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Short write ups were done on the history of the Village and City of Hillsboro in the
past. This compiled book will combine and add more information found. It is now in one
Please read the book slowly in order to grasp the meaning of each sentence. It was
hard to arrange sentences with so many different dates.
Don't let words like bankrupt, foreclosure, out of business or bank sellings make you
feel bad. That is a common thing these days.
The information was cross-checked with as much history that I could find. The dates
may be different because previous write ups in newspapers, history books, records and
booklets, don't always agree with other material and findings. I did the best I could with
such a large amount of history.
The contents are arranged by pages, date of building, first owner or builder and address.
Enjoy the book and read slowly.

We acknowledge and recognize the first early settlers that were brave enough to meet
the challenges of the early days. They existed because of their foresight and goals of a
future. They were truthful and had spiritual belief in family life and their endeavors. We
all are grateful for being the offspring of those early settlers that built up this area for us.

I dedicate this book to the City of Hi!Jsboro, early settlers and our present area citizens.

1-9 1850 Trails and maps
9-12 1850 Hill and Field. The Village of Hillsboro
12-17 1854 Mill Pond.
17-22 1854 Klopfliesch and Hammer. Village Lights.
22-28 1854 Carl Ludwig Brewery. 1003 Wood Ave.
29-31 1854 Charles Landrum First Store. 833 & 829 Water Ave.
32-37 1862 Abbott House-First Hotel. 128-132 Mill St.
37--42 1855 Schools.
42-45 1856 First Blacksmith Shop. 856 Water Ave.
45-48 1854 Kuerston Hotel and Annex. 901 Water Ave.
49-49 1856 Stage Coach & Draylines. Hard Times.
49-52 1857 Charles Lind Store. 815 Water Ave.
52-53 1857 Charles Lind House. 819 Water Ave.
53-56 1859 George Board the Blacksmith. 828 Water Ave.
56-56 1859 Shear Basket Manufacturing.
56-59 1860 Hammer Hardware and Opera. 113 Mill St.
59-59 1860 Hop Pole Shop.
59-60 1860 Churches.
60-60 1860 First Wagon Maker Jason Noyes.
60-65 1863 Albert Field & Aaron Roberts Sawmill. West Baraboo Creek.
66-67 1863 Gus Weinstein Restaurant and Saloon. 800 Water Ave.
67-69 1863 Brewer Building. 843 Water Ave.
69-71 1865 Augustus Moh-First Saloon. 810 Water Ave.
71-74 1865 Henry Linke Shoe Shop. 125 Mill St.
74-76 1865 Parker Store. 840 Water Ave.
76-77 1865 Excelsior Factory. 206 East Madison St.
77-79 1865 Ice Storage Sheds.
79-79 1867 Joseph Bulin Saloon. 847 Water Ave.
79-80 1870 Dr. Pinchs Drug Store. 824 Water Ave.
81-81 1871 Maps.
81-84 1872 Dr. Aaron Winslow. 839 Water Ave.
84-85 1877 Fred Schnell Brick Factory. 1003 Wood Ave.
85-86 1878 Oscar B. Lincoln the Blacksmith. 1004 Water Ave.
86-91 1879 First Hillsboro Creamery & Other Creameries.
91-93 1879 Winslow and Mallow House. 806 Water Ave.
94-95 1879 Peter Lind or Nickau Building. 826 Water Ave.
96-96 1880 First Fire Department.
96-98 1882 Citizens Bank 814 Water Ave.
99-101 1882 Shear and Mitscher Store. 853 Water Ave.
101-102 1883 E.V. Wernick.
102-102 1883 Hon.Roger Williams Store. North of theater.
102-104 1884 Fred G. Lemke Harness Shop. 1st 845 Water Ave.
104-106 1885 Shear & Mitscher. 820 Water Ave.
106-107 1885 William Gwinn. 943 Water Ave.
107-108 1886 Fred G. Lemke Harness Shop. 2nd. 846 Water Ave.
109-109 1887 City Deliveries.
110-111 1889 Lind Store moved. Mr. & Mrs. Moh Store. 214 Mill St.
111-112 1890 Jepson Store. 1001 Water Ave.
112-11 3 1890 Henry Linke House. 135 Mill St.
113-115 1890 Mutch Furniture. 821 Water Ave.
115-116 1891 Well Drillers.
116-11 6 1894 Woodman Hall. 232 Mill St.
116-118 1895 Post Office. 841 Water Ave.
118-11 9 1895 Martin Lukas Tailor Shop. 118 Mechanic St.
119-119 1895 Pinch House. Water Ave.
120-120 1895 More Liveries in Hillsboro.
120-123 1896 Wm. H. Linke Wagon Shop. 203 Mill St.
123-126 1897 Library and City Hall . 836 Prairie Ave.
126-127 1897 Edgar E. Gage. 850 Water Ave.
127-128 1897 Joseph Bezucha building. 848 Water Ave.
128-129 1898 Bezucha Gold Mine. La Farge, Wis.
129-130 1898 Levi Tongue Place. 100 Mill St.
130-131 1898 Attached Building. Between- 810-806 Water Ave.
131-134 1898 Hillsboro Water System.
134-135 1898 Fireman Fair Grounds. West of the City.
135-137 1900 Misc. Businesses.
137-138 1902 Richards Drug Store. 847 Water Ave.
138-138 1902 Early Post Office & F.V. Frazier Printing. 98 Mill St.
138-140 1902 Hillsboro Hospital. 400 Water Ave.
140-140 1902 Cigar Factory.
141-146 1902 Hillsboro North Eastern Railroad.
146-147 1902 Comer of Pine Ave. and Spring St. Feed Mill.
147-148 1903 Lind, Collins, Sherman & Nuzum Lumber Yard._ Mill St.
148-150 1903 Ducklow Jewelry Building. 829 Water Ave.
151-151 1903 Barber Shop. 818 Water Ave.
15 1-153 1904 Travnick, Field, Ehlert building. 830,832,836 Water Ave.
154- 154 1905 Collins and Bohn Block Factory.
154-157 1906 Hillsboro Farmers Coop Warehouse. 140 Short St.
157-158 1909 Jarvas A. Thompson Building. 121 Mill St.
158-158 1910 Shreve and Cash Coal Company.
158-159 1910 Automobiles.
159-160 1910 Wadleigh Garage-First Car Repair Shop. 229 Mill St.
160-161 1911 Herman Stein Blacksmith Shop. 73 7 Prairie Ave.
161-161 1911 Standard Oil Co.
162-163 1913 Condensery milk Plant. 206 East Madison St.
163-164 1914 Pop Com Stand. Between- 815-819 Water Ave.
164-164 1914 Farm Silo.
164-167 1914 Henry Linke House. 131-135 Mill St.
167-167 1917 Other Car Dealers.
167-167 1918 Hillsboro Jail House.
167-169 1919 Old Theater.
169-169 1920 Wencil Mislivecek Gas Station. 405 Lake St.
169-170 1920 Jafek Building. 725 Water Ave.
171-172 1921 Westbrook Tank & Oil Co.1st.Filling Station. 229 Mill St.
173-173 1921 Machovec Lumber Office. E. Mill St.
174-174 1922 Pickle Factory by Condensery.
174- 176 1926 First Repair Garage. 749 S. High Ave.
177-179 1927 Quinn Mink Ranch. 1212 N. High Ave.
179-180 1927 Early Trucking.
180-181 1927 Opperman Garage. 703 Shear Ave.
181-181 1927 Red's Tiny Grocery Store. 405 Mill St.
181-182 1930 Nick Rockweiler Farm. South of Hillsboro.
182-182 1931 P.J. Schroeder Plumbing and Tin Smithing. 850 Water Ave.
182-182 1931 Cut and Curl. In Richland Center.
182-182 1931 Holmes New Style Shop.
182-182 1932 Golf Course. West of Hillsboro.
183-183 1934 Twin Pine Tavern. West of Hillsboro.
183-183 1935 Allds Service Garage. 319 Garden St.
183-183 1936 R E .A. Comer Shop. Hwy. 33 & 82.
183-184 1934 Airport.
184-184 1940 Staleys Oil Refinery.
184-184 1940 Jean's Drive Inn. N. High Ave.
184-185 1940 Laundry and Car Wash. 103 Water Ave.
185-185 1941 Junk Yards in Hillsboro.
186-186 1942 Fred Chapman Greenhouse. Cty. Hwy. F.
186-186 1942 New Theater building. 727 Water Ave.
187-187 1943 Le Roy Industries. East Mill St.
187-189 1945 Warner Creek Cheese Factory. 186 East Madison
189-190 1945 Wildcat Implement Co. Started- 943 Water Ave.
190-191 1946 Hillsboro Cement Products. 211 E. Madison St.
191-192 1946 Stockwell Garage. 902 Water Ave.
192-192 1946 Bus Line.
193-193 1948 Stanek Refrigeration Service. 954 Water Ave.
193-193 1947 Dairy Breeders.
193-1 94 1949 Hillsboro Farm Service. 1340 N. High Ave.
194-196 1949 Albert Field Memorial Park-Cabin- Museum. City Park.
196-197 1952 Kickapoo Fertilizer Plant. 198A E. Madison St.
197-197 1953 West Side Grocery. 703 Hillsboro Ave.
197-198 1954 Township Bowl. Hwy. 33-80-82 East.
198-198 1956 Gene's Radio & R. V. 10 I 0 Lake St.
198-198 1956 Kaz's Drive Inn. 515 Vernon Ave.
199-201 1959 L & A Superfoods-Piggly Wiggly. Hwy. 33-80-82.
201-201 1961 Portable Feed Mills.
201-201 1961 Thunder Valley Diesel Garage.
201-202 1962 Picha Funeral Home. 908 Prairie Ave.
202-203 1970 New Hillsboro Post Office. 713 Water Ave.
203-203 1974 Peterson Body Shop and Garage. 101 Elm Ave.
204-204 1975 Production Credit Assoc. 133 East Mill St.
204-205 1975 Nemec Trucking Service-Silver Dollar. Hwy. 33 East.
205-205 1980 Farmers State Bank. 726 Water Ave.
205-205 1981 Hillsboro Family Clinic. 300 Water Ave.
205-205 1982 Apartments.
206-206 1986 Metco. l 02 Enterprise Drive.
206-206 Music Stores.
206-207 Painters.
207-207 Edgecomb Inn Bed & Breakfast. 511 S. High Ave.
207-207 Tiger Inn Bed & Breakfast. 629 High Ave.
207-209 Early and Present Carpenters.
209-211 Real Estate, Insurance, Auctioneers.
211-212 Attorneys.
212-214 First Veterinarians and New Ones.
214-216 Doctors.
216-218 Dentists.
218-219 Optical Doctors.
219-221 Chiropractors.
219-221 Livestock Buyers.
221-222 Millinery.
223-223 Tailors.
223-224 Inventions.
224-230 Informative News.
230-237 Hillsboro News. Better Days Wal.k Back.
238-238 Village Presidents & City Mayors.
239-240 Admiral Marc Mitscher.
241-242 The Hill Family.
242-269 Pictures.
270-270 Albert Field .Family.
270-271 Hillsboro Library.
272-276 Pictures.

All rights are reserved by the author Robert

single portion of this book. cc:> Dated January 1, 1998. Information is from newspapers,
any Kre~~e!~~roduce
history books, library script, obituaries, county records and owners. The book is subject
to correction and review. There is no intent of hurting anyone personally.

T he history of the Village and City of Hillsboro is being published to give the reader an
insight of where the log or frame business structures were located. I will tell a basic early
history of the village and what businesses prevailed here.
I will explain what businesses were in each building and the approximate dates of there
existence. Each day unfolded with different happenings at those early progressive times of
Hill sboro's development. Sometimes the newspaper dates may not be correct.
The book has taken several years of research. It is subject to correction. The good
humor included has no intent of harming anyone intentionally.
With this mark *** I will identify the good humor which will subject the history to be
more interesting to the reader.***
When you read my book we will pretend that I will take you as a friend with my family
on this great adventurous trip and long journey. So get ready. We will all go together on
those treacherous trails and tiring roads of hardship that prevail ahead of us on the "Trails
to ffillsboro ." We will start from the eastern part of this country. Oh, and we better go
get some informative maps on how to get to Wisconsin.

l got a list of all the trails, but what are all those lines and stars. We better go back and
ask for some real maps.

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*** We went back to the immigration office and inquited to see some real good maps.
The Polish man said, our destination would be called Wisconsin. An Indian there said, it
was Quisconsin. Now we were confused, but with some sign lang uage and many nods o f
our heads we all came to an understanding when the Indian pointed west. ***

go on?
HereThey all with
we are west.
head the rea/ maps. Oh my, all those trails and roads. Which one do we



While l was inquiring about the maps a gentleman called Marcus Warren started a
conversation with me. He said there was a place in Wisconsin that had great water power
potential and it would be the best place on earth to live.
Then he told me one night he dreamt of a place called Hillsborough. l thought for a
while and then told him that it may be true, we will \;vait and see. This Warren fellow
looked intelligent and knew allot.
Marcus Warren told us that a Valentia Hill has established a sawmill at Baraboo,
Wisconsin. He said Hill was now headed to stake a claim at that place he dreamt about.
He mentioned that it was in Bad Axe County near Hillsborough.
Well we thought that Mr. Warren may have had too many dreams. Just then he told us
that an Albert Field was headed west, too . He said a claim was already filed for him in
Wisconsin .
Oh, then we met a man named Edward Klopfliesch. He said Otto Hammer and several
others from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin were going to come this direction too.
***All those people going west. That Indian was right at the immigration otlice when he
pointed west. ***
When Marcus Warren and Edward Klopfliesch finished conversing with us, we decided
to head west to Wisconsin. That Hill fellow is almost there already. Albert Field left too.
We will have to get started.
***Reader friend are you with us. Lets observe all those maps and get going, but all
those trails. I think we better wait here in New York and study those maps. Maybe a
Norwegian could help us this time. ***
***We found a Norwegian and he said, sometimes two heads are better than one. He
told us that Cumberland route from the east was started in 1750 and completed in 1850.
The route began at BaJtimore, .MD. and was completed to St. Louis, MO. I asked the
Norwegian how he could be that old when now it is 1998. He said, by the time we get
there we will be that old too. ***
So get prepared friend and reader we will live one hundred fifty years or more. They
said to go only as far as the Mississippi River. Beyond the river only a few trails existed.
The wagon masters knew how to go to the far west. Those trails were very treacherous
and many risks were involved. Only fifty percent of those courageous settlers ever
reached the far west alive.
The maps show that early fur traders used mainly the Great Lakes and their riverways.
The St. Lawrence Riverway was canalized in the 1850s. Those waterways connected
Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. They were also
completed in the 1850s.
The military from the east sailed down the Ohio River to St. Louis, MO. From their
they sailed up the Mississippi River northward to Prairie du Chein. Four miles south of
Prairie du Chein they sailed up the Wisconsin River. From the Wisconsin River one could
branch off in a small paddle boat on the Pine River and go to Rockbridge, Wisconsin. One
could branch off the Wisconsin River and boat up the Baraboo River to Baraboo,
Reedsburg, Wonewoc and even Hillsboro. Further north on the Wisconsin River was the
Lemonwier River that had logging camps on it at a early era. From Lake Michigan one
could boat down the Fox River and ford across to the Wisconsin River at Portage,
*** All that water. I am not a swimmer. I don't think they invented life jackets yet. We
better stick to land and be safe.***
The next question is how we travel? How weaJthy are we with our means.

If we were single we could in 1830 take the iron horse as far as Chicago. If one had a
family, ox-cart and cattle, you would walk all the way. Usually the mother and the
smallest children would ride in the ox-cart. The husband and older children would walk,
chasing the livestock behind the ox-ca11. Hoy! Hoyt we would holler, Moo! Moo! went
the cows.
***The oxen didn't say much. I think we know why. ***
I guess at this point you and my family have decided to travel the hard way. On foot
with ox-cart and maybe a few cattle.
** * They did tell us that the iron horse went as far as Chicago. It was built in 1830 and it
ran on two tracks. I asked if that was a live horse that made the two tracks? Oh no, they
said, it runs on steam. Now we were confused again. Well by now we got the hoe down
on it all. We got lots of advice and two pages of the trail maps. All this may take a few
more days to figure out.***
***We finally decided to get oxen instead. Make our own two tracks west. I then said
we would create enough of our own steam.***
Upon leaving the east the oxen team had to be rested often, or traded for a fresh rested
team. Oxen can pull a load about forty-five miles before they tire out. The cattle and
oxen have to be fed along the trip. Mother makes the good meals along the route for the
hungry family and friend. One couldn't afford horses and none were a\lailable to buy.
Most trips lasted three to six months depending on your situation. Happenings like a
broken ox-cart, strayed cattle, sickness, crossing rivers, swamps and getting wet were all
hardships you learned to overcome.
After leaving the east one maybe took many wrong trails. Some got mired in
mudholes. Trails were so narrow that the axe came in handy. Everyone had a few bad
words and wondered why did we leave home.
** * I hope you brought an axe or you may hear about it. Its a long way back to New
York or ahead to Chicago.***
We arrived in Chicago and by golly so many people in one place. There must be 1400
people living in Chicago. Some settlers visited relatives here. Others got supplies and
went on.

Chicago in 18<15. from lhe southwest. ·-

*** Boy, we better buy some new shoes. Mine are worn out to the bare soles. The mud
oozed between my toes and my feet got heavier every step of the way.***
*** The people in Chicago are friendly and gave us good advice. They told us if we are
going into the wilderness in Wisconsin, we better buy cross-cut saws, axes, more beans,
tobacco, coffee, guns and ammunition. They warned us the vi nes are thick and the t rees
are eight feet in diameter. Oh boy! We told them that they were just trying to sell us a lot
of items. I told them the wife and friend would have to walk . We said, the tobacco spit
would make the oxen slide, beans would be worse and for them big trees, I wouldn't have
time to measure them anyway.***
So here we are in windy Chicago and that may help push us into Wisconsin. Now my
readers, friend and my fami ly, will wonder which way to enter Wisconsin. This time we
will ask an Engljshman, German and an Indian. This was worse than in New York. We
again had much, much, much sign language, head nods and more maps.
The Englishman said there were three ways we could take. The first way was to board
a boat at Chicago and sail to Green Bay to the military fo11 there. Then one could walk
the narrow trail to the lead mines. At the lead mines one wou ld go north to the Wisconsin
River and on to Hillsboro which was a long way.
The second way is to get to the Wisconsin River and boat up to Baraboo, Wisconsin,
where the Hills have a sawmill since 1842. From there you could boat-to Reedsburg and
Wonewoc. The Wonewoc pine forests were being logged off there since 1838.
A third way was to take a stage-coach line to the lead mines. Then continue o n from
there. At the Wisconsin River one could cross on the fee paid horse drawn ferryboat at
Laws Landing by Muscoda in 1844.
There was a chopped out trail from Orion to Rockbridge for ox-cart travel. Richland
Center didn't exist until 1852.
***Thats what the Indian said. Do you know where you are? Guess?** *
We will tell you a little secret. Those Hi ll sboro settlers arrived mostly by the Baraboo
way. Settlers in Greenwood, Union and Forest Twps. came mostly from Muscoda to
Rockbridge. The Hillsboro, Dilly, Yuba and Valley areas were being settled in 1849.
The area was more dense with forest. The smaller logs were used for the log buildings.
The large logs were too heavy for the oxen to skjd_ Those large logs were burned in the
field. The settler cleared only a few acres per year.
*** So much for our secrets. We are still in Chicago and have a cart full of maps. We
still don't know what state we are in. ***
*** It isn't funny, just look at the maps and I can't read without my eye glasses. An Indian
popped out of the brush in front of us on the trail and he wanted my eye glasses. I asked
why and he said he was much, much older than we were. He could speak real good
English. Boy were we surprised.***
You know that Indian could even read with my eye g lasses, of course. The map he
said, has four vast areas and has four names. He said Wisconsin in 1800 was Indiana
territory, in 1809 Tilinois territory, 1818 it was Michigan territory. In 1836 Wisconsin had
many boundary disputes. In April 20, 1836 Belmont was our capital. In May 29, 1848
Madison became our capital. The Indian said, Wisconsin is the 30th state in our nation.
Prior to all this, congressional votes defeated many proposals.

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***By gosh! That Indian was well educated, he knew everything. I thought we went
through four states and he said, don't feel bad about it. He told us that he did the same
thing only he ran aJI the way.***
Now reader and friend we are leaving Chicago together down the stage coach route to
the Mineral Point lead mine.
***The road is really dusty and some days very muddy. I fell down several times
straddling the wagon ruts, slipped and oh boy all mud. When I caught up with the wife in
the ox-cart the kids laughed, but the wife said, with a snicker or two that I just didn't look
the same. Well that is life and you my friend had a big giggle too.***
At the lead mines they told us to file an Intention Petition for Naturalization Papers.
With out them, one couldn't buy any land. Most early settlers filed in Crawford, Iowa,
Grant or Richland Counties. Those petitions are on record at the Platteville Univ.of Wis.
Archive Dept. They are open only during the school sessions. The Vernon County
petitions are at the La Crosse Univ.of Wis. Archive Dept. at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The first land surveys were initiated by the Federal Gov't., on April 11 , 18 18. Vernon
County was surveyed by William Burt, Joshua Hathaway, Uriah Briggs, John Brink,
Stuntz and Sargent.
The Hillsborough Twp. survey began on Dec. 24, 1851 by U.S. Deputy Surveyor J.E.
Davidson, Assistant Andrew Thompson, John Otis chainman and Robert Evans axeman.

The first land districts were established by Congress in June 26, 1834. While Wisconsin
was in Mjchigan territory, Detroit was our land office headquarters. In 1845 the
Wisconsin land office was changed to Mineral Point and in 1849 it was at La Crosse,
Wisconsin. To either land office one walked 60-80 miles one way to file your land claim.
Many slept in trees on the long trip to the land office. Settlers bought land close to a
relative. Gov't land was $1 .25 and acre. Later one bought what was available.
*** At the lead mines they gave us more maps and directions. The way I see it there
aren't many people out here. My dear reader and friend, don't be scared. I will buy more
ammunition. We may see more bears and Indians. This time I will hide my specticals. ***

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***Crawford County only had 850 people in 1836. Oh well, they didn't count us yet.
We will be six more.***
In 1851 Crawford County was divided into La Crosse County and Bad Axe County.
There were boundary changes done in 1839, 1840 and 1845 before it was named Vernon
County. Bad Axe County held its first election April 1851. The first Board of Supervisor
meeting was November 11 , 185 1. The Hillsboro Township was created in 1855 and
organized Oct. 3, 1856. Bad Axe County was changed to Vernon County June, 1862.
** * Well that is what the Englishman in Chicago told us. * **
We got soaked crossing the Wisconsin River by Muscoda, while traveling toward
Rockbridge. We were looking for llichland Center. Just then the Indian jumped out in
front of us. He said, no Richland Center yet unless we want to wait their until 1852.
Then he vanished.
At Rockbridge we bought a few more provisions at the Jog cabin store. The wife took
a little longer, she was sharpening my axe.

The narrow trail led us through non-existing villages of Henrietta, Yuba and Debello.
***When we got to Beaver Valley the beavers were so thick. They started gnawing on
the ox-cart spokes. The wife took the shot gun, oh! The rifle there were no shot guns
yet. She shot and oh my, the beaver all ran away.***
l didn't even get a picture of the beaver. Life was getting better now, we were
wheeling it into Hillsborough. Alas! at home. Friend and reader are you o-k? We are too.
All is well.


Albert Field greeted us at the south edge of town and we met Valentia Hill the next
day. Valentia Hill said, when he goes to La Crosse to register his claim in Crawford
County, he will find out what day, month and year it is. In 1851 he was in Bad Axe
County. We lost track ohime and owned no calendar. We sure had a cart load of maps.
Albert Field sure got to Hillsboro quickly. I bet he rode that two track iron horse to
Valentia B. Hill came to Crawford County in 1850 with his brothers, William, Alonzo
and lcabod. They operated the first sawmill in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Valentia Hill at first
followed the business of milling for many years. Logs from the Wonewoc pine forests in
1838, were cut down and floated down the Baraboo River to the Hill sawmill at Baraboo,
Wisconsin. Hill undoubtedly knew this Crawford County area prior to staking his claim.
Valentia B. Hill staked his claim on the southeast quarter of section 14. The southwest
quarter of section 13 . The northeast quarter of section 23, each consisting of 40 acres of
land. This non-existing Hillsborough Twp in then Crawford County in 1850, Bad Axe
County in 1851, wasn't completely surveyed until January 10, 1852.
Valentia B. Hill built a log house and improvements in section 14 in May of 1851. In
August, 185 1 he moved his family here from Baraboo, Wis. It is written that he set up a
sawmill and a small gristmill on Hill Creek. He passed away February 26, 1857 leaving a
wife, two sons and four daughters. ·
William and Alonzo Hill settled in section 24 about the same time in 1851 . They and
their families lived there until 1894. Later they moved to Juneau County. His place is
remembered as the Billy Hill place.
Icabod B. Hill came too, but staked no claim. He joined the 25th Missouri Volunteer
Army. After the war he settled and died in Kansas. See page 241 & 242 for more detail
found. Read the following article I found. It was interesting.

: Friend Shem·:-'fhis Hill fam il y of ·

whom · you made mention in Inst 1
week':; bsuc lived on :.1 fa·n11 n mile
;,ncJ a half from Hillsboro. And Hilli;-
prairie was named aft~r tl\em, but not
Hillsboro. The latter der ived its name
from the hi lls surrounding it. This .
Ichabod B. IIiJJ was in the "Iron llri-
g;ttle" with my l wo oldez- br other s. I
r emember just how he looked afteli
the war. He had a n icl:-name of
"Doc". His old home is a part of
the Cepek farm., where Fr.rnk Cepek
was t~:wetl and my brothe1·-in-lnw J.
I. llarnilton own~<l ;; nd lived on the
old Bil!ie Hill for m for a long term
1;f years.-g1i:1:; Fox.

An article was written to the editor correcting some early history, about how the
village was not named after the Hill family. The claim is that Hill Creek and Hillsprairie
was named after the Hill family. The township and the village was named after the
topography of the land. This article was in the newspaper dated June 7, 1928. The
village derived its name from the township name. The informant Elias Fox was an early
settler in H.illsboro. See his history later in the book.
I also heard stories where settlers built a borough into a hill to live in before they had
time to build a log cabin. That shielded them from the weather and the Indians. That
story maybe pertained to some other area. That would fit the Hillsborough name.

Do you remember when we met Marcus Warren out east in New York and Albert
Field was going west?
***Well now you will hear the rest of the story.***
A speculative individual named Marcus Warren was in this H.illsboro area in 1850 or
earlier. He was searching for rich soil, timber and a good source of water power. This
area looked very promising to him.
Marcus Warren got Albert Field interested to settle in this area. He made the first
claim for him October, 1851 , located in section 35, filed at the La Crosse District Land
Office. That claim was where Hillsboro was platted later.
Albert Field, his wife Angeline and daughter Maretta arrived at La Valle, Wisconsin in
the Fall of 1851 . On February0 1852 they left La Valle and went to non-existing Hillsboro.
They brought enough rough lumber to build a small shanty to live in. It was located
where the St. Joseph's Nursing Home is now. In 1852 they completed a nice warm log
cabin located where now is the site of the Hillsboro Hospital operating room. In I 860
Albert Field built a frame house at 431 Mill St. which was at his farm. This house is
located there today. Mr. A. Mitscher was the carpenter that built the Field home.

Albert Field had only two neighbors close by. They were Valentia B. Hill and Joseph
Grant. There were others that moved here in 1851 and 1852 too.

The neighbors would take alternate trips for each other for provisions to Reedsburg or
Baraboo. That was the closest post office at that time.
There were no roads, only narrow rough swampy trails, full of ruts and no t wide
enough for wagons to pass by each other.
Albert Field and his wife would hide the children when the Indians would pass by. The
Indians would camp where the brewery and hospital sites are now.
Albert Field was a man with substantial means and was just like a banker. He would
help incoming settlers purchase their farms or businesses. He knew the quicker an area
got settled, the busier it would be. Great foresi ght seemed to be his. He showed it by
owning over 2000 acres ofland in this area. Albert was involved with stockfarms, deeds
and real-estate. He sold his sawmill to the Hammer Bros. The pond area of 100 acres
was donated by him so the first sawmill in Hillsboro would have water power to operate
with. That showed he was great of heart.. .
The Field family held a large annual celebration for everyone in the surrounding
community from 1857 to 1912. From July 4, 1857 to 1860 the celebrations were held
where now is the 400 block on Mill St. After 1860 the celebrations were held in a grove
of trees just west of where the new tennis courts are now. Ella Field was the last one
living. She donated the land for the Albert Field Memorial Park north of the village. Ella
was involved with the erection of the Congregational Church in 1907. -
The Hillsborough Township was organized in October 3, 1856. The first meeting was
held at the Albert Field log cabin. The first leaders were Joseph Martin as Chairman of the
Board. Albert Field and Henry Knox as members of the Side Board. Daniel Kimball as
Town Clerk. Ed Klopfliesch as Town Treasurer. John S. Shreve and Q.W. Rogers as
Assessors. Henry F. Daley, A. W. Rogers, Ed Klopfliesch and Daniel Kimball. as Justice of
the Peace. John S. Shreve and James S. Carley were Constables.
There were 21 votes cast at that first election. Women weren't allowed to vote in
those early years.
The southwest part of the Field farm was called Field Prairie because from uptown to
the cemetery the topography was more like open prairie land.
A popular campsite for the Indians when ever they came was at the hospital and
brewery locations. They would pick ginseng and often begged for food or clothing from
the settlers. They sometimes got revengeful and would take children or offered to buy
them. The Indians usually camped where a spring would flow directly north. Those
springs were sacred to them by their belief. That held true where ever they camped in
other townships.
Otto Hammer, an early settler arrived one mile south of Hillsboro when his ox-cart got
wedged between two trees on the narrow trail. Evening was arriving so they made camp.
Otto and his oldest daughter went on foot to find Hillsboro and returned in a short while.
At camp the family heard a crying sound and thought the Indians maybe kidnapped a child.
It turned out that a close by sheep had a lamb which was bleating. That bleat at night
sounded like a child crying. All was well.
A more disastrous happening took place when the Jepsons lived where now is the
Carnation Plant building. Mr. Jepson was working a mile from home in the woods. His
wife sent their six year old son with noon lunch for her husband at the woods each day.
All went well until one day no noon lunch came. Mr. Jepson got home in the evening and
inquired why he didn't get his lunch. She told him she did send the boy with the lunch.
Their expression and thought just then was, Indians. Their neighbors helped search for the
boy and they never found him. They presumed he was kidnapped. A very sad day for the
Jepsons and the entire community.
*** I don't have much time for joking now. Our axes were dull chopping our way from
Rockbridge to Hill sboro. We came down Beaver Creek YaUey and the trail was muddy.
The first thing the wife did was sharpen the axe and she handed it to me gracefully. She
said, now go and build us a home. Boy, work, work, work by the sweat of the brow.***


Albe11 Field donated 100 acres of land for the pond and spillway. Some of the pond
was built in I 854. The biggest brunt of the pond construction began when Otto Ha nun er
arrived in 1855. Charles Manhart and Carl Aegerter and other settlers were arriving and
were looking for work. It took a lot of men to build the pond and spillway.
***That Otto Hammer fellow must of came down Beaver Valley. I think the beaver told
him how to build the pond dam .***
The pond dam was built similar as a beaver would build his earth dam. Bundles of
brush were laid with the brush butt toward the river current. Dirt fill was hauled in wheel
barrows from the hill where Petersons Lumber Yard and Hofineister Insurance are located
now. The bottom of the pond was mounded up by dirt scoops, pulled by oxen or horses
to form a shore line. Picks and shovels were used to loosen the dirt and load it.
First brush, then dirt and more brush until the dam and spillway reached the required
height. A wood spillway flowed the water down a wood trough onto the paddle water
wheel. That turned the water wheel and gears that produced the power to operate the
sawmill. This spillway had a sixteen foot drop . Many men were hired to establish the
pond and build the first sawmill in Hillsboro.
The sawmill depended one hundred percent on that spillway waterpower. Without the
pond business was nil. The early homes and business establishments received their
building material from this sawmill.

This write up is of the previous page picture.

Hillsboro In 1863 ~ .'

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e leve n ye;1rs ;Iller th e [i1:sL :c-:clllc-1 loc:if •':l 011 the . site n f lhc prc~~ nl f- lr11eturc _ rc~og11 1 z;1b lt• tl1:1I s t,,~
future City or Ii lllS VUI "· I
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Jake . lhcn a:c-: llOW w;1s ;) Jsn us ed It Ilammer ll;-irdw;11·c b11i ldi11 J!. j
'l'hc view i_s apcnc:il skekh mad e for 1·ccrcalional pui·poses ;is is cvi- th:1l ha!' l.K'e11 111ovcd f1 ·0111 tilt' s ilc
by Otto c.ull1sc1-. ~,II 1t111cn111L dt·11<:ed by the boal in I.he a rti s ts s.lrnw_n here, lo the II i IIs horn 1·':1rm f
artist of German descent wh o hap-, <frawini::. and the m;i 11 show n fish- SC!l'VIC"<• on the 11nrll1t•;.1s t cd ~1.~ oi:
pcne<I lo visit lJ illsbrll"o lha l yea r. ing by the mill.
the city.
The sketch was photog r;iph cd a11d 1lugc piles of logs in front and
is fro!11 the photo c:ollccl.ion of the ln the side of the m ill give e vidence
la te C. ll. Cosgrove, -who for scv-, of an early lumber ;:ind n11l.way tic
era! )'Cars operated ·a photo s lmlio I' industry here. Th;1l th ere .were
in H1llsboro. . . roads, :.illhough r;1lhe r pr1m1l1vc , .
In the forgro und is see n th e fir s t , is evidenced by th e te:im and!

*** Now what do we do, mother nature did its thing.***

A big flood came in June 27, 1863 and washed out the dam. It emptied the water from
the pond in two hours. The sawmill business was out until the dam was rebuilt. Notice
the different angle of the dam on the two pictures. The owners of the sawmill decided to
change the dam and build a gristmill called the roller mill.
AJbert Field and Aaron Roberts bought the sawmill. It was dismantled in 1864 and
relocated above the pond.
There was a big delay of business, a costly rebuilding process of the spillway and a new
roller mill. The new roller mill would grind flour and grist for livestock feed.

In this long forgotten picture of Hillsboro's early settlers, Mr. Cook, Jake Hickok
and Otto Hammer work in a farm field overlooking the local "pond."
A big storm came in July 22, 1897 and damaged the spillway that required extensive
repairs and cost. In March 24, 1904 the dam mill bridge was destroyed by a ice jamb and
300 feet of the railroad bed was washed out P. K. Marvin was contracted to repair the
gates and flumes. They hit solid rock ten feet below the fill surface. This repair was done
in July 4, 1907. That was bad timing. A storm hit July 11 , 1907 dumping a three inch
rainfall. Then July 25, 1907 another three and one half inches fell. That washed away 200
feet of railroad bed. Such close rainfalls caused much damage.

** * I think it was the beavers in Kouba and Beaver Creek Valleys. They Jet the water
through. That wasn't funny either. I saw those beaver grinning. It looks like Pa beaver
was scolding the Ma beaver and Baby beaver was laughing at how he let the water go
down stream. Now Pa beaver has to build a new dam too.***
Twenty five men were needed immediately to repair the damages. George Carpenter
mixed five carloads of bag cement which took two months of mixing and pouring cement.
He finished October 3, 1907.
*** Of course he had help, thats a lot of cement mixing for one man to do himself***
As more timber was cleared, more runoff occurred. That caused more floods. The
water level was low September 22, 1910 causing the mill to start up the boiler and engine
for power. Dry weather occurred again November 11 , 1915. In September 2, 1916 a
wind cyclone caused much building damage in this area. During the dry weather they
completed repairing the dam November 16, 1916.

The lake: A real beautiful, unbelievable, unpredictable, unblemishable, total utilized.
scene. The lake was called Lake Arbutus. The shore had many Arbutus flowers g rowing
there in the early days. I couldn't find out how or why it got that name.

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Lake Hillsboro In The Year 1SOS

*** The Indian said the dam must of been built by a giant beaver.***
Another ice jamb occurred causing a break at the spillway in March 7, 1918.

In 1919 the lake bed was cleaned out of sediment. Some drivers of the teams are
Theodore Steffen, James and Fred Fitzpatrick, Leo Crowley, Ed Norwark Sr., Andrew
and Arthur Mattison. The others we don't know.
More breaks and repairs were done in March 25, 1920 and in July 20, 1920. A big
sleet storm came in February 22-23, 1922. Then in August 5-6, 1935 mother nature did
her thjng. The greatest flood in history occurred here.

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Gus Weinstein was washed away with the railroad depot. See railroad write up for

Two hundred feet of railroad track gone. The depot gone. The Farmers Coop lost
feed and the Gamble Store items were ruined. The Perfect Oil Companys tall gas storage
tanks were toppled over. Logs and lumber were washed away from the Vernon County
Lumber Co .. The Hagenah pin factory lost logs and pins. A bridge was washed out by the
Condensary Plant. The Vernon County Milling Co. wall got undermined .
***We were fishing along in our tippy canoe in the lake. I thought we were rising. In
Canada they once warned us, if rising head for shore. We paddled and paddled with no
avail. All of a sudden we went through those pearly gates. l thought we went over
Niagura Falls. It took no time, we were in Wonewoc. That was a real thrill. Try it
In 1940 there were ice jamb problems again. A severe wind storm blew up June 23,
1944 damaging the whole area and county. The Red Cross sent five car.loads oflumber
and one carload of roof shingles to Hillsboro. A four inch rain fell June 31 , 1945. In July
3, 1947 came a severe flooding storm. Water was let .out of the pond September 2, 1948
to rebuild the dam. Another storm hit October 13, 1949. A regular cloud burst flood hit
the Kickapoo River area July 12, 19 51 causing $4,799,000. in damages. The flood gates
were opened due to high water July 3, 1954. In July 8, 1954 Yuba, Wisconsin had the
biggest flood of their village history. Crop hail damage occurred August 11 , 1954. Some
hails were 7 to 8 inches in circumference. The Hillsboro Lake Assoc. bought the lake
from the Fred Wopat estate July 11, 1957. They are a non-profit incorporation. The
estimate to dredge the lake was set at $250,000 in October 13, 1957. A hail storm
covering the ground, came June 24, 1958. In June 2 7, 1963 the dam went out. The lake
emptied in two hours. The reconstruction work lasted until 1967 and the lake was
dredged. In August, 1967 the lake was refilled after the carp were poisoned free from the
lake. It was restocked with 700 bass and 2100 trout in December 21, 1967. A leak was
fi xed in January 12, 1968 with erosion of sandstone rock. In July 1, 1987 a big flood did
$100,300. of damage in Hillsboro. Heavy rains came June 28-29, 1990. The locks at the
dam would not open. Sand banking was done to save the dam., Wh.e n the flood gates
were raised the water was uncontrollable. The lake emptied with down stream flash
flooding. The cost estimates in January, 1994 to dredge the lake was $300,000 .. The
dredging started January, 1994 and was completed in the Fall. The lake is full now in
***The beaver left. There is no timber and now no beaver dams.***


Edward Klopfliesch a German immigrant from New York City was searching for a
future prospective source of water power. He received information of this area and
investigated it. The source of water power available from the Baraboo River looked very
favorable to him.
***We knew Ed Klopfliesch. Remember we talked to him out east.***

Otto Hammer was venturing to find water power also . Ed Klopfliesch told Otto
Hanuner and his friends to invest in the potential that existed here in the sawmill.
Marcus Warren made the original Hillsboro plat entry for Albert Field in October,
1854. Ed Klopfliesch made arrangements immediately with owner Albert Field to
purchase the Hillsboro plat and the source of water power.
Ed Klopfliesch and Otto Hammer became partners. Together they purchased the
Hillsboro plat and power source of the Baraboo River from Albert Field in October, 1854.
Albert Field donated 100 acres of flat land on the river for them to construct a dam and
spilJway for their sawmill. Ed Kloptliesch and his brother-in-law Mr. Schlolmilch began
building the sawmill in 1854. They built a log house for Otto Hammer who was to arrive
from Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
The Otto Hammer, Charles Manhart and Carl Aegerter families lived in New York City
five years. In 1848 they all moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. They farmed there for
seven years. They broke the soil, put up farm buildings and had nice livestock. They were
settled and then they decided to come to Hillsboro.
All this time, Ed Klopfliesch had them investing their money in the Hillsboro sawmill.
They questioned where their investment was going. In 1855 the families headed for
Hillsborough. Otto Hammer had a partnership in the village plat and water source.
They exhausted their oxen and traded for a fresh oxen team in Madison, Wisconsin.
The men cut trees to make a trail for the ox-carts. The journey took many days. "Alas in
The water power and sawmill furnished lumber for the early homes and businesses in
the village. A few of the homes were built of Jog also.
Ed Klopfliesch went on a business trip in 1857 to New York. The importance of that
trip resulted in meeting John Mollinger and Ambrose Armbruster. Ed told them of this
area's potential and they were quickly interested in it. Ambrose Armbruster returned to
Hillsboro with Ed and bought out Jacob Schlomilch who also had an interest in the
John Mollinger arrived in 1858 and purchased a secured interest of the water power.
In 1861 Ambrose Armbruster moved his family here.
*** The Indian said, the beaver cut most of the logs and floated them down the river to
the sawmill. I think he was just joshing.***
The sawmill was started in 1855or1856. It was a big business until June 27, 1863. A
big flood came and washed out the dam and spillway. Big decisions were made in a hurry.
The sawmill was sold and dismantled by Albert Field and Aaron Roberts. They moved the
sawmill and set it up at the upper end of the pond on the West Baraboo River.
Otto Hammer, John Mellinger, Ambrose Armbruster and Ed Klopfliesch formed a joint
venture. They immediately commenced to rebuild the dam. Some newspaper articles said
the spillway and dam were completed in 1862. The dam wouldn't of been washed out
until June 27, 1863. There were conflicting reports.
In 1865 the joint venture erected a new 42x50 foot, two story roller mill with a gable
style roof The frame was built of hand hewn oak and maple timbers. Peg holes were
hand drilled and timber angles were cut. Wood pegs held the joining members together.
The big water wheel was made from virgin maple wood . The troughs and wheel cogs
were boiled in a large hog kettle to make the wood waterproof
The millwright Mr. Zelenboch traveled to Harve, France personally to purchase and
deliver the stone buhrs to Hillsboro for grinding grain.

