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The Braun Cheese
Factory is pictured below.
Account Book & Patron's Listing
The Braun Cheese Factory of Warner Township was owned and operated by my parents, Ted and Emma Braun. It was located approximately 6 miles west of Longwood, Clark Co., Wisconsin and is pictured below. The first photo was quite early and the second one was taken in the late 1930's or early 1940's.
Duane Horn wrote:
I don't remember exactly what Uncle Ted Braun sold in the grocery dept. of his cheese factory. Am almost sure he sold staples such as sugar, flour, coffee and some canned goods like pork & beans. Course he also sold butter & cheese. He was a smoker, so I suppose there also were cigarettes. I do remember a small paraffin or wax candy bottle that when you bit off the end out would come a very refreshing liquid. Then a person could chew the wax holder. On occasion when we stopped on our way home from grade school, Uncle Ted would give us a cheese curd or two. Oh boy, what a treat that was After Ted & Emma quit the cheese making business, they moved to Ted's home farm and went into the farming business. The cheese factory burned to the ground in February, 1958.
Jean (Wessel) Rolstad wrote:
As I recall, the Braun's lived above the store, but I never knew the cheese factory well because I had little reason to go there. I remember stopping with their daughter, June Braun, on the way home from school and they had very nice living quarters upstairs, but I always liked when we could go to the store downstairs.
Later when I rode bike this was my stop to get air in my tires when I had a flat.
I'm guessing that the cheese factory stores charged more for their groceries just like convenience stores do now. The thing was when you were out of something and it was a mile away rather than ten miles, I guess the few cents more was worth it.
Must tell Duane, my great grandsons had some of those wax bottles of 'syrup' and didn't know what to do with them...actually their mother (my granddaughter) didn't know. I had to tell them you drink the liquid and chew the wax. They said 'Yuk!' about chewing the wax.
Vickie Moskiewicz wrote:
Those little wax bottles were called Nik-L-Nips and they are still available.
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