Monroe Evening Times, Monroe, Green County,
Wisconsin, Jan. 09, 1971, pg. 1.
Mrs. Werner BLUM, 89, Native of Switzerland, Dies Today
A member of a well-known Monroe family, Mrs. Werner (Elizabeth)
BLUM, 89, of 1124 - 11th Ave., died at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in
St. Clare Hospital. She had been a patient there since Nov. 14 when
she fell in her home and fractured a hip.
The former Elizabeth KUENZIE was born in Switzerland on Jan. 20,
1881, and would have been 90 years old in 11 days. She was the
daughter of John and Marianna BURKHART KUENZIE. She was three months
old when the family came to America. On Nov. 11, 1897, she was
married in Washington Township to Werner BLUM, the late Rev. Henry
ROUSTERHOLZ officiating. Since Jan. 20, 1898, she had lived at the
Her husband had been associated with the cheese industry since he
was a youth and had the distinction of being and American-born
cheesemaker in a region predominated by men born in Switzerland and
Even after he passed the age of 70 he continued as a Limburger
maker. he won many area and state awards for his cheese. Mr. BLUM
died March 15, 1939.
Mrs. BLUM was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and the
Woman's Relief Corps.
She was the mother of Miss Marie BLUM, a retired and longtime
associate of the First National Bank of Monroe, and of Werner W.,
Monroe Junior High School teacher.
Also surviving Mrs. BLUM are two other daughters, Mrs. Leslie H.
(Dora) ANDREWS, Green Bay, and Mrs. Ursula WALTER, Canton, Ill.;
another son, Dr. Ben B. BLUM, Petoskey, Mich., two sisters, Mrs.
Robert (Marie) BENKERT, Monroe, and Mrs. Bernard (Alice) SHAY,
Afton, Rock County; seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Miss Frances, also associated in banking, died March 29,
1943; a son, Wennie, Oct. 22, 1905. She was also preceded in death
by two brothers, Fred C. KUENZIE, Muskegon, Mich., May 4, 1962, and
Samuel, Milwaukee, Oct. 22, 1924, and two sisters, Miss Rose C.
KUENZIE, March 1, 1951, and Mrs. William A. (Emma) ZIMMERMAN, Feb.
WERNER BLUM Sr.
Monroe Daily Journal, Monroe, Green County,
Wisconsin, April 03, 1918, pg. 4.
AGED CITIZEN IS CALLED
Mr. Werner BLUM, Sr., Succumbs After Short Confinement
Mr. Werner BLUM, Sr., passed away at his home in this city Tuesday
afternoon. His death was due to old age and infirmities. He began
failing last fall but continued to be up and around the home until
four or five days before the end. there was no specific complaint of
affliction, just a general wearing down from infirmities.
Mr. BLUM, while not the earliest, was among the first of the Swiss
emigrants to this country and like many others, did his part in the
upbuilding and advancement of the county. He had a wide acquaintance
and a great many friends.
Werner BLUM, Sr. was born in Bilten, Canton Glarus, Switzerland,
Nov. 22, 1829. In the year 1853 he came to America. He lived in
Cincinnati, Ohio for several years after which he moved to
Lafayette, Indiana. A year later, he moved to Green County, where he
settled on a farm in Washington township. There he married Barbara
ZWICKEY 62 years ago, who died Jan. 8, 1871. Since then he has made
his home with his children. The last 20 years he has spent with
Werner BLUM, Jr. He had 7 children, 4 sons and three daughters, 5 of
whom survive. They are Werner BLUM, Jr. of Monroe, Fred and Jacob,
of Washington township, Mrs. John BENKERT of Monticello, and Mrs.
John BLUMER of Adams township. he also leaves 20 grandchildren and 1
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 at St. Johns
Monroe Times, Monroe, Green County, WI, March 15, 1939.
Werner BLUM, Sr., Answers Summons
Identified Since Youth With Cheese Industry; Last Rites Friday
Werner BLUM, Sr., aged 80, identified since his youth with Green
county's cheese industry, passed away at 2:40 this morning in his
home, 1124 Eleventh avenue.
He suffered a heart attack Jan. 1 but recovered sufficiently to be
about the house a part of each day and appeared for a time to have
regained his former strength. Last Friday he was seized with an
asthamatic attack and declined rapidly.