The completion of this grist mill meant that farmers didn't have to get their grist and
flour ground at Mauston or Reedsburg. It meant more business for the local village.
Business increased at the shoe and harness shop, grocery store, blacksmith and wagon
shop, post office, hotel, tavern, mercantile and millinery.
A large celebration and dance was held for the roller mill opening. About four
thousand people came from miles around to the occasion.
*** I didn't read about the celebration in the the non-existing newspaper and the German,
Indian, Norwegian and the Englishman didn't tell me.***
Due to newer equipment being added in the mill a remodel job took place. The gable
roof was removed and a third story with a flat roof was added.

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Edward Klopfliesch retired from the business in 1868. That left investors Otto
Hammer, John Mellinger and Ambrose Armbru ster. They renamed the mill as the
Hillsboro Milling Co.. The mill was now increased to two buhrs and later to four buhrs.
The sixteen foot water drop force operated all the equipment with plenty of power.
ln 1883 John Mellinger was the only original investor surviving his partners. Ed and
Robert Hammer were heirs to Otto Hammer's estate. [n August, 1896 a new foundation
was poured and a new engine installed at the null.
Edward Hanuner became manager at the mill in April 15, 1897. With all the new
improvements they could make 150 barrels of flour per day. The brands were Big Indian,
Fancy Patent, White Lilly, Climax and Hillsboro Straight. Buckwheat and rye flour were
also made.
***Now we can grow up on buckwheat pancakes.***
The Hillsboro Milling Co. started buying livestock April 29, 1897. The cattle were
chased to the Union Center rail yards. They shipped two carloads oflivestock on that
date. Eleven carloads oflivestock were shipped July 1, 1898. A new scale was installed.
By January 28, 1903 they were buying and selling corn, bran, oil meal, hay, sawdust
and apples. In October 26, 1905 more new machinery was installed in the mill. A two ton
feed hopper broke and fell October 4, 1906. No one was hurt. Henry Ripke built the mill
an oil house in February 1, 1907.
The mill business, buildings, dam and pond were sold in 1908 to investors Frank A .
Wopat, Ed Kuehn, Wencil Wopat, Frank Machovec and Fred Wopat. The incorporated
firm was called the Vernon County Milling Company. They made Rose Flour, Mothers
Best, Jersey Cream, Gold Medal, White Rose and Big Indian starting July 14, 1910.
They installed a new electric dynamo March 21 , 1910 to light up the mill. The boiler
and engine were started up September 22, 1910 due to dry weather. The pond was low
on water.
In September 28, 1911 they owned another feed mill at Glendale, Wisconsin. Mr.
Sladek was the manager. That mill burned down April 20, 1922 and was rebuilt.
The Vernon County Mill in Hillsboro installed a new scale in May 30, 1912. The new
firm now deals in coal, grinding feed, mixing feed for poultry and livestock. They had
farm supplies and Marquette cement.
ln 19 12 a light plant for the village was installed at the mill. See write up on the
1-lillsboro Light Co.
Frank A. Machovec was manager of all the mill business from 1908 to 1920. Fred V.
Wopat managed from 1920 to 1949. Fred's son Albert Wopat managed from 1949 until
the mill was sold to the Farmers Coop Warehouse. They bought the mill and the
Jn July l , 1914 the Hillsboro Village installed a water tank and drinking trough at the
mill for the thirsty farmers horses or traveling people.
All the mill owners were noted for their honest dealings. Low water in the lake in
November! 8, I 915 caused the mill to use engine power to operate the mill.
Just before World War 1 there was a shortage of coal in November 20, 1916. The mill
borrowed coal from the brewery and creamery stock pile to continue in business.
In June l, 1917 a flood that damaged the railroad beds resulted in a lawsuit between
the railroad and the mill. The railroad wanted $25,000. for track damages and $500. for
freight losses. It was a two year court battle. The railroad was allowed a small
settlement. It was declared that the spillway was operated and controlled properly.

A large brick office with a bigger engine room underneath was built on the left side of
the mill in 1917-1918. The engine broke down at the mill and the village lights were out
for two weeks. Manager Frank Machovec did fast work. He immediately bought a 80 hp.
Carlisa engine from the Wonewoc electric plant and the lights were operating in two
In 1920 Frank Machovec sold his interest in the mill and entered into the lumber
business. His home was where now sets the Farmers State Bank. His lumber office was
by the house and the sawmill was at the upper end of the pond to the west.
A new water wheel was installed at the mill July 1, 1920. In July 8, 1920 the mill
owners began blasting the sand bank by their coal bins. The sand was sold to the village
for a base fill on paving the main streets uptown with brick.
It was decided in July 8, 1920 to tear down the old coal sheds on the east side of the
railroad and build new coal bins there. The mill blasted 200 feet of sand bank and built
twenty new shed stalls for farmers horses in October 21, 1926. In September 22, 1927 all
the coal sheds were completed and new coal unloading and loading equipment was added.
The mill was now selling Fancy Straight, Grouchs and King Midas flour. A new
electeon-magnet machine was installed in October 7, 1931. It would remove steel objects
from the stock feed so livestock wouldn't get hardware disease.
The mill operated a store and feed mill at Glendale and one at Union Center for years.
In 1935 the big flood came and the mill needed extensive repairs to the washed out
foundation. The flood pictures were shown earlier in the book.
The mill bought the badly damaged ice house near-by in February 16, 1936 from Zinke.
In July 18, 1940 the ice house was destroyed by fire.
The mill hired many employees throughout the years. I will mention only a few.
William Amberg and Bert Field was there 12 years. Ed Hammer was 17 years old when
he started and was manager. Others were Wilbur Fields, Elmer Bruha, Thelma Levy, Emil
Lein, Ray Bolden, William Herbeck, Albert Hynek and Ken Fick. There were many others.
The mill operated until 1955. In 1957 the Hillsboro Farmers Coop purchased it. They
put their sign on the mill, but never operated it. They used the buildings for storage.
The old mj)J was demolished by Elgin Herbeck. See picture below .


GOING UOWN - This brick building, which the lus1 of the old mlll w go down, and then by
formerly housccl tht.• "-'nJ,:.:in e and nH1..C'hinerr of tbc wrce~lni; rr<·w. In Its plate ,.-as left a park-like
roller mlll of the Vernon <Aunty MUiing Co., wu spot In full \•icw of the dam.

The first lights in the village on main street were installed around June 3, 1897. They
were a kerosene burning type lamp light. The lamps hung on posts along main street.
Then came the ecythlene lights in the same lamp style. The village Marshall had the job of
lighting and extinquishing them every day. That type of light was used about 15 years on
main street.
* * * Prior to 1897, one had to run down the block if you were scarred of the dark.***
In February 29, 1912 Frank A. Wopat filed an application with the village to install a
franchise for electric lights. He paid $500. down showing good faith of his intentions.
The village acted quickly. In March 14, 1912 they passed a light Ordinance Number 50,
for the Hillsboro Light and Power Co. Frank A. Wopat agreed that the lights would be in
full operation by August l , 1912. They were completed by that date.
A Gugler light system was installed, the best in that days market. In April 4, 1912 the
mill office was removed at the right side of the mill. The poles and wire arrived by rail.
One large and one small dynamo came by rail July 25, 1912 and was installed. It took 27
hours to charge up the batteries. There were 126 batteries for light use.
The cost to the village for lights was started July 25, 1912 and was set at $750. per
year. The light system was completed earlier. In July 25, 1912 the village President
Charles F. Rose had the honor churning on the switch for Hillsboro's first evening lights.
In that era there were other companies from neighboring villages that wanted to
contract this light business. The dynamo system was the only invention for lights at the
time. Due to more usage of current, the mill installed a twice as large new generator in
February 20, 1920 at the light plant. The generator was located in the mill engine room .
This light system served the village with lights from 1912 to 1923. The Wisconsin and
Minnesota Light and the Wisconsin Power Co. were expanding at this time. They were
very interested in purchasing the Hillsboro light plant.
Clarence Wise was in charge of making the deal in August 24, 1922. They tried again
in May 3, 1923 . In August 16, 1923 the Hillsboro Light Company sold, with the take-
over to begin September I, 1923.
A new manager, Mr. Maxwell of the Wisconsin Power and Light Company made
arrangements with the village to install all telephone and electric lines underground . Three
miles of both wires were laid in the village. The businesses were to pay for lighting up
their street.
In July 23, 1925 a White Way System was installed. The streets would be lit up for 12
hours per day. The viJJage was to pay the light bill.
Every so often the Railroad Commission of Wisconsin would designate rate changes.
The Athletic Field located by the Condensary received lights for the football games in June
17, 1948.
The White Way System used since 1925 was replaced with new light posts and glass
style street lights in August 23, 1957.
In June 2, 1966 Wisconsin Power and Light Co. installed 64,920 lineal feet of nah1ral
gas mains in Hillsboro.
In 1988 the main street lights were changed to a new style.
***Now it is 1998 and every one is lit up yet.***

1854 CARL LUDWIG BREWERY. 1003 Wood Ave.

Carl Ludwig and his family immigrated from Germany in 1851. They first stopped in
Ohio and later lived two years in Dane County, Wisconsin.

In I 854 Carl Ludwig, Julius Hohlfelt and William Link came to Hillsboro with their
families. Carl Ludwig staked a claim on 160 acres in section 36 Hillsboro Twp. where his
brewery was later built. He sold 60 acres to William Link. Julius Hohlfelt purchased a big
farm two miles west of the village in Hillsboro Twp.
Carl Ludwig was a homeopathic doctor and a brewer in hi s homeland. They farmed
four years here. In 1858 he built a small log brewery close to a rock ledge at his farm.
Hops for the beer brewing was grown in the east and was grown here too. Later when
the hop price crash came he used malt for brewing beer. Barley was ground at the
Hillsboro Milling Co. and dried at the brewery. Hops were sold at a Baraboo store too.

In 1866 Carl Ludwig needed a bigger and better brewery. He hired 14 men to erect a
big 35x40 foot stone constructed brewery at his old location. His whole family worked
very diligently in the brewery business.
The picture shows the tall three story brewery in the background. The long shed in
front of the brewery was the brick factory. In the center of the picture is the brewery
owned ice house. At the left front is the barrel stave and head lumber mill owned and
operated by the Ludwigs. They made their own wood beer barrels and wood mixing
The ice house was 24x32 feet long. Ice was harvested from the Hillsboro Lake and
stored here. The ice was used for cooling the barreled beer in the brewery warehouse.
The little building left of the brewery was a hop drying house and malt drying place. To
the center left is the excelsior factory owned by others.
The brewery business was a big business in Hillsboro. Carl Ludwig continued in the
brewery business from 1858 to 1874. The brewery was sold to Fred Snell.

Carl helped Fred to acquaint him with the business for one year so he really sold out in
1873. Fred Snell worked for Carl since 1866. After selling out Carl Ludwig started a
mercantile store uptown at 840 Water Ave.
In l 877 Fred Snell built a new b1ick factory across the road by the brewery. He built a
large brick house on the hill in back of the brewery called "The Brewery House". The
public demand for beer was great. He added a 20x40 building at the brewery.
There were many employee's. A few I found mentioned are: August Weinstein,
Hem1an Schuman, Otto Hammer, Thomas Hickok, Robert Hanuner, Herman Becker,
Harold Fillia, Joseph Erie and Elmer Bruha.
Fred Snell operated the brewery from 1873 to 1890 and the brick factory from 1877 to
1890. In 1890 he sold everything to Joseph Bezucha.
Joe Bezucha learned the trade at Green Bay where he worked for fifteen years. He
then rented a Racine Brewery and brewed beer their for ten years. In 1890 he purchased
the Hillsboro Brewery and increased the barrelage to thirty five barrels per day. Joe
Bezucha made brick from 1890 to 1897 for seven years. He sold the brick factory to B. I.
Balley in April 29, 1897.
Joe Bezucha had B.I. Baley Well Drilling contracted to drill a new well at the brewery
in 1902. Herman Becker was the brewer-master from 1895 to 1908 for 13 years.
In September 6, 1906 a contest was held to see who could unload and store coal the
fastest. The winners were Herman Becker and Joe Bezucha Jr.. They stored away 3/4 of a
ton of coal in the shortest time.
Joe Bezucha decided to form a corporation and expand the business. In February 23,
1911 he sold $25,000. worth of stock. In April 6, 1911 the stockholders ordered all
empty beer barrels to be returned or be billed for them. Below is a coupon token that they
gave each purchaser of a one-eight barrel of beer. You would get 50 cents off on your
next purchase by presenting a coupon token and an empty barrel.

New glass bottling equipment was installed July 27, 1911. A new manager J. Urdracek
from Stevens Point was hired. He stayed one year. The next manager was Mr. Heisler.
In 1916 a large new cooker was installed.
In August 23, 1917 Wm.Stein was hired to clean the tall chimney inside. While he was
cleaning the chimney inside the scaffold broke. He fell into the cold fire box below. He
didn't get hurt.
***I bet the beer fumes coming up the chimney made him dizzy and he fell.***
Every thing went well, then it happened. In 1918 prohibition was declared and that
was the end of brewing beer. Prohibition lasted until 1933 . They tried soft drinks and that
wasn't profitable. The ice house sold ice to customers in town.
What was there to do? Joe Bezucha left the brewery set idle and he built a two story
brick building at 848 Water Ave. where now is Greg's Market. Joe Bezucha also got
involved in gold mining by La Farge, Wisonsin. See gold mining elsewhere in the book.
E. V. Wernick the banker put the corporation up for auction in October 23, 1920. lt
included two houses, brewery, equipment and 44 acres ofland. Frank A Wopat and J.A.
Landsinger bought the $75,000. value for $15,120. in December 7, 1922. They bought
the brewery and 30 acres of land. In March 22, 1923, Frank A. Wopat sold it to the
Vernon County Milling Co. They were going to rent it out as a cold storage place. The
ice house and cooling rooms were their for that purpose. I couldn't find any more
information on the outcome of this project.
Prohibition ended in 1933. In August 15, 1933 the George Hutter Brewing Co.
bought the idle local brewery. They installed new equipment costing $62,000. in April 6,
193 3. It was a new bottling system and a new 100 barrel copper cooking kettle. A 1210
barrel cold storage room with tile floors, cork walls and ceilings were built. More new
kegs were purchased. They estimated by October 15, 1933 the production would be 150
barrels of beer daily. The first brew was called "Hillsboro Pale Beer."
The first batch of brew had to age six weeks. Everyone in the area was thirsty for
beer. Tom Hyland a distributor for the Schlitz Beer Co. in Milwaukee managed to get a
car-load of beer into Hillsboro. The beer did't last long.
*** I missed the boat because I was only four.***
In August I 0, 1933 Joe Vogel became the new brewmaster. The beer alcohol content
was now 3.2%. The brewery hired twenty eight men. They brewed 40,000 barrels of beer
per year. The beer was sold throughout the north-western states.
The first aged beer was delivered from the brewery in October 15, 193 3.
The Hillsboro Commercial Assoc. held a celebration for the end of prohibition in
October 14, 1934. This was for the Hutter Brewing Co. The Bezucha Orchestra played
for the dance. The free beer and dancing was held where now is the Hora Implement
building at 856 Water Ave. because that building was empty at this time.
George W. Heinricks from Minneapolis leased the brewery in August 26, 1936. He
brewed Heines Genuine Lager, Heines Select ExpoTt and Bohemian Club Beer. They
brewed beer for many years in the state.
In June 24, 1937 Heinnrcks held a celebration in Hillsboro marking their 50th
aru1iversary. There were free carnival rides, a free parade and free beer served at a 252
foot bar. About 15,000 people attended that celebration.
*** The bar builders drank too much and couldn't see the tape measure. They were lucky
the bar wasn't 253 feet long.***
George Heines became the new manager in January 7, 1938. In February 20, 1938 the
business went bankrupt. They promised to reopen and did in November, 1939. A crowd
of 2000 people showed up for the reopening day.
They now hired John F. Geyer as brewmaster. He brewed the Hillsboro Pale Beer.
The new president and manager was C.H. Pfieffer. Hutter became vice-president.
Three new delivery trucks were purchased in July 4, 1940. In June they brewed and
bottled 12,000 cases of beer, equaling 288,000 bottles of beer. It was all sold that month.
Adolph K. Nagel was the brewer in January 2, 194 l. A new bottle pasturizing machine
was installed in February 20, 1941 costing $4,500. R. Bechard became brewer in July 3,
1941. In 1942 the brewery closed its doors.
In February 12, 1942 there was a debate to install a food locker system in the cooler
room. Such enterprises were starting up in the state. In March 26, 1942 the four 12,000
gallon storage tanks were removed from the cooler room. A company calJed Fridge Food
Locker set up a 200 food storage locker plant here in May 15, 1942.

*** I bet those thirsty people went to the White City Tavern on the train . It took even a
double track to haul everyone over there.***

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ln December 16, 1943 the brewery building was purchased by W.W. Evans of the
Dorchester Canning Co. They remodeled the building suitable for canning peas and sweet
corn. A railroad spur was built and laid up to the plant. LeRoy Freck was hired to
remodel the whole operation and he became plant superintendant.
In March 30, 1944 farmers were contracted to plant peas or sweet corn. Some land
was leased too. By March 30, 1944 three hundred workers were hired that first year.
A government contract was initiated for 148,000 cases of peas and corn. Mexican
labor was also hired in August 31, 1944. During the war years, German prisoners from
Camp McCoy were bussed and guarded to help with the canning pack here.
In February 23, 1950 a change of ownership happened. The plant was purchased by
LeRoy Freck, E.V. Hofmeister, Willis Hofmeister, Dr. P .A. Leuther and Earl Robinson all
of Hillsboro and Don Friday from Viola, Wisconsin.
Later in that year in December 28, 1950 they reorganized and it was named Hillsboro
Enterprise Inc. Now the investors were LeRoy Freck, Willis Hofmeister, E. V. Hofmeister
and John Cesnik all of Hillsboro and Waren KuehJing, G.S . Deaken and Wm. Rethke of
Madison, Wisconsin.
In July 12, 1951 there were 150 employees hired . The pack in September 3, 1953
totaled 75,000 cases of peas and 140,000 cases of corn.
A fire at the plant in November 19, 1953 resulted to $100,000. in damages. It was
repaired in a short while. In I 954 a good pack resulted hiring 170-200 workers. The
payroll totaled over $100, 000.
The enterprise dissolved and was to close down. John A Cesnik, E.V. Hofmeister and
Willis Hofmeister incorporated. It was now called the Hillsboro Canning Co.

Cesnik became general manager. It operated to 1962.
l n 1962 Aunt Nellies leased the plant. LeRoy Freck became manager. A fire broke
out in October 14, 1975 causing $30,000 in damage. Aunt Nellie Canning Co. left and
went elsewhere. The old weary building sat idle for some time.
Wm. Merrick of Merrick Foods of Union Center, Wisconsin used it fo r storage and
had a partnership with Kouba Well Drilling of the building in 1974 o r 1975.
The women employees were out of work at the old high school building sewing factory
in 1983 . Due to a factory closure the women formed the Womens Sewing Co. They first
tried to start in the new bowling alley addition, but that was t ied up in a land dispute.
They next thoug ht of the old brewery building. In the meantime Merrick donated the
brewery land to the city.
The city organized the Hillsboro Improvement Corp. They were able to get funds
through the Blighted City Prog ram. They used the funds to tear down the old brewery
and land was now available to build on.
The Womens Sewing Co. applied for a grant and did receive one. With a grant and a
city loan they bought new equipment and built a new 15,000 square foot sewing factory.
The land was donated by Merrick and was named the Merrick Industrial Park.
The Womens Sewing Co. had 116 stockholders and hired 100 workers. They received
their first contract in November 3, 1983.
1.n 1987 the La Crosse Footwear Inc. of La Crosse, Wisconsin leased the factory. In
September 1988 a 12,000 square foot addition was built under a city bond to be renewed
and paid back over a period of years.
The Hillsboro Sewing Co. was finishing up a ammo. pack contract and then went into
the footwear sewing. The factory was retained by the La Crosse Footwear Co.
Around January 30, 1997 the La Crosse Footwear celebrated its l OOth year of being a
company at La Crosse, Wisconsin. They make rubber, leather and vinyl footwear,
raincoats, protective sports clothing, farm and general quality items.
T he brands are La Crosse, Danner, Red Bell, Rainfair, Brando and felt inserts. They
hire ·100 workers yearly.
Kouba Well Drilling built a large work and storage shop at the Merrick Industrial Park.
See well drillers write up.

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Kouba Well Drilling Shop and Storage.
Keith Jones and Jones at 1003 B Wood Ave are in the Merrick Industrial Park. They
are a logging concern. They installed a lumber building office and a logging truck place.
They buy timber and sell the logs to other concerns. They are here in 1998.
Larry Starkey worked for Jones logging since 1985. Starkey started on his own in
1989 and built a sawmill in 1996 crt the Merrick Industrial Park. Larry and Tillie Starkey
have a Realty Office at 1004 Water Ave too.

LL L Logging, Keith Jones building. Starkey sawmill..

1854 CHARLES LANDRUM FIRST STORE. 833 and 829 Water Ave.
Charles Landrum built a log home in Hillsboro in 1854. The cabin was in back of his
store at 829 and 833 Water Ave. adjoining his store in front. The first settlers arriving in
Hillsboro traveled to Mauston. Reedsburg or Baraboo to get their needed supplies and
food . They sent and received their mail at Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
Landrum took in mail and ran a store in his log home for one year. He was a builder
by trade and built business buildings for others in Hillsboro. In 1855 he built a two story
frame store parallel to the street at 829 and 833 Water Ave. located where now is Sterba
Insurance and The Boutique buildings. The three buildings in the picture extended onto
adjoining lots. The tall brick building is the Sentry Enterprise building. The Landrum
Store was south next to it. The log cabin adjoined to the back of the store.

ln 1855 Charles Landrum created a partnership with Daniel Bugbee because he needed
someone to tend the store while he was building. Bugbee stayed a short while. He moved
to Greenwood Twp. Later he became a gristmill operater at Avalanche, Wisconsin.
Charles Landrum formed a new partnership with his nephew Charles F. Fine. It was
called Landrum and Fine Store. They sold boots, shoes, stockings, linens and a few
grocery items. The Landrum family lived upstairs.
Morgan Hansbeny became the first postmaster in Hillsboro in J856. The post office
was in the log home of Charles Landrum up to 1871. One walked around the store to the
log post office. In 1871 a new smaJJ post office was built on Mill St. in front of
Landrum being a good builder was contracted by Charles L. Lind to build the Lind
Store at 815 Water Ave. and the Lind home at 819 Water Ave.
The store operated until Landrum's death in 1881. In January 1, 1882 Charles F. Fine
changed the store to all groceries. He set up a partnership with Mr. Hyde. Hyde and Fine
Store. They were in business to 1884.
William Clark purchased the store and was there from 1884 to March 19, 1894. He
sold coffee, tobaccos and dry goods.
In 1894 to 1895 Harvey and Roland Myer operated a grocery store here for one year.
They moved to 843 Water Ave.into the Brewer building.
Next Charles J. Cosgrove set up his barber shop there. In August 11, 1896 he moved
to the Boston Store building, next door south by the Hammer Hardware.
Gideon C. Worden and Louis D. Worden leased the store in 1896 and ran a grocery
store. In 190 I the Worden Bros. purchased the Landrum building. They conve11ed it into
a butcher shop. They were at this location until August 15, 1903 . In July 22, 1898 a
stairway was built to the 2nd floor. Dr. Jones had his office upstairs. George Williams
built a new two story brick building at 847 and 853 Water Ave. Wordens needed a big
area so they bought the George Williams building and moved there in August 22, 1903.
Otto Hammer purchased the old Landrum building from Worden Bros. in I 902 and
moved it in 1903 to the west side of town by the R.F. Myers residence and made a house
out of the old store.
The empty lot and the one lot south belonged to Worden Bros. When the three
businesses burned in 1902 at 814, 810 and 806 Water Ave. the Mallow's bought the 829
Water Ave. lot. They built a store there, the second parallel building to the street. Wm
Lind being a realitor bought the 833 lot for his future bank building.
In 1913 Wm. Lind built a two story brick bank building at 833 Water Ave. The new
Farmers State Bank opened January 6, 1913. It was incorporated.July 11912 by Charles
Staley, Wm. E. Lind and W.K. Jewell. The first officers were Wm.K. Jewell prisident,
Charles E. Staley vice-prisident, Wm. E. Lind cashier, H.J. Chard assist. cashier. They
had 26 stockholders with a $20,000. capitalized value.
The Hillsboro State Bank at 806 Water Ave. was operating since 1903 to 1922. The
Farmers State Bank started 1913 to 1924 at this location. That meant that there were two
banks in Hillsboro from 1913 to 1922.
The Farmers State Bank purchased and merged with the Hillsboro State Bank October
12, 1922. Everything was moved to 83 3 Water Ave. to the Farmers State Bank. Now
only one bank existed in Hillsboro.
With all the banking needs the one bank was crowded. A decision was made in 1924
to build a new bank at 826 Water Ave. The move from this 833 Water Ave. was made
December 15, 1924.
Willis Hofmeister Radio and Electric and Applinace was here next from 1925 to 1948
He then moved to 824 Water Ave. after 26 years here. Dr. Leonard L. Sanford purchased
the building in about 195 1 and moved downstairs. Willis Hofmeister purchased the Pinch
Drug Store at 824 Water August 24,1944. Willis Hofmeister moved his Radio and
Electric and Appliance then to his store September 27, 1951. See page 275 for interior
picture of Willis Hofmeister Radio and E lectric and Appliance Store.
Dr. Leonard L. Sanford started his office upstairs in September 12, 1946. He then
moved downstairs and stayed to April 19, 1951. He then went to the Wernick Legion
Hall building.
Hallingstad Studio moved here from 806 Water Ave. in 195 3 to 1960.
Sebranek's Cafe closed October l, 1964 at 843 Water Ave. Agnes Sebranek started
her Midtown Cafe here at 833 Water Ave. She was here about two years and sold out to
Claire Breidenstein in October 12, 1967. Ron Sterba purchased the building in 1967.
Claire Breidenstein then moved to 824 Water Ave.
Ronald Sterba started selling insurance in 1945. He was manager at the Nuzum
Lumber Yard in April 26, 1941 . In September I 8, 1947 he left Nuzum's and bought the
50 year old insurance business that E. V. Wernick operated.

Sterba Insurance Agency had ads in December 12, 1946. In October 1945 Ron and
Evelyn started selling insurance at their home on High Ave. Twelve years later in 1957
they moved to High and Lake St. and sold insurance there.
In the Fall of 1967 they bought the building at 833 Water Ave. In February 1968 his
son Dave Sterba joined his father in the insurance business. Dave was an underwriter in
Madi so~ Wisconsin for four years and decided to sell insurance in Hillsboro. They are
here in 1998. Judy Kouba has been their secretary.
Veterinary Dr. C.M. Shave in 1914 had his office here to 1917.
Dentist Dr. Kruetzman was here from 1913 to 1924. Dr. Ronald S MacKechnie and
Dr. Eliz. MacKechnie moved from 806 Water Ave. here in 1913. Their daughter
Margaret married Dentist Dr. Kelley in 1935. Dentist Dr. Joseph H Kelley a new graduate
came to Hillsboro and bought the business of deceast Dr. Kruetzman in 1926. Dentist Dr
Kelly later had an office at his home at 532 Water Ave. in 1963.
Dr. Warren Clark Eye Clinic had his first office here from 1949 to 1950. He then
moved to 806 Water Ave. upstairs.
Dr. Leonard L. Sanford started his first office in Hillsboro upstairs and then moved
downstairs. Dr. Blakely a chiropractor came here after Kelley in 1963 . , .

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The early businessmen bought several lots side by side, called blocks. Some lots may
have been homesteaded and lost, because in researching some lots, the original person's
name wasn't on the abstract, only KJopfleich the original plat owner transfered to the next
party. Maybe some other arrangements were made with those buildings and their first
owners. Maybe the land being platted made the difference.

1862 FIRST HOTEL-ABBOTT HOUSE. 128- 132 Mill St.
*** The beaver got me mixed up and I put 1862 in the wrong place in the contents.* **
The picture shows the first hotel at the left. It was the Abbott House Hotel.
Newspapers had this hotel located by the city hall. It was at this location on the corner of
Prairie Ave. and Mill St.

Irving Thompson came to HiIJsboro from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He erected this
first hotel here in 1862. Irving Thompson was married to Angela Salts. She was first
married to Levi Cooper. She was the daughter of Wm. F. Salts.
Irving Thompson sold the building to Prentiss Abbott in 1862. Abbott was a big game
hunter and became wealthy with his endeavors. He owned several farms and the
Kinnekimik House in Waukesha County, Wisconsin . Prentiss Abbott was the son of
Aaron and Abesta (Moulton) Abbott who were engaged in shoes and boots at Boston,
Mass. Prentiss was born February 1836 in Windsor County, Tumbridge, VT. He was
first married to Jane Fenton. She was born July 17, 1819. They had Charles C.Jr, and
Laura. His second wife was Emma Eliz. Brill, born in March 12, 1866. They were
married May 16, 1883. They had no Children.
In 1875 Prentiss Abbott sold the Abbott House to Peter and Jacob Lind. They came to
Hillsboro in 1855 and were the first shoe makers in Hillsboro at their home and now at the
hotel. Prentiss Abbott went to farm in Greenwood Twp.
The Lind s named the hotel " The American HoteL" I found American Hotel's in four
or five neighboring villages also . It must of been a chain of hotels. Otto Hammer worked
for the Linds for three and one half years in shoe making and then went to the brewery.
Alexander Wood completed and remodeled the hotel and added the balcony decks that
you can see on the picture for the Linds. They had Benjamin Salts operate the hotel for
them for years.
In 1884 Benjamin Salts purchased the hotel. Now it was called the "Salts Hotel. "
Mrs. Julia {Tracy) Rowl ey was a part time house keeper and manager their for seventeen
There were other buildings in back of the hotel used as a livery for the hotel. Later
they were used for machinery storage by C.F. Rose and Frank Rose.
There was a plank horse watering trough behind the hotel. An enamel drinking cup
was there if you were thirsty.
*** I was too little and couldn't reach the cup. Oh well. Maybe I would of drowned. ***
Benj amin Salts owned the hotel 1884 to 1896. In 1893 Charles F. Rose leased part of
the hotel. He operated it until 1902. In February 27, 1902 John Shissler had a restaurant
their until July, 1902. C. Fine owned it in July 1902. He ran it as a hotel. He had the
hotel up for sale. A nice hotel with a village population of 900. Other parts of the hotel
were leased to T.B. Rice and Healy. They sold hardware, shoes and clothing from
February, 1896 to April 8, 1897.
Charles F. Rose purchased the hotel starting August 1, l 902. Rose had his farm
machinery sales office in the hotel. The back yard had threshing machines, grain binders
corn shredders, other implements and hardware there. All the Roses sold machinery. In
July, 1896 Frank Rose sold fourteen grain binders and eleven hay mowers that year.
William Rose sold Plano machinery in 1902. In March 31 , 1904 G.A. Williams of the
Behnke and Co. resigned fro m the McCormick Deering sales.
Charles F. Rose set up a sawmill at Valley, Wisconsin. He needed lumber for the
Opera House building he was going to build in Hillsboro.
I n July 7, 1904 Rose sold the largest amount ever of the McCormick Deering line.
ln 1904 the old hotel was torn down. He said next year they will build a big building
there. The brick yard received an order for 125,000 brick from C. Rose for the new
Opera House. In l 905 Frank Moore and Frank Rose completed the 60x80 brick two
story. It had two stores and a upper opera level that spanned over the two lower stores.
Rose's machine sales continued through the construction period. A carload of horse
buggies arrived June 19, 1905 for customers. In 1906 to 1908 C.F. Rose was selling the
big Lawson portable gas and oil engines. Many large grain separators were sold too.
Rose continued selling machinery to 1911 .
l will give the opera history first. Then the west and east stores below.

The opera had silent movies at first with music played for the movies by Ed Lind, Hilda
Lind, Ed and Alice Mutch, Robert Lind, Clarence Manhart and Russel Salts. The opera
was used for meetings and other social events. There were uncountable wedding dances
held in the opera.
In those early years plays and live shows transpired there as great entertainment. The
1935 Jubilee newspaper write up has about one hundred local people that acted in plays
and left their names on the opera walls. Refer to that write up for names.
A basketball court was paint marked on the floor. The opera became the home of our
village White Sox basketball team. They won many national victories, over teams from
New York and Chicago. The hall setting instigated the victories and Hillsboro won the
title "The Basketball Town."

The hall served as an auditorium, basketball court, movie house, dances, plays,
wrestling matches and conventio ns through-out the years. The wrestling was popular
August 13, 1913 to February 14, 1921. Dode Fish was the dance caller as well as others.
Tickets were sold at the door for a quarter. Later they were fifty cents.
In March 11 , 1910 Harve Shreve purchased an electric theater machine . lt had a 8 hp.
motor that turned a electric dynamo to operate the movie machine. In 19 12 he went to
the Elroy theater. Frank H. Thompson showed movies starting April 18, 19 12 at the
opera five nights a week. The price was 10 or 20 cents. In April 25, 1912 he showed a
nice movie on the Ford car.
In January 20, 1910 era, different teams were made up of local business men from the
village. That really drew big crowds. One team was called "The Dirty Sox Team. 11 It
consisted of Albert Holak, Frank Watson, Andy Shute, Melvin Lind and Byron Searles.
The local competing team was the "Sore thumbs" consisting of Wm. Aulsebrook, Wes
Hanberry, Hugo Hagenah, Nick Marvin and Melvin Baley. That game outcome was Dirty
Soxs 38, Sore Thumbs 7.
The local White Soxs played the All American Shoes team of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
and the White Soxs won 62 to 12.
Dan Hyland started showing movies in September 20, 1917 at ~he oeera. He sold the
business to John Hassler and Ray Bauman. They showed movies at the opera for three
more years.
Dan Hyland in June 17, 1920 became manager of the local theater and the opera
movies. He then had movies only at the theater and the opera held meetings, dances and
show plays.
Leon Sebranek bought the opera house and it was called the Paradise House. He also
had the billiards below from August 5, 1926 to sometime in 1928. In May l 0, 1928 a fire
started under the opera stage during a play. It burned the stage curtains, had window
damage and ruined the Picha Hardware store below.
A large crowd at the opera saw a acted out Bohemian play "The Sokols" from La
Crosse, Wisconsin in June 13, 1929.
Owen Williams of Bangor, Wisconsin bought the opera in October 10, 1929. He
purchased it from Arch Davidson of the La Crosse Hausman Brewing Co. Willis
Hofmeister was manager. In January 15, 1930 Wm. D. Mahr became manager. In
December 19-20, 1930 the Russel Babe Healy Circus were at the opera. He was
originally from here and was called Babe in school.
Roller skating stated at the opera December 3, 1931. Otto and Emil Novy bought the
opera house and the east store downstairs of the building. The local Z . C. B. J.
Organization held a play here in October 19, 193 3. It was called the "Three Bohemian
Boarders." Translated in Bohemian as "Tri Pani Na Byte."
The opera continued with dances, etc, until the 1950's. The local canning company had
some canned peas and corn stored there. The opera upstairs hasn't been used for maybe
thirty years now.

WEST LOWER STORE. 132 Mill Street.

In December, 1906 Melvin Lind and LA McVay opened up a hardware store here.
Mc Vay stayed until June 25, 1908. Melvin Lind was manager of a lumber yard that was
sold. He bought McVay's interest out. Melvin Lind owned the complete hardware store.
In January 1, 1909 Melvin Lind rented a small space to C.H. Vielrang for a jewelry store ..

He stayed to June 17, 1909 and moved to the Lute L Purdy store at 843 water Ave.
known as the Brewer Building.
A.J. McCauley was involved in the implement business here. C. Rose or Melvin Lind
may have bought McCauley out. He went into real estate.
Melvin Lind got involved in selling new cars in February 29, 191 l. He was selling
them for A.H. Dahl of Westby, Wisconsin. The run-about was selling F.O.B. for $590. or
$690. depending on accessories.
In April 13, 1911 Melvin Lind purchased the Rose implement business and combined
that with his hardware. He sold the 7 hp . Steckney gas engines beginning in October 12,
James M . Vincent leased the hardware store in January 18, 1912. A fire broke out in
the store. Windows were blown out. Fire hoses were hooked up to the hydrant across
the block by Wolfs Dept. Store at 853 Water Ave. Melvin Lind lost the Maxwell car he
and Dr. Ferriter owned. Machinery, buggies and other items were lost too. James M.
Vincent rebuilt the fire damaged warehouse for Melvin Lind. By March 14, 1912 he was
back in business.
Melvin Lind was more interested in selling cars and tractors. In March 1, 1917 he was
selling the Crow-Elklert car. Melvin Lind built a truck at his July 9, 1917. Then it
was said, that Hillsboro had a truck motor factory.
In December 20, 1917 Melvin Lind and Marva Shivers went to La Crosse, Wisconsin.
There the Shivers brothers bought a new La Crosse tractor. They bought a convertible
two or three mold-board plow. They assumed that it was the first tractor in this area. In
January 15, 1920 he repaired Chevrolet cars and the Samson tractors. His repair work
was done in a shed behind the hardware store or at the old lumber yard on upper Mill St.
M.0. Pierce who was mechanic at Staley and Sons garage came to work for Lind in
October 5, 1922.

The Rose opera and the two stores below.

It was in May 30, l 922 when Melvin Lind sold his entire hardware and implement
business to Vaclov M. Picha who farmed in Union Twp. Picha called his bu siness
"Hillsboro Implement Company Sales." In March 20, 1924 Picha started selling the
Michigan Silo made of co ncrete staves.
In May IO, 1928 a fire l mentioned earlier that occurred upstairs in the opera, ruined
the hardware store downstairs owned by Picha. The V.M. Picha hardware and farm
machinery business went bankrupt in 1929.
Ernest Wyman and Emil Novy in January 1, 1930 bought Picha out. In April 16, 1930
Emil Novy bought Ernest Wymans share. Emil Novy had a good business.
Emil Novy sold to Fred G. Cook in December 22, 1938. Emil Novy kept the
machinery business part. Fred Cook got the hardware business. Fred Cook called his
store the Hillsboro Hardware and Coal Co. His coal bins were near the Condensary plant.
Orders first were taken at Vernon Hardware located at 815 Water Ave. Now the coal
order office was here at 132 Mill Street.
Fred Cook sold the store area to Reinholdt Degner and Harold Eder in November 15,
1945. By December 15, 1945 they moved their bakery equipment from Wonewoc here.
They were the Hillsboro Bakery. Fred Cook moved his hardware business to 725 Water
Ave. and then to 815 Water Ave.
New equipment was installed at the bakery in April 8, 1948. A larger dough mixer was
put in August 28, 1948 ln August 3, 1950 they hired Lloyd Knutson as their baker. In
1945 they started a Bake Rite Co. product line and sold bakery goods state wide by
March 14, 1957. The bakery operated twenty four hours a day in 1960 to keep up v..~ th
the demand. Rudy Rott was helper and delivery man to the distant towns. Harold Eder
passed away leaving his wife Julia to carry on. Julia Eder hired her son-in-law as chief
baker December 15, 1985. They only made roils, buns, iced pastries, cookies and cakes.
Mary Fanta helped with sales and decorating the cakes. Ot her workers were Peter Eder
and Clifford Carpenter.
Julia Eder sold the bakery to Ed and Lana Marks in May 11 , 1989. They worked in
Minneapolis, MN,and Arcadia, Wisconsin. The Marks operated the bakery to December
6, 1990. They sold out to Lee Gardino. He started a plumbing shop. Gardino went to
Alaska for a short while. When he returned he moved his business to his home at 608
Shear Ave.
In 1992 Melissa Picha bought and moved her "Accent Hair Styling" here. She is at this
location in 1998.

E AST LOWER STORE. 128 Mill Street.

