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Historical Essay

Cheese in Wisconsin

Brief history of cheese in Wisconsin.

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Description: Each Brick of cheese weighs out at approximately 5 pounds. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 10 pounds of milk to produce 1 pound of cheese. A 5 p...

Date: 1948-09-28 

Description: "John O. Widmer shows visitors from Nebraska what Brick Cheese looks like."

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Description: Exterior of the Brodhead Cheese Factory purchased in 1904/5 by Casper Jaggi. The two images show changes made to building after the Casper Jaggi building....

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Description: A man dips a feeding cloth into the kettle with his ankles held by a T-bar.

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Description: Stanz Cheese Company, Migliaccio & Vallone Company, and Milwaukee Cheese Company all located on the east side of North Broadway between East Clybourn and E...

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Ralph Widmer

Date: 2000-06 

Description: Ralph Widmer, an excellent spokesman for Widmer Cheese, talks about curing cheese.

Date: 1979-08 

Description: "Widmer Cheese employees. Front; Pat Geschke, Harvey Kamrath, Joe- John- Ralph- Jim Widmer."

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Description: After the curds are leveled off in each form, they are turned so that each side of the Brick is pressed. During the course of the day, each form is turned...

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Description: A man dips a feeding cloth into a kettle.

Date: 1956-02-08 

Description: Senator Alexander Wiley presenting a block of cheese to Senator George.

Date: 1989-06 

Description: Widmer cheese float in the Firemen's Parade.

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Men Retrieving Curd

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Description: Men prepare to retrieve the remainder of the curd from a kettle and add it to the bag.

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Description: Brick Cheese derives its name from the bricks used to press the curds.

Date: 1972 

Description: "Harvey Kamrath washes Brick Cheese at Widmer Cheese Factory."

Date: 1930-10-24 ca.

Description: Celebrating the first "Cheese Day" with a parade. A group of spectators gather on the sidewalk near a truck displaying a banner and stove in the back.

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Description: View from parking lot of "Del Wood's Country Store, Cheese, Liquor, Gift Shoppe." Three people are standing on the covered porch near the entrance. Agricul...

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Description: Men closing up the cloth after dipping it into the kettle.

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Description: Horse-drawn wagons, also known as milk buggies, dropping off cans of milk at the country cheese factory during summer.

Historical Essay

Cheesemaking in Wisconsin

Brief history of cheesemaking in Wisconsin.
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