South Blue Mounds Cheese Factory
Operated: <1890 - >1955
Cheesemakers: John Badertscher (1928); Walter Huber; Cornelius Fink, Sr. (cheese maker when factory closed); Orton Gilbertson listed as a cheesemaker in "The History of the Perry Norwegian Settlement" (see notes below)
Cheese Types: American, brick, Swiss
Patrons: Henry Kahl, mgr.
Notes: Also listed on 1890 plat map.
Biennial report of the Dairy and Food Commissioner of WI: Blue Mounds 1898, 1901, 1903, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1930; Blue Mounds RD 75 1906.
Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory- Architectural Style: Astylistic Utilitarian Building. Wall Material: Clapboard.
From Linda Gerke 8/5/2019:
"I was just looking through some of the links and came across the South Blue Mounds Cheese Factory information. An addition/correction should be made: Cornelius Fink Sr. was the cheesemaker when the factory closed. Orton Gilbertson never the cheesemaker there, maybe hired help; he was a hired hand and a relative of a neighboring farmer. I know this because I grew up in that area, the driveway going up the hill past the factory was to my Dad’s farm and we used to stop at the factory on our way home from school and get the rinds off the Swiss cheese wheels that Mr. Fink made that morning. He and his wife Gladys Smith Fink had 8 children: Walter, Merlin, Cornelius Jr., Lyle, Emory (Pepper), Hugo, Darlene (operates a beauty shop in MH now) and Ruth. I went to school with all of the Fink kids at Ruste School (no longer standing-LeRoy Collins can fill in information about that).
After the factory closed, Amos, Irene and daughter, Linda Bruflat lived there. I babysat their Linda, for my summer job. At the time, I think they worked at SubZero and Amos also worked for the University later on as a caretaker for housing on Old Sauk Road. I’m not sure where Linda lives now, possibly Barneveld and she would know more. "
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