In March 1, 1906 Hugh Conway rented the east end of the Rose opera building. H e
started a saloon. In November 25, 1906 he was in a partnership called Conway and Kelly.
They sold Celebrated Beer made by Effinger Beer Co. They built a shed for horses behjnd
the saloon on the Wernick lots.
In August 12, 1909 Hugh Conway and Wm. Kelly sold the saloon business to
Fauerbach Beer Co.of Madison, Wisconsin.
Ed Sebranek from Dilly applied for a license in July 3, 1913 . He sold Hausen Beer.
Torn Hyland had the saloon just before prohibition. In May 14, 1925 Alfred Stehr sold
soft drinks here. Wm. Mahr had his billiards here during prohibition.
Emil Novy owned the hardware at I 32 Mill St. and now his brother O tto Novy in 1928
bought the saloon and opera at 128 Mill St. The Novy Bros. now owned the whole
building. In 1933 prohibition was lifted. The Heilman beer delivery truck waited for the
deadline at midnight. Then he unloaded the cargo to the tavern .
The Novy wives and Ed or Leon Sebranek operated the tavern for 28 years. The
husbands ran it in the evenings. In 1935 the two brothers bought milk routes. At that
time a truck cost $1,000. and gasoline was fifteen cents a gallon. They owned some
farms, a welding shop and blacksmith shop and a roller skating rink in Dilly, Wisconsin.
In October 14, 1940 Otto had a 42x12 foot picture of a rocket put up on one wall.
They called the saloon the "Rocket Bar." People came a long distance to see it.
The next business in 1944 was when they bought a back-hoe and one thing led to
another. In 1954 they were crushing rock, lime and building roads.
Otto Novy purchased the two old Hammer Hardware buildings and had them moved to
High Ave. where he used them for storage and a construction office. Those buildings are
behind the new Firemans Equipment Garage.
Otto Novy at age 80 retired in October 28, 1982 and sold the business to his son
Darrow Novy. He ran it for about fifteen years. Darrow Novy sold the gravel and
construction business to Ed Hardy in 1997.
Getting back to the tavern business. It was sold around 1960 to Ronald and Elaine
Ravenscroft. They named it the "Bohemian Bar." In December 22, 1966 the Ravenscroft
sold to Frank and Alesa Quinn from Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
Next was James AJderman with his Jims Radio and T.V. Shop. _He moved here October
17, 1975. He was at three other locations before he came here. James Alderman died
Junel , 1983. His son worked with him since1 977 so he took over. James Alderman's
business dissolved in May 8, 1986 and closed in July 3, 1986 after the auction.
In July I 0, 1986 Allan Stanek purchased the place. His father George Stanek was
retiring and Allen intended to buy his fathers business. Allan Stanek started April 1, 198 7
and moved his Appliance and Refrigeration store here. He is here in 1998.

l 855 SCHOOLS.
Edward Klopfliesch built a two room log cabin home for his arriving partner Otto
Hammer. They were proprietors of the Hillsboro plat. The log home was built in 1855,
located near 702 Water Ave. A brick home is there now.

The men working in the field in the picture are M r. Cook, Jake Hickok and Otto
Hammer. This is on the Hofmeister farm above the lake. Notice how few homes and
businesses there were at the time.
With more settlers moving to the area there was a need for a school. Otto Hammer
agreed to share one room in his log cabin for a school. Sobrina Burwell was the first
teacher in Hillsboro at that first school.
In l 856 a new grade school house was constructed. One history said the lumber was
sawed by the Barney-Bailey sawmill. The only sawmill in town in 1856 was the first
sawmill down at the spillway location, owned by Klopfliesch, Hammer and Armbruster.
That frame school house was built and located at the comer of Mill St. and Pine St.
where the new tennis court in now. That grade school stood there for 12 years. The
grade school burned down the week of December 6, 1868. A room in town was rented to
complete the school tenn. Read the side article . "'> ·
A new grade school was constructed at the same rlillsboro School·
site in 1869. Some history readings say this particular
school house was built in 1875, that couldn't be correct House Burned
(F r om T he B;i.raboo Republic Dec.
by thi s article that I found. The school loss was $200. 113. 1868) .
and the village had $800. on hand in a fund . 1 T h e V ern on County Censor of \\'ee -
In 1875 a new hig h school was constructed in the
l day fast says tha t t he school hous~
in H illsborough was burned last
center of the block or directly behind the present new Thu!·;.day nigh t. It wa s di scoYercd in
il:i.:nes abo u t two o'cl ock Fridny
library building. The first high school classes were taught morning, t oo Jnte to. snve it. T he
in 1876. There was a wood rail fence that enclosed the fire is S!:!pposed t o h a ve bee n ca usec
school ground . The Hillsboro first concert band was 1
:.r carelessness. Lo ~s. nbout $200.
But the citizens of_ Hillsbo rough
started in 1870 which would of been in the old grade ha ,·e been providing a fund by tnx for
the building o( n new school hou;:e,
school . The newspaper said, that school served as a and have now on hnncl .from :;>100 to
high school for fifteen years. It should of been 25 years. $800; and ·in the spring thq· will go
nh,•ad nnd put up thci ~ new ba!ld-
The first high school principal in 1876 was Setzaphant. ir.g-. I n the rncnntime , :i r oom w ill
The school had a fo ur year term. There were no school be rented for schoo l pu r poses, if o ne
cnn be hnd .·
records kept and discipline was very bad.

Hillsboro's ~irst High School

In 1879 a Mr. Warren became principal and he enforced the rules. A conflict of
interest arose when the students would argue that their previous years of schooling should
count toward their graduation, because records weren't kept in those first years. In 1879
the first school graduates were Aegerter, Manhart and Field.
ln 1883 E.Y . Wernick was principal and he had records made and kept them up to date
for the students. He also had a three year course. Byron Shear was his first honor
graduating student in 1883.
In 1900 with the increase of students there was a debate weather to build a new grade
and high school. A contract was let March 23, 1900 to Frank More of Wonewoc and
George Cole of Hillsboro. The district furnished $2,400. in material and the contractor
furnished $6,600 in materials and labor. The total cost was $9,000. The school was
completed for the 1900-1901 school year.
The old grade school at the comer of Mill St. and Pine St. was sold and moved to the
Hillsboro Hotel in 1900 for an Annex to the hotel.

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The picture is the first high school. It was moved one door north of 232 Mill St. on
High Ave. The village used it for the village hall and stored fire fighti ng equipment in it.
It was there from 1901to1938. It was used for board meetings, civic groups, voting
place, gymnasium with basket ball baskets on the north and south walls. This hall was
tom down after the new hall was completed in 1938. The old school bell served as a
village fire bell and later in 1953 a school class set up a memorial monument for the bell at
the high school grounds. The ladies in the picture at the door are Miss Emma Beranek,
Mrs. Rose(Ludwig) Kauffinan and Mrs. Carl Ludwig Jr.
The picture to the right above was the new brick framed grade and high school. The
lower floor was the lower grades and the upper floor was the high school for 13 years.
In August 1, 1912 a meeting was held to add a brick addition onto the present school
to the north. It would cost $10,000 and would house 125 students. The school board
approved ofW.H. Farley from New Lisbon, Wisconsin to erect the school addition by
August 14, 1913.
In January 22, 1920 the first agriculture class was taught here. The W'hite Sox team
was renamed the Cardinals. Rev. Ross Hartman organized the Hillsboro band in
November 16, 1924. He was the first high school band leader. In 1927 Norman K Solem
and Edward Mrner taught band.
The bell Cupola was removed in J950 due to deteriorating timber supports.
* ** We were afraid of that bell for two reasons. ***
In July 5, 1934 another vote was taken for high school expansion and a new gym .
Vote favored 166-123. The school received a Federal Grant in September 26, 193 5 to
improve the new school grounds . The school addition was attached to the present high
school part and the new gym west of it.
The constrnction was to be done by the F.E.R.A. workers. Funds were short in
September 6, 1934 and were closed. Hillsboro was lucky and did get the funding. In
February 22, 1935 the basketball team held their first game in the new gym with Camp
A new bus was purchased by the R.D. Sandman garage in September 29, 1938. It
picked students up at Valley, Wisconsin and bused them to Hillsboro and back each day.
That was the beginning of bus service for the students. A new law was enforced in
August 10, 1939 that all buses be painted red, white and blue for road safety.
*** I thought the kids painted them for a joke.***
Boxing was started by the F.F.A. program before 1940. Instructor G.E. N iccum
started the Summer trips in July 4, 1940 through U.S.A. and Canada. The trips continued
each sununer by future instructors. School zone signs were poste9 October 9, 1941.
The Univ.of Wis. set up local credit course classes starting here in Juiy 21 , 1946. The
classes were held here for students from La Farge, Cazenovia, Yuba, Kendall, Elroy,
Wonewoc, Union Center and Hillsboro.
In March 23 , 1950 a dual control behind the wheel training car was purchased.
Another new Pontiac drivers training car was bought in April 19, 1953.
A new idea for the youth was called New Haven started in October 29, 1949. The
young could dance and play games at the high school gym .
A new school issue was voted on in September 18, 1952. It was a light vote, 302-68
in favor of a new $160,000.grade school. In July 2, 1953 the bid was let to Rott Const. of
Mauston costing $102, 825 to build the grade school. The plumbing and electrical was by
others. The land for the school was owned by Webster in 1890. The grand opening of the
new elementary school was March 12, 1953. That must of been 1954 or the bids would of
had to been Jet earl ier for opening in I 953 .
The Vernon County school lunch program sta11ed February 3, 1955. It gave one-half
pint of milk to each child in school.
The old high school was out growing its needs. In November 14, 1963 t he voters
voted for a new junior and senior high school. Construction began October 1, 1964.
Opening was March 20, 1966. The move was December 20-21, 1965.
A new track field facility was added by the new junior and senior high school. In
August 1, 1996 new needs with the computer age were debated. More wiring,
classrooms, handicap access, new gym and lockers, a new middle school and an
auditorium are needed .
The referendum was voted on in l 997. The vote was, one-third for and two-thirds no.
The referendum asked for $8,000,000. Architects were hired to determine the modern
needs. The second referendum for $5.49 million passed , 380-375. The yes vote won.


In Febrnary l 0, 1966 the new Hi llsboro branch of the Mauston Mfg. Co. began making
parachutes and employed 88 workers. They rented 3500 square feet of space in the old
high school.

A Wisconsin Coulee Region Community Center Action Prog ram opened a clothing
cent er for the needy. The clo thes were collected at the old l1igh school Civic Center.
Belva Hagenah was in charge of all contribution calls.
K.P.B. f ndustrial Products lnc.of Mauston received a Gov't contract to produ ce
barrachs bags. Russel Emery was head mechanic. Dennis Pokorny planned on staying.
They employed 25 people.
T he Hill sboro Sportswear sta11ed out as a sales outl et for a Bu twin Co. In September
1, 1966 they started making jackets, employing 9 women., They made about 20 jackets a
day. Sweeney Sportswear owned and operated by Thomas and Velma Sweeney were
sold through out Wisconsin. The firm becan1e associated with Mecca Sportswear of St.
Paul, MN. in Novemberl l, 1970. Sweeney and V.V. Goss of Viroqua were with the
Burroughs Sweater Co. previously starting with 12 and later 30 employees. In 1973 they
moved to the upper first floor. A son Richard Sweeney was with t he firm also . The
Mecca firm later moved to Ontario, Wisconsin. Thomas and Velma Sweeney retired
December 6, I 973.
The Hillsbo ro Women's Sewing Co. in December 23, 1983 received a new contract for
308,280 small arms anuno. packs. They had a leasing agreement on the sewing machines
and other equipment from K.P . Bowners, Ken Nelson and Dennis .Porkomy of Mauston.
Beaulah Hilda Jefferies was secretary, Rita Lawrence Hill s treasurer, Richard Fawcett of
Elroy chairman. Rose Sanderson of Elroy, Marg e Kahlor, Nancy M iller, Lois Turnipseed
were directors, all of Hillsboro. They promised 17 months of work for 70 employees.
In 1883 the old grade and high school were to be demolished to make room for a new
tennis court, housing project and the present new library. Marrel Inc. of Hillsboro
demo lished the o ld school January 8, 198 7. See the brewery write up . The sewing
women went there. Gaylord Schroeder presented to me the song below.
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The previous page song is a Hillsboro High School Alma Mater composed in 1951.
Robert White the music teacher wrote the note music. Others that helped collaborate the
words were: Joyce (Towne) Schroeder, Robert Amundson, Yvonne Jobelius and Gaylord
Schroeder. There were other school songs too.
The new elementary school is located at 853 Hillsborough Ave. The high school is
located one block west from the grade school.

The above picture is the old grade school and high school addition .

1856 FIRST BLACKSMITH SHOP. 856 Water Ave.

The Albert Kuerston blacksm.ith shop was the first one in Hillsboro. It was erected of
crude boards built upright. The location was at 856 Water Ave. in 1856. Herman Duft
was his partner. They made wagons and did blacksmith work. Albert Kuerston was later
in the hotel business across the street.
Henry Harrison Gage purchased the crude blacksmith shop in 1878. Henry Gage set
up a livery stable. Henry had one son Edgar Gage. Edgar E.Gage did some fann ing by
Mt. Tabor, Wisconsin. He also sawed lumber at Dilly. He then moved to Iowa and came
back to Hillsboro w hen his father passed away.
Edgar E. Gage purchased his fathers livery stable in 1895. He removed the o ld livery
stable in Apri l 15, 1897 and built a large brick two level building where Hora Implements
are now at 856 Water Ave. This was a good location across f:Tom the hotel and on main
street. In 1896 a band played for the grand opening of Gage's livery.
In July 24, 1905 Edgar Gage sold his stage mail line from Rockbridge to Reedsburg,
Wisconsin to Wm. Lind .
Gage owned several farms in the area and had a veterinary license for practicing in this
area. Edgar E. Gage was one of the founders of the Hillsboro Coop Creamery and the
Farmers State Bank. He established the first fair in Hillsbooro.
In December 1, 1899 he moved a small building by the big one and bricked around it.
In 1902 he tore down the little building. He purchased the Will Evans fann March 18,
1909. At this time he sold the livery to Walter Park in 1910. He named it "Park Livery
and Feed Stable." In 1918 Gage retired and died in 1921. In October 22, 1910 a Mr.
Sparks leased some of the building for a livery.

Thomas Kucha owned a house just north of the Gage Livery. Joseph and Frank lived
there too. They purchased the Gage Livery in April 27, 1911. They called it the Hillsboro
Livery. In those days it was possible to have fifty dray wagons and buggies parking there
in one day. The tongue of a buggy was raised up at a forty-five degree angle to make
room for more buggies. The main street was a muddy night mare in rainy weather.
In 1912 J.B. Ewing held a large horse auction at the Kucha Livery. J.E. Shreve was
the auctioneer.

Livery Stable .Business Good

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George and John Hofmeister bought the Kucha Bros.out in October 21, 1915. A little
later George bought John out and is sole owner.
C. W. Burton was the new owner in September 14, 1916. He operated it as a team
livery and added a auto livery service. The cars were popular for the salesman.
C. W. Burton sold in ] 919 to Staley and Son. The Staley's first sold cars at the old
lumber yard. They needed a larger place for their car dealership, so they bought here at
856 Water Ave. They remodeled the building into a car repair shop in March 18, 1920.
They left the brick walls and removed the old roof and replaced it with a new one.
In July 1, 1920 Staley offered the village a lease to have comfort toilet rooms for the
public to use. Staley did the carpentry. The village was to clean and maintain the
restrooms. A l 8x20 building was built adjacent to the Staley garage. Now the women
and children that couldn't go into saloons had a place to relieve themselves.
*** I do remember this when I was Ii ttle. What a relief it was.***
So now Hillsboro had comfort rooms. The garage remodeling was finished August 19,
1920 and now Staleys had 8,860 square feet of floor space on two floors. They were the
first franchised auto dealers in Hillsboro. See picture on next page.
In August 12, I 9 I 4 Charles Staley and his son Orio had an agency to sell the Buick six
that sold for $1,050. By 1918 they owned a steam valconizing machine for repairing tire
tubes. They sold the Pilot car in August 21, '1919. The Dart a six cylinder car was sold
in July 10, 1919. By 1920 they sold the Mitchell, Dart, Dodge, Cheverolet cars and
batteries and tires.
In March 2, 1922 they sold Case tractors. They sold Inter-State bulk gas and kerosene.
Their mechanic M.O. Pierce left and went to Melvin Linds place.

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First Shipm ent Of Ford Curs To Hillsboro

This photo, ta ken in 1911, shows
the fir s t shipme nt of F o rd cars lo
i\lr. Orio Staley, yo un gest son of
1\Ir. Cha rles Staley, was a ssociated
the arrival of t he Cirst shipmen t of
Model T F'ord Cars in Hillsboro.
Hillsbor o, and the people who were with his fa th e r in t he autom otive It m:ir ked the beginning of m;my
present when th e aulos were rolled l>usincss. years of a utomo tive dealership for
out of the freight car in wh ich Nolice t he t hree to uring cars as Mr. St alev and later for the firm
l the:; \\'er e transported. th ey s tood on th e de pot platfo rm. which wa-s kl1o wn as Staley :rnd
'I People in the photo arc, left lo The ca r s a r e rather early exam- Son. It also marke<l the beginning
dgh t : Ch a rl es Sla l c ~-, t he fir st ples of lhe f:1 mo us Ford l\lodel T. of a new er a jn tr nn sportation for
, fr a nchised :iuto d ea ler in Hills- Notice the bu!b·operatecl horn be- this r egion - with a growing pur·
I boro ; Au gus t E . Shcl>eck; Melvin s ide th e dr ive r and on lhe running chase of motor cars - tha t in-
j 0. Lind. Ed wa r d Wolf a nd Orio board a ca rb id e gas gener ator to creased year a fter year - result·
: Stale\· . Mr . Sta le\· w:i s also Prcsi- provide ga s for headlights . ing in a demand fo r more :ind
, de nt. of th e Vil!; gc or Jt il b boro : Notice a lso the old passe nge r better highways to provide con-
llfr. Shebec k w:1s then a s l ~1ti o n depot in th e bac kg round . It was stantly improving transportation.
agent with l hc Hillsboro a nd North Lhis building which wa:; carried
E aste rn Rail wa 1· and lall:r le ft off its foundat ion:> :ind dest royed
that employ me nt. to Collull' n c<irccr in the big flood of l!):l5. Ther e a rc
of ban kin g in this city: \Ir. L ind kw known photos that show the
was the prop ri etor of Lind's !·fo r d· build ing, which wa s constructed in
ware: ;I.Ir. 'Nolf wa s the proprieto r ] !)02.
of \Volf's Department S to r e; a nd T his was a n his toric occasion-

Jn 1924 Staley and Son held a tractor school. lt was to educate the farmers how to
drive those tractors.
*** I thjnk the trees and fences were complaining about those wreckless Case drivers.
Their "Case" had to be heard .***
* ** My uncle drove his tractor up a slanted tree with one front wheel. He fell a sleep. It
sure woke him up. Don't tell him that I told you ..***
So I guess that is why Staley's in February 17, I 927 held more schooling on power
farming. The Hupmobile came next April I 8, 1929. fn August they dealt in Wadhams-
Inter County gas at their pump by the sidewalk. Harve Woodrick was the gas agent.
In January 28, 1931 Leo Staley owned the building and the garage was leased to
Emery Setzer. Orio Staley and others were the mechanics.
The Staley garage had a foreclosure in May 18, 1933. The Farmers State Bank bid and
bought it for $8, 176. Emery Setzer continued his lease until I 934.
In October 14, 1934 the Hillsboro Commercial Assoc. held a celebration in this
building for the return of the Hutter Brewing Co. at the brewery. There was a free dance
and free beer from 12 to 2. The famous Bezucha band played.
R. D . Sandman leased or o wned the building in October 4, 1934. Lloyd Burch was the
mechanic. A new electric car hoi st was installed on March 4, 1936. Lloyd Burch left in
October 29, 1936 to work at the Quality Service Garage.

Rudy Lein quit at the Vernon County Mill and came to work at Sandman's in November
26, 1936. In 1937 they kept the gas station open 24 hours a day. Sandman's garage
purchased a new school bus. Clifford Stenerson bought it to transfer students from Valley
to Hillsboro in September 29, 193 8.
Around January 15, 1942 it became the Joseph M. Hora Implement Co. He sold
International tractors and machinery. Sandman in February 12, 1942 occupied one-half of
Knower Sal es and Service on 203 Mill St.
Now Joe Hora had movies on International Harvester Equipment and sold
International trucks in July 12, 1951.
Joseph M . Hora retired and his son Robert Hora owns and operates the International
Harvestor line here. He is here in 1998.

Hora Implement Co. is the above picture. The small addition at the lel1 of the building
was the city comfort rooms and aren't their anymore.

1854 THE KUERSTON HOTEL. 901 Water Ave.

Albert Kuerston built a Jog home at 90 1 Water Av. in 1854. In 1856 he built his wagon
and blacksmith business across main street at 856 Water Ave. The log part of his home
became the bar part of the hotel later. In 1878 he added a frame addition toward Water
Ave. In November 4, 1878 he passed away.
His wife Sophia Kuerston spent $3,000. to have the hotel completed. She operated the
hotel until she remarried to John P. Phair. Sophia died in December 21, 1883 . John Phair
became the proprietor in 1884. A son Robert Kuerston had some interest in the hotel and
owned the Li ve1y business acro ss the street at 856 Water Ave. This hotel was called the
Kuerston House or Hotel.
Next it was called the Mallow House. ln 1884 Adolphus and Frances (Winslow)
Mallow owned it next. They were here from 1884 to 1895.
The hotel was sold to Gus Mitchell in January l, 1895 . Gus Mitchell sold it to Mrs.
M .L. Hurley in May 12, 1896 and George D. Thompson was the manager.
George D . Thompson purchased it himself in 1899. He also bought the old grade
school house that stood at the corner of Mill and Pine St. in 1900. He moved it as an
annex by the hotel.
The annex is the two story building at the-Jeft of the hotel.

George D . Thompson named it the Hillsboro Hotel. ln May 1,' J 902~he remodeled the
interior. The newspaper said that he bought it April 26, 1909. Maybe they meant they
paid for it then or leased it. He was here from 1895 to 1909.
Gus Mitchell bought it in November 4, 1909. Gus Mitchell married Hattie Winslow.
ln October 15, 1912 he sold out to a Kahler. Then in October 14, 1914 there was a
Landlord Benjamin who leased it to D.J . Williams.
D.J. Williams then became owner in Apri l I , 1916 and remodeled the hotel. Now they
could serve dinner's to customers. Williams sold to a Mr. Hayward from Kendall,
Wisconsin in January 3, 1918. The hotel registar shows he started October 11 , I 919. The
hotel registar shows Norval E. Bradley owned it November 4, 1920. The newspaper said
that Norval Bradley was employed in construction in town and liked it here and moved
here in December 1, 1919.
A auto livery was added in April 7, 1921 . Bradley and Rowley operated the auto livery
service until May 10, 1928. Then it was discontinued. Wisconsin Power and Light Co.
had an office at the hotel too. A bus stop station that was at 810 Water Ave. moved to
the hotel office in July 4, 1929.
In August 10, 1933 the hotel was remodeled by Frank Sterba and Herbert Santas.
Norman Bradley operated and managed the hotel to April 1, 1937. He retired and sold
the place to Otto Santas.
John Stekel applied for a bar license in December 31, 1936. He made some
improvements in the bar area in May 13, 1937. John Stekel bought the hotel in May 10,
1945. In July 4, 1946 another bus line called Red Line Bus Service set up their ticket
office at the hotel lobby.
John Stekel remodeled the dining room into a bar area. The part toward main street
had an excavated basement and a dining area called the Dugout Cafe was established there
in 1950. A dumb-waiter was installed from the Blue Room upstairs kitchen to the
Dugout Cafe. Mr. and Mrs. David Hogan were the managers of the Dug Out Cafe and
Steak House in October 19, 1950. In October 11 , 195 1 Ed Steckel Jr. became manager.
The hotel had taxi service in 1953. Phone 1. William Mallette was manager December
25, 1952. The Frank"BillyGoat" Daley became manager June 9, 1955. Next was Joseph
Conway in December 13, 1956.
James and Marvin Leppert managed in January 3, 1957. Irene Stanek opened up at the
Dug Out Cafe next. Then Lyle and Lillian Woodrick opened it up in December 26, 1957.
Lillian said Governor Nelson had a campaign party at the Dug Out Cafe. A large crowd
attended. They operated the cafe until May 25, 1961 .
John Stekel moved to Madison, Wisconsin to be manager of the West Side
Businessman's Club in 1957. His son Ed Stekel took over the hotel business in April 28,
1957. Ed Stekel also sold North American Life and Casualty Insurance from October 19,
196 I to 1962 and maybe longer.
Ed Stekel leased the hotel to Donald and Mary Cepek for two years starting May 25,
1961. John Stekel operated the hotel for 21 years and Ed for 4 years.
In April 4, 1963 the Stekels sold the hotel to Ben and Joyce Severson from Tomah,
Wisconsin. They closed the Dug Out Cafe. They put a dining room in the bar area on the
first level. In June 8, 1967 Mrs. Joyce Severson was manager and Donald Burch managed
the dining room November 2, 1967. ·
The lightning caused some damage to the hotel in July 22, I 971. The hotel rooms
were now being rented out as apartments.
Tom Sinkule Real Estate started an office here August 1973. In March 8, 1978
Margaret Gincl and Elaine Reidle became agents for the realty. _
Bob and Carol Coopemall were owners of a business in the Dug Out Cafe area in
January 30, J 984. They handled a second hand store their. Bob ran a bicycle shop with
repairs, tires and tubes. They took consignments fo r others also. In July 5, 1986 they had
a complete dispersal sale. The building was in bad shape, so the city purchased the hotel
in May 26, 1994. They hired Novy Bros Const. to demolish it. The lot was leveled off
and was available as a business lot.
Ed Stekel a native of Hillsboro bought the lot around 1996. He and his son Michael,
both of Lodi, Wisconsin built a nice modern brick building here. Grand opening of their
new Real Estate business was held on April 5, 1997. The building has room for two more
stores. Danna Foods L.L.C. occupies one of the stores. President David Prechel of Elroy,
Wisconsin. has 12 years experience in custom blend and dairy products. All of them are
here in 1998.

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Picture above is the Stekel Realty building.

The annex was a school house moved by the hotel in 1900. The lower part was used
for business rental spaces and the upstairs was used for hotel rooms. The lower pa11 was
divided in two businesses. Doctors and eye examiners came from other villages and had
customer appointments here twice a week l found the following ones had an office here in
l 876 or in the hotel: Dr. Lahn and Ellis, twice a week . Dr. Worthy, Dr Merrit, Dr.
Smith, in 1876 twice a week. Dr. B.B. Newman, Dr. Foley, Dr. Leonard were here one
year. Dr. J.J. Hamilton two years. Dr. Shear, Dr. Stevens stayed from 1876 to 1929,
twice a week. Dr. Joe Kerzin an eye doctor stayed 1876 to 1927. Dr. McElwee 1903 to
1909. Dr. J.J. Miller 1908 to 1909. Dr. Rea 1909. Dr. Buekler 1909. Dr. McLaine
1895. Dr. Block 1896. Most were here twice a week.
The other half of the annex was occupied by Mae Harrison with a millinery shop. She
sold here lease in l 910. She came back in April I l, l 912 and sold out. Then she came
back April 16, 1914 from 849 Water Ave.
The following were in one or the other half of the annex. Mrs. Ivan Mitchell ran a
millinery elite hat shop here from March 22, 1922 to August 26, 1926. In September 1,
1927 S. Rush had a tailor shop at 829 Water Ave. and came to the armex. Joseph Maly
learned the tailoring in Vienna, Austria for eleven years. In 1922 he ca~e to Chicago and
tailored there seven years. He came to Hillsboro in 1929 to March l , 19 50. In 1954 he
ran a shop in Richland Center, Wisconsin.
A Raphus Dress Shop opened where Maly was in June 29, I 950. She was here until
December 16, 1954. She sold her stock to Eleanor Richardson in June 11, 1955 and then
moved to l 00 Mill St. into the Cosgrove building.
The Home Beauty Shop was started by Helen Knick and Vera Mclees Greeley in
December 21, 1939. In December 19, 1940 they moved to the hotel annex. Mrs. Vera
Toppen owned the shop in March 1, 1948. Mrs. Helen (Knick) Lindeman bought Toppen
out in May 19, 1948. The shop was here ten years prior of puschase.
In January 3, 1957 Gene Kubarski opened a T.V. Shop here. He had si>-.1:een years
experience. It was Genes Radio and T.V. Service. Later he went into cable T.V. for the
whole city.
James Saltz opened his Radio and T.V. Repair here in May 9, 1963. Then James
Alderman came January 'I 6, 1964 to the annex as Jim's Radio and T. V.
Joseph Suchy sta1ted his cigar factory here at the hotel in July I 0, 1913 . In September
4, 19 13 he received a large order from Nebraska and had a big demand here too. He
employed Robert Liska from Chicago to help. Joe Suchy sold his cigar business to John
Liska from Chicago who moved here also .
After the doctor's left a shoe shop and millinery were here previous to May 13, 1923 .
J.P . Nida operated a shoe repair shop her next. He stayed until May 13, 1926 and moved
to the Ed Lind harness shop. In October 7, 1926 Thomas Dregne from Viroqua,
Wisconsin started his Dregne Sales Co. selling clothes and Maytag washers.
[n August 18, 193 2 Joseph Bruha started a barber shop and Glen Buchanan worked for
him. In January 3, l 93 5 Joe moved into the annex with his barber shop. He was there to
about I 972 .. In I 972 he was the oldest businessman in Hillsboro at that time.
Bruha helped Hugh Byington get his license in October 25, 1934. In April 4, 1935
D.L. Sullivan barbered with Joe. Byington and Mac Maybe of Union Grove, Wisconsin
were barber helpers in Burha's shop in March 27, 1941 . Helens Beauty Shop was here for
ten years in one or the other side of the annex.
William Sterba was a barber here for 20 years, 1970 to 1990. He barbered behind the
Boutique one year and now at home.
ln 1856 Quarters A. Stout sta11ed a stage mail and freight from .Hillsboro to Mauston
and back. He ran one from La Farge, Arbor, Muncie, Dilly and Hillsboro.
Frank A. Wopat ran a freight line in 1880 from Dilly to Union Center and back. In
1902 he went from Dilly to Hillsboro until 1928.
Lewis B. Field had a stage and freight line in 1895 between Hillsboro and Union
Center, Wisconsin. After 1902 he delivered from the Hillsboro depot to businesses in the
village. Robert Kuerston sold his route to Wm. Lind rrom Rockbridge to Hillsboro.
***Those horses were trained to go by them selves up the trail. Ha! Ha! ***
In March 16, 1916 Wm.W. Field sold his stage to Porter and Greeley
David Shisler in 1875 delivered heavy loads around town . Robert Kuerston operated a
mail and dray line from Hillsboro to Union Center, Wisconsin from 1886 to 1906. The rail
took his job away so in 1902 he ran a dray line in town .
In 1897 to 1915 Bert Field was employed as a teamster for the Hammer Bros. Milling
Co. for 18 years. The barns were located where now is Peter Wylands Chiropractic
Office. Homer Lind sold his dray line to Vaningan for $675. Homer Ljnd and Chas.
Berg dissolved their partnership in hauling and cutting wood in 1909.
In April 21 , 1921 Walter White bought the village dray line from Paul Schalter. He ran
it yet in December 12, 1929. Walter White bought a farm and sold his dray line to Mahr.
Wm . Shear bought Henry Zinke dray line. Bert Hofmeister bought Robert Kuerston out
in September I , 1927. in 1935 Will Field, Cash Carr and Ed Beranek drove the Kuerston
wagons rrom Hillsboro to Union Center, Wisconsin.
There were many other dray lines that I couldn't find. Some are mentioned elsewhere
in the book.

1856 HARD TlMES.

The early settler that lived here in 1856 went through a very hard winter. The rain
froze in the four feet deep snow, forming four different crusts of ice. That winter very few
settlers became wealthy.
Besides the weather a land collapse came. With the lack of earnings many weren't able
to pay their taxes. That actually made everyone poor.
By 1857 the depressed ecomony didn't recover until 1860. Some sold their land at a
loss. Where banks prevailed a bank note couldn't be cashed. Many wildcat banks went
out of business and dissolved much of our currency into thin air. The second flow of
settlers ran into that same unaware situation.
The fall of 1857 brought drenching rains which made the wheat crop bad for flour.
With the smutty wheat there was alot of shady bread to eat that year.
Deer were kjlJed for meat that were stranded in the deep ice crusted snow.


The Charles L. Lind store was located at the corner of Mill St. and Water Ave. 1t was
built by the great carpenter Charles Landrum. It was a wood frame building completed in
1857. At first it was called the Lind Store and later the Moh's Store. The Lind house at
819 Water Ave. was built at the same time.
The Lind's operated a general merchantile here. Charles L. Lind was also called by his
middle name as Leonard. Charles L Lind passed away in June 22, 1872.
Augustus Mob's married Linds widow in 1874.
The Lind store is the second building from 'the left in this picture.
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They operated the store until 1889. In that year they moved the building to a empty lot
at 214 Mill St., one door west where Moh owned the big brick house on the corner,
known later as the Manhart house. Mr. and Mrs. Moh operated a store there after the
move. The Lind estate built a brick building at 815 Water Ave. The Lind estate sold the
new brick store to Robert, Albert and Wm . Lind . They ran a general store.
In February I 896 they leased the store to Wm . J. Beckman. He operated a restaurant
there to August 25 , 1899.
Hugo Ibson from Elroy, Wisconsin started a grocery store here in January I 6, 1900.
He left here and moved into the Williams building which was located by the old theater.
Augustus Moh and his wife Sophia(Lind) Moh moved back to this location in August
8, 1900. They were in shoes and clothing. In November 25, 1905, they moved their stock
two doors north to the Mutch building, to finish selling their inventory .
W.C. Hansberry bought the Lind place in September 7, 1905. He was at his Blue
Room Store across the street. He operated a clothing store. Hansberry was here from
1905 to September 20, 1906. At that date he went to open the store curtain which was
close to a ethylene lamp. The curtain caught on fire and destroyed the complete brick
building. In October 25, 1906 he set up a temporary store at the Harrison Livery office.
The Hillsboro Cement Co. was contracted immediately to build a 30x I 13 foot one
story brick store. They started building April 4, 1907. At this point R.A. Armbruster
became a store partner with Wesley C. Hansberry. Their wives operated it as a gents, hats
and ladies wear store. Later they sold kerosene too. In December 8, 1910 they added a
roof balcony to shed the rain to the back alley and not onto the sidewalks.
R.A. Armbruster dissolved his partnership in 1924. W.C. Hansberry was sole owner to
1929. He then went to sell insurance.
W.H. Beach purchased the store in August 22, 1929. Opening date was September 5,
1929. In March 8, 1933 they had a small fire at the store. In November 7, 1934 the
Beach Hardware Store closed and went bankrupt. In December 20, 1934 Clarence
Webster from Melvina, Wisconsin bought the stock and the Farmers State Bank purchased
the store fixtures.
Three businesses started in the store March 5, 1936. One was the Vernon Hardware
Wisco Store. O.B. James was owner fi-om Richland Center, Wisconsin. Keith Straight
was manager.
The second business was Wordens Home Grocery that opened in March 15, 1936. It
was at the rear of the store partitioned off. The entry door was facing Mill St.
The third store was a Style Shop that opened November 14, 1936. Mr. and Mrs.
Myron L. Clark were owners.
In July 20, 1936 Ivan Eastman sold his Maytag products at the Vernon Hardware. The
Wordens Grocery sold out in January 1, 1938 to Earl Fry. He named it the Economy
The Vernon Hardware-Wisco went back to Richland Center and Henry Mahr from
Norwalk, Wisconsin started a Gamble Store in this spot.
Earl Fry's Economy Store closed in September 29, 1938 and they moved to Beloit,
Wisconsin. E. V. Hofineister opened up where Fry was with feeds, chicks, equipment and
insurance in November 1938.
In September 7, 1939 A.S. Hart bought Henry Mahr's Gamble Store. E.V. Hofmeister
Insurance and Poultry moved to the old bank building at 806 Water March 6,
1941. ~

The Gamble Store was by itself at 815 Water Ave. In December 15, 1945 Fred Cook
purchased the Gamble-Wisco Store. Fred sold the Gamble fi-anchise to Willis Hofmeister
in 1946 at 824 Water Ave. Fred Cook stayed in the Wisco Hardware business. He was in
business here to March 20, 1958 and closed out of the hardware business. Fred's wife was
a James and her father owned, Wisco Hardware in Richland Center.
In July 1, 1959 Ivan Eastman and son Duane moved their Maytag Sales from Mill St.
here. They sold the Maytag line, paints and wallpaper.
Around July 15, 1967 Theo. Wurster shoe store next door needed more store space.
Ivan Eastman and the Wursters traded store locations. In October 26, 1967 Theo.
Wurster owned this store. Theo. and Leona Wurster were in business at two locations for
44 years. They turned over the shoe business to their son Donald sometime in April 19,
1981 . They sold a large and good line of shoes. Donald Wurster operated the store until
December 12, 1991. He then closed out.

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Judie's Discount and Grocery Corner was here next starting in January 3 l, 1992. they
sold new and used discount items.
Hillsboro Hardware Hank opened here in April 14, 1994. Gregory and Carol Stanek
moved from the state of Colorado to be managers of the store. He does painting too.
Donald Wurster still owned the building in 1997. Now Stanek did buy the building.
The Wuerster family were here 60 years. They are the only business in Hillsboro that
has been owners of a business here that long, except for Nuzum's.


Charles L. Lind had this building built for his residence. Carpenter Charles Landrum
also built a store for C. Lind at the corner of815 Water Ave. The store and house were
built in 1857. Charles L. Lind died June 22, 1872. His wife remarried in 1874 to
Augustuas Moh. In February 1896 the estate of Charles L. Lind was settled and sold to
Robert, Albert and Wm. Lind. The residence was µsed as a home until 1905.
In March 10, 1895 Dr. T.H. Vernon had his office upstairs for ten years until 1905. He
died in 1909. Wm. Lind moved his real estate, loans and insurance upstairs in 1905. He
was at 841 Water Ave. Wm. Lind remodeled the downstairs for closing his clothing
inventory that he brought from the other place.
Most histories I read had the three furniture and undertakers in this building. I find
they were in the Mutch building which was north one door as I show for the 821 Water
Ave. write up in this book. Most writers haven't researched it that there were five
buildings from the Sentry Enterprise building to the Mill St. and Water Ave. comer.
Ed Lind lost his harness shop in a fire across the street at 810 Water Ave. in 1902. He
started leasing at this building after the fire. In November 15, 1905 he purchased the
building. He opened his new harness shop here in December 1, 1905.
Ed Lind was only i.n the harness business so he welcomed shoe makers to be in business
at his store. Ed Lind was here from 1905 to 1921 . He died in 1921 .
In December 21, 1911 Justice of the Peace Henry Shefton held his office upstairs for a
couple of years.
Frank C. Dentz ran a gents and ladies tailor shop here from April 2, 1914 to July 23,
1914. He then left for Racine, Wisconsin.
Anton Hynek ran a shoe shop here in August 26, 1914. He came here from the Henry
Linke place at 125 Mill St. In January 3, 1918 he had his house and barn and a 30x120
shop for sale. It may have been this Lind building, but Wm. Lind became the owner in
1921 when Ed Lind died.
Carl Bilek started as a shoemaker in July 7, 1921 and stayed to February 7, 1924.
Nelson Electric Co. moved upstairs with their office in July 28, 1921. C.E. Jenks ran a
pressing and cleaning business upstairs. He came from 850 Water Ave. In July 20, 1922
he sold the cleaning business to Harry Jenks. C.E. Jenks went to work for the National
Tailor Co. elsewhere.
J.P. Nida Shoe Repair came from the Hotel Annex in June 3, 1926. Then Nida left and
Carl Bilek came back in August 11, 1927. Anton Hynek came back in November 25,
1927. He ran a shoe and a harness repair business.
Wm. Lind sold the building in October I, 1927 to Anton Hynek. The Pick Wick
clothing store closed their inventory at 839 Water Ave. and brought their goods here in
November 25, 1931 to complete selling it.
Harry Bray purchased the building sometime in 1933. He was in shoes and harness
repair. In August 30, 1934 EmiJ Hynek ran the shoe hospital helping out.

In August 17, 193 7 Harry Bray sold out to Theo Wurster. The Wursters put in a new
shoe nailing machine in November 16, 1944. They remodeled the store in March 8, 1951 .
They sold shoes and did harness work. The Wursters were in business for 40 years and
now needed more room. They made a deal with the next door Ivan Eastman Maytag
Sales at 815 Water Ave. to switch buildings and did July LS, 1967.
Now Ivan Eastman owned this building and Wurster Shoes was at 8 15 Water Ave.
Eastman Appliance store rented Mrs. G. Lumbard a spot for her hearing aids sales in
November 16, 1967.
In April 30, 1970 Norman Egstad one door north, needed more room for his store.
Egstad made a deal with Eastman to purchase this building. Egstad then moved this old
Lind building to 925 Water Ave. There a Vet. Dr. Robert H. Johnson made the building
as his Vet. office.
Norman Egstad expanded his new store to a 60xl20 foot building. This ends the story
of the lot and building.
See the Dime Store write up and a Veterinarian write up in this book.


