History: History of Abbotsford, Wisconsin
Surnames: Wing, Schmirler, Wilms, Redner, Herbert, Cochrane, Baehr, Moecker, Lupient, Treat
----Source: Abbotsford Tribune
(Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 09/04/1952
Compiled by F. B. Wing
Across the street from the Tony Schmirler
barber shop, formerly Frank Wilms’ about where Harry
Treat’s building now stands, was a nice, flat space, cleared
off, which was a well used croquet grounds. Joe Redner, Bobby
Herbert, Bob Cochrane, railroad employee, conductors, round house
foremen, and engineers could be found playing the game.
William Baehr is now librarian at Kansas
State College, Manhatten, Kansas. His father was Otto Baehr, who
lived on the original farm, bought from the railroad company, four
miles northwest of Abbotsford. Otto Baehr was a brother of Arthur
Baehr, who was the father of Walter Baehr, who lived on the farm
left by his father, until recently when he sold the farm and moved
to Milwaukee. Arthur Baehr is a brother of William Baehr, and lives
on the farm on which they grew up. Mrs. Arthur Baehr is the
daughter of Rev. F. H. Moecker, who was pastor of St. Paul’s
Lutheran church, Dorchester, from 1900 to 1922. Mrs. William Baehr
is a sister of Fred Moecker who was book keeper at the Abbotsford
bank for a number of years. Fred married Lucille Lupient, and have
one son now living in Milwaukee, employed by the state.
William Baehr writes that he often walked
barefooted to Abbotsford and more than once stopped for
refreshments at Wing’s Drug store, which is remembered as one
of the permanent things about Abbotsford. He says he did not see
the light of day in those Wisconsin woods until the fall of 1899.
Recalling an event of many summers ago,
probably in the early 20’s, when the linen duster and
gauntlet glove were the styles and the three pedal car job - better
known as the Model T Ford - was rolling along the Yellowstone
trail; then known as Highway 16, now 29, one of the main highways
crossing the state:
One day a car parked at the head of Main street, a man got out and made his way across the street to the corner drug store. It was the noon hour and he sat down beside the druggist in front of the store. During the conversation, he asked if the store sold Edison records. Soon it was learned that *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.
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