Property: Prien Box Factory Fire (1941)
Contact: Alan Gurtner
History of this Box Factory
On July 4, 1941, Joe Prien's Box Factory in Riplinger, Unity Township, Clark Co. WI, was destroyed by fire. Paul Blum of Marshfield purchased stock of the company and rebuilt in the spring of 1941. The name of the factory was changed to Blum Brothers Box Factory. In 1947, Martin VerKilen became foreman. On Nov. 30, 1960, the factory was discontinued and the manufacturing was moved to Marshfield. On Dec. 29, 1972, Blum Brothers sold their manufacturing plant to Donald Fischer and Corwin Dallman. The photo of the devastation, (pictured above) is from the Gene Prien collection.
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