George Board erected a large blacksmith shop and wagon warehouse in Hillsboro in
1859 on main street at 828 Water Ave. Some smaller buildings of his V:-ere located north
by his shop too. Charles F. Kauffman started in the blacksmith work in 1876 at the farm.
A Mr. Fincher was a blacksmith here in 1876. Charles Kauffinan bought a farm in
1867 and prior to that he worked for Board and Fincher in the l 860's. ln May 26, 1880
Charles Kauffman bought the business from Board and Fincher. He made wagons,
sleighs, buggies agriculture machines and implements. In 1880 he expanded his business.
In January 12, 1892 Charles F. Kauffinan entered into a partnership at the Hammer
Hardware Co. with Robert Hammer and a relative Robert A. Armbruster.
John Hassler worked for Charles Kauffman in 1889. ln January 12, 1892 he purchased
the shop and business. John Hassler remained in business for 45 years until his death in
193 4. He had a blacksmith diploma.
In 1902 the blacksmith buildings were in the way for a two story brick building being
built on the next two lots north of the shop. Frank Travnick moved the blacksmith shop
midway down the hill to the east on Short St. toward the railroad depot
ln July 10, 1915 Dr. F.A. Ferriter bought the empty lot where the blacksmith shop was.
The empty lot was 22x80 feet
John Lund was a employee at the Hassler shop. John Lund and Frank Labansky were
partners here in April 25, 1909. They put a new roof on the old shop. In September 9,
1909 Charles Snorek bought Frank Labanskys interest out. Joseph Yitcenda worked here
for 15 years. Charles Snorek dissolved with Hassler in December 21, 1911 . Louis Stein
bought Charles Snoreks interest out in January 20, 1916. Stein and Hassler sold extra
tools they didn't need and added an addition to the shop.
Otto Novy worked for Hassler to learn the blacksmith trade from 19 18 to 1921 . Otto
Novy then worked in La Farge one year for Joseph Labansky. He bought the shop and
livery in La Farge, Wisconsin. After ten years Otto and his family moved to Hillsboro in
Thirnothy Rout and Rudy Lein worked with Hassler in November 2, 1922. In May I 0,
1923 Rout moved to Elroy, Wisconsin. In 1923 Leslie Collins came from 229 Mill St
from the Parker Assoc. and worked with Hassler.

The picture is the Hassler blacksmith shop.
John Hassler got kicked by a horse he was shoeing and he fell over an anvil in the shop.
In 1921 the horse shoeing slowed down alot.
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James Lein got married in 1908 and operated a blacksmith shop at Dilly, Viola,
Chicago and now at Hillsboro. In 1922 James Lein and his son Rudy Lein became
partners with John Hassler.
Rudy Lein went home one evening and John Hassler said he would lock up. John
never came home, so his family and Lein went to look for him. In July I 0, l 934 he died in
his shop that evening. Rudy Lein and James Lein bought and owned the shop in 1934
after John Hassler's death. They managed the shop to 1945. In Feburary 9, 1945 they
sold out to Joseph Vrbsky. Joe farmed in the Mt. Tabor area for 27 years. Joe Vrbsky
operated the blacksmith shop for 33 years up to 1978. He passed away in 1984.
In July 30, 1970 the shop caught on fire from a welder causing $200. in damage. The
old building died of old age. Joseph Vrbsky had the shop pulled down when he felt it was
unsafe. It was razed in October 1968. He moved his business adjacent to the railroad
engine room. He ended the business in 1978.
*** I think the rebound sourids from the hammer onto the anvil caused it to fall down.***
Getting back to the main street location is the following history. A city band stand was
located here in the 1925's The city band and school band held concerts here in the
Summer months. The next owner was Willis Hofmeister who sold .the loj to Erwin Brandt.
Erwin Brandt worked for the Elroy Sanitary Dairy in 1943 at Elroy, Wisconsin . He
delivered dairy products to Hillsboro house customers.
In 1946 he decided to go on his own. In April 10, 1947 he built at 828 Water Ave. a
20x50 dairy bar.
The upper area was the dairy bar and the basement was used for pasteurizing cream
and milk for bottling and delivery. While building in June 19, 1947 they found an old well
casing, from the well the blacksmith shop had there. The grand opening was in December
27, 1947. In November 20, 1952 he handled Ranny's ice cream. Brandt was here yet in
1959.Wayne Ja Daul delivered milk to customers from here. Then Hubbard Milk Service
did the same. Then Wm. Healy was here a while.

The picture is the present Clothes Line Store.

In June 21, 1962 Lyle Carpenter leased it and called it the Town House. He worked at
Kohl Casino in Madison, Wisconsin since 1956. Milo Taylor of Elroy started Taylors
Cafe here in December 16, 1963. They stayed five years.
Verlin Mattison started his Wonder I.nn here in August 8, 1968 and he was here eleven
years. Alice Elliot Beauty Shop Cut and Curl was here about a year in 1974. She then
moved to the Sis Wadleigh place at 626 Water Ave. She came here from the Walter's
In July 12, 1979 a auction was held at the Wonder lnn selling their equipment. Craig
Thayer bought the building. He sta11ed a jewlery store and was here a short while.
Sharon Nelson and Charlotte Shore purchased it in August 3, 1981 and they call it the
Clothes Line. They are here in 1998.


Isaac Shear came in 1355· and settled on Section 13, Hillsboro Twp. Peter Shear came
in 1859 to Hillsboro. His brothers obituary, Thomas Shear reads that they lived in a little
cottage in back of where Hyneks Bar is located now. That would of been John and Maria
Shear Sr. that lived there. John Shear went to serve in the Civil War. The Shear family
started weaving baskets in 1959. When the head of a household went tq_ serve in the army
those families had to survive somehow. Some of the Shears went into farming and others
started businesses in Hillsboro.


The opera had a address of 113 Mrn St. Wyman the wagon maker stored his wagons
in the opera building on the lower floor. Later Hammer stored his machinery there. The
upper part was the first opera house in Hillsboro. The village meetings were held first at
Albert Field's home and later here. The Free Will Baptist Church was held here from the
day it was organized in Februa1y 28, 1869 to 1873. Rev. 0. W. Sntith built a church in
1873 where the school grounds were built later. That should be J 870 and is a error.
The Woodman held their meetings here. The opera house had dances and social
gatherings, meetings and some of the first village meetings.
One article said the opera was built in 1890. That couldn't of been possible at such a
late date. In 1902 there was no need for the opera house. The Woodman built their own
opera at 849 Water Ave. Charles Rose built an opera house in 1905 at l28and 132 Mill

1860 HAMMER HARDWARE. Corner of Mill Street and Water Ave.

The Hammer Hardware and Opera House were built in 1860 by a carpenter, Alexander
Wood. Part of this building was log and the rest of frame construction. The main entrance
and a side addition faced main street.
Otto Hammer operated a saloon in that side addition. G.W. Chapman operated a
harness shop at the main store up to 1903 . Chapman then moved to 814 Water Ave. This
was one of the oldest business buildings left in the city. Otto Hammer had his cabinet
making trade here.
Robert Hammer purchased the building in 1875 from Otto Hammer and established the
Hammer Bros. Hardware. They operated a large business in items needed at the farm and
village level. Robert Hammer also had a tin shop here.

In January 12, 1892 Robert Hammer entered into partnership with Charles F.
Kauffman, Jess Kauffinan and Ambrose Annbruster. The machine age was here. They
stored parts for machinery upstairs for many different makes. By 1895 they sold
McCormick binders, reapers, mowers, stoves and hardware. ln l 896 they were the first in
the area who sold a corn husker and com shreadder to the grist mill in Hillsboro. In 1897
they handled the famous Garland brand wood range stove. They sold John Deere equip.
In May 1, 1902 Robert Hammer received a carload of horse buggies . The opera
above the warehouse wasn't being used so he built a hand elevator to store the buggies
upstairs. Erwin Harrison sold the most McCormick machines for them in May 20, 1902.
In August 8, 1912 a carload of cement stave silos arrived . The silos were getting
popular among the farmers. They were selling fast and in April 9, 19 14 three carloads
were ordered and came from the Wisconsin Silo Co. at Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin . T he Fuller
and Johnson engines started to sell fast in January L8, l 9 17.
In February 9, 1922 Jared Bauman purchased a share in the Hammer Hardware Co.
Alfred Jelinek a employee sold McCormick parts and machines for them in May l 0, 1928.
The store was robbed of $200. in September 24, 1936.
The ownership was changed in September 26, 1930 due to some of the original
partners passing away. In 1949 the investors were Malcum Bauman, Jess Kauffman and
Paul Armbruster.
The business changed hands again in January 19, 1951. Virgil Novy became manager,
Earl Robinson and Dale Blakely were investors with him. In March 5, 1953 Virgil and
Leonard Novy bought Robinson and Blakeley out. Novys owned it until November 29,
1956. They sold both buildings to make way for a new Standard Oil Company gas station
to be built at this location.
Otto and Emi l Novy purchased the two building landmarks and had them moved to a
new site by the Hillsboro Fann Service just north of the city.
Harold J. Egge of Viola, Wisconsin and his crew raised the building. They used two
wood I2xl2 beams 40 feet long and two 65 foot steal beams to support it for the move
down main street. The buildings were estimated to weigh 45-50 tons.

They used a two and one-half ton army truck to move one building and tractors for the
other one. Traffic was controlled for the move. Art Degner was taking care of the
electric lines. The buildings can be observed behind the new Fireman Equipment Garage .

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An article said the buildings were sold November 29, 1957 and moved February 19,
1957. Freide Bros. started to build in May 20, 1957. However it was, it is mixed up on
the dates. Freide Brosrconstructed a 43x27 foot steel modem "Doc's Standard Station. It
was owned by Clarence Doc Sebranek. It opened October l 1-12, 1957.

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In October 13, 1966 Frank Nemec became the owner. It was Nemec's Standard
Service Station. Ronald Nemec operated the station and sold out to David E . Stone.
Grand opening was October 20-29, 1972. In June 10, 1976 Earl Franks sold his Standard
bulk agent facility to Dave's Service Center. Earl Franks retired June 10, 1976.
In July 1, 1978 the Kickapoo Oil Co. bought Dave's Amoco Station. They removed
two 4000 gallon tanks and replaced them with new 10.000 gallon tanks.
The station was bought by Kwik Trip in 1985, when Kickapoo Oil went bankrupt.
K wik Tri p o perated the station about one year. They sold to Ed Hardy in 1986. Ed
Hardy demolished the gas station and built a modem building there fo r his Recreational
Insurance business. Address was 117 Mill St.
Ed Hardy bought the Novy Const. Co. in December 1995 at the old site by 1340 High
Ave. Ed was there about one year and then built modern buiJdings in the Tinker lndustrial
Park at 105 Enterprise Drive. See Quinn Mink Ranch for another write up.
Royal Bank which was located at 840 Water Ave. purchased the Hardy building in July
11, 1996. They remodeled the buiJding into a beautiful bank. In December 12, 1996 a
Royal Insurance Service Inc. was added to the business. A modern drive up window was
added. They are here in 1998.

Picture above. Their address is 731 Water Ave.


Mr. Mason owned a farm west of the cemetery and West Baraboo River, past the
upper sawmills. He operated a hop pole shaving shop at that location. This was in 1860
when hops were raised in the area extensively until the hop crash came. Hops were raised
in small quantities after the crash.

I won't write too much on the church buildings. They will all have there own centenial
write up. The early village of Hillsborough didn't have a church in the early day. AJbert
Field held services at his home. He was known as Deacon Field. The services were held
at his frame house in the 1860s at 431 Mill St.
The Free Will Baptists were organized February 28, 1869 by Rev. O.W. Smith of
Mendota, Ill. Services were held in the Hammer Hardware Opera. The latest location is
at 118 Mechanic St. Pastor Bunny Winchell is head of Hillsboro Baptist Church.
In 1890 the First Congregational Church was founded by Rev. R.S . Cheney. Their first
church was located towards the back of the first high school. In 1907 the church was sold
to Eliau Watson .
He moved it one block north to Augustus Moh's lot. He paid $300. for it . A new
church was built at 620 High Ave. Rev. James Daniel made the move. Albert Field was
given the old bell. A new educational addition was added in April 27, 1958. Rev. Donald
Ehler is the present Pastor. Other remodeling was done on the roof and a new ramp .
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized in May 30, 1894. The first
church was held at Ludwig Schulz house. Later it was held at the first Woodman Hall at
232 Mill St. In 1895 they constructed a new church at 545 Prairie Ave. Rev. Wm Parius
was the first Pastor. That church was sold and a new one was built at 571 High Ave.
They razed that church in 1972. A new church was built on the same site at 579 Lake St.
Rev. Conrad Prell is their pastor. Dedication was October 29, 1972.
Rev. John Prucha and member parishioners purchased the old Lutheran Church at 545
Prairie Ave. In June 21 , 1905. St. Patricks Catholic Church was closed in Greenwood
Twp. In February 23, 1928 George Hora bought and tore down the old church. In 1928
Rev. Cyril J. Smetana built a new Romanesque Style Catholic Church on the same site. It
was dedicated July 10, 1929. Several rectories were erected through out the years. Rev.
James Ennis is the Pastor now of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
The Wesleyan Methodist Church at first was the church that was moved one block
north from the school grounds we mentioned earlier. That church was ~edicated in July
17, 1938. Now a new location is at 1020 High Ave. Rev. Roger Miller is Pastor.


The first wagon maker in Hillsboro was Jason Noyes. He arrived in Hillsboro in 1860.
The history books say he was in the village until 1884. Jason Noyes and his wife Mary
owned a farm before 1871 in section 30 in Hillsboro Twp. next to the Forest Twp. line.
He is on the 1871 atlas map . He died in 1894 and is buried at Burr-Forest Cemetery.
Some claim Asa Wyman was the first wagon maker. Kuerston made wagons here too .
George Board did also . They were all here in 1860. The wagon start ups must of been
months apart.
Asa or Asadel and Roxana Wyman both born in 1818 arrived here in 1862 and started
a wagon shop where later a Mrs. Linkash lived by his shop. In 1871 they purchased a
farm at Trippvil!e, Wisconsin . He was in Hillsboro up to 1874.
Who ever was first will be left to the early hi story books because I find most of them
arrived here close to the same time. Others are mentioned later in the book.


In 1863 a big flood washed out the mill pond dam. Albert Field owned property at the
upper end of the pond. Albe11 Field and Aaron Roberts bought the sawmill by the washed
spillway. They dismantled it and moved it to his land above the pond. That made way for
the repair of the dam and the new roller mills.
They set up their sawmill on the west branch of the Baraboo River or west of the
cemetery. There was a need for a sawmill for building material in the village and area.
The sawmill flourished from 1863to1883 . Albert Field passed away in 1883 .
B.I. Baley and Henry Barney bought the sawmill in July, 1883. They used Albert
Field's money to improve the sawmill. A 40 hp . steam engine was installed for power.
New milling and wood working equipment was added. They sawed railroad ties, lumber,
timbers for wagon axles and wagon tongues. They could bend wood sleigh iunners and
wagon hounds, etc.
In 1896 the sawmill was purchased by Gus Mitchell, Ed and Robert Hammer. They
called it the Hammer Bros. Sawmill.
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The picture above was taken from the si de where is now the Veterans Memorial Park
by the lake, westward toward the Heights sub-division. It said this picture was taken in
1890 and that Hammer Bros. were there. They weren't there until 1896 so this sawmill
belonged to Baley and Barney at that time. Aaron Roberts home is seen in the far
Hammer Bros. kept on sawing lumber, stave and barrel heads for their barrel factory
which was built by the sawmill. They also had a stave mill in La Farge and Valley,
Wisconsin . In June 17, 1897 the Hammer Bros. stave factory burned down. In October
28, 1897 they built a new barrel stave and head factory up higher where is now located the
Pertersons Garage on Elm St. and started up again. Some say the first factory was build
of brick. Maybe so if it burned down but I wonder if they weren't thinking of the brick
factory that was located here too. The factory was completed January 6, 1898.
H ammer Bros. built a large warehouse at Elroy to store three carloads of wagons
there. Hammer and Mitchell started a large sawmill in Elroy, Wisconsin in February 7,
1907. They were ready to saw 600,000 bf of logs.
One hundred carloads of staves and heads were delivered to the Union Center railroad
in August 18, 1899. Just imagine the drayline service that was needed to haul all the
staves and heads or lumber. In 1903 everything was hauled to our local railroad. Jn
March 6, 1913 Otto Hammer bought a team of oxen for $100. to skid logs w ith at the
Elroy mill. The oxen were slower than horses and worked better at the sawmill.
George W. Price leased the stave factory in 1904 for a handle factory. In February 2,
1905 he bought a one hundred acre track of timber by Dilly, Wisconsin. He also bought
maple or oak logs, eleven and fifteen feet long for his handle factory. In November 23,
I 905 new machinery was added to produce wood pins for fastening telephone pole
insulators to . Fifteen men were employed. Seven thousand pins and four thousand broom
handles were manufactured daily. Those were delivered to the Hillsboro depot for
shipment. In January 17, 1907 George Price went to Crando n, Wisconsin to set up a
handle factory there. George then moved there and the factory here sat idle. Boys used to
change swimming clothes there when they went swimming in the river. The building later
caved in from age and was demolished sometime in the 1930's. Hammer Bros. still owned
the steam engine and sold it in April 2, 1908 to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin .
Frank A. Wopat and Elmer Bauman from Dilly, Wi sconsin were the next leasees of the
Hammer Bros sawmill in 1908 to 1916. It was also known as the Wopat corner. In
November 16, 1916 Frank A. Wopat and Edwin Hagenah bought the Hammer Bros.
sawmi ll . They named it the Hillsboro Hardwood Lumber Co.
When the railroad was built to Hillsboro in 1903 Hammer Bros. sold logs by rail.
Wopat and Hagenah did too and continued the sawmil l. The ice house by the sawmill
wenc wich the deal. They had it for sale on a fifty-fifty basis as the Hillsboro Hardwood
Lumber Co.

Above is an old picture of the sawmill. The buildings under the hill belonged to the B.I.
Bailey brick factory. To the far right was the ice house. Hwy 33-82 went by the cemetery
to the lake and then uptown. Now the road goes into town up Lake St. To the far left by
the skyline is the Albert Field farm home and a windmill is by it. On the center of the
picture skyline you can see the livery barns of the H ammer Bros. Milling Co. where
Endicott's Law firm is now. One can see the grade and high school building.
G.M . Compto n set up a sawmill more west of this one in October l 3, 192 1. Wopat
and Hagenah erected a building and planning mill by the Thomas Kucha lot by the railroad
depot. Edwin Hagenah sold his interest out here in Hillsboro. He had other businesses in
Viola, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Frank A. Wopat and Frank A. Machovec and others organized the Vernon County
Lumber Co. Frank A. Machovec was manager. They sold logs by the roller mill and
sawed lumber at this old location above the pond. They organized in August 3, 1922.
A dry kiln shed was built close to the H assler Livery Shop in August I 0, 1922.

Wopat boug ht a part of the Niehau Restaurant building at 826 Water Ave. and moved
it for a log shipment office by the depot in May 15, 1924.
Frank Machovec had a lumber office below his home on East Mill St. where the
Farmers State Bank drive up window is located now. In January 11 , 1923 Melvin
Bauman from Dilly, Wisconsin was head sawer at the sawmill again.
In September 27, 1923 they sold one carload of saw-dust per day to the Milwaukee
Meat Packing Co. delivered to their meat plant in Milwaukee, Wis.
* ** When the meat packers got done processing a hog there was nothing left, only the
They bought and shipped out 250 carloads of logs in January 3, 1924. In January 17,
1924 they started a log buying station at Reedsburg, Wisconsin. In January 31 , 1929 they
owned the Kickapoo Lumber Co. at La Farge, Wisconsin.
The big flood that came August 6, 1935 washed away a lot oflogs by the roller mill.
In January 1, 1948 Frank·A. Machovec owned the sawmill last and the business was
dissolved . He rented out his lumber office by his home to George Stanek Refrigerator
Nance and Link operated a sawmill on the Mason farm west of the cemetery in
December 26, 1897.
O .B. Shreve called his sawmill the Hillsboro Lumber in September 2S, 1899. In
December 14, 1905 George Feight ran a sawmill here. A 600 bf. log was delivered to his
sawmill from the near by Fox farm. Lind Bros. bought the lumber from Feight in January
24, 1907 when he quit the lumber business.
B.I. Baley sold the Field sawmill to Hammer Bros earlier. He later in January 24, 1907
set up a mill on the Mason property. In December 16, 1909 set up at the near by Lisker
farm. It must of been a portable because he was here again January 4, 1912 to 1916.
The Weeden farm had a sawmill for sale in November 27, 1919. O.G. Durkee ran a
sawmill in this area. John W. Taylor worked for him.
John Blackburn sold his tavern in December 4, 1902. In January 23, 1903 he set up his
sawmill on the Pat Connors farm south of town. He set up his sawmiJJ next on the Benish
farm at 1'.1illards Paririe, Wisconsin. He also set up behind the Blackburn block in
Hillsboro. He sawed lumber until March 26, 1914. Then he moved to Mildred, Montana.
The Baumans had a portable sawmill that they moved from farm to farm.
Edwin G. Hagenah started a board factory around 1907. Farmers would sell logs or
get lumber sawed. He also bought standing timber. Tn November 16, 1916 he went into
partnership with Frank A Wopat when they bought Hammer Bros. out. It was now the
Hillsboro Hardwood Lumber Co. In 1922 he sold his interest to the company. In April
10, J924 he was engaged in timber at Viola, Wisconsin.
Around July 19, 1926 Edwin Hagenah and Robert Quinn went to Tivola, Mich. to look
after timber they bought there by the Hagenah and Bulkley Hardwood Co. Chas. Carnes
and several others from Hillsboro went to work there in Febmary 2, 1928.
In March 25 , 1931 they decided to start the Hagenah and Bulkley Hardwood bowling
pin factory in Hillsboro. The pin factory started in 1933 . The big flood in August 6, 1935
damaged pins and washed lumber away at their site by the railroad round house and depot.
They made wood lamps called the "Novetite" and sold them to Chicago and the western
states. This was started in August 29, 1935. Bowling pins were selling well in 1936. In
April 14, 193 8 they started working day and night making bowling pins. They were one
of the three largest pin producers using 500,000 bf of logs annually.

Below is a picture of logs and pin blocks.

T he next picture is of unproccessed bowling pins.

The pin factory was moved to 1122 Wood Ave. by their sawmill at a later date.
Farmers would cut white maple logs into eighteen and one-half inch blocks. I know
because I pulled one end of the crosscut saw when I was seven years old . In that early era
the blocks were loaded on a bob-sled and hauled in the winter time to the Hagenah pin
factory. One would set the block on end. A five and one-half inch round pattern and
marking pencil were used to mark how many pins were in the block. A circle with one-
half to one inch in the block heart was a second . An all white pattern was a number one
pin. N umber one white pins brought around 35 to 40 cents per pin. The seconds were
around 25 cents a pin . The price varied from year to year.
The marked blocks were at first split into pin sections of the block. Later they used a
large round saw to quarter the pins from the blocks. From there they went to the turning
lathe to fom1 the pin. Then they were sanded, kiln dried and laquered so they would not
split. They were sold elsewhere to be varnished and stripes painted on them for the
finished product. The solid pin was best for bowling. ln later years when large white
maple trees got scarce the sawmill would saw white planks from the log.
The plank were then laminated together to a nineteen inch height and cut into five and
one-half inch blocks. They were turned on the lathe as before and a pin was made. The
solid pins were made up to 1959. Then laminated pins were made.
Edwin Hagenah sold the business to his son who worked there prior to 1946. His son
John Hagenah sawed lumber, railroad ties, sold slab wood and sawdust. Hi s sawmill made
about 35.000 bowling pins a year. They sawed 750,000 bf of lumber per year. He called
it the Hagenah Lumber Co. The investors in December 21 , 1950 were John Hagenah,
Edwin Hagenah and Clarence Sebranek. John's wife Belva operates a store in La Farge.
John Hagenah retired and his son Forest Hagenah operates the mill now.
Other lumber companies in Hillsboro were Stevens and Jarvis Lumber Co. of Stevens
Point, Wisconsin. They started here February 9, 1922. Jolu1 Kidd was their scaler. David
Jarvis was the buyer. They shipped large amounts oflogs from this area .
ln January 16, 1947 Roddie Lumber and Veneer Co. bought logs by the Carnation
plant. Bill 0. Co1rnor was their representative. Buyer was Ed Buckner. There office was
at the Hillsboro Hotel.
Dan Hyland bought logs and standing timber in the area in October 3, 1956. He
bought timber in the earlier times too. .
In October 18, 1984 Keith Jones built an office and logging truck place on five acres of
the Merrick Industrial Park at 1003 B Wood Ave. Jones buys standing timber.
Larry Starkey LT's Logging built a sawmill, wood chipper, trucks and is buying
standing timber at this location.

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LT's Logging has its office at 1004 Water Ave. Owners in 1995 are Larry and Tillie
Starkey. They also run a realty office at this location.
I found some more sawmills. Nicholas Didivt built a sawmill in 1874 in Kouba Valley.
It was in Section 3, Greenwood Twp. The creek gave a eight foot drop for water power.
Later he purchased a 15 hp. engine. The 1871 atlas shows a small pond where his sawmill
was. In 1875 he sold to Mathias Hansberry. He ran it a number of years.
Milt Daniels moved his sawmill to the Chas. Staley farm in January 23, 1903 four miles
south of Hillsboro.
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1863 GUS WEINSTEfNS . 800 Water Ave.
ln 1863 Benjamin Salts constructed this building at 800 Water Ave. lt was meant to
be a store. It is said that a store was here first and then a restaurant. lt is the building in
the far right of the picture. Charles Weinstein or Salts ran a business here.

Gus Weinstein came to Hillsboro with his parents Charles J. Weinstein. At the time he
came in 1862 there were only a small amount of houses and three stores in Hillsboro. The
village was covered with large trees.
At age 15 Gus went back to New York to work as a builder, livery man and butcher.
In 1876 he returned to 806 Water Ave. where the Winslow building was first and he
owned it. In August 1876 he had a saloon at 800 water Ave. and was a dealer in wines
and liquors. It was called the Hillsboro Buffet. He was known as Dad to everyone. He
held public offices, was depot clerk and organized the railroad. It is said he came back in
1892. I would say 1876 to have all the dates come out. In 1879 the big mirror was put in.
Gus Weinsteins saloon in 1876 had its grand opening dance. Some called it the Gus
Weinstein Cafe. Maybe a saloon and lunches. The big mirror is at the museum to see.
J.A. Cosgrove had his barber shop upstairs called the Pioneer Barber Shop in January
27, 1896 to March 27, 1902. He then went to the Williams building across the street.
Their were many political discussions at the bar so it was called the Senate Bar.
Charles Janecek operated the bar for Gus Weinstein. Then Gus Kolb. In 1896 Mrs. Gus
Kolb sold her lease to the Hausman Brewing Co.
William Larkin was here next from February 4, 1897 to August 5, 1897. He then
moved to Union Center, Wisconsin and moved the Hausman stock there.
In December 20, 1906 Gus Weinstein remodeled the upstairs for living quarters.
B.E.Aikin installed gas lamps here in April 27, 1905 for Gus.
Robert Prochaska became partner with Gus on a fifty-fifty basis in July 10, 1909 to
December 25, 1910.
In December 25, 1910 the saloon was sold to Bert Hofmeister by Gus Weinstein.
Harrison was the bartender. It was a saloon up to 1918 when prohibition came. Then it
became a eating place, beverage shop and billards. Irwin Harrison had a license in 1912.
Bert Hofmeister was here in 1914. In September 7, 1933 the saloon started again.
Thomas Hyland applied for a bar license in 1936.
Hyland sold hi s business to Rudolph Subera in September 16, 1937. In April I 0, 194 1
they remodeled the saloon front .
Somewhere in 1948 Robert Hofmeister became the owner and he operated it to 1959.
It was known then as Bob's Bar.
George and Helen Skala operated the tavern from November 1, 1959 to 1972. Helen
and Emil Sebranek ran it a while. It was known as Skala's Bar. Then Ernest and Bea
Knadle purchased the business in 1972 to 1976. The dates may not be correct.
In May 13, 1976 Knadle sold to Gerald Gary Arentz. He was here until 1980 when he
sold out to Mable Connors. Now it was called Mabel's Bar.
Mabel Connors sold in June 1984 to Frank and Jan Wilcox. It was called Franks Bar
and Grill. They sold out to Hofineister Insurance Co. In June 30, 1988. In July 2 1, 1988
the old landmark was demolished.
Steve Hofmeister built a new building there connecting it with the next door old bank
building. It is 806 and 800 Water Ave. now. He operates insurance businesses at La
Farge, Kendall, Camp Douglas, Wonewoc, Elroy and Hillsboro. They had a 50th
anniversa1y from 1928 to 1978. Steve sells many types of insurance here in 1998.

Above is the Hofi11eister Insurance building. 806 and 800 Water Ave.

1863 BREWER BUILDING. 843 Water Ave.

Mr. Brewer built the store in 1863. It was about the third store in town . He ran a
merchantile store. Carl Aegerter purchased the store and continued the same business. In
February 24, 1894 H.F. Myers bought $1600. worth of dry goods and opened his store
here. Joe Schrn.idling ran his billards here in August 29, 1895. Wm. Clark came from the
Landrum building here in August 29, 1896. He later sold his clothes invento1y toWm .
Lind at 84 1 Water Ave. His grocery stock he sold to Frank Kosa at 820 Water Ave.
LaFarce Terhune leased the store September 25, 1899 to start a restaurant and bakery.
It didn't last long. Mrs. J.A. Cosgrove leased it November 24, 1899. She ran a restaurant,
bakery and a upstairs boarding house. In 1903 they sold apples and oranges too. Mr.
Badie came January 14, 1903 with a restaurant, bakery and boarding house. The next
leasee was G. E. Dogsworth in January 1905.
He ran only the bakery and the boarding house. He then remodeled it for his own
restaurant. James Purdy purchased the building January 4, 1906. He sold copper
lightning rods. His son Lute L. Purdy bought C. H. Yiebrangjewelry stock next door.
Irwin Harrison had a small store here in 1909. His son Clifford Harrison was killed in
W.W. 1. The 225 Post in town is named in his honor. In January 26, 1910 a set of side
stairs were added outside to the second level. Dr. Stevens an eye doctor was upstairs in
March 11, 1910. Lute Purdy sold his jewelry stock to James Searles of Elroy, Wisconsin
in February 3, 19l0. James Searles stayed December 21, 1911to1 914.
Jasper Purdy was now selling the Delco lig ht systems starting July 12, I 9 17 to farmers
needing electric lig ht plants. Herny Brill had some ownership here July 15, 19 16.
In March l 0, 1921 John Liska bought the building. He started a restaurant called
Liska's Koffee Kup. He was here a number of years. He came to Hillsboro in 1916.
Donald Newlun purchased it March 20, 194 7 from Liska. He had a restaurant here
around three years . Mrs. fahel Newlun operated the-restaurant December 21, 1950 to
1958. Joseph Mc Intyre leased it from Newlun in 1954 and called it M ac's Cafe.
Ken and Margaret Eastman started a restaurant here called Ken's Cafe in July 24, 1958.
In September 22, 1960 Bill and Agnes Sebranek, opened Bill's Cafe here.
Mrs. Agnes Sebranek opened Sebranek's Cafe December 21 , 1961. lt was operated by
Agnes Sebranek, Eleanor Johnson, Wyona Eastman, Margaret Eastman'and Agnes
Mislivecek. In October 1, 1964 Agnes Sebranek closed and moved to 833 Water Ave.
and started Midtown Cafe. Eddie Kopenhager was here with hair care. Then Craig Phair
had a jewelry store too. Marge Cass had her store here in 1968 to 1975 .
Knoll's Bookkeeping were here with Heding Realty together. Hed ing Realty started in
197 5 to 1883. R eding then moved to 737 High Ave.
In October 6, 1983 R.and E. Accounting, Wonewoc Farmers Mutual Ins. and Fick
Electric were all here in business at the same time. R.and E. Accounting was owned by
Charles and Roxanne Erwin. They started at 933 Mitcher Ave. They bought the 843
Water Ave. building in 1982. In 1983 they moved into the Professional Building at 836
Water Ave. In June 4, 1987 Cindy Stanek moved her inventory from her home basement
store at 520 Mechanic St. here. She sold out in July 7, 1988 to Rozanne Novy and Pam
Johnson. Shirts and Such leased the building in 1987 to 1993 from Charles Erwin.
Charles sold out in 1991 at the Professional Building. He went to Elroy, Wisconsin
March, 1992 and moved back to Hillsboro June 30, 1993. Charles Erwin owned this
building for 15 years. lt is called now L.T. 0 . Erwin Accounting. He is here 1998.
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All three buildings in the picture burned down in 1902 at 814, 810 and 806 Water Ave.
The center building was Augustus Moh's first saloon in Hillsboro built in 1865. He came
to Hillsboro in 1856 and worked two years at the flour mill. In 1858 he operated a farm in
Forest Twp. until 1865. He then moved to Hillsboro to start his saloon in 1865. In 1867
he sold the saloon and farmed in Greenwood Twp. until 1874. When store owner Charles
L . Lind passed away Augustus Moh married his widow and they continued operating the
store at 815 Water Ave. the Lind Store.

Moh's building is the middle one in the picture.

Henry Schuman bought the Moh saloon. [t is said that Henry Hagenah operated a
saloon here next. I find that they were in Reedsburg at that time and came to Hillsboro
later. Gus Weinstein started here in 1892 and then bought the building at 800 Water Ave.
Frank Knadle sold wines and liquor wholesale to places in Greenwood and Hillsboro
Twp.'s and operated the saloon to Febmary 4, 1897.
Charles Quinn operated a Tonsorial Parlor here from July 2, l 897 to October 28, 1897
upstairs. He then moved upstairs at 800 Water Ave.
Otto Hammer started to sell stock feed here about the time Ed Lind came. In July 8,
1897 Ed Lind bought the building for his harness shop. He stayed to December 1901 and
then went across the street to 819 Water Ave.
Frank A. Wopat purchased this building and George Thorpe leased it to start a meat
market. A fire originated in this store in November 1902. The fast spreading fire burned
the buildings at 814, 806 and 810 Water Ave. The Citizens Bank was rebuilt as the
Hillsboro State Bank at 806-·Water Ave. At 814 and 810 Water Ave. a large two story
brick double building was built on the burned two lots. The building was built by two
different parties. See 814 Water Ave. write up for the other half of this building.
On this 810 Water Ave. lot Henry and Adolph Valter began building but ran short of
fonds. August Lemke finished the constmction project in 1903. •
Hainstock Hardware leased the store for a couple years in 1903. Gus Kolb was an
proprietor at this location. He operated the Dew Drop Inn Place Restaurant here in July
7, 1908 to December 30, 1908.
In December 30, 1908 Charles Carnes operated a lunch room here for about a year.
Tom Hyland and Alphia Chute were here in July 1, 1909 operating a saloon business for
Gus Kolb who bought the business. In July 7, 1908 Burt Marsh and Alphia Chute opened
up the Kolb Saloon. Then Tom Hyland and Alphia Chute ran the saloon for Gus Kolb in
July 1, 1909. Tom Hyland bought Gus Kolb out and the saloon operated until July 12,
1914. Vern J. Wood rented the place and started a new restaurant. At this point the
building was owned by Dr. Kruetzman. He sold it to Henry Brill in November 23, 1916.
On that date Ed Wolf bought the Vern J. Wood restaurant equipment and Charles Carnes
started a restaurant here in November 23, 1916.
Badger Restaurant called Fuzzies was here February 21, 1918. I don't know who he
was. It said he was real generous with potatoes. He was the potato man.
Gus Kolb applied for a bar license and added an addition to the back of the building.
Then prohibition came. Badger Restaurant renewed its lease in March 10, 1921. In May
30, 1921 Gus Kolb turned this business into a soft drink place up to 1925.
Robert Bud Quinn opened up his Red Dot Restaurant in this Gus Kolb building in April
16, 1925. George Thorppe ran his Home Restaurant here in February 25, 1926. Mrs. Jim
Lein bought the business in July 8, 1926 fTom Mrs. Thorpe. Then in September 7, 1926
Mrs. Thorpe bought it back. It still was the Home Restaurant.
In April 1, 192 7 Wm. Mahr moved his pool ball here. He came from the Hagenah
Meat Market place at 848 Water Ave. The restaurant changed hands to Fred Tremain
Restaurant in early 1927.
In April 11 , 1929 the Bus Station stop was changed from here to the Hotel Annex on
Mechanic St. Bartley and Bartley chiropractors were upstairs above the Tremain
Restaurant in August 18, 1927.
The restaurant was known as the Red Dot for many years. Fred Tremain sold the
Tremain Restaurant to Yelton Garrow in September 5, 1929.

Opening date was October 1, 1929. Velten Garrow leased it to Edwa rd Hammer in 1929.
In 1930 Ed Hammer bought the restaurant and sold it. He went eleven months into the
army. In May 11 , 1939 he remodeled it. The restaurant was here for fifteen years
operated as the Red Dot. It is hard to determine owners from leasees in this building.
In March 1, 1949 Ed and Mabel Hammer sold the building to O rvil le Ellis of Prairie du
Chein. It was called the Cozy Inn. Then it was leased to Mrs. Everett Vance from Blue
River, Wisconsin. In 1954 the counters were remodeled.
Orville Ellis held a auction on the equipment and went out ofbusiness in June 5, 1959.
Dwight and E laine Cooper started their Coops Cue and Coffee Center in May 31, 1962.
In July 18, 1959 the place was remodeled and operated by Elaine and Betty Cooper.
It was Maggies Cafe in March 24, 1973 and the building was for sale. In April 6,
1989 L.T.'s Toning was a new business opened up by Larry and Tillie Starkey. They had
the Slender Quest Toning System.
In 1990 Melissa Picha had her Accent Hair Styling here to 1992.
Now Nelson and Beggs Insurance Agency have their business here in 1998.

Above is a picture of Nelson and Beggs Insurance Agency at the center building.

1865 HENRY LINKE SHOE SHOP. 125 Mill St.

Henry Linke Sr. and his wife Hannah (Harri son) Linke with their family arrived in
Hillsboro in 1865. They came from Rock County, Wisconsin. They said there were only
two stores in the village. Henry Linke Sr. built a home and shoe shop at 125 Mill St. He
was in the shoes and harness busines. He later built another home at the comer of Mill St.
and Prairie Ave. where the Cornucopia is now.
He started his Shoes and Boots in 1869. l n April 9, 1869 he hired Milton E . Crary to
work for him until 1872. Crary then moved to Richland Center, Wisconsin. He also
opened shops at Kendall and Elroy, Wisconsin.

In 1881 Crary moved back to Hillsboro and bought the Henry Linke Shoes and Boots
Sto re at 125 MjlJ St. Crary retired in 191 1 and went to !vlontana. He was married to
Lou ise Manha1i in April 1869.
ln 1881 Henry Linke Sr. moved to a farm. Henry Linke Jr. married E lizebeth Webster
December 2, 1887. They farmed awhile and then moved to Hill sboro. He became a
bookkeeper for the Hammer Feed Mill and served in public office. He was Justice of the
Peace for 13 years and librarian for 12 years from 1926 to June, 1938.
Crary ran the shoe shop to 1890. Morris Lameaster moved hi s shoe shop to the Henry
Linke location across from the old post office. He stayed five years.
Perina Shoes located here in 1895. In 1898 he moved to 824 Water Ave. where Frank
Kosa had a store. He went to Chicago and came back in 1904.
August Asenroth a shoe repair man came in July 24, 1898. He was previously in a
small shed east of the John Hassler blacksmith shop.
Carl Bilek came from Chicago in 1900 and married Emma Bulin of Greenwood Twp.
Carl at first operated a cobbler shop at Bangor, North Freedom and Wonewoc. He
started in 1900 at 125 Mill St. He was a founder of the Hillsboro Concert Band. He
played drums, violin, accordian and brass.
In October 1, 1909 or 1912 he sold out to Anton E. Hynek of Yuba, Wisconsin.
Anton lived upstairs and ran the shoe store downstairs. In 1912 he started repair work at
his home, then he was at Myers and Hammer Feed Store and in 1921 he was at Ed Linds
harness shop. Anton Hynek first worked for Henry Linke, then in Yuba and Richland
Center. He was waiting for hi s sweet heart to come from Bohemia. In 1907 they moved
to Hillsboro. He was at 8 19 Water Ave. from about 1914 to 1918. At 125 Mill St. he
arrived January 13, 1919. Anton then moved to Albert Linds poultry house office at
Prai1ie Ave. behind the Peoples Store.
Charles Carnes bought the Anton Hynek shoe shop, which was the Henry Linke shop.
In May 29, 1919 the building was moved on a lot west of the A. C. Sherman home.
Tremain and Amberg were the building movers.
James Holak bought the lot in May 15, 1919. He built a two story brick building facing
125 Mill St. with a one story garage in the back. Tills was Holak's fourth brick building
that he constructed. In 1914 he built at 131 and 135 Mill Street. He sold his saloon at
814 Water Ave. in 1916. At 203 Mill St. in 1920 he built a large garage.
At tills 125 Mill St. garage James Holak hired Ray Bauman in November 27, 1919 as
car salesman. In 1920 Holak's garage was called, The Auto Agency. He sold Nash cars
and Avery tractors. When he sta1ted to repair cars it was called, the Auto Service
His auto display room and office was located where the bar is now. In April 8, 1920 he
installed a 20 ton gear press. He also sold the famous Sonora phonographs which were
the best. In June 17, 1920 Holak sold the village their first Cleveland caterpillar tractor.
H.J. Steve D.C. Cillropractor rented the upper level in March l 0, 192 1. In September
7, 1922 B.J. Schumacher started his chiroprator practice upstairs. Dr. E .J. Schneeberger
was here upstairs and at Yuba in August 10, 1933.
Holak sold kerosene in May 5, 1921 to customers. In August 3, 1922 he became an
Overland car agent. He then hired Earl Wadleigh from Reedsburg, Wisconsin to work in
his garage.
Herman and Earl Wadleigh brothers bought the Holak garage in February 2, 1922. It
was called Auto Service Company. Holak still was selling cars. In June and November of
1923 the new Nash, Overland, Redbird and Champion were on display. Frank Picha was
the painter at the new car painting department at the garage.
Below is the Overland Model 79 that Holak sold.