Mr. BLUM appeared much younger than his years. Even after he passed
the age of 70 he was active in limburger cheese making, retiring
only six years ago to his Monroe residence, where he continued
active physically until recently and alert mentally to the last.
Mr. BLUM had the distinction of being an American-born cheesemaker,
in a region where the field was especially in the earlier years
dominated by men born in Switzerland and Germany.
He was a native of Washington township, Green county, born Nov. 15,
1858, the son of Werner and Barbara ZWICKY BLUM. He attended rural
school in his home vicinity.
Early Interest In Cheese
Between the ages of 14 to 16, while assisting on the Washington
township farm of the late Adam BLUMER, Mr. BLUM first became
interested in the manufacture of cheese. In the evenings and on
Sundays he watched Dave TSCHABOLD, then maker at the BLUMER farm. He
received two months of actual instruction at the age of 18 when he
worked for Joe WITTWER, cheesemaker, Washington township. Then for
three years he worked at the John BENKERT factory, to which three
Washington township farmers hauled milk.
Later, his brothers, Fred BLUM and Jacob BLUM, Monticello, built a
factory on the BLUM farm in Washington township. For two years Mr.
BLUM made cheese at this factory in the morning and at the Ezra
BLUMER factory in the afternoon, walking the three and half miles
distance between them each day.
60-65 Cents A Hundred
He was able to purchase milk for 60 and 65 cents a hundred pounds
when he took over the Hawthorne factory, now known as Fairview, in
Other factories where Mr. BLUM made cheese are: Washington
township, Lemon factory; Clarno township, Klondike factory, one
year, Shueytown, one year; Jordan township, Spring Valley, two
years; near Monticello, Cross Roads, five years, Clark and Rhyner,
two years, Wittenwyler and Burgi, two years; Monroe township,
Prosper; Cold Springs farm, when owned by the Theiler brothers; and
Wyss cheese factory.
The Badger Cheese company factory, formerly opposite the Milwaukee
station here, was first operated with Mr. BLUM as maker. He was also
associated with Fred STAUFFACHER, the firm being known as BLUM and
STAUFFACHER. Later he was in business for himself as a wholesale
Was Quality Maker
Mr. BLUM returned to cheesemaking late in life and served last at
the Wyss factory, north of Monroe, where twice before he was maker.
He retired from his final 6-year term there late in 1932.
Mr. BLUM was an exponent of farmer-cheesemaker cooperation and a
firm believer in the idea that quality cheese production is the
salvation of the Green county industry. He insisted on cleanliness
in cheese operations on the farm and in the factory. The success of
his methods was proved by the high ratings that his limburger cheese
were given in local and state contests over a long period of time.
He kept pace with improvements in cheesemaking methods and took
pride, too, in the general appearance of his factories, inside and
outside. He continued this pride in late years at his city home,
enjoying activities in his large garden. His other diversions were
reading and enjoyment of the radio.
Married In 1897
Mr. BLUM was married Nov. 11, 1897, to Elizabeth KUENZIE in
Washington township, Rev. Henrich ROUSTERHOLZ conducting he
The widow survives, with four daughters and two sons, three
grandchildren, a brother and a sister. The daughters are Misses
Marie and Frances, at home; Mrs. Leslie H. ANDREWS, Tamaqua, Pa.,
and Mrs. Carl H. WALTER, Chicago; the sons, Werner W., at home; and
Dr. Benjamin B., Petoskey, Mich.; the brother, Fred BLUM, Washington
township; and the sister, Mrs. John BLUMER, Monticello.
Funeral on Friday
Preceding Mr. BLUM in death were the parents, a son, Wennie, Oct.
22, 1905; two sisters, Rosa BLUM BENKERT, and Mrs. John BENKERT, and
a brother, Jacob BLUM.
Mr. BLUM was a member of St. John's Evangelical church. He was
confirmed in the Washington township church by Rev. HIRTZ. Mr.
BLUM's father was one of the founders of that church.
The funeral will be at 2 Friday afternoon in the Shriner-Neushwander
funeral home. Rev. Paul C. KEHLE, of St. John's Evangelical church,
will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.