue.
I believe my grandfather is in the white shirt in the
center, standing with two children on the porch/platform. I also
understand my grandmother is sitting with two other children (one is my
dad) on the porch of the house to the right. I think all of their 5
children were born in the house just to the right of the factory.
Contributed by Robert J Pritzl.
Worden--West Worden Cheese Factory
Michael & Jennie Clerf
Clerf Memories – March 2005
Memories of farms in area – (South
portion of Sect. 13,14, 15; North portion of Sect 22, 23, 24)
South from Old Worden Norwegian
Frinnack’s son Charles
Luchen’s son Bobby, daughter
Audrey. Father died, was sold to Tony Fisher. He sold it to John & Clara
Next place Lemmons, daughter
Hattie. Was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Farmers. They sold it to Mike and Helen
Florkowski. The sold it to Adolf Greyneski. Now it is a hunting cabin.
Next farm – Mr. & Mrs.
Emmerson and son Chris Berg. They sold it to Harry Boie.
East from Old Worden Norwegian
On north side of road Western. Sold to Bert & Ruth Hubbard. Glen Horn owns it now.
Next place – Nelson. 2 sons
buried by home (house burned because boys had diphtheria). They built new
building a little north. Gaylord Nelson was their grandson. They sold to
Lansberg. He was killed there. They sold to Mr. Huberty. Now owned by Alvin
Next farm north was Olson.
Their little son (about 12) is buried on north side of the house.
Across from them lived the
Edwards. She was Doris Kolpien. Their daughter was Lillie Grimms.
Going east of the cheese
factory was the Tom Steele farm. They sold it to Henry Bauer. Now owned by Pat
Going east on the south side
of the road was Peterson farm. They sold it to John and Mable Misfeldt. Now
owned by Bernard Merten.
Next was the Moen place. The
father and 2 sons died the same week. She sold it to Henry & Julia Harper.
They had a son Fred who was killed in First World War. Also had a son Thorne
and girl Clara. Now owned by Bernard Mertens.
Next was Appalonia and
Philander Torone.. They are buried on the farm. Place was sold to Tilke. He
got shot by a stray bullet. His wife sold it to Tamms. They were from
Missouri. Clerfs bought from them.
Next was the Beckman place.
The parents moved, a son George lived there (lost in the depression), then it
was sold to a land company and was rented out to Art Bauer and later Chet and
Anna Daines. John Irmans bought it. Then it got sold to Charles Struve. They
sold it to John Fritsimmons. They sold it to Melvin Haas. Now it is owned by
South from Corner
Fred Glassoff. He sold it to
Frank Igress. They built a big dance hall there. Closed up when a half-wit
tried to rape a girl there. Now Eugene Palms lives there.
Next farm was Charley Jacobs.
They had Minnie, Maggie, Mable, Alice and Billy. Mike Clerf was a pallbearer at
all their funerals.
Next was the Sisco place. It
was owned by Albert Huberty, Mike Clerf, Will Huberty.
Memories of the area cemeteries
The man (Gulickson) that
donated the Old Norwegian Cemetery sold his farm to Horace Gibbs.
The East Side Cemetery by
Stanley was donated by a man who got to be the first one buried there. He was
building fence and was carrying two fence posts on his shoulder. He stepped in
a hold, the posts shifted and broke his neck.
The Germain Cemetery was
donated by Walter Braatz’s grandparents. The have the long white stone.
2 World War soldiers buried
there. Edward Miller was killed in action and Dick Brown. Claude was 33 years
It is sometimes called the
North Fork Cemetery because it’s near the North Fork of the Eau Claire River.
The last two buried there were
George Dulek – buried on north side and was 23 years old, and George Broughton
by the west fence. His parents are there also.
Mary Masack was 16 years old.
John and Margaret Kolpien and
son Adolf lived 1 Ľ miles east of there. They came to U. S. right after Civil
War. The got 700 acre homestead. When the kids grew up it was divided. Henry,
Charles?, Adolf and Dora each made a farm.
Albert and Augusta Kuntz and 2
sons, Chris and Henry, buried by road.
The Eidsvold Cemetery was
donated by S. S. Warner. He came to Eidsvold with an ox team and wagon from New
York. He donated this cemetery. There was a church by the cemetery also.
All S. S. Warner’s (he was
100 years old) family are buried there – he, his wife, his daughter Abbie, her
husband Otto Evenson, their son Ernest who was only 42 years old.
Donald Sayles and wife are
there and I’m sure his parents, Arthur and Blanche Sayles are there also.
1924 Tornado Devastation]
[Lost Gold Discovered on the Frinack Farm]
The Clover Leaf cheese factory
and store was owned by Otto Friemand. Mat Geiger then owned it.
Alex Soeller ran Breezy Hill
Cheese Factory, the first company factory in the area. Irvin Schilling took
over. Blue Moon came in and took all but 7 patrons.
Fred Hawks died in prison and
buried in prison cemetery. Amanda Hawks and girl 13 shot by Mr. Hawks. They
are buried at Germain Cemetery.
Mr. Western’s wife died and
Mrs. Peterson’s husband died.. They lived across the road from each other.
They got married. Also, 2 Western sons married 2 Peterson girls. They always
joked they didn’t want to go very far so they married their brothers.
Garfield School (called
Hansons Borgild, Margaret &
Henry went there.
Also Dorothy Dreson, Leonard
Anderson, Vivian Larson, Tillie, Rose, Cora and Sylvester Vanlope.
Clarence, Joseph, Tony,
Edward, Mildred, Agnes Mike.
Evelyn, Lucy, Donald Hinke.
Laurence, Peter, Clarence
Arnold & Merny Anderson.