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In January 27, 1926 Earl Wadleigh bought Hermans interest out. The Whippet car was
sold in February 17, 1927. Ed Thompson an employee left March 3, 1927 to work for
Dahl Ford cars at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Cars were really selling. In May 2, 1929 Holak delivered twenty two cars that week.
Holak was appointed agent for the Oakland and Pontiac dealership in March I 9, 1930.
Wm. Malu- was hired as salesman in July 4, l 929. In the year 1931 Pontiacs were selling
well. They started selling the G.M.C. truck in December 24, 1936.
In 1933 prohibition was lifted. James Holak remodeled his car show room into a
tavern in the front part of the garage. See write up after this car garage.
John Buckner ran a Auto Body Shop here in April 11 , 1946. He married Elsie
Janecek .
In July they started the Buckner Taxi Service and Wrecker Service.
1n October 21 , 1948 Joseph Liska was at this location. He hired Shorty Wadleigh as
mechanic. Holak was still selling G.M.C. trucks in August 31, 1950.
ln 1948 Frank Kretche opened up a Wheel Alignment and Repair Shop here for a
couple of years. In 1953 to 1958 Coys Bear Wheel Alignment Shop was operating here.
Not much was written after 1958 about the garage.
In May 4, 1933 James Holak remodeled the front part for a bar. He bought a used bar
from Mr. Lever at Wonewoc and installed it in May 25, 1933. He always had cheese and
crackers at noon for his customers at the bar.
After James Holak died his relative Silvester Holak became owner in 1954. Sil also
was district distributor for Sun-Drop beverages.
Don and Margaret Liska owned the tavern sometime in May 31, 1962. In 1971 they
sold to Ernest and Bea Knadle. In December 17, 1972 they went to 800 Water Ave. The
dates may not be correct.
ln February 17, 1974 Francis and Betty Hynek operated the Hynek Bar for about eight
and one half years. Then the three Hynek brothers ran it another four years. Paul Hynek
prior to his death had in twenty years of operating the bar. His wife Lourie is operating
the bar in 1998. 73
The center building is the Hynek Bar at 125 Mill St.

1865 PARKER STORE. 840 Water Ave.

This address may have been 836, 838 or 840 Water Ave. Address was mostly 840
Water Ave. Parker built the building in I 865. In 1865 Joel W. Parker and James Leverett
operated a store and bakery. They were partners in the business.
In 1874 Carl Ludwig sold his brewery and purchased this building. In 1876 he set up a
merchantile store.
Frank Travnick purchased it in August, 1896 and opened a saloon. He bought some
used light fixtures from Harry Blackburn in 1897 for hjs saloon.
Robert Prochaska leased the saloon in July 8, 1897. He also served lunch and set up a
bowling alley in the basement. A new floor was installed August 8, 1902. He owned the
first grapha-phone in town at his saloon. In June 27, 1902 Frank Travnick sold the
building to Robert Prochaska. He sold Hussa beer in July 6, 1905.
Albert Holak owned it next in July 8, 1910. He ran it as a sample room and in
December, 1910 named it Albert Holak's Hillsboro Buffet. He bought some tavern
fixtures from Frank Bezucha tavern at La Farge, Wisconsin and improved his saloon here
December 22, 1910.
Albert Holak was a betting person. He owned some real good hound dogs. In January
5, 1911 he bet Harve Seely who would hold the tittle, owning the best hounds. The race
was held in back of the brewery. Four dogs were raced. Holaks two dogs were in first,
so he won.
Another race was held February 16, 191 l. Albert Holak got a wolf from a man at
Kendall, Wisconsin. The race started west of town at the Bill Healy farm. The wolf was
given a one hour start. Six dogs were run in the race. They chased the wolf to the
Goggins farm about three miles out of town. Holak won again.
***That must of been an old wolf, he didn't run too far in one hour. Maybe he stopped
for a chicken or two during the race.***.
The hound racing carried over to Yuba, Wisconsin where many races were held at the
Rott farm.
In 19 11 Albert Holak sold out and moved to New Auburn, Wisconsin. Ed Subera
purchased the saloon in 191 I. He ran it to 1919 when prohibition came.
ln April 15, 1920 Anton Hynek was going to have his shoe repair shop here. Instead it
was rented out in April I 5, 1920 to Martin Podolak of Chicago, Ill. He named it the
Hillsboro Sanitary Bakery.
Ed Subera sold the building to E.R. Drapier in 1922. He operatd a bakery too. Jn
October 24, 1929 E.R. Drapier sold the business and building to Vernon County M.illing
Co. They hired Ole Olson as the baker. He had 30 years baker experience. It was called
the Hillsboro Bakery.
Robert Wopat who worked at the bakery January 14, 193 2 went to work at the rn.i II
and Joe Novy from the mill came to the bakery. A job switch.
In April 7, 1938 the bakery closed down. Ole Olson went elsewhere. Charles Noberly
became baker in July, 1938.
The Vernon County Milling Co. suffered a great loss in December, 1938 when the
bakery was destroyed by fire. A fence stood around the burned out lot for many years.

Above is the Parker Store building.

Dr. L. L. Sanford who was located in the Wernick house where the Legion Hall was,
bought this empty lot and decided to build a clinic. In October l l, 1946 Dr. Sanford built
a 30x50 foot new clinic at this 840 Water Ave. site.
Dr. Boston from Pittsburg, Penn. came to Hillsboro November 25, 1954 and was at the
clinic on High Ave. He purchased the Sanford Clinic June 1, 1958. Dr. Sanford moved
his practice to his home May 11, 1958 or 1960.
Dr. Boston was at this building from 1958 to 1972. He then moved to the newly
renovated wing at the hospital.
Endicott Law Firm was at 846 Water Ave. and moved to this building sometime in
1963 and stayed until 1972. He moved to his new law office building at 640 Water Ave.

Federal Savings and Loan from Richland Center, Wisconsin started a branch bank
office here sometime prior to 1977 to 1988 . One article read December 24, 198 l .
ln May 19, 1988 Anchor Savings and Loan from Madison, Wisconsin bought the
building and sta11ed their business here. Virginia Cilley was manager and Sherry Eastman
was cashier. The Royal Bank of Elroy, Wisconsin bought the building in February, 1993
and operated their bank here. Royal Bank purchased a building from Recreational
lnsurance Services Inc. and moved to the new location at 731 Water Ave. in January 8,
1997. Royal Bank remodeled the building into a modern bank building and added a new
drive up window at that location.
Home Health Care is a business here in 1998.

The picture was the new Sanford Clinic building and bank.

1865 EXELSIOR FACTORY. 206 East Madison St.

Albert Field started the exelsior factory. It was located where the condensary is now. I
would say it sta11ed in 1865. In February 25, 1897 Field sold it to E.V. Wernick and
Hammer Bros. for $750. In Septembei.:, l 897 they sold it to Anton Wise of Lyndon,
Wisconsin. He planned to set up a planning mill and lumber yard, selling lath and wood
shingles. George Link who lived close by purchased it in December 9, 1898.
Ed Hanuner bought the planning and sawmill in January 5, 1900. The Lind Bros.
leased it and sawed there a few months in 1903 . Hammer Bros. then sold it to Lind Bros.
February 19, 1903. In March, 1903 Lind Bros. bought the largest amount of logs in
Hillsboro at that time. Homer Lind ran the lumber yard that Lind Bros. owned at upper
Mill St. In September 29, 1904 Lind Bros. built a big storage shed on Mill St. The Linds
ran the exelsior sawmill and their lumber yard at Mill Street where Nuzum Lumber had
their first location sometime later.
See Condensary write up when the exelsior factory was moved to make room for the
new Condensary building. See picture on next page of the exelsior factory.

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Above is the Exelsior Factory. The building at the left. To the right is the brewery.


The pond served Hillsboro in many different ways. 1t served as water power,
swimming, fishing, skating, boating and ice making. The pond was called pond, lake and
Lake Arbutus. In the early days the pond grew Arbutus flowers abundantly on its shore.
*** I went skating on the ice and fell down and I wasn't looking for flowers either. It
wasn't funny, my elbow hurt a month.***
The pond was a free source of collecting ice for the village ice houses. Surrounding
villages also got their ice here. Some winters produced thicker ice than other years.

The picture is the ice storage house which was located where the Hospital is now.
Ice storage was not an easy job. First one made a hole in the ice with a crow-bar or ice
auger. A six foot one handled saw was used. It had a holding handle on top too. They
sawed a two foot by three foot chunk of ice. It was best for storage when the ice was
sixteen to twenty four inches in thickness. The block of ice weighed 200-300 pounds.
lee picks and tongs were used to flip the ice out of the water. Every one got wet and
froze in the cold freezing weather. The blocks were pulled up a chute into the ice house
by rope and pulley. Some used a elevator which was run by steam engine power.
The distant ice houses required more work . The ice blocks were loaded on a bob sled
or wagon and hauled to the ice house.
Sawdust obtained from a sawmill was packed around the chunks of ice as they were
stacked in the ice house to a height of 12 to 16 feet high. It took a lot of saw dust to put
4 to 5 inches around each block of ice and about one foot on top of the pile.
Business and customers with ice boxes needed ice all year. Ice boxes were used before
refrigerators were invented.
The brewery was the first to start a ice house in town for cooling beer. Later the
creameries kept the butter cool in storage and for shipping too. Butcher shops used ice
extensively to keep meat cool. The excelsior factory had a lot to do with packing
perishables for shipment on the railroad or by wagon.
Another first ice house was right below the feed mill by the spillway. The upper end of
the pond had a couple ice houses. There was an ice house close to the creamery up town
by the pond. Wernick had one east of the city hall. One was by the depot too.
In January 28, 1886 a large supply of ice was made at the brewery. Roger Williams
built a ice house in November, 1896. In January 6, 1899 Joseph Bezucha stored 1000
wagon loads of ice at the brewery. In February 16, 1906 the ice was only eighteen inches
thick. In February 2, 1907 the ice was twenty four inches thick.
A disaster happened at the brewery in September 26, 1912. The ice house caught on
fire and charred one side of the brewery. The wind drove the fire towar~ the building that
*** I bet they had hot ice that day.***
E.V. Wernick owned an ice house in 1891 close to City Hall. He started a egg buying
business and stored the eggs at the ice house. That ice house was on the lots of Henry
Linke and by the Mitchell residence. He started the egg business December 25, 1902.
Ice boxes were sold in this area in 1900. Everyone wanted ice.
E.V. Wernick sold his ice house in August 1, 1910 to Theodore Steffen. He
implemented a new system for home ice delivery. He charged 20 cents for a 100 pound
piece ofice. Each home used about 75 to 100 pounds ofice daily in their ice boxes.
Gus Weinstein built an ice house behind his saloon in January 31, 1907. In January 27,
1916 August Daberkows owned a ice house in town. John Shissler erected an ice house
by the railroad depot and in January 27, 1916 sold it to Robert Butcher.
There was another ice house by the Hammer Bros. sawmill south west of the upper
pond. Ed Amberg was involved in the ice business in February 27, 1919. The Hardwood
Lumber Co. had their ice house for sale in January 1, 1920. It was sold to Worden Bros.
Meat Market in January 13, 1921. Word ens repaired part of the ice house. It was in bad
In July 14, 1921 there was a real ice shortage. No one bothered to collect ice maybe
because it was thin that previous winter. The businesses kept their ice for themselves and
none was sold to ice box owners.
Frank A Wopat sold the brewery cold storage to the Vernon County Milling Co. in
March 22, 1923.
Macy Caucutt started ice delivery in town April 17, 1924. In April 1, 1925 his system
was to buy a ticket at the bank for ice delivery. The ice was two feet thick in February 4,
1926 and the ice houses were filled up.
In 1930 Cosgrove was selling the first refrigerators in Hillsboro, but the ice demand
was good. ln February 18, 1931 Union Center, Valley and Wonewoc had one ice house in
Hillsboro and collected ice from the pond. Alfred Jelinek had ice storage in town too at
this time.

Zinke Bros. started a Hillsboro lee Co. in February 17, 1931. They received a contract
from Chicago, Ill. for 5,400 tons of ice. They made arrangements with the Chicago
Northwestern Railway at Union Center to furnish 135 cars for the ice delivery. Chicago
and Madison had a non-freezing winter and they had no ice for their needs.
***Mother nature fooled them two years in a row.***
In December 29, 1932 another order came for 4,600 tons of ice on I I 0 carloads.
Madison had an order for 4,000 tons of ice too.
***That was a lot of ice. I bet the weather got colder every mile of the way toward
A carload of ice was loaded every 70 to 80 minutes. It created much employment.
In February 10, 1932 Kelly from Wonewoc, Wisconsin sold ice to Madison too.
*** I bet they had a rail car jamb at the Union Center depot.***
In 1934 the ice was only nine inches thick. Then it got real cold January 24, 1934 and
Zinke made lots of ice. His ice house was east of the.feed mill. I9 1936 Zinke sold ice at
1, 000 pounds for $4.00. The wall and roof of the ice house burned down. The Vernon
Mill Co. bought it for $150. in February 16, 1937.
Wm. Fauska leased the Hillsboro Ice Co. in April 6, 1939. John Sebranek operated an
ice house every afternoon starting February 15, 1940. In July 18, 1940 the ice house
burned down. Coolers and refrigerators took over now. '
*** I think the ice business is out. They even sell refrigerators to the Eskimo's now. ***

1867 JOSEPH BULIN SALOON. 847 Water Ave.

Joseph Bulin Sr. started a saloon at 847 Water Ave. in 1867. The saloon was there
before the Rexall Drug Store was. Bulin operated the saloon from 1867 to 1896. Frank
Knadle was a manager there in l 896. Frank Knadle came from the Winslow building at
806 Water Ave.
When the Shear-Mitcsher store caught fire at 853 Water Ave. on the corner it caught
the saloon on fire too. Both buildings burned to the ground in 1898. The lot remained
empty until 1902 when Williams built the big brick two story double store on those lots.
See R.Richards Drug Store elsewhere in this book.

1870 DR. PINCH DRUG STORE. 824 Water Ave.

At the rear of this lot stood a small yellow colored building. In 1870 Dr.J.R. Rundlett
held his office and a small notion and drug store there.
In 1880 Dr.F.I. Pinch and a brother Richard Pinch arrived in Hillsboro and purchased
Rundletts property. A short while Richard Pinch bought his brothers interest out.
Richard Pinch erected a brick two story building for his new drug store. At this store
he held his doctor office. They sold sewing machines too. In August 5, 1897 he started
his Acme Real Estate Agency. Pinch's drug store was called Acme Drug Store.
In January 6, l 898 Dr. Francis Isaac Pinch incorporated with others at the 820 Water
Ave. store which was next door. An archway was built between the two stores. The new
incorporation was called, Hillsboro Merchantile Co.
Worden Bros. bought the next door store so the archway was closed in February 16,
1905. The rest ofthe 820 Water Ave. store is elsewhere in the book.
Dr. Pinch died in 1926. His son Gerrie Pinch operated a drug store at Union Center,
Wisconsin from 1915 to 1926. He sold out there and moved here to operate the drug
store in Hillsboro. Gerrie Pinch added a soda fountain at the drug store June 11, 1938.

In April 9, 1936 the Civic Club was renting out novels and special books at his store to
raise money for a new library, at the proposed village hall, to be built in 1938.
Veonard E. Sherman ran a furniture repair shop at the rear of Pinch's Drug Store
January 7, 1937. Willis Hofmeister bought the store from Pinch in August 24, 1944. In
1946 Willis Hofmeister bought the Gamble franchise from Fred Cook at 815 Water Ave.
and moved it here. Arvin Lange was manager. It was called Willis Hofmeister Gamble
Store. He later brought his Hofmeister, Radio & Electric & Appliance Store here
sometime in September 27, 1951 from 833 Water Ave. He ran both businesses here. In
1951 he started Willis's Discount Hardware Store and Catalog with cheaper prices and ran
the Gamble Store too. See page 275 for interior picture. Willis Hofmeister stayed until
1960 and sold the Gamble franchise to Neil Neinast in May 10, 1960, located at the Ehlert
building at 832 Water Ave. Hofineister closed out in 1960.
J.E. Tillow operated a jewelry store here April 27, 1896. In November 1896 he owned
a gun parts and repair shop upstairs here.
L.A. Herricks of Sparta, Wisconsin opened a jewelry store in February 3, 1911 either
upstairs or on the lower level. In December 18, 1919 C.E. Jenchs moved his pressing and
tailor shop upstairs. He moved May 18, 1922 to 850 Water Ave. and th~n above Ed
Linds harness shop.
The Cozy Beauty Shop started her March 19, 1938. Owners were Mrs. Clyde Crary of
Richland Center, Wisconsin. Manager was Miss. Mable Y anna and Mrs. Vera (McLees)
Basil N. Blakely Chiroprator had his practice here June 19, 1952.
Verdall Hallingstad Photo Studio started here May 4, 1950. Then in September 27,
1951 he moved to 806 Water Ave. and stayed there three years. Then he moved to 833
Water Ave. in 1953 to 1960 now called the Sterba building.
In 1966 Agnes Sebranek started the Midtown Cafe here from 833 Water Ave. In J 969
she sold to Clair Breidenstein. The bank then sold it to Harold and Julia Eder in 1971.

Harold and Julie Eder opened their Country Style Cooking Resturant here May 25, I 971.
They ran a popular business here for years. In April 23, 1992 Linda Gustafson bought the
business from Eder. They are here in 1998.
1871 MAPS.
The 1871 Atlas map of Hillsboro Twp. shows many early names of settlers that started
businesses in Hillsboro. Greenwood Twp. was the same way.

Some of the settlers were Klopfleish, Field, Salts, Winslows, Agerter, Linke, Ludwig,
Mutch, Travnick, Conway, Allen, Newman, Shear, Hansberry, Manhart, Abbott and
Quinn. There were many more. Those farms were sold about twenty years later to the
next incoming group of settlers. In 1896 the next Atlas shows that the land owners
changed extensively. In every 20-25 years the land owner were different.
Around 1900 there were many realty agents in town. Realties in Hillsboro were selling
land in South and North Dakota, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Michigan and Nebraska. Many
families from Hillsboro bought farms in those states. They moved there. Some stayed and
others moved back to Hillsboro, after they got a taste of the west.

1872 DR. AARON WINSLOW. 839 Water Ave.

Dr. Aaron Winslow was born January 3 I, 1810 at Falmouth, Maine. After graduation
in 1839 he went to New Orleans and Alabama to practice medicine. Then he was in
Maine, California and Illinois. He came to Bad Axe County in 1855, Greenwood Twp,
Section 11. His farm was 160 acres. From that farm he resumed his medicine duties and
practice. He claimed being the first doctor in Vernon County. His clientel were scattered
over a large area . In 1839 he married Vienna True. They had Frances who married
Adolphus Mallow, Edwin M .. Winslow, Loring B.T. Winslow who married Marrieta Field.
She was Albert Field daughter the first settler in town.
The son Loring B. Winslow built this building at 839 Water Ave. in 1871.

In 1872 Aaron and his son Loring opened the first drug store in 1-lillsboro. The
Winslow and Son Drug Store. Aaron Winslow passed away March 28, 1883 . His son
took over the business earlier in 1876.
In 1884 the drug store was Winslow and Fine Drug Store. They sold to Dr. AB.
Jones and he named it Wide Awake Pharmacy. There was a jeweler there in June 29,
1895. I don•t know who he was.
A druggist James Alman Hickok worked for those owners for twenty years from 1894
to 1914 at 839 and 847 Water Ave.
Richard Richards anived in .Hillsboro in 1895 to work at the Wide Awake Pharmacy.
He left shortly there after to work in Black River Falls and he passed his pharmacy exam
there in 1899.
While Richard Richards was gone J.K. McKay bought the Wide Awake Pharmacy in
1899. Richards came back to Hillsboro to work. He made a deal instead with McKay and
purchased him out. Richards called his store Richards Drug Store in 1900.
Richards needed a larger place. George A Williams built a two story brick double
store at 847 and 853 Water Ave. See Richards Drug Store write up.
Getting back to 839 Water Ave. Harve Myers rented the vacant building in December
11, 1902 for a clothing store. In January 23, 1903 C.J. Holesbrook bought the Winslow
building. He merged with Harve Myers. They had a clothing store heri to July 30, 1906.
Then Fred Logan purchased the clothing business. He closed out September 5, 1907.
Harve Myer leased it again and was here to February, 1908.
The next tenant was John Hainstock with his hardware business, starting in February
12, 1908. In March 11, 1909 he traded the business for a farm at Doland, South Dakota.
McCauley and Riske Realty made the deal for him.
The upstairs was rented out too. Nellie Craig Goume had her millinery shop there
from March 27, 1902 to August 22, 1912. Mrs. Mae Harrison ran a millinery shop there
in 1907 to 1910. In July 21, 1910 Holesbrook the owner repaired the building.
It was rented to Grossman Wardrobe Co.of Sparta, Wisconsin. In October 15, 1910
they opened up their Hillsboro Best Clothing Store, owned by Grossman and Veith Co. of
Sparta, Wisconsin. Then they called it Pick Wick Clothes Shop in November 3, 1910.
William Kotvis managed it in 1910 to 1912. Francis M. Kutson managed too. In
February 4, 1912 Charles Hickok was manager.
In 1913 W.0. Shear purchased the Holesbrook building. He installed his newspaper
printing equipment on the 2nd floor. The first floor was continued as Pick Wick Store.
Henry Lemke managed July 9, 1914.
Austin and Hillier of Sparta, Wisconsin bought the Pick Wick clothes inventory to set
up a better choice store in September I, 1914. Then they dissolved with Pick Wick in
January 2, 1919. Wm. Kotvis was manager. Wm. Kotvis and J.H. Hayward became new
owners of the clothes business. They did some repairs in May 15, 1919. In 1920
Hayward went to Stanley, Wisconsin.
Wm. Kotvis operated the store alone as partner until January 11, 1923. Hayward
dissolved and Kotvis hired R.L. Vieth as manager. In July 1, 1931 Kotvis moved out his
stock to Anton Hyneks shoe shop.
In July 1, 1931 W.O. Shear remodeled the lower level floor and moved his printing to
the 1st floor. This would be a good time to explain the beginning of the newspaper in
Hillsboro, Wis.
Charles W. Heath founded the first issue of Hillsboro•s first newspaper in 1885. He
named it Wisconsin Sentry. Heath became the first village clerk when the village was
incorporated. Charles Heath sold out in 1893 to Charles Dunn.
He published the Wisconsin Sentry for three years and sold out to Westley 0 . Shear in
1896. Walter 0. Shear was hired as a devil printer, young helper and errand boy. He
worked here from 1896 to 1899.
Westley 0 . Shear renamed the paper to Hillsboro Sentry. The business was sold again
in October 22, 1899 to M.V. Frazier. He was located in a building by the old post office
on Mill St. in front of where Cosgrove's building was later.
Walter Shear first worked for a stove company and then the newspapers. Walter Shear
purchased the M .V. Frazier newspaper and called it Hillsboro Enterprise in 1902. He
borrowed $500. from Albert Fields to print his first issue in March 13, 1902.

The picture was taken July 25, 1958 when a two ton printing machine was installed at
839 Water Ave. It was a automatic printer with a faster production of the growing
volume of quality printing needed.
Machines were moved from the Frazier building I mentioned earlier. They were moved
to the second floor at 820 Water Ave.above the Sinkule Meat Market. They said, when
the equipment was run with a gasoline engine, the windows would rattle at the Meat
Market. In June 13, 1902 Walter 0 . Shear purchased the Hillsboro Sentry, combined it
with his Hillsboro Enterprise. He now called his newspaper, Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise.
First issue was printed June 13, 1902. In 19 13 he purchased the Holesbrook building.
Walter 0 . Shear was editor and publisher until June 1930. Walter Shear died January 24,
1960. His son Edwin W. Shear became editor.
Edwin and his wife Hilda were owners now. They were Co-editors and Edwin was
publisher. At this time the paper was $1.00 a year. In 1935 they raised the price to $1.75
a year. Comics aren't popular now as they were in those days. Around April 28, 1932 the
comics were: Finney of the Force, Our Pet Peave, Bobby Thatcher, S'matter Pop, Mickie
the Printers Devil, Mescal Ike, Reg'Lar Fellows.
*** I think the reason my book is printed late is that I was reading the comics. They were
fun to read .***
Jn September 6, 1934 Edwin Shear was on the Republican ticket in Vernon County for
Member of the Assembly.
The Shear family was in business for 70 years. Edwin ran the busi ness 40 years when
they decided to sell and retire. Attorney Harry Jordan was upstairs for a short while, 1950.
James and Elaine Hanna became publishers in June 30, 1972 of the Hill sboro Sentry
Enterprise. Hanna had 27 years experience in lllinois, St Paul, MN., Whitewater,
Madison, Wisconsin and Indiana in the printing business.
Alfred and Elaine Evans bought the building and the business August 29, 1980. They
had nine years experience at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
In July 1, 1984 Larry and Becky Hubner leased and published here next.
Jack and Jane Knowles purchased everything next in July 1, 1989. They remodeled the
place in 1993 and use both floors. They added the Peach and Neighbor additions to the
newspaper. They are here in 1998.

The tall middle building is the Hillsboro Sentry Enterprise.


Fred Schnell that owned the brewery started a brick factory in 1877. It was located
across the street at the brewery. The next owner was Joseph Bezucha in 1890, when he
bought the brewery and the brick business. Joseph Bezucha made brick to 1897. See
picture and write up of the brewery earlier in the book.
In April 29, 1897 B.I. Baley purchased the brick factory. Charles Abbott was__hired to
clean up around the brick yard for the fall season September 26, 1897. The brick kiln was.
destroyed by fire in August 8, 1902. By October 3, 1902 t hey built a new and better kiln.
B J . Baley wanted a better source of clay for the brick. Charles Abbott owned a piece
of property at the upper end of the lake and so did Mason at the same farm. In April 17,
1905 the brick factory was moved to that location. It was said a brick building was built
for the factory. Brick from these brick factories was purchased for the construction of
most all the up town bui ldings.
In 1921 St. Joseph's Church at Mt. Tabor, Wisconsin bought there brick here. In 1918
the main streets in the village were paved with brick.. I couldn't find out when the brick
factory went out of business. Maybe in the l 930's.


Oscar B. Lincoln operated a blacksmith business at 1004 Water Ave. He made
buggies, wagons and sleighs starting in 1878. This was his location for 18 years. In 1896
he installed a turning lathe. Blacksmiths that worked with him were George Bauer in June
27, 1902. Fred Truehl was their three and one-half years and resigned September 12,
1902. Louis Good started September 12, 1902.
In October 3, 1902 Lincoln bought a supply of pipe and fittings from John Hassler.
E.E. Mutch sold Lincoln a combination saw December 18, 1902. With the business
increase he enlarged his shop with three additions in January 14, 1903.
At this time Aulsebrook at the creamery was having·problems_with the bankrupt Elgin
Co. O .B. Lincoln offered to take out his planning mill and install a butter churn and
skimming station at his blacksmith shop. I didn't find out if that transpired for sure or not.
He did add a small building to his shop April 4, 1907.
In April 26, 1917 his son Buford Lincoln bought the blacksmith shop. He converted it
into a sauerkraut factory. He previously made sales outlet connections &t Milwaukee and
The local farmers were encouraged to raise 100 acres of cabbage with a return of
$5.50. per ton. The estimate was $100. per acre for the farmer. The factory was the
Hillsboro Cabbage Packing Co.
In May 31, 1917 a carload of salt arrived by rail for sauerkraut processing of the fall
harvest. He bought a cabbage planter in July 11, 191 7. It would plant l 000 plants per
hour or I 0,000 plants per acre. One acre of cabbage could produce 25 tons per acre.
Oscar Lincoln was digging through some junk at the shop and found an oxen shoe
Aug. 9, 1917. It was quite a curiosity piece for the middle age group, who never saw one
The barrel factory in Hillsboro was gone. Wood barrels came by rail. The plant
employed 15 workers. The first shipment of sauerkraut by rail went to Chicago in
November 15, 1917. Buford Lincoln traveled with his first shipment. While he was in
Chicago he found a good deal on cabbage. He bought ten carloads, totaling over eight
tons of cabbage and shipped it by rail to Hillsboro for processing.
In December 5, 1918 a carload of wood barrels arrived. The 15 workers processed 20
tons of sauerkraut per day. 100 acres were harvested in 30 days. That year the farmer
received $150. per acre for his cabbage. Buford Lincoln promised the farmer $8.00 a ton
in April 24, 1919. You could buy kraut locally from him for 20 cents a gallon.
J.E. Mayenchein purchased the kraut factory February 5, 1920. Buford Lincoln went
to work in Chicago in the kraut trade. Mayenchein promised the farmers $10.00 per ton.
The kraut factory operated through the 1926 harvest and then was discontinued.
The building was remodeled into a gas station in 1924. This filling station was
considered the first gas filling station in Hillsboro selling Standard gas. F.R. Eno and son
Kermit operated the station for two months.
In July 16, 1925 Fred Mayenchein owner, called it the East Side Station. Thats what
the old timers remember it as.
A New Lisbon ice cream dealer set up his station here in October 8, 1926. It was
Rothe Ice Cream. In November 4, 1926 Mitchell was the ice cream manager.
J.E. Mayenchein sold his home up town January 20, 1927 and bought the kraut factory
from Fred Mayenchein. He remodeled it into a residence for himself. Now he had a home
and a filling station at this one location.
Alfred F. Doerr started his Tips Super Service Station here May 30, 193 l. He handled
Mobil Gas and installed a car hoist. Albert Rynes was mechanic here in September 26,
The station went back to Standard gas in June 8, 1933 when Clem Grant opened up his
Standard Oil and Super Service Station at this location. He had the no ping Bardswell gas
that Standard was selling.
Gene McCaig who worked at Emery Setzers garage started as manager here in
November 2, 1933. In January 11, 1934 Mrs. Mayenchein hired Ray Waldron as
manager. Her husband died March 21 , 1934.
Jewel and Stanek started here June 31 , 1934. Norley Braund bought the old
Mayenchein Standard Station April 30, 1936. Ralph Crary became manager May 6, 1937.
Harley McDanjeJs helped and installed a new car hoist.
In December 2, 1937 Joseph Pitcel was manager until 1944. The station changed
ownership December 18, 1941 to Walter Doerr. He sold out in September 18, 1942 and
moved to New Lisbon, Wisconsin. Pitcel stayed on as manager. Veterinary Dr. L.J.
Gallagher had his office at Pitcel's Standard Station. -
Herman Kaus owned the station in January 1, 1946. The arched roof was removed in
those years. The Kaus family was in this gas business for 27 years. Herman Kaus passed
away July 6, 1972 .


The building above was the sauerkraut factory and filling station and home.
Starky Realty is here starting October 31 , 1996. Larry and Tillie Starky also operate
their LT's Logging at this office. They have a sawmill in the Merrick Industrial Park.


A new era developed when more land was cleared of its forest. Each farmer cultivated
more acres and dairying replaced the beef and sheep raising. The big cities created a big
demand for dairy products.

The early village dweller woul d buy their milk and cream needs from a neighboring farm
near the village.
John Lundbery and Hollister in 1879 erected a small first creamery in Hillsboro. Jt was
located where Robert Lind built his home, just north of the present Stekel Realty Office.
When the creamery was dismantled Robert Lind built a home on that lot.
George Lee lived on a farm south of the pond in 18 87. He sold milk and cream to
Hillsboro customers at his farm. In March 7, 1907 he offered a delivery service into the
village. Each home had a 14x14 inch small storage door built in by their entry door. The
full milk bottles were left in that enclosure and the empty bottles were picked up each day.
That worked out real well.
***No bottle return, no milk .***
The second creamery in Hillsboro that operated on a large scale was built in 1880. It
was located where the city pump house is at the corner of County F.F. and Hwy 33-82-80.

In 1881 E.V. Wernick and Robert Hammer organized and owned the creamery. It was
the Farmers Creamery Co. They operated it to 1899.
W.C. Aulsebrook bought the creamery in 1899 and leased it out to the Elgin Creamery
Co. from Chjcago, Ill. The Elgin Co. also leased the first factory at Yuba, Wisconsin.
The Elgin Company went bankrupt in 1902 and everything was at a stand still.
***The cow didn't stop, she gave milk twice a day so what do we do.***
The Yuba patrons sold their cream to Hub City or Rockbridge. At Yuba their were
many conflicts and court cases over equipment with the Elgin Co.
In Hillsboro, Oscar Lincoln the blacksmith was going to set up a skimming station at
1004 Water Ave. I couldn't find out ifthat happened or not.
In November 24, 1902 Aulsebrook put a bid on the bankrupt equipment, but the Elgin
Co. wouldn't sell some of the equipment, so Aulsebrook came out empty handed .
***The cow kept on producing milk, so I don't know what the poor farmer did .***
Aulsebrook owned the building anyway so in November 27, 1902 the plant
reorganized. In December 5, 1902 new skimming equipment was installed.

Aulsebrook and the Kuehn Creamery from Dilly merged and elected new officers in
November 27, 1902. They decided how the business would operate. In December 11 ,
1902 E.V. Wernick was the salesman, Matt Knowles was secretary and Frank A. Wopat
was treasurer. In 1903 they sold 224,056 pounds of butterfat valued at $39,699. to the
patron. In 1904 they sold 265,909 pounds of butterfat valued at $43,879. to the patron.
In 1905 they sold 283,539 pounds of butterfat valued at $52,000. to the patron.
The Badger Creamery Co. at Elroy and Millards Prairie made arrangements as a
merger or ownership in 1902 with Hillsboro. The Trippville Creamery collected cream
there and hauled it to the Aulsebrook and Kuehn Creamery in Hillsboro.
In February 11 , 1903 the old refrigerator was removed and a new one installed. D.E.
Riley was hired Apri l 17, 1905 as the butterfat tester. A new butter chum was installed
October 1, 1909. N ick Marvin was hired January 27, 1910 as the new butter maker.
The D.E. Wood Butter Co., a manuufacturer for the Fancy Elgin Co. of Evansville,
Wisconsin was canvassing the area for prospective cream purchases here. A month before
that, our creamery operaters sensed it and offered our patrons one cent a pound increase
over any offer given.
In February 24, 1910 the Badger Coop Creamery of Elroy leased the creamery from
Aulsebrook and Kuehn. A meeting was held to sell more shares in the ~adger Coop area.
They did ship some cream to Reedsburg in August 12, 19 13. -
The plant operated until 1917. It was sold back to Aulsebrook in May 17, 1917. The
creamery closed May 31, 1917.
Aulsebrook sold the building to E. V. Wernick. Wernick wanted the well and pump for
starting his water works installation uptown for water users. W. C. Aulsebrook sold cars
in town. He sold the first radio sets ever used in the village. In 1917 he sold the
creamery, auto and radio shop. He and his family moved to Ocononowoc, Wisconsin.
The old creamery was dismantled August 20, 1936. A new pump house was built
there for the village by the W.P.A.
The Hillsboro Farmers Creamery was organized in 1912 as a farmers cooperative
organization. The plant was located where the first milling company two barns were.
Now the Endicott Law Office and Dr. Wylands Chiropractic Office is at that site.
Gus Knick was one of the founders. The building was erected in 1912. The plant had
150 patrons. The coop sold its butter to Chicago, Ill.
In July 18, 1912 the directors were Gus Knick, J.M. Wagner, John Gross, Wm.Healy
and .M.B. Lee. They debated on a new site and a new well was drilled by M.F.Baley from
town October 17, 1912.
Edward Kelly from Cazenovia, Wisconsin was the contractor to build the creamery.
The plant opened for business March 6, 1912. That date should of been 1913 to give
them time to build.
The creamery made 50 tubs of butter a week by March 19, 1914. The yearly
production was 294,709 pounds of butter.
In May l 0, l 917 the creamery board had intentions to build a cheese factory south of
the creamery. They hired Ed Kelly again to construct a 36x56 cheese factory.
Cream bottles were running short at the plant. In July 12, 1917 they asked customers
to return all cream bottles.
The creamery had its own ice storage house before refrigeration started. The cheese
factory started March 28, 1922. The name was changed March 16, 1922 to Farmers Co-
operative Creamery. A new butter churn was installed May 18, 1922.

It had a larger output. A new bigger ice making machine came March 19, 1925 for
better butter storage. The creamery was repaired May 25, 1925. A new steam boiler and
new cream ripener was put in. A dryer was added in February 17, 1927 to convert skim
butter milk into animal feed powder. The powder plant started June 16, 1927 and
operated to 1934. H.A. Heide was manager five years and left August 25, 1927. Lloyd
Bell became manager November 15, l 928.
M.F. Baley was contracted November 21 , 1929 to drill a new 12 inch well at the
creamery. The new noon-time whistle was blown the first time in January 3, l 933.
The dried buttermilk was discontinued April 28, 1934. The milk coming into the
cheese plant was transported to the Reedsburg Condensery.
P.C. Uselman purchased the creamery residence located northwest in town on May 23,
193 5. Don Herling became manager and butter maker February 12, 193 5. The plant
became a cooperative in 1937. They later joined the Baraboo Valley Creameries Assoc.
Their butter was sold under the label, Dells of Wisconsin. Two new 15,000 pound butter
churns were put in April 15, 193 7.
Don Herling won first place at October 3, 1946, The contest was held
September 24-25, 1946. In 1950 he won the National Buttermakers Honor Award. He
won the competition two years in a row at t he state fair with a score of 98. It won the
Governors Sweepstakes Award held August 26, 1950. He also had other winnings at
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
The creamery closed in the mid l 950's.

The two large buildings at the left in the picture, is first the creamery and then the cheese
The old creamery was tom down June 6. 1966. In July 6, 1972 a new proffesional
building was built on the lot. Attorney Richard D . Endicott and Dr. Warren C. Clark built
the building. It housed four apartments upstairs, a lawyers office and optometrist office
downstairs at 640 Water Ave. The old creamery address was 652 Water Ave.
Attorneys Phillip Stittleberg and Attorney David L. Jenkins became affiliated with
Attorney Endicott in July 6, 1972. The two affiliates moved later to La Farge, Wisconsin
when Attorney Ralph L. Freeze retired . Freeze was there 37 years.
Endicott and Monson were here in 1978. Attorney Rudolph was here for a while and
then moved into his own office in town. Now Attorney Endicott is here in 1998.

Dr. Warren Clark built a new eye clinic at 845 Water Ave_ and moved to that location in
June 3, 1993.
The cheese factory closed April 3, 1924. The place was remodeled for Kopps and
Emil Novy Car Electric and Battery Shop. They moved here from the 725 Water Ave.
Jafek building April 17, 1924. Kopp and Novy installed gas pumps August 14, 1924. In
July Kopps dissolved with Novy. Then Kopetsky joined Novy in August 20, 1925. Then
Novy moved to the Ripke building where Quik Trip is located now.
Russel Baley moved here next from 806 Water Ave. He sold batteries and car
electrical parts. In August 5, 1926 the cheese plant was for rent. It served as a storage
shed for different concerns up to the 1940's.

This is where the creamery was. Attorney Endicott Law Finn Building.

This is where the cheese plant was. Cut and Curl Beauty Salon.
The cheese plant was torn down . Loretta Wadleigh built an apartment building on that
location. Cut and Curl Beauty Salon owned by Alice Elliott had her buisiness here. She
passed away. Lois Reineke is owner in August 8, 1997. Her beauticians are Pamela
Bohn, Donna Baldwin and Debbie Good . The address is 626 Water Ave. They are there
in 1998.


