Jorenby, Carl Otto (History 1890)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin, pages 368 - 369

Carl Otto Jorenby, of Eaton Township, proprietor of one of the largest and most up-to-date farms in this party of Clark County, also president of the Eaton Center Cheese Factory, and interested in other business enterprises, was born in Green County, Wis., Sept. 27, 1890, son of Henry and Inger (Snuggen) Jorenby. The father was also born in Green County, this state, being a son of Christian and Sarah Jorenby, who came to the United States from Norway in a sailing vessel some sixty years ago, or about 1856, being seven weeks on the ocean. Christian, who was a farmer in his native land, engaged in the same occupation in Green County, his farm being situated in a wild wooded country. He started there under the most primitive conditions, the first dwelling of himself and family being a dugout. Later, he built a log house, and afterwards a good frame residence, becoming more prosperous as the years went by, though this result was not attained save through a great amount of hard work continued over many years. His son, Henry, father of the subject of this sketch, grew up on the farm, where he now resides, after having tried various other locations. He raises high-grade Holstein cattle, is doing a prosperous business, and holds office in his township. He and his wife, Inger, have had four children, three of whom are now living-Carl Otto, Selma and Harold. Carl Otto Jorenby acquired his literary education in the common schools, and afterwards attended the College of Agriculture at Madison, where he was graduated in 1910. He had previous to this gained a fair practical knowledge of farming on his parents' homestead, on which he had been reared. After his graduation he returned home, where he remained until the fall of 1912. Then, coming to Clark County, he purchased his present farm, a tract of 560 acres, lying in Sections 29, 28 and 21, Eaton Township. Onto this place he moved as a bachelor Feb. 1, 1913. about 100 acres of the land had been cleared, there was an old barn on the place, an old, tuble-down sheep barn and a weather-beaten house. Mr. Jorenby at once got busy with the work of improvement, and by the latter part of the following year had things in such fair shape that he felt justified in beginning domestic life.


He was, accordingly, married Dec. 25, 1914, to Millie Jeremiason. Her father, a native of Norway, had come to the United States when a young man, about 1850 or 1851, landing in this country after a voyage of thirteen weeks in a sailing vessel. Settling on a tract of land in the woods of Green County, he had there developed a farm. He is still living, being now 87 years old. His wife died about two years ago. With a good wife to aid him, Mr. Jorenby has made admirable progress. He has cleared 160 acres more land, and has built one of the largest and most up-to-date barns in Clark County. This structure measures 208 by 36 feet, being 47 feet longer than the next largest barn in the county. The basement is all cement, with antiseptic flooring of creosote blocks, under the cow stalls and with Loudon equipment throughout. The barn is entered by two driveways, and a good ventilating system has been installed. Mr. Jorenby has also built a machine shed, 120 by 24 feet in dimensions, and has remodeled and repainted the residence. He has a silo measuring 16 by 36 feet, and is contemplating the construction of two more. He has a large herd of high grade Holstein cattle, including some pure bred sires, and milks nearly 100 cows. His horses are of the Percheron breed, and he also raised Poland China hogs and White Wyandot and White Leghorn chickens. On the building of the Eaton Center Cheese Factory he became president of the company, which office he has since retained. He was also one of the leading promoters of the creamery, which handles from 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of milk a day, and which began operations June 22, 1913. This concern pays out about $55,000 a year to the farmers.


Mr. Jorenby is also president of the Farmers' Equity Shipping Association, and a stockholder in the Farmers' Store, of which he was one of the organizers and formerly vice president. He also holds shares in the Wausau Packing Company. With the view of keeping up to date on everything pertaining to the industry, in which he is engaged, he became a member of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Association, having headquarters at Madison, the object of the Association being to test seed grain and investigate all new methods in the different branches of agriculture, and so disseminate useful information to the farmers.


Mr. Jorenby is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Greenwood. He and his wife have one child-Adele Marjorie.



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