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was to be apprehended and fined. William Carlson, the Town Constable/
given the task of enforcing the ordiance which began in 1914. The first
reference to automobiles is also mentioned in the Town Record Books
year when automobile owners and organizations began to raise money to
to the Town with the understanding that specific improvements be made
few years later The Home Lands, a Chicago Realtors organization, came
this area selling a great many 40 acre parcels of land inviting
to come to this area with dreams of turning their purchases into farms
of plenty. But much of this land was sutmarginal farming land causing
of these settlers to either abandon their farms or find other
were areas that produced quite well and Mountain prospered as many of
settlers turned their own-ings into fields of potatoes. There were 3
warehouses which between them shipped as many as 90 carloads of
a year from the Depot. Some of the larger growers in the 20's were
Popelka, Emery Belanger, and John and Sigfried Lundquist. Contract
also contributed to the farm incomes. The pickle factory was located in
the vicinity of Shelly Lambrecht's residence of today, the building
erected around the year 1915.
pickle factory was really not a factory, but a storage area for
Four big wooden vats 10 or more feet high, with a diameter of 15 feet,
and 2 small vats about 10 feet across were housed inside the warehouse
building. The cucumbers were sorted here as ones, twos, and threes,
on their size. Nubs and crooks were not acceptable. The cucumbers were
then put into the vats to which a recipe of salt and water was added in
creating a brine. Once filled, the vats were covered and weighted down
with stones atop the covers.
during late fall and into the winter the brined cucumbers were loaded
tank cars on the rail siding which ran along side the warehouse. Then
were truly on their way to the pickle factory where our Mountain grown
cucumbers would become pickles !
the 20's the Gillett Canning Company came in to the area and contracted
with farmers to raise yellow wax beans. They also set up a station in
of the potato warehouses, hiring local women to snip the ends of the
At the height of the bean season three and four large trucks a day,
the beans to Gillett to the main canning factory.
contracted for % acre to up to 4 acres for bean planting, leaving much
of the responsibility of tending to those 'cash crops' to the entire
Between picking beans, cucumbers, and wild berries, the local kids
enough money to buy their own school clothes with a few dollars left
their own extravagances .
1920's also found this area into egg production. John Olson, Walfred
Lorenzo Whitney, and Walter Saffran were farmers who invested heavily
the raising of chickens for eggs. Local non-farmers Art Storzer, Fred
and Omer Belongia were also into the raising of chickens for egg
on a fairly large scale.
Cheese Factory went into operation around the year 1925, I believe, and
according to records of milk production/ there were as many as 50 to 60
farmers producing and hauling milk into the Cheese Factory in Mountain.
The building was located next to Les Forrest's garage at present, which
is on old Highway 32. The Cheese Factory may have been built by Charles
VanHayden who was also our first cheese maker, if my memory serves me
and the larger milk producers in the area during those early years were
Anton Popelka, Dewey Anderson, Lawrence Melum, and Guy Gibson.
recall Joe Foral as the cheese maker when I was a lad, who was followed
by Fred Umland. Later it was operated by Mr. Snyder, Al Soden/ Paulus
and I believe the last of the cheese makers in the town of Mountain was
Wesley Neu. The Cheese Factory was lost to fire in 1987, though it had
not been in operation for quite some years.
town's first Milkman to appear on the streets selling bottled milk was
Walfred Bloomberg. Walfred married Frieda Sandberg in 1915 and on the
that had been settled by her parents, John and Anna Sandberg, they
up the milk into glass containers