The third building on the right was the Mallow building. You can see only part of it on
the picture to the far right. Loring Winslow built it for his sister Vienna in 1879. She
married Mr. Mallow and they operated a merchantile store here until J 885 .
John Stamp Blackbum became a wine and liquor dealer here in August 1886. In
January 21, 1897 he opened up a saloon here opened by the Hausman Brewing Co. of
Madison, Wisconsin. In February 1896 William Bechman moved his restaurant here form
the Lind building at 815 Water Ave. Then in January 1897 he moved to the Roger
Williams new building one door south of Hammer Hardware. Some businesses were in
the same place like a restaruant and Jjquor sales which worked out together.
Theo Quinn ran a barber shop upstairs in the Mallow place in October 1896. In
November l 896 Quinn and Jim Cosgrove were partners and in April 8, 1897 they moved
to the Boston Store and dissolved. Quinn then went to 800 Water Ave. upstairs at that
location. Gus Weinstein started in this building too. He then went to 800 Water Ave.
The Hausman Brewing Co. made an addition at the back of the building April 29,
1897. Frank Kolash operated a saloon here November 11, 1897 to 1902.
A hardware store owned by G.O. Brown came here March 15, 1902. Then a bad thing
happened when 814, 810 and this 806 Water Ave. burned down by fire. The fire started
in the 810 Water Ave. building. Brown left for St. Paul, MN. Wm. Lind bought what
was left of the hardware. Wm. Linds son would own the inventory and Albert Lind was
selling clerk. They moved the inventory to 835 Mill St.
The Vienna Winslow building was for rent just before the fire because Brown
Hardware was vacating. Vine Thompson was going to start a restaurant here but the fire
ended that opportunity for him.
After the fire the 806 Water Ave. site was picked fo r the location of the new Hillsboro
State Bank. The newly organized bank purchased the Citizens Bank at 814 Water Ave. A
new site and building had to be found quickly because of the fire.
Frank Jafek was the builder chosen to erect a two story brick building. In January 7,
1903 it was built costing $5,000. The new officers were E. V. Wernick president, Robert
Hammer vice president, Ed Hammer cashier, Herny Kauffman assist cashier. They
sta11ed the bank with $ 15,000. in stock. The bank operated until 1922 when it was
purchased by the Farmers State Bank which was located at 833 Water Ave.
Dr. Frank Jones was upstairs fro m 1903 to 1905. He sold out to Dr. MacKechnie. [n
1905 to 1908 Dr. Eliz. MacKechnie held office with her husband Dr. Ronald S.
MacKechnie upstairs at the Hillsboro State Bank In 1908 Dr. Kruetzman held office here
in l 913 and then moved to 833 Water Ave. upstairs there.
The telephone business Webster had, burned with the Citizen~ Bank building too. After
the fire Edward Beranek had a considerable interest in the telephone system at 814 Water
Ave. It was consolidated by Robert Hammer, E. V. Wernick and William Lind each
owning one third share. In January 29, 1903 the system was moved to 806 Water Ave.
into the new bank building.
On March 5, 1903 Richards Drug Store installed the first long distanie phone in town.
People could call out of town from his store. Credit has to be given to the old Hillsboro
Hotel for having, number one, for the outside connections either by phone or telegraph.
In August 4, 1904 Wm. Lind became full owner of the telephone exchange. Mrs.T.A
Quinn was the previous operator. She left and Mr. and Mrs. Hickok were hired.
Lind charged five cents a call to cover his costs starting April 13, 1905. In 1906 the
exchange was moved upstairs at the bank E.V. Wernick purchased the telephone
exchange from Wm. Lind June 1, 1906. Mrs Quinn was again in charge of the office.
In August 1906 Wernick purchased more equipment for$] ,000. In 1908 he owned the
lines from Yuba to Hillsboro. He made more line connections and named it the Bell
System Telephone. He sold the Valley and La Farge line to Dell Corp. Telephone Co. in
March 8, 1909.
New poles were set up along the railroad track from Hillsboro to Union Center,
Wisconsin. In 1923 he hired his step son Theodore A. Quinn as line superintendant. They
installed one million feet of underground cable to the Valley exchange and other line areas.
The underground telephone cables in the village installed were in agr~ement with the
Wisconsin Power and Light Co. when they bought the Vernon County Milling Co. electric
In April 13, 1922 talk limit meters were installed because customers talked too long
over the phone. Emergency calls couldn't get through. A new switch board was installed
at Valley, Wisconsin. Bernie Vaningan was Wernicks lineman for 27 years.
***And I couldn't get through either. I was listening, but I forgot to ring.***
Russel Baley ran an electric and battery charging shop at the back of the bank building.
He started November 1, 1918 to January 3, 1924. In April 24, 1924 he moved to the
Jafek place at Water Ave.
In l 922 the Hillsboro State Bank sold out to the Farmers State Bank at 833 Water
Ave. who was in business there since 1913.
Dr. MacKechnie lived downstairs and had his office upstairs, when their house was
destroyed by fire elsewhere in town in 1924.
Sherman and Hofmeister called S & H Electric, were on the first floor March 15, I 930.

Bernard Healy managed the Thorpe Finance Loan Co. here around February 9, 1938.
E. V. Hofmeister moved his insurance and baby chick business here from 815 Water
Ave. in March 6, 1941 .
In October 26, 1944 he became District Rep. for Thorpe Finance Corp. He also
purchased the Falk Insurance Co.out on May 28, 1953.
In October I, 1946 the telephone company upstairs was sold to Edward C. Hammer.
The exchange and office was moved to 121 Mill St where it is located now.
Joshua Sanford Radio And Electric came here from the Jafek building in May 1946. In
September 18, 1947 he sold to Elvin Bud Bunn.
Verdall Hallingstad and Robert Machovec in 1951 or earlier, leased the building for
their Hallingstad Studio and Super Lab. Paul Pfeiffers of Elroy, Wisconsin was the one
that moved this business to Hillsboro. The studio moved to 833 Water Ave. in 1953.
Tom Rogers a clerk representing Gavin Bros. Auctioneering came here in September
25, 1958. They stayed to 1960.

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The second building from the right is the old Hillsboro State Bank building. The modem
picture can be seen on page 67. Ed Hofmeister was here 1941 until he died.
There were several businesses in the building at the same time. Tom Sinkule Realty
was here in 1975 to 1976 for a short while. They went to the Hillsboro Hotel.
In 1970 Steve Hofineister worked with his father in the insurance business and when
his father passed away Steve took over the insurance business. In 1988 Steve Hofineister
Insurance Co. purchased the 800 Water Ave. building and joined 806 and 800 Water Ave.
buildings together for his offices. They are here in 1998.

In 1879 Peter G. Lind purchased a building that stood behind where the Fireman
Community Center is now. That building faced Prairie Ave. He moved the building to
826 Water Ave. There he added a second story and some side additions to it. Now he
had living quarters, a boarding house, a dance hall and a meeting place. Downstairs he ran
a restaurant, bakery and a confectionary business. Peter and Jacob Lind sold their
American Hotel at 132 and 128 Mill St. to Benjamin Salts.
In April 15, 1897 Peter Lind remodeled the restaurant. He changed his business in
February 22, 1898 to gents, boots and clothing.
Lewis Miller leased the store March 11, 1898. He ran a St. Paul Bargain Sales
Clothing Store. Wm. Clark purchased Millers clothi ng stock and started his store here
September 3, 1898. In April 12, 1902 Peter Lind operated a grocery store here after his
tenants left. The upstairs had many dances in the hall.
Peter Lind retired and sold the boarding house, restaurant and grocery store in 1904 to
Eugene Ferdinand Nickau. N ickau operated the restaurant, bakery and the hall from 1904
to 1924. Jn later years he had other tenants here too .
In September 14, 19 16 he had his place up fo r sale, but continued until October 10,
1918. He closed up five months prior to the last date.
The Boston Store burned down by the theater. Harry Rabinoff set up a temporary
store here from 1922 to March 13, 1924 in part of the building.
Mary Brandon leased the restaurant and was here to June 16, 1921. T hen she went on
a vacation. In March 23, 1922 it was called Vanningan's Restaurant.
The Farmers State Bank at 833 Water Ave. were searching for a lot to build a bigger
new bank on in February 14, 1924. Nickau sold the lo t to them. Frank A. Wopat bought
the building and moved it to 1001 Water Ave. He paid $100. for it. Morgan Healy
wanted a small shed and George Darcy paid $20. for another shed. The Farmers State
Bank started to build in 1924 and moved into the new bank in December 15 ' 1924.

The new officers were F.A. Machovec president, J.M. Healy vice president, J.J. Chard
cashier, B. F. Healy assist cashier. They were in office when the Hillsboro State Bank was
bought and merged together. Now there was only the Farmers State Bank in Hillsboro.
In 1929 the depression hit. The bank was to pay the investors five percent of the
fro zen deferred deposits each year. It was called a segregated trust fund.
The bank held the largest worth in Vernon County amounting to $1,643,014. The 13th
and last segregated fund was paid out. The depression day depositors received 71.2% of
thei r deposits which started in 1933 and ended Ju ly 19, 1946.
In March 21 , 1935 the frozen money received for that year could be reinvested as
Certificates of Deposit and now were F.D.I.C. insured. Free checking was started in July
25, 1952. Over the years the bank had many different officers and cashiers. It operated
properly and helped the area with many loans for farms or businesses and automobile
In July 20, l 980 at 1:45 A.M. the bank was struck by lightning and was totally
destroyed. A temporary mobile home bank was set up next to the Kickapoo Oil Co. at
205 East Madi son St.
*** They had to build quickJy. The trailor house couldn't hold all the cash** *
Two lots were bought with the buildings. The Frank A. Machovec hpuse and the
Dolan Dental Office had to be moved at 726 Water Ave. The Farmers State Bank was
built on those two lots.
Getting back to 826 Water Ave. M&J Auto Parts from Reedsburg purchased the
burned out bank and on January 22, 1981 began remodeling it. They previously were
located at 846 Water Ave. Their grand opening was August I 0, 1981.
Around February 2, 1989 M&J Auto Parts sold to Steve Janecek. Robert Smith was
manager . He then went to the Farmers Coop to work. Roger Hynek is manager now.
Steve Janecek is here in 1998. Harley Stowell delivers auto parts to the garages.

This building is the present M& J Auto Parts Store.

As early as l 880 CF. Kauffinan founded the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Dept. They first
fought fires with a hand water bucket brigade if water was close by. Later they had a
wagon that carried the ladders and buckets.
ln 1900 they purchased a chemical wagon and a hand pressure pump from New York.
The equipment was housed in the old school house which was used as the village hall. lt
was 1927 when they got their first motorized truck. There was much debate and a need of
the fire truck. In June 2, 1927 they bought a 70 hp. fire truck made by U.S. Mott Co. of
Minneapolis, MN. To pay for the equipment they had a yearly fee of $25. for anyone that
signed up for fire protection.
ln 1938 the new village hall was built. Now they had a nice place to store their trucks
and equipment. Many new trucks, tankers and fire fighting equipment were purchased
throughout the years.
In July 23 , "1959 the fireman bought the fairgrounEls from OttQ and Emil Novy. Novys
owned the grounds since 193 0 and Alphonse Wopat owned the land since 1913. The fire
depa1tment has held their annual celebration at those fairgrounds.
Through the firemans efforts, dinners, dances etc, they built the new Firemans
Community Center on Mill St. Grand opening was November 20, 1986. The city gave
some funds too. The townships and city were contacted for donations t"t build a new Fire
Station at the north edge of the city. Construction started June 22, 1995. It was
completed August 31, 1995. The townships need fire protection per their drawn areas.
The fireman are doing a excellent job. See Fireman Park for another write up.

1882 CITZENS BANK. 814 Water Ave.

In the early I850s there was no bank in Hillsboro. The closest one was at Reedsburg
or Baraboo in 1842 or 1845. Albert Field the first settler in the village was sort of a
banker. He would lend money to settlers to buy farms or start a business. Real estate is
what he liked to lend his money on. He knew the quicker a area was settled on the sooner
Hillsboro wou ld grow. Trading or bartering was common. Silver or gold was another
way to buy if anyone had it at that era. Postal money orders didn't start until 1869 and
were used extensively, because bank checking didn't exist either. All transactions were
handled mostly in cash. L.Webster is in front of his Citizens Bank.

* ** l couldn't hold all the change in my pockets so I rud it along the trail. I hope the
Indian didn't see me.***
The Citizens Bank was built in 1882 at 814 Water Ave. Later a brick front was added
to the frame structure. Lewis Webster also sold fire and accident insurance. He started a
real estate agency in January 7, 1897. He was also a notary.
Roger Williams was Justice of the Peace. He had his office here upstairs in August 25,
1899. He sold marriage licenses and married couples here too.
Aiken photography occupied the second floo r fro m I 882 to 1902 when the fire
The telephone system in Hillsboro originated in this building. Gus Shrader imformed
Hillsboro that a LaCrosse Company was building a telephone line toward the village. Gus
Shrader went and fastened a line on the fence posts to Union Center and we had outside
connections through the rail telegraph there in 1895 . The first headquarters were in the
Hillsboro Hotel. Their phone number was one. Then Richards ~ rug Store had a next
hook up where people could call a longer distance. In November 11, 1899 the telephone
headquarters were moved to this Citizens Bank building. Storage was at the back of the
bank. Shortly after the move Lewis Webster had 180 telephones, po les and wire set up in
the village homes.
Lewis Webster was getting up in age and his health was failing. Negotiations were
being made to sell the bank. He sold the Citizens Bank January 1902. He died in August
3 1, 1902. The new owner investors were E. V. Wernick, Robert Hammer, Ed Hammer
and E mma Wyman. They incorporated November 1, 1902. The bank was named
Hillsboro State Bank . Frank A. Wopat and others helped organize it. Opening date was
November 1, 1902.
During all the negotiations nothing worst than a fire could of happened. The fire
started at 810 Water Ave. and wiped out 814 and 806 Water Ave. buildings too. That
date would of been between November and December 1902.
***Now what do we do?* **
It wasn't until May I, 1903 before the Webster estate got settled, due to the death, fire
and bank deposit negotiations.
Dr. R.H. Kruetzman owned the burned out lot at 806 Water Ave. l n December 12,
1902 he sold the lot to the bank owners. See. 806 write up for that lot history.
Getting back to 8 14 Water Ave. George Chapman started to build in early 1903 his
half of the large brick building. Henry and Adolph Valter had the other half to build. It
would appear as one building o n the outside.
George Chapman was previously in the Hammer Hardware building with his harness
shop and moved here into the back part of his building. John Hainstock Hardware started
here in the front part of the building. He was here a few years and then went to 839
Water Ave. Otis Brown was going to put a hardware store too but didn't.
George Chapman had building material left over so he had a barber shop built at 818
Water Ave. next to hi s building in 1903 for a barber sho p.
John S. Blackburn purchased the 814 and 8 18 Water Ave.buildings. The John Gund
Brewing Co. put in a saloon here in 1903. Blackbum had his saloon here about two years.
In January 19, 1905 Wesley C. Hansberry started a B lue Front Store here. He worked
for Moh and Myers for six years. fn September 7, 1900 W.C. Hansberry moved to 815
Water Ave. across the street.
B.A Bee who was a veterinarian started a saloon here. lt was called the Bee Hive
Saloon in July 4, 1907.

In August 22, 1907 Bee sold his liquor inventory to James Holak from Yuba, Wis.
Blackburn operated his saloon again in July 7, 1908. Bert Marsh was bartender. The Bee
Hive Saloon operated to October 29, 1910 under that name. John Benish paid $750. fo r
Blackburns equipment.
In April 26, 1910 James Holak bought the Blackbum building and saloon. Holak also
bought the small barber shop where Lind and Aegerter were. James operated the tavern
until 1916. Charles Janecek came here with the electric era and wiring was put in October
25, 1912. Theo Quinn and O.J. Kauffman had their office at the back of the building.
They were in the electric wiring business.
Charles Janecek ran his bar up to prohibition. It was then a beverage parlor. William
Mahr set up a billard parlor at 814 and 810 Water Ave. An archway was made between
the two buildings. Mahr was here to July 14, 1927. Home restaurant was here a short
L.B. Lillis a jeweler started his shop here renting August 4, 192 7 to 193 3. He came
from the Ducklou building at 829 Water Ave.
When prohibition was lifted in 1933 Charles Janecek sold out to Edward Rosal. Ed
Rosals place was the Ed Rosal Tavern. Richard Schute tended bar there December 24,
1936. The tavern was modernized July 25, 1940. .
In December 19, 1946 Adolph Wopat purchased the business and bullding. Clarence
Beranek applied for a license. In November 5, 1951 he bought Adolph Wopat's place.
Now it was called Zips Bar. Clarence Beranek bought the 400 Club Bar at Beaver Dam,
Wisconsin. He sold out here to Adolph and Eva Janousek who lived in Greenwood Twp.
In October 24, 1956 they called it Adolph's Bar. Adolph passed away in 1956. His wife
Eva became owner. She remarried in July 1961 to Pete Thompson. Pete and Eva's was
then called Eva's Bar.
In December 6, 1979 Arnold and Beaulah Durkee bought Eva's Bar and named it Our
Place. They owned it to January 16, 1986. It was called Jones Firehouse Bar in
December 23, 1982. Jones lost it back to Durkee. Durkee sold it to Dale and Ledema
Scott, 1 January, 1986. It is called Our Place.

The Our Place Bar is the second brick building from the right.
The Hon. Thomas J. Shear built a two story frame store at the corner of 853 Water
Ave. and Mechanic St. Dr. Clarks Eye Clinic is on that site now.
In September I , 1882 R.J. Shear, Oscar Mitscher, Charles Ludwig and Charles L. Lind
formed a general dealership store. Oscar Mitscher started his furniture store here in 1883.
Thomas Shear and Oscar Mitscher in March 27, I 890 were operating a exchange bank
at the store. They were a notary, made loans and sold insurance. Oscar Mitscher
operated his furniture store until 1895.
The store then became Shear and Fine. In August 27, 1895 they added a new clothing
department selling suits, etc.
At the rear of the store was a butcher shop operated by Herb Reaves and Dan Watson.
In 1898 the big store burned down. George Alfred Williams bought the burned out lot.
He built a large brick two story building on two lots. The south left side was sold to the
Woodman organization. They kept the upstairs Woodman Hall and rented the lower part
to Richards Drug Store. He later bought his store area.
The lower north half at 853 Water Ave. was rented to Brown Hardware in November
21, 1902. He went to 814 Water Ave. and burned out there.
In November I, 1902 Worden Bros. bought Wm. Linds clothing inventory, F.C. Moh
clothing inventory and Arthur Linds hardware inventory. Now Wordeni3ros. had enough
inventory to start a store here at 853 Water Ave. They bought the building from Williams.
Upstairs was Dr. Allen from November 21, 1902 to 1903. Dr. Jones was there the
same time and Dr. Hansberry also. Attorney E.B. Harkin was upstairs too.
Worden Bros. went heavy into dry goods and groceries in October 15, 1905 to 1907.
They also sold fur coats. It is said that Dr. Ferriter and Dr Mc Kecknie bought it first for
$6,200. In 1907 Worden Bros. sold out to Edward Wolf for $6,200. Wolf also had a
store in Union Center, Wisconsin that he bought later. In Hillsboro the store was called
the One Price Store. In 1916 Ed Wolf purchased Woods Restaurant equipment and
moved it to his store. In October 25, 1917 he had $10,000. tied up in inventory. M.F.
Felix came to reduce Edward Wolf's inventory.
In February 3, I 911 Wolf hired E.E. Gage, a drayline in Hillsboro to go to Stoddard,
Wisconsin with team and wagon to haul one ton of honey comb from the J.H. Hollenback
apirary. That was a long trip there and back.
***That was a sweet trip one way. The horses maybe ran all the way back from
Stoddard, Wis. when the bees followed to get their honey back***
Edward Wolf sold just about everything you could think of In 1924 he sold patent
stock feed. He started to sell kerosene in May 8, 1924.
To draw more people to his store he started horse shoe pitching which he liked to do.
He set up contests from September 24, 1925 to the 1930s. The horse pitching grounds
were behind his store. There was another place for pitching horse shoes between 833 and
821 Water Ave. stores.
The store had a centralized cash register system. When a sale was made at a counter
the sales slip and money were placed into a cylinder holder which was attached to a cable.
A pull rope was pulled that sent the cylinder to the accountant or cashier. There the
change was made, one slip was sent back with the change to the receiving clerk. The
accountant recorded the sale right away and a more accurate inventory could be kept that
way. It was a neat system.
Ed Wolf always wanted eggs and poultry. The second floor was converted to all
clothing sales.
After the depression, Wolf started buying nut meats to help people buy groceries with
the money received. He started that in 1935 and it kept many customers above water in
those hard times. I remember picking out nut meats in the evening when the chores and
school work was done. The first year he paid eighteen cents a pound. He bought 18,000
pounds of hickory and butternut meats that first year. The second year he purchased
12,000 pounds, the thjrd year 20,000 pounds, the fourth year 30,000 pounds. He paid
thirty five cents a pound and more in those later years.
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fle1>t'1nt !-·rom Th~ Mllwauke. J ournal

Unhar~este<l nuts strewing th~ ground in many a wes'tern Wisc,otj.s in woodlot, ~ur- .
ing the hard times of 193.2, gave Edward Wolf, Hillsboro · merch?-nt, the .notion . of
developing a m·a rket for ·nut ri1eats for bakers and ca ndy factories. His idea has. ,made
this village the 'center for a substant ial industry, the year 'S'\crop promising to approx-
ima te 30,000 pou~<ls. ·;rhe shipn:ent pho~ographed here comprise~ 20 lfa rrels cont{\in-
ing niore than 3,788 pounds of h ickory, bptter and walnut m ents.
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The picture above will give you an idea that everyone was picking nut meats out to
survive, during those hard times after the depression.
When the Ehlert store quit Ed Wolf boug ht their closing inventory in March 28, 1946.
The Wolf Store was sold May 4, 1953 to Morris Hansen . He continued in groceries and
clothing. In July 21 , 1954 he installed air conditioning at the store.

He bought Eleanor Richardsons Dress Shop inventory June 6, 1957 to add to his store.
Morris Hansen purchased the Marchowsky Store at 135 Mill St. He moved his
grocery department to that location . Now he only sold clothing at 853 Water Ave.
Morris Hansen had stores at Mauston and Elroy, Wisconsin also . His son Dean Hansen
was now proprietor at the Hillsboro store.
In July 4, 1968 Clifford and Norma Myhre bought Hansens Dept. Store. Dean Hansen
helped them one year to get organized and started.
The Kruk Pharmacy next door caught on fire and the flames burned both stores down.
Andrew and Rhonda Peterson have just purchased the Pharmacy and it burned down the
day they were to open up. This happened the evening of December 3 1, 1990.
In November 19, 1992 Dr. Warren and Jeffrey Clark made plans to buy the two burned
out lots. They also bought the old building at 845 Water Ave. and tore it down. Now
they had three lots to build their new Eye Clinic on at 845,847 and 853 Water Ave.
Construction started January 28, 1993. They moved from 640 Water Ave. with a
grand opening June 3, 1993. This address is now 845 Water Ave.
Warren Clark was a optomitrist since 1949 and Jeffrey Clark since 1977. In 1997 they
are affiliated with the Gunderson Clinic of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
They are here in 1998.

Above is a picture of the Dr. Clark Eye Clinic at 845 Water Ave.


Emil Valentine Wernick was one of the most progressive men that helped the village of
Hillsboro in business and leadership. He was born February 14, 1863 on Valentines Day.
His parents were William and Matilda Wernick and they lived at Windsor, Dane County,
Wisconsin. He graduated at Oshkosh College in 1881. In 1883 he taught and was the
high school principal in Hillsboro.
In 1881 he founded the creamery in Hillsboro. He had the first cold storage plant for
eggs and poultry here in 1881. The cold storage building sat facing Mechanic St. in back
of 853 Water Ave. In June 3, 1897 he installed the first water system and sold it to the
village in 1930.
Wernick became president of the new founded Hillsboro State Bank in 1902. ln June
I , 1906 he purchased the Hillsboro Telephone Co. He sold insurance too . The _Hillsboro
Condensed Milk Co. was organized by him. He became the first mayor when Hillsboro
became a city in 1939. Wernick was the weatherman reporter in Hillsboro for 57 years.
He passed away August 30, 1947. There were numerous other things he did for the City
of Hillsboro.


Builder Charles Landrum built this store for the Hon. Roger Williams in 1883. He was
elected to the State Legislature in 1879. This building was just north of now the Peterson
Pharmacy. Roger Williams operated a restaurant, shoes and dry goods business here from
1883 to 1898. In January 1895 he became a Maxie Soft Drink salesman.
In February 22, 1898 he sold his inventory and his home. He became a Justice of
Peace in October 1, 1898. There was some smoke damage in th~ store so Wm. Lind
painted the interior of the store September 3, 1899. Lind was a real tor so he prepared the
store for the next owner.
Wm. l Beckman ran a restaurant at 815 Water Ave. He moved to this building
October 17, l 899. He stayed to January 16, 1900. The restaurant was called the Gem
Restaurant. He then moved to the Mallow building at 806 Water Ave . .!. -
Hugo Ibson switched places with Bechman and was at this place from 1900 to 1907.
Frank Pierce sold his barbering equipment to Ray Sherman. Ray Sherman started a barber
shop here in April 4, 1907.
Harry Rabinoffbecame the next proprietor in Octomber 24, 1912. He opened up his
Boston Store at this location. It was a meat and grocery store. They handled the new
LH. Western brand flour in February 25, 1917.
In 1922 the store had the misfortune of burning down. Rabinoff set up a temporary
store at 826 Water Ave. in the Nickau restaurant building. He was there a short period
from 1922 to March 13, 1924. The Boston Store moved from the Nickau place to 135
Mill St. where now is the Cornocupia. The Nickau place was sold to the Farmers State
Bank for there new bank location so Rabin off had to find a place for hjs Boston Store fast.
Frank Wopat purchased the burned out lot and built a store here. In July 29, 1922
Louis Benda opened up a meat market with George Thorpe as partners. Everything went
well until July 24, 1924. Louis Benda was to deposit the proceeds at the bank, but instead
he disappeared. That left George Thorpe in a bad situation on the business end. They
searched but never found Benda. One day George Thorpe was reading the eastern
newspaper and there was a picture of Benda. He was killed in a mine explosion at an
eastern mine. It said, Louis Benda had a habit of changing his name at various places
during his life.
***A mystery solved the hard way.***
The building was taken down to make room for a tennis court at this location. The
tennis court at the athletic field by the Condensery was obsolete. This was the second
tennis court in the village. The tennis court was crowded and many didn't get to play
tennis. A system was developed where each team or player bought a pass to play at the
tennis court. That worked out well so everyone got a chance to play or practice.
I couldn't find a picture of this store or the tennis court.

1884 FRED G. LEMKE HARNESS SHOP. 845 Water Ave.

Fred G. Lemke worked at Viroqua, Wisconsin for six years. He moved to Hillsboro in
July 31, 1883 and worked for Fred Chapman in his harness shop to May 18, 1884.
He had many years experience in the harness business.
He built a harness shop on the 845 Water Ave.on a empty lot. He saw that he needed
a bigger place after being here a couple of years. He bought a bigger lot from Joseph
Bulin across the street and built a shop at 846 Water Ave.
Lemke sold this place at 845 Water Ave. to Ed Zimmerman in 1886. Zimmerman
opened a jewelry shop and stayed until January 28, 1896. On that date the building was
destroyed by fire. He moved above the Citizens Bank by B.E.Aikens photography shop
with his jewelry business at 814 Water Ave.
In August 5, 1897 Jesse Tilton purchased the burned out lot. He constructed a 18x36
foot wood frame building with brick veneer siding. The two story building was completed
September 16, 1897.
Tilton occupied the front part of his jewelry shop. The village was searching for the
village's first library location: Tilton rented the vill~ge the back p_o rtion of the store for
$100. a year for the village library. This was the first library Hillsboro had.
In July, 1897 the Hillsboro Village Board, E .V. Wernick president, voted to establish a
free pulic library and a reading room. They levied a 2 mill tax on taxable property.
The library started July 16, 1898. In July 9, 1900 the first appointed librarian was Miss
Zimmerman. The next one was L.A. Mead. She was salaried for $ 1 00.~a-year. She was
librarian up to October 10, 1904. Then R.O'Neal receved $150. a year as librarian from
1904 to 1906. Mrs. Wm . Lind or Mrs. Robert Lind were librarian in this building from
1906 to Feb. 28, 1909.
Robert Lind purchased the building from Jesse Tilton in March 3, 1900. Lind built a
flight of outside stairs to the upper level.
Robert Lind was on the first library board. Mrs.Wm. Lind and Mrs. Robert Lind ran a
millinery shop here and tended the library. Robert Lind leased the upstairs of the store in
August 22, 1907 to AD. Calkin Jewelry. Calkins also did optical work at this time.
Crave H. Viebrang bought Calkins inventory and had his jewelry store here in June 17,
1909. Then C.H. Viebrang sold hi s inventory to Lute L. Purdy. Purdy was next door
with his father and moved his jewelry into the Brewer building at 843 Water Ave.
Robert Lind purchased the building at 118 Mechanic St. and in February 28, 1909 Mrs.
Robert Lind moved her millinery shop there. Mrs. Robert Lind remained there until
October 5, 1913. In September 16, 1914 she had a partial partner, Miss. Nora Barker.
Robert Lind then sold this 845 Water Ave. building to George Valentine Shoe Repair in
June 17, 1909.
George Valentine was here to May 15, 1918. He leased out to Joseph Sama! in 1919.
George Valentine bought Robert Lind store at 118 Mechanic St. and moved there in May
9,1919. See page 118 & 123 & 124 & 166 & 270 & 271 for library detail.
Joseph Sama! Shoe Repair started by leasing first from Valentine and owned the
building in April 30, 193 0. He was here until his death on January 11, 1965.
In September 1, 1966 Harold Bill Havlik opened his insurance agency here. In 1964 he
was a special agent for Northwestern Mutual Ins. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was
associated here with Rudolph Mislivecek in December 22, 1966. Mislivecek was ready to
retire from his insurance business.
The Bargain Bin had a store here sometime in 1968 to 1975. I don't know who owned
it. James Salts ran his T.V.and Radio Repair Shop here from 1980 to 1988. James Salts
sold his building to make way for the new Dr. Clark Eye Clinic. The clinic is on this lot

The store and first library was in the building with the one window, third!. ~rom right. .

1885 SHEAR AND MITSCHER. 820 Water Ave.

In 1885 Thomas J. Shear erected this two story brick building at 820 Water Ave.
Oscar A. Mitscher was his partner in the merchantile store. They also operated a store at
853 Water Ave. until that store burned out. The two partners were here about two years.
In 1887 they sold out to Frank Kosa. It was called Hillsboro Cash Store. He was a
brave business man and started into everything imaginable to make a deal. He had
groceries, wool, ginseng, poultry, etc. He sold wholesale and delivered to stores at La
Farge, Arbor, Dilly and Yuba.
In June 29, 1895 he bought Dr. Jones grocery stock. He also purchased the Wm.
Clark grocery stock who was at the Brewer building in April 29, 1897.
Frank Kosa sold his store to John A. Slama June 12, 1897. Then .Frank Kosa and
Chas. Bozal of Muscoda, Wisconsin were selling clothing at the Rice home in town. ln
August 18, 1899 Kosa was threshing grain around the Yuba area. He sold Osburne
machinery in March 23, 1900. He was a realty agent for the Greater Wisconsin Land of
Northern Wisconsin and paid one half the train ticket if you bought land there. From 1903
to 1909 he was a painter and sign painter.
John Slama was in his store about a year. He sold the Slama Cash Store in January 6,
1898 to an incorporation consisting of Thomas J. Shear, W.W. Shear, Dr. F.L Pinch, Wm.
Clark and Ed Jacobson.
An archway was built between the 820 and 824 Water Ave. stores. ft was called the
Hillsboro Merchantile Co. The other half was owned by Dr. Francis Isaac Pinch. Edward
Jacobson operated the merchantile store from 1901 to 1903. Vertie Moore operated a
millinery shop here in February 18, 1903 too.
Ehlert and Fuller Merchantile Co. bought them out April 21, 1903 . Ehlert eventually
owned all the inventory and in 1905 moved to the new Williams building at 832 Water
Ave. that contractor Frank Travnick built.
Walter Shear moved his printing press from Mill St. to 820 Water Ave. upstairs. They
said the machine shook the windows while printing. In January 13, 1902 Shear moved to
839 Water Ave. when he bought the Holsbrook building.

In February 16, 1905 Worden Bros. purchased the building. They made some repairs
by closing the archway and set up a butcher shop and grocery store. In March 9, 1905
they installed a bone grinder for poultry feed in the back of the meat market. A bark meat
smoking house was added in back of the store in June I, 1905 . Blacksmith O.B. Lincoln
built them a new meat wagon for meat deliveries.

Upstairs C.E. Jenchs had his cleaning and pressing business in July 26, 1917. Clarence
Worden worked with his uncle Lewis D. Worden and his father Gideon C. Worden.
Wordens Meat Market was here a long time. In September 1, 1922 Milo Sinkule and
Theodore Wopat bought Wordens out. Clarence Worden stayed to help them get
established. Wm. Milo Sinkule owned 40 acres ofland southwest of the village above the
pond area. They did their butchering there and also for others.
Theodore Wopat dissolved his partnership in July 12, 1926 and started his own meat
market in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. In October 6, 1927 John Sinkule joined Wm. Milo
Sinkule. The Sinkules sold to James Morris ofLaCrosse, Wisconsin in July 16, 1936.
James Morris named the store the Midway Food Store. The store front was painted red.
In April 6, 1939 Wm. Milo Sinkule bought the Midway Food Store back from operator
James Morris and his meat cutter Earl Loeffler.
Ernest Picha was the next owner in May 29, 1947. He operated the meat market and
grocery until September 19, 1958. He sold out to Erwin Dieck. The store was owned by
Federal Savings and Loan of Richland Center, Wisconsin.
Dieck ran a clothing store at 832 Water Ave. and moved his clothing and dry goods
store here in December 19, I 958. Erwin Dieck was here about 29 years. Marcella Benish
worked there a number of years. Many others did too.
After Erwin Dieck died his wife sold the business and building to Verna Janousek in
October I, 1987. She called her store Janco-Chesky Dept. Store. Her employees were
Patty Pesik and Collen Stanek.
Lori and Allan Stanek started their Hillsboro Floral Co. north of town and at 834
Water Ave. In February 22, 1990 they moved the floral shop here when they purchased
the building. They are here in 1998.

1885 WILLIAM GWINN. 943 Water Ave.
The first building on 943 water Ave. was a frame built blacksmith shop. William Gwinn
was the owner and blacksmith in 1885.
Henry Hom was the next blacksmith there. In April 1, 1896 Ed Larkin went half and
half in the blacksmith business with Byrnes. It was called Byrnes and Larkin Blacksmiths.
Then later it was Hassler and Byrnes. Byrnes operated it until July 22, 1898. He put his
shop up for sale and became a veterinarian in October 28, 1898.
William Stein and his brother Herman Stein from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin became
interested in the blacksmith business and purchased it in 1899. They were in the small
frame building until 1907. They built a 30x60 brick two story building. The small shop
was moved one lot west by their new shop.
They had intentions of having living quarters upstairs and boarders. The Hillsboro
Cement Works did the cement foundation and the brick work. The building was started
April 4, 1907 and completed August 2, 1907. A new furnace w~s installed.
The two Stein brothers ran the blacksmith shop until February 23, 1911. Herman Stein
sold his share to Wm. Stein. Herman Stein moved and built a new blacksmith shop facing
Prairie Ave. It was located behind where now is the Firemans Community Center.
Around 1914 the first shop that was moved one lot west was demolished. An old bob
sled runner that was shipped to Albert Kuersten, the first blacksmith in die village, was
found between the frame wall. It was maybe misplaced or delivered to the wrong place
years ago.
Asa Bessey and Wm. Stein were selling all kinds of water pump supplies. Asa Bessey
was at this location for five years. He then went to the Herman Stein Blacksmith Shop.
The horse and buggy days were slowly dissappearing. The car revolution was here.
Garages were a must for car repairs.
** * It was time to sell the old gray mare and buy a tin lizzzie. Then you could get out and
push in the mud or up a hill. ***
In March 5, 19 14 Wm. Stein and W.C. Aulsebrook became partners in an auto repair
shop at this location. The brick building was remodeled. They called it the Quality
Garage. They owned the first welding machine in town. It would weld cast iron or steel.
Now they had a blacksmith shop and a car repair shop. In 1925 Asa Bessey came back to
work here. They again sold water pump supplies.
They put gasoline pumps in on June 27, 1929. They sold Wadhams gas and the
garage was called Wadhams Service Station. Karl or August Horn ran a filling station
here too during those years.
The station was remodeled in May 4, 1933 . They sold the non-ping BardswaJl
gasoline. It was operated again by Stein and Larson and called Quality Service Garage.
Wm. Stein did the blacksmith work and Larson ran the station.
Stein and Larson sold Nash and LaFayette autos May 9, 1935. They hired Oscar
Nelson as their mechanic January 2, 1936.
Wm. Stein sold out to Wm. Larson sometime in November 5, 1936. Lloyd Burch
transferred from Sandman1s garage and came here. They now sold Nash and Packard cars
and International trucks. In 1938 Lloyd Burch resigned and went to Ontario, Wisconsin.
Herb Shreve came here as a mechanic June 16, 1938 and now they were selling used
cars too. They started a Ford dealership July 8, 1939.
Wm. Larson sold the building to Raymond H. Knower in 1940. Wm. Larson moved
and built a new garage where now sets the laundromat and car wash.

R.H. Knower hired Rott Contractors August 30, 1945 to remodel the building with a
new entrance. The upper floor fell down while remodeling and was fixed.
Knower was selling Ford-Ferguson tractors. ln June 26, 1948 he sold Ford-Dearborn
tractors. Ed Opperman and Rudy Subera bought the Ford-Dearborn dealership from
Knower. The inventory was moved to the Herman Stein Blacksmith Shop. Repairs were
done at 793 Field Ave., where Opperman's Garage was located.
Knower sold out to a new incorporated business called Hillsboro Farm Implement Co.
owned by Wm. S. Jirscelle and Orio Bill Wyman. They purchased the Ford-Dearborn
dealership from Opperman and Subera and moved it to 943 Water Ave. again. Rudy
Subera was in charge of sales and mechanics. Harold White was manager.
f rrscelle and Wyman in 1951 became the Wildcat Implement Co. at another location on
High Ave. north of the city. They remained here to 1954 and moved to 1304 High Ave.
In July 7, 1955 R.D. Sandman started a large used car lot here. Harold Smith was
attendant to October 11, 1956. Sandman went bankrupt and held_a auction at 329 N.
Water Ave. on May 3, 1958. Cyril Holderman was the successful bidder.
James Stanek became the owner in 1960. He repaired cars and specialized in the
muffler business. In 1959 he was owner and involved in the school bus business
transporting school chjldren to the Hillsboro Public Schools. ,
In January 23, 1969 a fire destroyed the complete building caused by a -water pipe
heating cable. He rebuilt a new steel constructed garage. Grand opening was on August
23, 1969. James Stanek was in business for 24 years and still helps out at the shop.
Ron Cilley took over January 1, 1984. He operates the garage muffler business and the
school bus service. Business is going good in 1998.
***When we cranked those old cars-a horse kicked and so did a car. "Ouch" that was
horse-power eitherway. ***

The picture is of the new garage that James Stanek built. It is the old blacksmith location.

1886 FRED G. LEMKE HARNESS SHOP. 846 Water Ave.

Fred G. Lemke worked six years at Viroqua, Wisconsin. In July 3 1, 1883 he came to
Hillsboro to work for the Fred Chapman Harness Shop.
ln 1886 he built his own harness shop at 845 water Ave. He then sold that building to Ed
Zimmerman. Fred Lemke bought a lot across the street at 846 Water Ave. from Joseph
Bulin in April 29, 1887. Fred built a two room harness shop that he needed for his
expanded business.
Prior to 1895 all harness work was hand sewed. In March 13 , 1919 he bought an
invented modern sewing machine for his shop. When cars were invented he sold car top
sealer from 1910 on. It was a big selling product.
Fred Lemke was in business from 1885 to 1935, the longest of any business man in
town, about 50 years. After retiring he built a store at 821 Water Ave. for MacLauflin's
Ben Franklin Store. MacLauflin was a Supt. at the milk plant. He started here at 846
Water Ave. in 1935 with a Variety Store. He was at this location to August 5, 1939.
Then he moved to the new store at 821 Water Ave.
Clara A Schute started her sister Mrs. Florence Buchanon as a manager of the New
Fas hion Shop here May 1, 1934.
In August 3, 1939 G .D. Kopenhafer started the Royal Blue Food Store. There was a
fire in the store April 4, 1940. Henry Lemke was proprietor and manager of his Pioneer
Gardens, from December 21, 1946 to 1948. Dr. P.A. Leuther became owner in June 24,
1948 of the Pioneer Gardens. Later Loretta Wadleigh owned the building. There were
more than one business here at the same time. :. -
Dr. Clark Optical came about 1950 from 833 Water Ave. Dr. Leuther had his doctors
office here about the same time. Attorney Jordan moved here from upstairs at 832 Water
Ave. around 1946 to the back part of the building. Harry Jordan died in 1960 and
Attorney Endicott was here next.
It was said that Clair Breidenstein started a restaurant here from 1963 to 1965. Toots
Sullivan had his barber shop in the front area in May 4, 1972. M& J Auto Parts opened
here May 4, 1973 and stayed to August 10, 1981. They moved to 826 Water Ave.
Ed and Alice Hofmeister bought this building to expand their business at 848 Water
Ave. which was next door. In 1989 they remodeled, joined the two buildings together and
now have a large grocery store. They sold to Greg Helgerson in June 6, 1997. It is a
good meat and grocery business in 1998.

The right side of Greg's Qaulity Market is the Lemke building.

Since 1887 milk and cream was picked up by village customers at the George Lee fam1
south of the pond. In 1907 he started his village delivery route.
Walter \Vhite hauled cream from farms to the Hill sboro creameries. Later he
purchased a dairy delivery business and operated it for ten and one-half years.
In 1905 W. Holsapple sold his v111age delivery to Luther Johnson. Lewis B. Field
started a delivery in 1905 from the railroad depot. He sold out to Wm. Lind in 1905.
Wm. Lind sold to Luther Johnson in 1905. So Luther Johnson owned two delivery lines.
In 1905 he sold back to Lewis B. Field. In 1906 Lewis Field bought a new delivery
***Gosh! What a deal, all those paper transactions. No wonder he needed a new wagon
to haul the paper transactions home.***
Jesse Garner owned a village delivery. He sold to Charles Lind April 19, 1917. Leslie
Lind was in charge.
J.E. Jewitt Co. had a small buggy drayline to deliver for stores in town. He also sold
Regal Flour.
In June 21, 19 J 7 Ed Amberg purchased a big truck for in and out of town delivery. He
sold ice to customers in town June 3, 1920. The village had an ad for a village delivery
man. He applied and got the job for house to house delivery in January T6, 1919.
Roy Rhinehart sold his village milk route March 15, 1922 to Joseph Holak. In
September 12, 1929 Joseph H olak quit and moved on a farm at Arlington, Wisconsin.
That milk farm was located on the road past the Lacrosse Footwear Co . about one mile.
Jerry Prucha helped Joseph Holak with the village route deliveries.
John Stekel dairy deliveries started December 17, 1930. He sold to Jack Sanders
January 25, 193 3. He delivered in February 18, 194 1 yet.
In May 6, 193 1 one could call the Hillsboro Hotel for Zinke Bros. Ice delivery.
Henry Mahr ran a cream and milk delivery in October 14, 1931. Fred Tremain sold his
village truck business January 19, 1933 to Harold Hansberry.
F. M. Hudson who li ved on Bass Road past the John Deere Co . out of town started a
farm dairy in October 17, 1940. First it was Crystal Springs Dairy and later Hudson
Guernsey Dairy.
Ivan Mitchell delivered Ranney Ice Cream December 16, 1943 in town.
The Hillsboro Dairy Bar started bottling milk for city delivery. A new milk cooler was
installed. They also delivered Ranney's Ice Cream in March 20, 1952.
Clair Bud Mc Lees built a new sanitary barn one mjJe northeast of town. He started
bottling milk at his Hillsborough Farm Dairy. It opened around March 16, 1961 . After
they sold the farm they built a new home by the highway. Bernice McLees started her
Country Beauty Shop there.
Wayne JaDaul was distributor for the Hillsborough Farm Dairy and Bordens Dairy
Foods in May 20, 1965 .
In November 10, 1966 Don Hubbard distributed dairy products in Hillsboro from the
Dolly Madison-Elroy Dairy. He delivered milk, ice cream, eggs, pizzas etc. here as late as
April 10, 1969.
Now the stores took over and people buy at the stores.
***The cat and dog is lonesome now. They can't scratch or bite the milkman anymore.***

1889 LIND STORE MOVED. Mr. and Mrs. MOH Store. 214 Mill St.
ln 1889 the Charles L. Lind wood frame store at 815 Water Ave. was moved to 214
Mill St. Augustus Moh manied Charles L. Lind's widow They operated a store here
from 1889 to 1900 at this 2 I 4 Mill St. location. In 1900 they moved back to 815 Water
Ave. after the Lind Bros. finished building the brick building on the empty lot at 815
Water Ave.
It is said that Augustus Moh owned the large brick house at the corner of Mill St. and
Prairie Ave. Wm. Lind a realtor purchase the house June 25, 1908. Joseph Manhart
purchased the home in October 22, 1910 for $3,300. from Wm. Lind. Joseph Manhart
died and bis son Clarence owned the house July 11, 1912. He moved August 21, 1919.
The Manharts had a music store at the Moh building at 214 Mill St. Music lessons were
taught by Mrs. Pearl (Wilkinson) Manhart, a music teacher at the Manhart home.
The music store sold pianos, sheet music and other musical instruments. They were in
the building maybe to the 1930s.
In March 1, 1934 Helen Anderson started Helens Beauty Place here with all latest
equipment. She was here in March 14, 1935 yet.
Heck Beauty Shop was here next in December 30, 1937. Mrs. Francis Heck and Mrs.
Vera ( McLees) Greeley ran it. In March 31, 193 8 Helen Anderson joined them.
It was Eberhart Beauty Shop in September 29, 1938. In February 6, i 941 Mrs. Vera
Birchard bought Eberhart out. Lyle Woodrick bought it from Birchard, September 4,
1941. Now it was Betles(Woodrick) Beauty Shop. Betles Woodrick as manager and
Selma Weslie as operator. In March 5, 1942 she moved above Harts Furniture Store.
Mrs. Catherine Hawkinson operated a restaurant here in July, 1949 to about 1953.
There were chiropractors and doctor offices in the small Moh building at different times.
Dr. Blakely was here in 1963 and then went to 83 3 Water Ave.
This 214 Water Ave. building was later converted into a family residence.


The picture on the previous page shows t he Moh Store to the left at 2 14 Mill St. The
filli ng gas station was built by the Manhart house. Manhart sold Oldsmobile cars here in
December 6, 1923 from his home. ln January 13, 1927 John Manhart died. After his
death they built a fillin g station by the home in November 11 , 193 1
Max Schmidt was the brick builder for the new filling station for Clarence Manhart.
Robert Bud Quinn operated it selling Standard Red Crown gasoline. In June 29, 1933 a
new type of greese gun was installed. In March 17, 193 7 burglars hit the station.
Rudy Lein was owner operator in February, 1941 to May 20, 1943. He t hen went into
the army.
Toots Sullivan ran the station next. Albert Rynes was attenda_nt here for some of the
owners. Toots Sullivan sold to Ernest Wopat April 27, 1950. Then Ernest Wopat sold to
Fritz Filler called the Filler Standard Service Station.
Carlton Dick Hanson of Cashton, Wisconsin bought it July 10, 1952. Emil Picha
bought Hanson out November 13, 1952. Picha Standard Station:
Clark Mislivecek came December 23, 1954 to 1957. It was called Clark's Standard
Station He was here three years and went to 902 Water Ave.
Kickapoo Oil Company Service Station opened here January 2-3, 1959. They sold
Royal R.S. Gas with Raymond S. Knower as owner. Bulk delivery was started. Arnold
Durkee was operator. Walter Burch was truck driver. Joe Faucett was afiver in July 23,
1959. Kickapoo later moved to a larger station.
I don't know when the little station was demolished, maybe in the 1960s. In 1997 a
new home garage is built there. A Day Care Center is operated from the large brick
home, operated by Sandi Bjornsen. They are here in 1998.

1890 JEPSON STORE. 1001 Water Ave.

Prior to Jarvas Thompson being here I found a article that a Jepson ran an early store
at 1001 Water Ave.
Jarvas Thompson started a furniture store here in 1890 to April 22, 1898. In March
31 , 1904 Adolph BekmJer started a new meat market. The Bekmler Meat Market Store
burned down September 27, 1904. Adolph Bekmler had his shop insured and his loss
claim was settled.
After the fire Jarvas Thompson didn't rebuild here. He bought a lot at 12 1 Mill St. and
built a brick two story building there in March 25, 1909.
There was nothing in the burned out vacant lot for years. Jn April 21 , 1924 the Peter
Lind or called later as the Nickau building at 826 Water Ave. was moved to this 1001
Water Ave. location.
William Klein who lived or owned the little Pinch house across the street started a
grocery and dry goods store at 121 Mill St. from 19 10 to 1913. He was at the Pinch
house from 1913 to 1924. There he also dealt in furs and hides. William Klein was here
at 1001 Water Ave. from 1924 to 1930. He then passed away. He worked in the Nickau
bakery, the iron business, groceries and novelties and retired and died in 1930.
The Steins owned the place next and made it into apartments in 1930. In July 31 , 1941
the Wisconsin Mattress Co. from Ogema, Wisconsin was making mattresses here. Bruce
Switzenberg was the manager. They cleaned the cotton, replaced the springs and made
Cecil Greeley owned it in 1945 to 1946. He had apartments here. In 1946 to June 29,
1950 Cleo Perkin's owned the place. He sold Ranny"s Ice Cream and operated a Pool
Hall. The Pool Hall was sold in 1951 to John and Erma Benish.

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They ran it as a Pool Hall and later applied for a liquor license. They converted it into
a tavern. John Benish passed away. His wife Erma operated it a while and sold the place
to Albin and Lydia Benish in January 28, 1965. Their son Tom Benish ran it later as
Tom's Place. Dan Benish operated it too .
In February 1, 1989 Albin and Lydia sold to Dan Benish and Nancy Nelson. In
October 25, 1990 they demolished the old building and built a new modern tavern and
eatery called Dan and Nancy's. In 1995 they added a eatery wing with increased business.
They are here in 1998. Below is a picture of Dan and Nancy's.

1890 HENRY LINKE HOUSE. 13 5 Mill St.

The second home of Henry Linke Sr. was built at 135 Mill St. where the Cornucopia
Shop is now. His first shoe shop was at 121 Mill St. He had his home and harness shop
here. The building was sold in 1890 to Lind Bros. for an office. Robert and Albert were
twin brothers. They started their Lind Produce Co. here. Albert was manager. They
bought poultry and eggs at this location to 1903.
When the railroad came in 1903, Wm Lind built a building by the depot as a collecting
place. He had his scales their too. Before the railroad came to Hillsboro, all poultry
shipments were made from Union Center, Wisconsin to Chicago markets.
In 1909 Wm. Lind shipped 10,000 pounds of poultry in a week.. They maintained an
office at 135 Mill St. and were now called Hillsboro Produce Co. Fall season usually had
the biggest shipments of poultry.
In April 1910 they sent to Chicago 1, 000 cases of eggs that week. The Dilly
Merchantile Co. shipped their poultry and eggs with the Linds to save costs on a full rail
This building was taken down in 1914 to make room for James Holak's brick building
that covered two lots.
A large shipment of five carloads of eggs were shipped out in May 25 , 1922. They
shipped 10.000 pounds of poultry in October 25, 1923 . There always was a great demand
for poultry and eggs from Chicago.
George Thorpe also bought poultry in town from October 27, 1921to1924. He
maybe shipped with the Linds too. See 1914 write up for 13 5 Mill St. businesses.
ln May I, I 912 Carl Lemke bought two lots in the back of the Lind Produce Co.
James Holak bought the lots when he built the two story brick building. He sold some lots
to Mr. Douglas of Wonewoc, Wisconsin.
Douglas built a 30x40 foot brick building and one more at Viroqua, Wisconsin in 1924.
He called them the Douglas Egg Co. Albert Lind became manager April 9, 1925 here in
Hillsboro. In March 25, 1926 Albert Lind bought the Douglas Egg Co. In February 17,
1927 the Douglas Egg Co. bought it back from Albert Lind.
Adolph Ziller was manager in November 4, 1931. He drove to work and later moved
to Hillsboro. He bought the business in a couple of years. Now it was called Ziller
Produce Co. Wayne Peterson had a garage in back of the Ziller building.
Frank Krajco bought Ziller's business in December 29, 1949. He called it the Hillsboro
Produce Co. Krajco stayed to 1960. Then Ziller bought it and ran it to 1967.
Joseph Bruha bought the'Ziller building in 1975 and .moved his plumbing there.
Brucha started his plumbing business in 1946 at the Hammer Hardware building. In
September l , 1954 he operated from his home. Then he was in the Cosgrove building at
I 00 Mill St. sometime around 1959. He later had the opportunity to buy the garages
behind his shop from Sylvester Holak. •
Joseph Brucha sold in January 1, 1985 to Eara Nofsinger. Aries Plumbing and Heating
closed out of business October 9, 1987. He came and went. Eara Nofsinger reopened in
February 4, l 988 for a short while.
Hooker Plumbing was here awhile. Now their is no business in this building in 1998.
Below is a picture of the Poultry House and later a plumbing shop.

1890 MUTCH'S FURNITURE. 821 Water Ave.

In 1890 Jarvis Thompson built the building at 821 Water Ave. It extended northward
on part of another lot. From 1890 to April 22, 1898 he operated a furniture and
embalming business there. He also had a store at 1001 Water Ave.

In January 6, 1898 H.W. Myer rented the building for one year. Dr. Bates had a office
upstairs in November 25, 1898.
F.E. Mutch purchased the building in August 12, 1899. He opened a Furniture and
Embalming business. Mutch came from the Gage building at 850 Water Ave.
In January 14, 1903 J.W. Dewey leased the building to August 30, 1906. Dewey then
went to Wonewoc or elsewhere. He sold bis business to Ralph H. Hart. Hart came from
Colby, Wisconsin. R.H. Hart stayed to October 11 , 1906 and then moved his Furniture
and Embalming bu siness to the Gage building at 850 Water Ave.
In November 25, 1906 Moh and his wife Sophia(Lind) Moh moved their remaining
goods to be sold at the Mutch building. They were at this location to 1909.
Tenants upstairs were Dr. Hansberry Office and Otto Rando-Cosgrove Barber Shop.
After the fire they received insurance for their instruments and equipment.
The Mutch building is the one with the fire ladder going up to the roof This building
burned down in Janua1y 15, ··1909. Those hand pumps weren't much at a big fire in those

The lot was empty for years after the fi re. There was a band stand built there for
Summer concerts. It was there until 1935. Horse shoe contests were held there too. The
band stand was then moved to 828 Water Ave. on a vacant lot. The city band and high
school band played there off and on.
In 1937 or 1938 the lot belonged to Fred G. Lemke. He built a store fo r D.C.
MacLaughlin. Maclaughlin was a Supt. at the John F. Jelke Milk Co. He started his
store at 846 Water Ave. in 193 5. He needed more room so he moved to 821 Water Ave.
Opening date was August 5, 1939. It was known as the 5 & 10 Cents Store, Variety
Store, Ben Franklin Store or MacLaughlin's. The building was 30xl20 long.
In January 8, 1953 they remodeled the store to self service. They sold out in February
19, 1959 to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Egstad from Middleton, Wisconsin. Egstad had 25
years experience. Grand opening was April 17-18, 1959.
Norman Egstad needed more room for his store so he purchased the Wurster Shoe
Store next door and moved that building to 925 Water Ave.
In 1970 he expanded the store to 60xl20 feet and continued as the Ben Franklin Store.
Ryan Egstad a grandson took over the business in October 1, l 982. Ryan's father Hank
Egstad owned a Ben Franklin Store at Tomah, Wisconsin. The Ben Franklin Store closed
in Hillsboro on October 12, 1995. The store was vacant for a while.
The Hillsboro Betterment Committe was organized to help prospective buyers to buy a
busness in town. In September 26, 1996 the store was purchased by Robert Leutz of
Lake Mills, Wisconin. Sharyl lles helped him with the move. He owns a store at Lake
Mills also . The store is operating in 1998.
Above is the Ben Franklin Store.

*** The Little beaver was at it again. l got mixed up on the date. I listened to him. ***
Thomas Hyland was a well driller for twenty five years from 1880 to 1912. He moved
to Hillsboro in 1897. He operated his business in back of the Opera House close to City
Hall. He was there from 1912 to 1917. From 1918 to 1938 he and his son Daniel Hyland
were in the timber buying business for twenty years. Daniel Hyland helped establish the
Wild Cat Mountain State Park at Ontario, Wisconsin.
George W. Parkhurst was a well driller from 1891 to 1944. He drilled many farm wells
in the area. He died in 1944. His son James Parkhurst continued with the well drilling
until 1984. Herbert Parkhurst opened a Czech Museum on East Mill St. where the
Production Credit Finance Co.was. In March 28, 1988 he set up shelves for displaying his
railroad antiques.
Melvin F. Baley was a well driller for thirty seven years from 1915 to 1952. He drilled
wells at Rosetow~ Saskatchewon, Canada in 1912 to 1915_ In 1915 he moved to
Hillsboro. Keith Baley was associated with hjs uncle Melvin Baley. Melvin Baley drilled
the twelve inch well at the Condensery in March 31, 1927 and the Creamery well in
November 21, 1929. He moved the city water tank for $485_ to the Mutch place above
the Field Park The pump house well was drilled in 1936 to a depth of 250 feet. His first
well in Wisconsin was at Wonewoc in 1903. He drilled the Hillsboro well November 1950
with a 20 inch top and a 16 inch bottom to 237 feet deep. Other wells in town were in
I 908 and 1929_ Silas Tracy worked for Baley a long time_
Melvin Baley first became partners with BJ_ Baley in January 1, 1902. In September
15, 1912 they sold Monitor engines and well pumps. Jn June 1, 1922 he sold the iceless
refrigerators. In July 29, 1926 he sold Monitor-Star engines and windmills.
B.I. Baley died in 1928. Melvin Baley continued and retired in March 9, 1950. He
drilled wells all over the state and for mining companies too.
Lawrence Kouba worked for Melvin Baley and then went into the army. Afterward he
went to Engineering School at Marquette College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kouba worked fo r a well drilling firm there . In June 1950 Kouba was on his own.
Melvin Baley sold out to Lawrence Kouba in 1952. The Baley home base was located at
608 Shear Ave. All their supplies and pipes were at that location.
Lawrence Kouba Well Drilling purchased two big modem well drilling machines. His
two sons, Dan and Robert helped their father.
Later Dan Kouba went into insurance and Robert Kouba took an engineering course
and has been a well driller over twenty years now with his father.
The Kouba's built a new warehouse and shop in 1974 at 1003 Wood Ave. in Hillsboro
at the Merrick Industrial Park. There office is at 578 Water Ave. Dan Kouba purchased
his fathers share in Julyl, 1996. Lawrence Kouba is retired now. The Dan and Robert
Kouba Well Drilling is here in 1998.

1894 WOODMAN HALL. 232 Mill St.

The Modem Woodman of America built their first meeting pla_c e building at 232 Mill
St. in 1894. That building burned down. The next meeting place was sometime between
1894 to January 23, 1902 at the Hammer Opera House.
George Williams built the big brick two story building at 847 and 853 Water Ave. The
Woodman bought the 30 x80 foot building and used the upstairs for their meetings, opera
and play concerts. The building was completed August 8, 1902. ~-
Fred F. Lemke was the first manager. A concert was held there November 14, 1902.
R. Richards leased the lower level for his Richards Drug Store in November 21, 1902. He
later owned the store. A long distant telephone was installed at the Drug Store in March
5, 1903 .
The hall had dances, basketball games, silent movies and plays held there. In October
17, 1930 there were intentions of selling the Woodman Hall. The Masonic Lodge
purchased the building in March 18, 1931 for $7,600., per Charles Worden. They used it
only for their meetings.
The building burned down the day Andy Peterson bought the Drug Store in December
31, 1990.
The Masonic Lodge built a new building at Prairie Ave . by City Hall. Ground-
breaking was July 4, 1991. They are there in 1998.

1895 POST OFFICE. 841 Water Ave.

The first post office in Hillsboro was in the Charles Landrum log house built in 1854.
He had the first store in his log house. He was a trade builder. In 1855 he built the store
parallel to Water Ave. The Landrum location was just a place to leave your out going
mail. Draylines or stage delivered the mail to Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
In 1856 Morgan Hansberry became the first appointed postmaster. The post office
was in the Landrum log house.
In 1869 the Hillsboro Post Office became a place to get money orders for pay outs.
From 1869 to 1883 there were 14,630 money orders made out over a fourteen year
period. The first money order was drawn by J. W . Leverett. The first pay out was to
M.D. Bugbee. The SECOND POST OFFICE was at 98 Mill St. in front of Cosgroves.
A new post office was erected at 841 Water Ave. by Wm. Lind in 1895. Lind operated a
clothing store there at first. In April 27, 1896 Lind bought the inventory from his step
father Augustus F. Moh. Lind bought more inventory from C. Eagle at Union Center in
May 12, 1896. He now had a inventory to start his store.

He received a shipment of clothing by rail and the drayline brought it here from Union
Center, Wisconsin.
ln July 8, 1897 Wm. Lind started a Life
lnsurance business. Then he opened a Real
Estate firm in December 9, 1899. He was
Postmaster here in August 11 , 1885.
ln 1897 there was a need for a bank in
Hillsboro. He started a bank in his clothing
store. A Mr. Hanzlik was hired as cashier at
the Lind Bank. In 1902 he sold his clothing
inventory to Worden Bros. at 853 Water Av~
Wm. Lind now was busy in banking, life l
insurance and real estate. The building was
sold to Postmaster Charles Fine in 1903.
Wm. Lind sold his banking business to
the Hillsboro State Bank. His real estate he
moved to 815 Water Ave. and then to 819
Water Ave. at the Ed Lind Harness Shop.
He moved upstairs there in 1905. He
wanted to build a bank, but that didn't
happen until 1913. By April 11, 1904 he
was selling many of his holdings such as
the Linke lots, Field house, Telephone
Exhange and this bank and clothing store
at 841 Water Ave. \\")I. 1.1...:1 »..: 1:1·:.\I. l·:ST \TI·: <IFFJC"I·:.

In January 21, 1903 Postmaster

Charles Fine announced that there would be free mail from Hillsboro via Debello to Yuba
and return back. The rural free delivery routes came about October 1, 1896.
A few states were now handling the International Money Orders including Hillsboro.
That was announced January 5, 1905.
ln August 11, 1905 the post office handled 8,000 pieces of mail per month. ln January
1, 1911 there was 28,454 pieces incoming mail and 13,515 pieces of mail sent out of
* ** The out going mail was down. I think the fellows quit sending letters to their
sweethearts. There maybe were more small packages. The girls were getting all those
diamond rings.***
Richard Shreve was a rural mail carrier for thirty six years. There are too many mail
carriers to mention.
Charles Fine announced ApriJ l l, 1912 of postal saving bonds that could be purchased.
The Hillsboro State Bank was the depository for checks sent by mail for postal bonds.
There was a $100. limit per person. A $500. accumilation bought a bond.
In 1913 Charles Fine sold the building to F.A. Ferriter. He added an addition at the
rear of the building for the increased mail.
In June 20, 1957 the train mail routes were discontinued. The first motorized Madison
Star routes were started. The rural routes were made longer by merging some routes in
December 31, 1967.
The post office closed January 31 , 1970 at 841 Water Ave. A new post office was
built and opened up February 3, 1970 at 713 Water Ave. See other write up.

Margie Cass moved to this 841 Water Ave. location in 1975 from 843 Water Ave.
She sold paint, cards and novelty items. In December 17, 1992 she closed the store.
The Good Samaritan Thrift Shop operated by the First Congregational Church opened
March 3, 1995. They put in a new store front July 4, 1996. They are here in 1998.

The center building is the old post office. The Good Samaritan Thrift Shop is there now.

1895 MARTIN LUKAS T AlLOR SHOP. 118 Mechanic St.

Martin Lukas built a tailor shop in August 1895 here. He stayed to January 19, I 907
and was an artistic tailor by trade. He moved to the Kolb place at 800 Water Ave. until
March 23, 1900. Then he moved to 125 Mill St. to the Henry Linke place and stayed
there until October 12, 1905. He sold out to Thomas Kucha here at Mechanic St.
Thomas Kucha a tailor ran a shop in his hou se by the depot. He then came to 118
Mechanic St. in August 1897. He then moved to the Kolb place at 800 Water Ave. Then
he moved to his place at 856 Water Ave. where he owned a house.
Frank Rybacek moved his butcher shop from 848 Water Ave. in April 1898 into the
vacated Martin Lukas Tailor Shop building.
Frank Pierce ran a barber shop here and in April 4, 1907 sold his equipment to Ray
Sherman who went to the Hon. Roger Williams building one door south of Hammer
J.A. Cosgrove left 800 Water Ave. with his Pioneer Barber Shop and was here next a
very short while.
James V. Lukas a son of Martin Lukas started his tailor shop here again and stayed
until 1908. He later moved to Taylor, Wisconsin.
Robert Lind purchased the building July 23, 1908. His wife moved her millinery
business from 845 Water Ave. here. She had a partner, a Nora Barker.
The library was moved here from 845 Water Ave. and the two ladies ran it. Nora
Barker left March 3, 1910. The Lind Millinery and library were here until May 15, 1918.
The library was moved upstairs at 835 Mill St. when Shefton became Justice of Peace.
George Valentine bought the building and moved his shoe shop here in May 29, 1919. He
stayed toMarch 31, 1921 . Forlibraryseepages 103& 123&124& 166&270&271.
In April 7, 1921 Barron F. Willard Storage Battery Shop started here. Then Herbert
Corps. of Richland Center bought it in May 17, 1922. Ivan Wallace was operator. In
October 5, 1922 he went to Chicago to take a course on battery repair.
The store was then called Hillsboro Battery Co. In June 1, 1922 it was changed to
Hillsboro Battery and Welding Co. Then in July 20, 1922 it was Willards Sales and
Service Station.
I couldn't find out how long it was a battery shop. A millinery shop was also there.
In March 1, 1947 George and Elaine Ward started the Wardrobe Cleaners. They installed
a new mercury dry cleaning system in October 19, 1950 and purchased a new delivery
truck. They added a 20x20 foot cement block addition at the back of the building.
Arnold and Elaine Haase from Berlin, Wisconsin came March 13, 1952. They put in a
Sta Nu Process. They were here until 1962.
James Alderman started September 8, 1960 at Elroy, Wisconsin with his Jim's Radio
and T.V. repair shop. He moved back to 1043 Prairie Ave. in HiUsboro in June 21, 1962.
In January 16, 1964 he moved here to 118 Mechanic St. In October 17, 1975 he moved
to 128 Mill St.
This building was empty for some time. In 1981 the Hillsboro Baptist Church
purchased the building. The Pastor is Bunny Winchell. They were in the old high school
for one year. They are here in 1998. ~-

1895 PINCH HOUSE. Water Ave.

This house is located just north of Stockwell Station. In August 27, 1895 E.Field
managed a livery stable there for Dr. F.I. Pinch. William Klein dealth in furs, hides and
some dry goods at the Pinch home from 1913 to 1924.
In October 25, 1920 he had a place to mix the patent feed for cattle that he and others
were selling. Pinch and Anderson ran a gas pump there too.

In August, 1895 C.O. Myers and Fred LeMar moved their rigs and horses to Union
Center, Wisconsin.
Ed Field became manager in August 7, 1895 for Dr. F.J. Pinch. The livery was located
at the pinch home at Water Ave.
A new brick building was built by E.E. Gage at 856 Water Ave. across the street from
the Kuerston Hotel. He later added a small brick building there too.
Walter Park Livery and Feed Stable was located at 856 Water Ave. It started in 1910.
In October 22, 1910 Mr. Sparks started there too.
Joseph and Frank Kucha started the Hillsboro Livery in April 27, 191 1 at 856 Water
Ave. In 1912 they had a large horse auction sale for J.B. Ewing. J.E. Shreve was the
Kucha Bros. sold to George and John Hofmeister in October 21 , 1915. George later
bought John out at 856 Water Ave.
In September 14, 19 16 C.W. Burton became the owner of a team livery and an auto
livery at 856 Water Ave.
In 1919 Burton sold to Staley and Sons at 856 Water Ave. They bought it for a car
dealership and repair garage. As the car industry became more popular the liveries bought
automobiles for the salesmen to drive to their sales prospects and destin~tion.
In March 19, 1906 John Hofmeister bought the Hillsboro Coach Co. books for $100.
He bought one race horse for $3,000. Bert Hofmeister became a partner with John.
Another livery started up by Hasslers Blacksmith Shop in the village and was operated
by Vanningan and Tait in February 9, 1916. The livery burned down.
In April 7, 1921 Bradley and Rowley started an auto livery at the Hillsboro Hotel. In
1903 W. Holsapple and Quinn became partners in the livery business that was located near
the Thomas Kucha home near the raiolroad depot. T.A Quinn sold his half interest to
Holsapple in 1904. In 1906 Holsapple held a large horse sale at the livery. Holsapple sold
to Irvin Harrison in 1904 who opeated it to 1909. He also had a auto livery in 1909.
Veterinarian Dr. W.E. Nelson had his office here starting in 1909 at Harrison's Livery.
John Shissler in October 13, 1906 set up a new livery barn west of the railroad depot.
Shissler and J. Hofmeister became partners in 1909. They had a auto delivery too. In
1910 John Shissler added a l 00 horse addition to his barn. Robert Butcher of Taylor,
Wisconsin bought the John Shissler livery and his ice house in December 9, 1915.
In March 29, 1923 RC. Shreve and Frank Crossman had a livery in town somewhere.
A Feed and Horse barn was owned by Duel and Bingnan in back of the Rose Opera House
in July 1, I 926.
There were two large barns at 852 Water Ave. owned by the Vernon County Milling
Co. for a livery and storage. They also did some city deliveries.

1896 WM. H. LINKE WAGON SHOP. 203 Mill St.

Wm. H. Linke Wagon Shop was set back more from Mill St. where the Fireman
Community Center building is. He O\vned all the area facing Mill St. between Prairie Ave.
and High Ave. He operated his wagon, buggy and implement business here. In April 7,
1904 he was selling out. In January 27, 1896 he sold wagons made by Fish Bros. Wagon
Co. of Racine, Wisconsin. Linke sold some land to Saul Richards.
Wm. Linke built a brick home close to the comer of High Ave. Saul Richards built a
two story brick garage at the comer of Prairie Ave. and Mill St. in 1912. He repaired
cars. Orval Rose ran a real estate office upstairs in the garage in November 23, 1916.

ln 1912 James Holak had George A. Williams build the west portion of this garage.
George A. Williams and G.C. Kolb started selling Willys-Overland cars in September 4,
1913 . In December 11, 1913 George A. Williams and Ralph H. Hart were in a dealership.
ln August 20, 1913 James Holak sold two Maxwell cars. Holak and Williams in
August 26, 19 l 4 started a Maxwell dealership.
Aulsebrook and Holak Agency was formed in May 14, 1914. They sold 25 cars
ranging in price from $750. to $725. or $950. depending on style.
In May 25, 1916 James Holak sold Willys-Overland with no price increase at $725.
each. At this time the garage was called the Ford Garage.
James Holak sold the building and the Willys-Overland Agency to Peter Duran of
Cazenovia, Wisconsin in September 19, 1916.
Saul Richards that owned the east end of the garage got involved with the Westbrook
Oil Co. at the corner at High Ave. He sold this east end to Peter Duran too in May 1,
1919. Holak was involved here yet as a dealer.
Peter Duran and dealers remodeled the two garages and called it the Hillsboro Motor
Co. Mr. Casperson became manager in October 2, 1919. Now the double garage was a
60xl20 foot building.
In February 20, 1920 they started selling the Fordson steel wheel tractors. By May 6,
1920 they had the Overland dealership. :. -
Leonard Seland was hired January 1, 1922 as foreman. Then in April 29, 1922 S.E.
May was foreman.
Melvin Peterson and Leonard Seland rented the Hillsboro Motor Co. in October 19,
1922. B.L. Johnson was manager December 14, 1922. They now sold the Runabout car
for $295. Ernest Wyman became salesman September 13, 1923. He was from Trippeville.
The gas pump at the garage caught on fire in September 2 7, 1923. By May 8, 1924
they sold Inter-State gas and kerosene.
Harry Dahl of La Crosse, Wisconsin purchased the Hillsboro Motor Co. in 1924. He
knew where the cars were selling the best. Melvin Lind became Ford salesman for Dahl in
August 28, 1924. The cars sold quickly so Melvin Lind in August, 1924 ordered two
carloads of Ford cars. Melvin Lind died February 4, 1926.
Just to give you an idea of the car revolution. In August 16, 1917 the Ford Motor Co.
hired 25,000 employees to manufacture 3,300 Ford cars per day or 800,000 per year. In
1917 they were 80,000 cars behind on orders. In June 11, 1925 Ford announced they
made 8, 125 cars per day.
Melvin Peterson who rented the garage earlier came back as mechanic April 9, 1925.
They installed a car painting department in August 20, 1925.
R .D. Sandman was bookkeeper for Dahl Co. in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He became
manager in Hillsboro January 7, 1926. Julius Rich became the head mechanic September
23, 1926.
In October 21, 1926 Prill and Pliner had a partnership here at the old Melvin Lind
stand but dissolved. Prill was alone and Pliner went to sell insurance on January 27, 1927.
AJbert Rynes had his first employnent at Sandmans and Wyman's.
In 1927 Wyman and Sandman purchased the garage. J.F. Prill and Ed Opperman were
salesman and went to Milwaukee to get cars. In March 31, 1927 Prill and Opperman were
selling Chevrolet cars for the Hillsboro Motor Co. owned by Wyman and Sandman.
Shorty Wadleigh became mechanic September 29, 1927. Other mechanics were
Leonard Seland, Lloyd Burch and Herman Wadleigh.

They left and went one door west to the Emil Novy Battery and Welding Shop.
The new salesman were Prill and Kopetsky in January 3, 1929. In January 3, 1929
Wyman and Sandman sold the Belle City grain threshing machines. In February 18, 193 1
Lloyd Burch came back as mechanic.
Roderick Sandman started the Sandman Cheverolet Co. in 1931 . He sold Buicks too
in August 12, 1931. Ernest Wyman dissolved with Sandman September 1, 1934. He
stayed on as salesman. Terry Baltz was a mechanic there too.
Phil Leyda leased the building October 31, 1934. He sold Fords and called it Leyda
Motors and Sales. Herb Shreve was the mechanic.
The Perfect Oil Co. was now at Leyda's in June 13 , 193 5. Joe E. Stanek and Knower
got them to go as Sinclair dealers in June 17, 1935. Fred Elmer was mechanic now in
April 9, 1936. Phil Leyda bought a garage at Richland Center, Wisconsin in November
12, 1936. Fred Elmer purchased the garage from him January 21, 193 7. It was called
Elmer Sales and Service. R .D. Sandman made a bid on the garage March 31, 1937 but
didn't get the deal.
Fred Elmer left and now there wasn't any Ford dealer in town as ofMarch 24, 1938.
Wm. Goodman Sales and Service of Eau Claire, Wisconsin were here one week and the
Monroe Finance Co. of Kendall, Wisconsin took over. •
In June 23, 1938 E.&T.Motor Co. became the Ford dealer. Owners w-ere Clifton E.
Elmer and Gerald A. Johnson. They sold Ford and Lincoln cars and Fordson tractors.
H.R. Knower became the next owner in December 22, 1938. It was Knowers Tire and
Accessory Store. Just before the on coming World War Two he bought a carload of tires
wholesale March 30, 1939. He sold them to other stations cheaper by buying in large
quanity. Now he was distributor for the Mid-Continent Petroleum Corp. He also sold his
D-X Gas and 760 Diamond Grease and Oil by June 1, 1940. Elgin Harris of Richland
Center became the mechanic at the Ford Garage and Knower Oil Co.
In February, 1942 R.D. Sandman came from 856 Water Ave. and occupied one half of
the Knower Garage. Sandman was now selling D-X gasoline at the pump.
Knower sold recap tires in February 25, 1943 during the war years when tires were
hard to get.
In June l , 1927 R .H. Knower was branch manager for Wadham Oil Co. and Pe1fect
Oil Co. to 1940. In 1940 he started the Ford Garage known as Knowers Sales and
Service. In May 3, 1940 he incorporated with Mid-Continent and Petroeum Corp. and
now has D -X Gas and Diamond Grease and Oil. In August 14, 1947 R .H. Knower sold
the Knower Oil Co. to Raymond S. Knower. They put up a 12,000 and a 17,000 gallon
storage tank east of town. In January 1, 1948 Knower Sales and Service consisted of
H.R. Knower, Ralph Knower and Richard Sebranek. In October 6, 1949 Knower Sales
and Service was sold to Gage Baldwin from Sparta, Wisconsin. R.D. Sandman bought it
the same day in October 6, 1949. Frank Kretche became mechanic.
Sandman bought out the stock and equipment from Albert Johnson in November 16,
1950. Norbert Vanden Huevel worked here one and one-half years and then moved to
Madison, Wisconsin. Raymond S. Knower was upstairs in August 16, 1951 with their
bulk gas office and then moved to the first floor.
Wayne Peterson bought Sandman out September 30, 1954. Sandman moved to 943
Water Ave. selling used cars.
The garage was called Petersons Garage. Frand Kretche was mechanic. Peterson
installed a new Diagnosis Electric Machine November 24, 1955.

In July 30, 1959 the Hill sboro School Agriculture Dept. leased the Stein place behind the
garage for an Agriculture Shop and a school drivers training place to 1960. I heard they
were in the garage too.
Cn November I 0, 1974 Peterson built a new body shop at I 01 Elm Ave. just west of the
city. In October I 0, 1985 plans were made to demolish the old garage and it was leveled
January 16, 1986.
The Hillboro Fireman built the new Fireman Community Center at thi s location. The
g rand opening was November 20, 1986. They have bingo, dances, reunions, etc there
every week. The proceeds go for buying new and better fire fighting equipment.
The State of Wisco nsin drivers licenses were issued here and a license examine too.
The building is a great asset to the city.

Above is a picture of the new Fireman Community Center where Wm. Linke wagon shop
and the garages were located earlier.

1897 LIBRARY AND C ITY HALL. 836 Prairie Ave.

In 1897 the Hillsboro school and vi llage people decided that there was a great need for
a library in the village of Hillsboro. In July 1897 the Hillsboro Village Board voted to
establish a free public library and reading room. They levied a tax of two mills on taxable
property to support the library. The village president E. V. Wernick appointed the first
library board. They were appointed May 8, 1898 consisting of Thomas Barker, Henry L.
Linke, H .L. Myer, Oscar B. Lincoln, Charles F. Fine, Robert Lind and Prof A.F.
Elmergreen. The set up was to have a ballot vote for a one, two and three year terms of
trustees. The one year ballot was Mrs. Ella Field, C.F.Fine and Mrs. Robert Hammer.
The two year ballot was Mrs. Wm. Lind, Tom Barker, Robert Lind. The Three year ballot
was H. L. Myer, Henry Linke, O.B. Lincoln. The voters voted in the nine member library
board. Officers were president Prof. Elmergreen, secretary Thomas Barker, treasurer Mrs
Robert Hammer.
J.E. Tilton purchased the Ed Zimmerman burned out lot at 845 Water Ave. He built a
wood frame 18x36 foot building. It was completed September 16, 1897. J.E. Tilton
rented the back part of his jewelry store to the village for $100. per year.
The first village library opened July 1, 1898.
The first appointed librarian was Miss. Zimmerman in January I, 1900 salaried for
$I 00. a year. Robert Lind bought the building from J.E. Tilton on March 3, 1900. Mrs.
Wm. Lind and Mrs. Robert Lind ran a millinary store here and the library was at the back
portion of the store.
In November 15, 1900 Mrs. L.A. Mead became librarian to October 10, l 904 for
$100. per year. Mrs. R O'Neal became next librarian July 1, 1904 to 1906 at $150. per
year. Mrs. Wm. Lind was Librarian from 1906 to 1908 at $180. per year.
At this time Robert Lind bought the James V. Lukas Tailor Shop at I 18 Mechanic St.
Mrs. Robert Lind moved her millinery shop there. She later had a partner Nora Barker.
George Valentine set up a shoe repair shop at 845 Water Ave. from June 17, 1909 to
May 15, 1918. In 1918 he sold to Joseph Samal. Valentine then moves and bought
Robert Lind out at 118 Mechanic St. in May 29, 1919.
The Library would of been at 845 Water Ave. to July 23, 1908. Then the library went
to 118 Mechanic St. with the Linds Millinery. Mr. Robert Lind was the librarian salaried
by the village. I have a Robert Lind obituary that says he was librarian. Hillsboro and
Greenwood Twps. were in on a book loaning program. Mr. Robert Lind was librarian to
6 September, 1919. The library was moved to the 135 Mill St. new James Holak building
Henry Shefton became Justice of Piece and he was given the job to tend the library.
His office was upstairs at the 13 5 Mill St. building. He was librarian 6 September, 1919 to
1925. Henry Linke became Justice of Peace for thirteen years and was librarian for twelve
years from 1926 to 1938. He received $25. a month for his services and a raise later.
In June 9, 1933 a Library Censor Board was appointed and a Village Library
Committee was set up. In 1936 and 1937 the village discussed plans for a new city hall.
The Civic Club circulated a petition to have a library included since.the W.P.A. was going
to build the city hall. The committee discussed the plans and the village approved of a
new library and city hall to be built.
Throughout the years the Civic Club furnished items like fumih1re, carpeting, books,
etc, for the library. The Womens Civic Club was interested in Hillsboro's progress. T hey
had a book rental started in 193 1 which was separate from the library. They made money
renting out novels and special books at Pinch's Dmg Store and in 1937 at Chapmans
Jewelry Store. It was for a worthy cause.
The quarry rock for the new library came from the Revels quarry. A $620. donation
for the cement was received May 13, 193 7. The new city hall and library was built.
The old library in the James Holak building closed June 22, 1938. The new city hall
and library opened July 9, 1938. In May 1, 1938 the librarian had wages of$35. a month .
Henry Linke resigned and Luella Webster was the next librarian.
There was an announcement to leave all old library cards at the Marchowsky Store at
13 5 Mill St. The HiJlsboro library was the only one in the area to have the Braille from
Readers Digest available for $10. a year starting in January 26, 193 9.
In January 12, 1939 the library extended lending books to the hospital. The new
library had 525 books with 100 more new books. On opening day they loaned out 63
books. In 1939 they owned 1985 books. The first year circulation was 16,856 books. All
the local schools students came to loan books.
A new law came in February 2, l 940 that six people made up a board starting July 1,
1940, 1941, 1942 terms as they were at first.
A new steel book collecting box was placed by the outside door by the Civic Club.

Previously the books were left at different stores in town and then picked up by the
librarian. In September 26-27-28, 1941 they held a big doll show. Someone found a
book dating back to July 28, 1898. The price was twenty five cents. lt was 42 years old.
In the Fall of 1942 a direct book library to the rural schools was sta11ed. Each teacher
received a box of books. Each week the box of books was transferred to the next school
assigned and delivered by the teacher.
The library was watching who would check out the 250,000th book. In 1949 Delores
Libansky checked out that book.
Luella Webster said that 72 percent of all loaned books went to rural students and
parents. A new flag staff was erected at city hall May 28, 1953 .
In 1954 there were 5,878 books and 35,386 books were loaned out that year. Twenty
three percent went to the city and seventy six percent were loaned out to the rural areas.
The Joining Counties Police Association had a big meeting here in May 1 "I , 1954. The
Civic Club bought a Hagenah painting to hang up at hall. ·
Sometime in 1956 the summer reading program started and is continued each year.
Luella Webster was a faithful worker and worked hard to promote the learning of
children. She was librarian until 1958. Dorothy Picha became the next librarian.
In February 10, 1972 the Vernon County Teachers College closed. Their library books
were donated to libraries in our county. !. -

The old library was over crowded and had poor access for the old or handicapped
people. Plans began in October, 1983. The Civic Club raised $40,000. and $60.000 came
from the city. Some state funding completed the financial part. Marrel Inc. demolished
the old high school January 5, 1987 for the new library site. A new library was built at
819 High Ave. The building was completed in 1986. The move was planned for June
17-25, 1987. The new library was dedicated June 28, 1987.
Debbie Lambert became the new head librarian. Margaret Kelly was honored as being
a library officer and member for 30 years and in the Civic Club for 50 years. Thank you
Byron and Ellen Shear from Milwaukee, Wisconsin made some large donations for
equipment at the library. State matching grants are helpful too . Others have made
donations to the library too. Thanks a million. See pages 166, 270 and 271.
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ln l 997 the library computer recorded 20,000 items, 49,870 book loans, 1800 inter-
library loans. The inter-net will be next. They have a copier, a microfilm reader and two
computers for the automated check out system. The library is funded by the city, Winding
Rivers Library System and Vernon County. Plans are being made to add a new wing to
the library in the near future. The libra1y will always be here.

1897 EDGAR E. GAGE. 850 Water Ave.

Edgar E. Gage went out of the livery business and Joseph ~ezucha went out of the
brewery business. They decided to build a double two story building at 850 and 848
Water Ave. Joe Bezucha needed more lot room so he bought 15 feet of land from Fred
G. Lemke. Sam Linsey was hired as the brick mason. This 850 Water Ave. site was the
Edgar E . Gage's building. It was completed in 1897.
Frank Mutch rented the place in October 11 , 1897. He was in Embalming and
Furniture. In January 5, 1900 he bought Jarvas Thompson out at_821 Water Ave. and
now owned a complete business here at 850 Water Ave. Mutch had no charge for use of
his new funeral car in July 25, 1902.
In August 15, 1902 to March 12, 1903 Board Furniture and Undertaking was in this
building. Soloman Richards operated a jewelry store here in October 17, 1920. He was
from Prairie du Chein. A La Farge jeweler bought his inventory in Nov€moer 21 , 1902.
In 1906 R. Hart was here to 1916 with his Embalming and Furniture Store. He then
moved to 131 Mill St. Schroeder plumbing and tin work maybe was here a while.
Wm. E. Wolters rented the place first in September 17, 19 19. He bought it in 1921.
Plumbing and heating was his trade.
Bernard H. Veith a early blacksmith, painter and plumber worked for E .V. Wernick
first on the village waterworks and then worked for Wolters.
In May 5, 1921 Wolters sold to farmers the Universal Milkers.
Ferman Toby Barto came from Richland Center in 1948 and worked for Wolters
Plumbing. Wolters died and Toby Barto opened up Sarto's Plumbing and Heating here in
October 25, 1959. He later moved to the Cosgrove building for a while and then worked
from his home.

Alice Elliot bought Dorothy Kennedy Cut and Curl out at 821 Water Ave. and moved
here in 1974. She stayed one year. The building was occupied by owners and renters for
some time.
In 1988 it became a craft and sewing shop operated by Anna and Doris Joselles. The
Bearly Used Store opened November 16, 1989. They closed it and decided to do
something different. Anna and Doris Joselles offered clothing from England, Scotland,
Italy, Europe, Marshall Fields and Sake Fifth Ave. They closed shop November 1992.
Ann and Horst Joselles remodeled the place and opened up the Alpine Haus
Restaurant. It is here in I 998.


Sam Linsey built this building for Joe Bezucha starting in May 27, 1897. The 22x70
foot building was completed August 21, I 897.
The basement was rented out in April 16, 1897 _for a saloon. ·Joe Bruha and Mr.
Burtek took charge April 16, 1898. ln a short while Jack Rice ran the saloon too. Joe
had the place for sale in October 1, 1898. Jack Rice ran it to September 30, 1899. In
September 30, 1900 Joe Bruha ran it himself. Joe Bezucha then ran the saloon himself.
Cosgrove and Rando barber shop started January 21, 1909 in the basement. In June
10, 1909 they moved upstairs at 845 Water Ave. ~-
Hugo Hagenah had his pool hall on the first floor and moved it into the basement and
had a bowling alley there in March 5, 1924. He stayed five years with two lanes of
bowling and a pool hall. The bowling stayed ten to twelve years. Cars came and bowling
dropped off.
Robert Prochaska opened a butcher shop here in January 8, 1897 on the first floor. He
then bought a saloon at 840 Water Ave. In November 4, 1897 Frank Rybacek opened his
butcher shop and moved in April 1, 1898 to 118 Mechanic Street.
Harvey Meyer ran a restaurant here in 1898 to 1901 . Next Frank E. Mutch ran a
Furniture Store here. JF. Board had his furniture here in May I, 1902. In June 14, 1903
J.W. Dewey ran his Furniture Store here and left for Wonewoc, Wisconsin. He came here
from 821 Water Ave. Mutch was here from June 14, 1903 to July 25, 1903.
R.H. Hart was at 821 Water Ave. and moved his Furniture Store here in October 1 I ,
1906. L.A. Mead in 1902 had his Jewelry Store here too. He then sold to R. .J. O"Neil
from Prairie du Chein.
Dr. T. Vernon moved from the Ehlert building at 832 Water Ave . to the second level
here in April 27, 1905.
The first floor was strentghtened up with cement June 2, 19 10. James Paton ran a
Pool Hall and Variety Store with the R. Hart Furniture business up to 1916. Palen and
Hart moved in 1916 to the new Holak brick building at 131 Mill St.
Elihu Watson ran a Billard Store here from 1916 to 1920. C.E. Jenks Cleaning and
Pressing moved here September 8, 1921 . He came from Pinchs Drug Store_ He vacated
here May 18, 1922.
Hugo Hagenah operated a Pool Hall on the first floor from 1916 to March 5, 1924.
He built an addition o n the back of the building. He then moved the pool hall into the
basement. The first floor was remodeled for his Quality Market of meats and groceries.
Hugo and Edwin Hagenah purchased Elihu Watson Billards in April 15, 1920. Roger
Tracy quit as manager in July 21, 1921 . Jerry Hynek was the new manager July 21, 1921 .
In October 19, 1922 they added sixteen feet to the back of the store for a long two lane
bowling alley in the basement from 1910 to 1925_
Hugo Hagenah stayed nineteen years.
In December 9, 1943 Earl J. Robinson became manager of Quality Meats. Bernard J.
Snyder came next . His wife ran the Style Shop in town. He purchased the store in
August 17, 1944 it was Snyder's Quality Meat Market. He was here about four years. He
sold out to E. 0 . Hofmeister. Dutch Hagenah sold the building too . It was called
Hofineister Quality Market. Hofmeister bought the next door building at 846 Water Ave.
and remodeled it. N ow he had a larger store, two buildings wide. Ed and Alice
Hofmeister were here a long time. In June 6, 199 l they sold to Greg Helgerson. Ed helps
out when they need help. Helgerson also caters meals to parties and special occassions.
They are here in 1998.

Gregs Quality Market is the two building to the right.

1898 BEZUCHA GOLD MINE. By La Farge, Wisconsin.

Around 1898 Jim Luxum and Joe Bezucha were greatly excited and both took charge
of the La Farge gold mining venture. Stock was sold for the mining operations.
In Januaiy 6, 1899 the managers organized the work schedules. The mining was to
begin May I, 1902.
The beginning shaft was started at a slant and built in August 29, 1902. One hundred
feet of the mining hole was dug by July 14, 1904. It was considered to go fifty feet deeper
to get to gold ore. At that point they hit a very hard granite rock. Water was filling in the
shaft causing a problem. The machinery kept breaking down and was inadequate for
drilling such hard granite rock.
Fifteen men were employed at the mine. In October 12, 1905 the railroad depot
received one hundred sixty tons of coal to be deli vered to the mine by horse draylines.
*** This was when everyone had a weak mind and a strong back to move all that coal, but
imagine "Gold! Gold! It was a dream anyway.***
Joseph Bezucha and James Luxum gave up and sold the mine stock interest out June
22, 1907 to a Colorado Mining Co. James Luxum was still working at the mine and
reported their was lots of water in the mine. Larger pumps were needed. The mine didn't
pan out and lots of stock money was used up with no return to the investors.

***It went Ka-put. No panning for gold today.***
In July 4, 1907 the Colorado Mining Co. was prospecting and leased 800 acres at
Pleasant Ridge southwest of La Farge. Small amounts of gold were found there but no
mining was done.
*** So much for gold we will leave it to the 49er's. ***

1898 LEVI TONGUE PLACE. 100 Mill St.

The living quarters of the Cosgrove building was erected by Levi Tongue. He worked
for E .V. Wernick at the pump house for years. Mr. And Mrs. La Grande Tongue Jjved
there for a number of years. After the Citizens Bank burned down B.E. Aiken and his
wife moved here in 1902 with his Aiken's Photo Shop. He started in town April 22, 1898.
His sons Earle and Max helped him in the photo shop. He lost many photo proofs in the
fire at 814 Water Ave. Now in this home he displayed a photo gallery. Aiken also
repaired bicycle as early as July, 1896. Aikin was a winning.racer on the bicycle at the
fairs. He often traveled to Dilly, Mt. Tabor and Yuba to take farruly pictures.
Aiken became agent for the Pitner gas lights in November 25, 1906 and he installed
them too . He sold insurance here too. He owned another photo shop at Lodi, Wisconsin
which limited his time here. In 1910 he sold out at Lodi and was here full time again.
Herbert Aikffi a son helped him for the last four years before they moved to Los Angeles,
In March 7, 1918 Charles Cosgrove leased the photo shop. In 1911 he went to photo
school. It was February 7, 1924 when Mrs. Aikin sold the building to Charles Cosgrove.
Cosgrove started taking pictures of school children in 1924 for annuals or student
exchanges. He called his place Cosgrove Radio and Electric Shop. In June 6, ] 929 he
was selling electric refiigerators. Cosgrove built a wing addition and remodeled it in
October 7, 1931.
Ray French leased the Cosgrove Studio April 4, 1940 to 1946. Charles Cosgoves son
Peter opened the Studio April 25, 1946. He stayed until December 4, 1947 when
Anthony Hynek set up a photo shop here.
Ray J. Short ran his Acme Radio Service in July 6, 1947 here and did house wiring also.
In October 21 , 1948 Joshua Sanford Electric was here. He was married to Rosemary
Bartz June 21, 1948. Her father was Reuben Bartz of Loyal, Wisconsin. Joshua was the
only American Indian to serve in the Flying Tigers. In 1940 he enlisted in the Air Force.
After cadet school he received hjs wings and a Lieutenants Comrillssion. He was sent to
the China-Bunna Theatre. He was a combat pilot against the Japanese in World War
Two. His record showed 102 combat flights with the 75th Squadron, 14th Air Force. He
was awarded the Distinquished Flying Crosses for his exploits over China. He was
wounded twice and retired with the rank of Captain.
In 1956 Joshua, his wife and two children moved to Reedsburg, Wisconsin. He
managed the Reedsburg Municipal Airport and other Civil Defense measures. His parents
were Herbert (Maude Decorah) Sanford. Joshua died October 21, 1962.
In 1953 Joshua Sanford and Robert Dunham were partners in the electrical work. In
August 16, 1954 he bought Joshua out. Dunham was here until June 25, 1958 and moved
to Cadilac, Mich.
Eleanor Richardson's Dress Shop started here August, 1956. She was at the Hotel
Annex. In June 6, 1957 Hansons Clothing bought her stock. Dorothy Beauty Shop
operated by Dorothia Kennedy was here in August 22, 1957. Barto Plumbing and Heating
was here a while in 1959. He then operated from his home for 25 years.

Joe Brucha Plumbing and Heati ng started at the Hammer Hardware bui lding in 1946.
In September l , 1954 he operated from his home. He came to 100 Mill St. around 1959.
He move from his home or from the Cosgrove building in 1975 to the Ziller building.
Ray French Electric was here in December 22, 1977 to 1984. In April I, 1984 Jim
Hooker was here a w hile. The building is idle now in 1998.

The picture is the Cosgrove building.

1898 ATTACHED BUILDlN G. Between 810-806 Water Ave.

Earl A. Alden and T.A. Quinn were in this little place operating a barber shop. They
were here April 22, 1898 to March 27, 1902. The building burned down when the three
large buildings went up in flames. Earl Alden moved to a small place facing Mill St in
front of the now Cosgrove building. In D ecember 12, 1902 the Hillsboro State Bank
bought the lot to build their new bank. They built another attached closure. The first
enclosure had a double door on it.
In the new enclosure, James Lukus ran a tailor shop there in 1903 to 1907. Then
someone sold wines and liquors here. John Liska made his famous cigars here July 27,
1916. He bought the cigar making business from Joseph Suchy who was at the Hillsboro
Hotel. Charles Carnes ran a small sandwich shop here in November 23 , 19 16. He then
moved to the Wood Restaruant at 81 0 Water Ave.
In March 15, 1917 a Badger Restaruant started here called Fuzzies Place. It was here
until February 21 , 1918 and went to 810 Water Ave.
George D. Thompson operated a Army and Navy Store here from 19 19 to 1945. In
February 16, 1922 he received a large shipment of surplus goods.
John Hofmeister had a lit tle liquor store here in December 19, 1940. ln April 3, 1947
M .M . Moon ran a shoe repair shop. The shop and storage shed in back burned June 21,
1956. The closure was tom down August 23, 1956. There is a closure building there
now maybe owned by Ed Hammer in 1998.

The little short building is explained on the previous page.


The early settlers in Hillsboro got their water supply from springs and some businesses
drilled wells by their businesses. The settlers usually asked or made arrangements for their
water supply.
In 1898 E .V. Wernick installed the first water system in the village. BJ. Baley drilled a
new well in May 6, 1898 by the creamery which was located where the city pump house is
now. The well furnished 160,000 gallons daily in 1898.

The picture shows the pump house at the lower left. The old creamery used to be by it.
The water system was started earlier and completed June 3, 1897 and was hooked up
to the new well. Wernick operated the water system for 32 years
Repairs on the old well were done in 1908 and 1929 and the well was deepened or
redrilled. A catastrophy happened September 30, l 906 at the Wernick water tower which
was located north ?f the old village hall or across from now the new libra ~-'-'---~
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The wood supports supporting the twenty foot tall tank turned sideways from the
weight and tipped it. lt was a wood tank with iron hoops and held 1400 gallons of water.
The customers were delivered water three times a day to meet their needs at that time.
***It may have been the beaver again. We don't know for sure.***
A new steel tank was ordered with a three month delay on delivery. It was 27 feet high,
20 feet deep and held 1400 gallons of water.
E.V. Wernick hired Welford Tongue in 1915 to operate the pumping station. He
worked twelve years for Wernick.
The village installed a tank and trough for thirsty horses at the feed mill in July I, 1914.
The village was debating about sewage disposal in 1917. It passed by vote. In August
16, 1917 Brogan of Brogan and Burns received the contract. The trench digging started
October 4, 1917 from the pump house. They dug 800 lineal feet per day.
Many cars and buggies ended up falling into the trenches. The whole town was dug
up .
The main streets were paved with brick in 1918. The hydrant in front of 815 Water
Ave. was three feet out into the street. Many cars hit it when driving through town. The
hydrant was moved August 11, 1921 onto the sidewalk area.
E.V. Wernick wanted the village to purchase his water works. That was tossed around
January 14, 1926 to 1930 before the village bought the water system for $10.000.
The village needed extensions. In September 24, 1930 a bid was let to Jacob Bros. of
Bird Island, MN., for $11,590. They used local labor and put in 1700 lineal feet of 3-4
inch copper pipes.
In June 27, 1935 the village debated on a new well and pump house. At that era the
Work Progress Assoc. or W.P.A. was getting work for the jobless.
Every thing was approved August 6, 1936. W.P.A. would tear down the old creamery,
build a new pump house and dig 1900 lineal feet of trenches.
In August 20, 1936 B. I. Baley drilled a new 250 foot well. The records show a 275
foot well. It may have been deepened later.
The next W.P .A. approved project was at an estimated cost of $58,000. for a new
sewage plant. The village purchased seven acres of land from Joe Novy for $ 1,400. for a
site. C.W.A. would grant $26,000. and the village had to match it. Thomas Mozahn and
Sons of La Crosse, Wi sconsin got the bid at $53,380. Construction started December 2,
In January 4, 1940 the W.P.A. work was postphoned on a project in Hillsboro for
1700 lineaJ feet of curb, gutter and sidewalks.
The sewage plant opened July 20, 1940 and the water tests were o-k. Welford Tongue
was hired for ten more years at the pump house in July 27, 1939.
New water pumps were installed November I I, 1943 to pump water daily. Another
sewer extension was voted on October 24, 1946. It passed by vote, 213 to 16.
A new well .was bid by B:I. Baley for $3,578. The well was made wider and pumped
more gallons of water in 1949. In 1951 a new well was drilled with a twenty inch top and
a sixteen inch bottom and was 327 feet deep.

There were other tank improvements at the towers and well repairs for the next thirty
years or so. Street sewer improvements were also made.
In December 29, 1983 the new massive water tower over looking the city was put into
effect that Summer. The city applied for and received a grant January 4, 1996 for water
and sewer at the new Tinker Industrial Park and residential zoned area.

1898 FIREMAN FAIR GROUNDS. West of the City.

In 1898 a Hillsboro Driving and Agriculture Association was organized. Shortly there
after horse racing was introduced as an annual event. Edgar Gage was the first person to
start the fair in Hillsboro. The fair grounds had a one-half mile race track and a big
grandstand. There were exhibit buildings for cattle and other contests.

Above is a picture of the Fair Grounds in August 28, 1907.

The races were well attended and as high as 1 I 0 horses entered in the races. Many of
the local people owned expensive winning horses and some local men were jocky's too .
In 1901-1902 it was decided to offer a purse at the races consisting of$3,000. and
$3 ,300. in prizes. That was a lot in those days. Racers came from other states.
Lots of stable room was needed . Close by farms and all Liveries and stables in town
were used to house the horses. Many local people were horse trainers also.
The women were involved in challenges of hitching up a horse, driving skills and bare
back riding.
Most of the races were with out incident, except once. A Kentucky horseman rushed
into the downtown hotel threatening to shoot another driver. While he was drawing his
pistol the local Marshall reached over and grasped the gun from him.
The best racing horse was owned by Dr. AN. Jones and Porter Greeley in Hillsboro.
It was driven by T.A. Quinn or James Adler in the sulky races. The horse was named
"Donna C". Another pacer horse was"Papossi." "Nellie Simmons" was driven by T.A.
Quinn. Other good pacers were "King Soul" owned by G.D. Thompson of Hillsboro.
Jack Bessey of Valton, Wisconsin owned a winner named "Honest John." He won a
$100. purse.
In September 5, 1902 the race results were as follows: Wednesday race 2:20 Pace-
Guilty, Aikin 1st. John A Kieke, Quinn 2nd. Fiddine, Schrage, 3rd . The 2:40 Pace-
Arnber, Quinn lst. Helen Beautiful, Roseburg 2nd. King Rosco, Worden 3rd. Miss
Hillwood, Macomber 4th. The half-mile race was: Farmer Bennitt I st. Space 2nd. Time
was 51 seconds.
In 1913 the organization disbanded because the racing was too much work and funds
were low. The people then went to races at Viroqua or Richland Center.
The fairgrounds were used from 1913 to 1919 for great track meets, such as pole
vaulting, broad jumps, high jump and dashes. They also had a one mile race and a bicycle
race. People from all parts of the state came to compete or attend the events. There were
very large crowds.
In 1919 the annual fair was held on main street. In 1920 it was held near the
Condensery. That field served as a tennis court, football and baseball field and fairs.
In 193 l the old grand stand and other old buildings ·were· removed from the race tracks
and fairs were held there again. They held a horse show and horse race in September 22,
193 2 at the fair grounds. On September 8, 193 8 a large tent was blown down during a big
wind storm. In 1940 the fair was held by the Condensery at the athletic field.
The Fireman in the late 1940s bought the fair grounds and developed the Firemans
Junior Fair. In 1871 Albert Field owned the land. In 1896 J.M. Henry owned it. Later
Alphonse Wopat, then Novy Bros. and now the Hillsboro Fire Dept.
In 1954 to 1957 the Midway Fair was held on main street.
New buildings were built, a ball diamond and bleachers were installed. The grounds
are used for Labor Day, Czesky Den, demolition derbys, tractor pulls, go-cart races,
reunions, dances, etc. The go-cart races started September 8, 1960.
The fireman built a new Junior Fair Livestock building in September 1, 1967. Gaylord
Schroeder and Kathy Granger organized the Junior Fair at the Labor Day Firemans
Celebration for years.
The first annual Youth Rodeo was held here in 1978. Czesky Den held there annual
celebration here for fifteen years now in 1997. Other events were held here too.


E.L. Mason sold plants as early as March 10, 1895 in Hillsboro. Greeley Bros. sold
lightning rods and plants May 2, 1912. In 1902 Greeley sold seeds, sheep dips and garden
tools. George Feight was a village gardener. One time he raised 1500 heads of cabbage
and 150 bushels of potatoes. He sold fresh vegetables to the town people. Stores didn't
handle fresh garden vegetables at that time.
Albert Schmitt dealth in dogs. In October 13, 1904 he had an order from distant
localities for 500 dogs. He built his "Union Collie Kenels" in March 9, 1905. He was a
brick layer and a carpenter.
Elias Fox was in auctioneering, apirery and the dog business. In January 5, 1900 he
advertised, hounds, honey, bees, auctioneering. In 1904 Fox went into real estate with Dr.
Hansberry. Fox needed 100 hounds in February 3, 1906 to fill his order. In October 25,
1906 he had the biggest honey harvest 8,760 pounds, Other states in 1920 wanted him to
bring his bees there for crop pollination. Elias Fox died August 30, 1927.
A new gift shop was opened at May Websters home in October 5, 1922.
Gordon McCoy started electrical work at age seventeen in 1924. He retired at age 65
in 1977 He is a real good electrician.
Floyd Forbes was in the apirery busines. In October 2, 1924 he got a shipment of 105
Italian queen bees. Those were the type that don't sting you .
Joe Hora sold Jamesway Poultry Equipment in February 23, 1928. A new greenhouse
was started at the west side of town east of the cemetery in June 16, 1932. Joseph
Schumacher bought the Van Wagoner acreage. He had greenhouses in two other towns.
In May 11 , 1939 Ed Kuhn started a new poultry ranch at the Joe Schumacher place
east of the cemetery. He raised 8,000 chickens. It burned down 30 November, 1939.
Klinke Hatchery was in Hillsboro May 14, 1936. Chicks were two cents each.
Eugene C. Baltz Lumber Co. was in town in April 29, 1949. Roger Chalupesky sold
Fuller Brush Products in December 22, 1966. Ray Electric started June 12, 1969. Ed
Johnson had a gun shop outside of town on Hwy F.F. He died in 1995.
Don Williams sells guns and hunting licenses in Hillsboro. Lyle C. Lind started trucking
December 29, 1960. He did bulldozing, digging and sand fill. He also cut logs.
Calvin Rose Feed and Fertilizer was here in April 22, 1965. Paul R. Carpenter started
his Ponderosa Saw and Sharpening Service in 1970. He was in business 25 years and died
in 1995. He was located out·oftown. ··
Mare! Inc.Corp. moved northeast of Hillsboro from the Twp.of Union in 1972. They
are known as E.M.I. also. Owners are Margarette and Elgin Herbeck. He died in 1997.
Berwyn Jefferies Implement Co. is located on F. north of town. It was first called
Lawn and Garden in September 26, 1974.
Opening date for the Hills Manor Apartments at East Madison St. was-June 25, 1977.
A open house was held on November 6, 1980.
Bird Const. Co. was here a while in July 13, 1978. Casual Country Clothing Store
started March 29, 1979.
In the Spring of 1995 Becky Rone worked as a side agent for a Travel Agency from
Richland Center, Wisconsin.
Lawrence Havlik and Kevin Munson started a Disc Jocky buisiness December 12, 1985.
It was "Tunes-R-Us." They were spinning records since 1980 and purchased $10,000.
worth of equipment.
In February 2, 1986 Sherry Jones was in the Photography and Design buisness calJed
"Off the Wall." She works part time at her home and does wildlife, farm pictures, oil
painting and photos.
The Betty Hayes School of Dance opened November 17, 1986. Class instructor is
Megan Hayes a niece of Betty Hayes of Avoca, Wisconsin. Fifty area children turned up
Mondays for the course at the Firemans Community Center.
Shirts and Such opened in Cindy Staneks home basement, July 31, 1986 at 520
Mechanic St. Cheyenne Country Crafts started May 16, 1987 by Barbara Teed and Sandy
Baldwin at the Teed property ten miles west on Hwy 33.
The Walk-Back, Better Days Inc. broke ground October 6, 1988 for a 40x60 foot
building. The land was donated by Dorville Nofsinger. A handicap swimming pool was
added. It opened May 18, 1989, a one of its kind in Wisconsin.
Jessie Cousins Critter Service owned by Em Downing is a pet sitting busines started
December 6, 1990 at her home midway between Ontario and Hillsboro.
Mc Chesney Backhoe Service started September 8, 1994 located on Hwy 80 south of
town. Michelle Sebranek opened her Michelle's To Me-From Me. in the rural area.
Kim Lind started her Short-Kuts hair scion west of town by the R.E.A. building on
Hwy 82. She started July 13, 1995. Rozannes Trucking started in 1996 in Hillsboro.
In Auf,ruSt 10, 1995 the Hillsboro City Council hired Ed. Emerson as City
Administrator starting in September.
The new Fire Dept. Station was opened August 31, I 995. They were housed at the
city hall since 1938. Const. started June 28, 1995.
Nan's Sand Blasting is a new business starting up at 413 Darcy Drive. Nancy Glumski
American Business Forms is operated by Charles Jirschele at 853 Klondike Ave.
Holversons Wild Ginseng and Fur is at Hwy. 33, East.
Some of the Child Day Care people are Mrs. Albin Shaker, Mabel Preslik, Karen
Fanta and Sandra Bjomsen. Jack & Jill Prescholl is operated by Marcell Sobeck.
There was bus service to the Badger Anununition Plant, during the war days.
Frank and Mava Haugh repair bikes at 941 Mitscher Ave. in Hillsboro .
Greg Kubarski has a pallet repair shop at 1006 Lake Street in Hillsboro.
Tom Hammer owns Hammer E lectric. He lives at S21l7 A Sosinsky Rd., Hillsboro, Wis.
The Farmers Market started in the Summer of 1997 by t he Royal Bank building.
Nicky Repair Service is located on Hwy 33 & Tov.n Shop Rd. Car repairing.

1902 RICHARDS DRUG STORE. 847 Water Ave_

The building was built by·George A. Williams for and owned by the Hillsboro Camp of
Modern Woodman known as the Woodman Hall.
In 1902 Richard Richards moved his drug store from 839 Water Ave. to 847 Water
Ave. He stayed in business here for fifty years. A pharmacist Lawrence P. Peterson
worked there from 1921 to 1951, a period of 30 years. Later Richards b,ought it.
Richard Richards sold out to Carl F. Postel June 25, 1949. It was nowPostels Drug
Store. They moved here from Prairie du Chein in August 19, 1949.
The next new owner in January , 1960 was Leon Dorsh. The Dorsh Pharmacy was
called the Rexall Drug Store.
In May 1, 1970 Robert Kruk of Viroqua bought the Rexall Drug Store_ He called it
Kruk Drug Store. Andy and Rhonda Peterson bought it in December 31 , 1990. They
were to start business the next day but the building burned down that evening_ The fire
also burned down the store at 853 Water Ave. also. They started in the old theater.
The burned out lot was purchased by Dr. Clark. He extended his new Eye Clinic
across three lots. He bought the 845 Water Ave. building and had it demolished. His new
clinic occupies 845, 847and 853 Water Ave. His address is 845 Water Ave. See other
write up on the clinic.

The first building that faced Mill St. behind now Hardware Hank or in front of the
Cosgrove building sat the first printing shop in Hillsboro. M.V. Frazier printed his Sentry
Enterprise newspaper there, starting in 1885. The other owners of the newspapers were
here too, until Shear moved above 820 Water Ave .
Earl Alden and T. A. Quinn ran a barber shop here from 1902 to 1907. They moved
here right after the three stores burned down at 814, 810 and 806 Water Ave. where they
were in the small addition between the buildings. The barber shop was here until the
building was removed from this location in 1907.
The other small building facing Mill St. was the Post Office up to 1903. The post office
business was moved to 841 Water Ave.
A Dr. Caswell held his office here to 1907. This building was then demolished .
These buildings were here before Cosgrove built his wing addition at 100 Mill St.

1902 HILLSBORO HOSPIT AL. 400 Water Ave.

Albert Field built his shanty and first log house at this location in 1852. George Cole
owned a home and wood working shop here next. In January 28, 1903 he was an expert
at saw gumming and fitting. Below is the Cole home which became the location of the
hospital. :. -
Dr. Patrick Henry Hansberry came to Hillsboro in 1900. He was married to Mary
Ellen Ferriter June 4, 1901. He first had a office above the Hammer Hardware Opera
house. He was above the Mutch building at 821 Water Ave. In 1902 - 1903 he was
upstairs at the Hillsboro State Bank at 806 Water Ave. and then upstairs at 853 Water
Ave. in the Worden building.
In January 5, 1905 Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Dr. Ferriter moved to the second floor in
the new brick Williams building at 832 Water Ave. Dr. Vernon was with Dr. Hansberry
there as a partner and Dr. Vernon died in 1909.
Now there was a Dr. Bivins, Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Ferriter at 832 Water Ave. In
1909 they set up practices and Hansberry made a 5-6 room patient bed room hospital
there. This was the first hospital Hillsboro had and it was called Hansberry Hospital.
In 1911 it had a surgery room and a general utility room. Dr. Bivin left June 2, 1910
to take a course in Chicago and dissolved his pa11nership. Below is the Cole house.

HOSPITAL SITE- Former Hansberry residence on Water Avenue

at Hillsboro Lake was the site of the Hillsboro Hospital. Founded by
Dr. P.H. Hansberry this facility ·served the community for several
years in the first half of 1900. .

Dr. Hansberry's first nurse was Miss Mary Crowley. Dr. Hansberry needed more room so
he purchased the Cole property in 1914. Some say a Miss Mary Kauffman owned the
house. In 1915 he remodeled the Cole house into rooms for hospital beds. More rooms
were needed in 1918 and were added. Another new wing was added in 1925. Now his
hospital had a large kitchen, dining room, x-ray room, lab equipment, patient rooms,
office, operating room and a maternity room. It had 25 patient beds, two doctors and a
nursing staff headed by Clara Chute.
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The picture shows the addition to the original house.

In 1947 a new x-ray machine and office were added. Dr. Hansberry died March 17,
1947. In 1919-1920 he served as village president. In those years he advocated a road
tax, half local and half state to have Hwy 80 graded and surfaced with gravel to Yuba,
Wisconsin. He did many civic endeavors. His brother Dr. James S. Hansberry from
Wonewoc assisted him for 15 years v.~th operations, etc.
In May 1, 1923 the village had a campaign to collect $30.000. for a new community
hospital Frank A. Wopat was chairman and Dr. F.A. Ferriter was secretary. In February
9, 1924 they incorporated as the Hillsboro Community Hospital. The old hospital was
torn down. In July I, 1924 t hey made another appeal for contributions. The new annex
was completed April 1, 1925 and dedicated May 14, 1925. They added 22 rooms.
In August 20, 1925 a new Dia Therma Outfit was added. Ax-ray machine was put in
September 2, 1926. A new Sconnell Transfusion Apparatus was added.
In 1944 a new x-ray machine was added. An Electric Cardiograph Machine was added
in July 4, 1946. A five room office, waiting room and sun deck were added. A Century
X-ray machine made by Ricker Co. was put in September 25, 1947.
The Sisters of the Order of St. Francis at La Crosse, Wisconsin made plans to purchase
the hospital and build a new modern hospital here. The transfer was July I, 1949. In
April 13, I 950 they planned a $400,000. proposed new hospital with a county grant of
They purchased Harry Jordans house in August 16, 1951 to make more room . Dr.
P.H. Leuther bought the house. Egge Movers from Viola., Wisconsin moved the home on
High Ave. close by.
Ground breaking was August 7, 1951. The comer stone was set July 25, 1952 and
dedicated March 19, 1953. Robert Kouba was hired as head of maintenance and Elgin
Hooker as maintenance man .
The first baby born in the new hospital was Joyce Marie Walker of Wilton, Wisconsin.
Thomas Sweeney was head of the donation campaign. The Sisters of St. Francis took
over May 14, 1956. The Hospital Guild organized the Disaster Program in April 17, 1958.
Next came the St. Joseph Nursing Home built by the hospital. rt was dedicated
October 25, 1969 for the first floor. The second floor added sixteen private rooms,
fourteen double rooms and had a seventy five bed capacity. Dedication was November
28, 1971 . The new wing offices were occupied by Dr. Baker, Dr. Balder and Dr. Boston.
The new emergency drive and rooms were added in November 11 , 1976. In
September 2, 1993 a renovation started for a new birth room, redecorate rooms, renovate
the emergency room, operating room, out patient department, recovery room, radiology
room, nursing station and more.
In March 26, 1993 the doctors consisted as Larry Boehme, Steven Derrow, Lee
Cornell and Roy Balder. Visiting doctors are on duty in their fields during the week. A
new Physicatic ·Department was added and a walk in Emergency Clinic. In 1998 the
hospital and nursing home employ about 150 workers. There are some volunteer workers
also. Dr. Balder passed away. See page 268 for the present Administrative.

Dr. John Jones has joined the Wellness Center at St. Joseph's.
The picture is the hospital and nursing home.


C.A. Roecher from Reedsburg, Wisconsin started a cigar factory over the Kolb saloon
located at the 810 Water Ave. in September 19, 1902. In December 11 , 1902 he moved
the cigar factory to Elroy, Wisconsin.
Joseph Suchy started his factory in July 10, 1913 at the llillsboro Hotel and the Hotel
Annex. He was experienced in that trade and made a choice line of cigars. By September
4, 1913 the demand increased and he couldn't keep up. A big order came in from
Nebraska, so he employed Robert Liska from Chicago to help. In July 27, 1916 Joe
Suchy sold his cigar business to John Liska from Chicago, Ill.

Before rai lroads were built in the area all items were transported by ox-cart or wagons.
The dirt roads were deep with mud when wet or dusty due to dry weather. The coach or
dray lines operated from Baraboo, Reedsburg, Hill sboro, La Farge. Another stage line
was from Rockbridge, Yuba, Debello, Hillsboro and to Reedsburg. One went to Elroy
and on to Mauston . A stage went from Baraboo to Mauston and on to La Crosse, Wis.
The railroads came next. The North Western Railroad was built through Baraboo,
Reedsburg, Wonewoc, Union Center and Elroy at that first time. Hillsboro was by-
passed and all products from this area were transported by drayline to the railroad at
Union Center. W.H. Cash was a big railroad promoter. He lived in New Lisbon,
Wisconsin and in 1861 worked there. In 1864 he served in the army. He was a heavy
trader with the Indians in blueberries and cranberries. He sold livestock and operated a
genera] store in New Lisbon. In 1877 he built a railroad from New Lisbon to Necedah
and sold it for a large consideration to the Milwaukee Rail Co. C.ash built a short line
from Sparta to Viroqua, Wausaw to Merrill, Union Center to Hillsboro. He founded the
village of Cashton, Wisconsin.
Cash was a political leader, speculated in cattle at Iowa, sheep in Nebraska and mining
and chartered a bank with no transactions. Cash planned his own funeral and erected a tall
monument at the New Lisbon Cemetery. His motto was "My line may bkshorter than
yours but it is just as wide."
In Hillsboro there was a lot of planning and hopes of many individuals to get a short
rail line into the village. Edward Hammer Sr. and others started plans and were aiding by
W.H. Cash the railroad builder.
In May 29, 1902 a meeting was held to settle the contract for materials with Judge
Manning. Manning was the railroad contractor from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. F.A Moore
got the bridge contract. The Hillsboro village gave a $ I 9,000. grant. The rest of costs
were covered from stock sales. Land rite-aways were negotiated with the farmers. Below
is a picture of the rail bed construction starting at Union Center to Hillsboro.

In June 1902 the rail bed construction began. Local people with teams and dirt scraps
were organized into crew groups. They shoveled, scooped and mounded the rocks and
soil to form a solid rail bed. A ballast of gravel and cinder was laid down before the wood
rail ties were laid. The waterway bridges were erected. The steel rails and spiking came

The picture shows the organized crew working.

***I've been working on the railroad.***
Edward Hammer Sr. and his crew laid 4.8 miles of rail in five days. That may have
been a record. With lots of hard work the plans were on schedule.
The first rail trip into Hillsboro was in January 1, 1903. In January 1, 1903 Frank
Smith assisted Otto Johnson to drive the locomotive from Baraboo to Hillsboro. It was a
46 ton engine. It could go 70 miles an hour in speed.
In January 3, 1903 a big celebration was held. Thousands of people came. Rides on
the train were given twice a day for twenty five cents to Union Center and back .. E. S.
Willey was made manager. The Blackburn saloon roasted a oxen for the occasion.
Robert Kuerston a drayline mail carrier lost his job in February 12, 1903. The rail now
brought the mail to Hillsboro.
In 1903 there were many rail track derailments. I suppose the new rail bed was
settling. A depot, engine house, round house and warehouse were built by January 7,
1903. W.H. Cash was secretary and general manager by February 11, I903. The coal
shed was moved close to the engine house March 24, I904.
The passengers increased by August 18, 1904. Two trips were now required to Union
There were plans made by Cash, Ed Hammer and Dr. Pinch to extend. a railroad to
Yuba, Rockbridge and Richland Center, Wisconsin. There was a lot of speculation going
on. The rail bed was started along the east shore of the lake and was visible for many
years there. There were many meetings at Yuba and Rockbridge. Many invested in stock
and it was used up or lost. No railroad was ever built to Yuba. Some of t he stock sold
was illegal at Rockbridge. Dilly was excited of maybe getting a railroad. Valley and
Ontruio area was surveyed from the La Farge rail. It didn't come there either.
By March l 0, 1904 a telegraph line was hung on two by fours with insulators, nailed to
fence posts to Union Center. Now the village had outside contact.
In March 24, 1904 a ice jamb destroyed the mill dam bridge. The water washed out
300 feet of the rail bed in the village.
Frank A. Moore built two new passenger cars for the railroad . ln October 6, 1905
W.H. Cash was organizing again a rail to Debello, Yuba, Hub City, Rockbridge, Buck
Creek and on to Richland Center.
Adolph Chute resigned as brakeman in July 4, 1907. Charles Hammer was conductor
and ticket taker. Herman Preissnity was engineer. He moved to Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Frank Snyder was an employee from 1921 to the 1930s. Julius Manhart was bookkeeper.
Ed J. Crarey was engineer, 1924 to 193 8. Gus Weinstein was organizer and president.
Ed Hammer was general manager for eleven years. These are only a handful that worked
at the railroad. There were many others.
A new engine house was ·built June 21, 1908. A new engine arrived July 10, 1909. In
1909 Cash was encouraging the line to Rockbridge yet.
Both engines were out of service January 27, 1910. One had a break in it. The other
engine had water in the oil.
*** Sounds like jack frost was in the engines.*** •
The refrigerated car went off the track May 26, 1910. There was a twelve hour delay
with butter and eggs on the rail car.
In 1910 Ontario was getting excited about the rail road coming there but never did.
Poles for a new telephone line along the tracks to Union Center came by rail May 8, 1911.
In August 8, 1912 it was time to repair the railroad bridges and it was done.
There was some stock sold by Cash. A rail bed was started in December 30, 1915 on
the east side of the lake going toward Yuba. It was a $25,000. bond and the rail was to
be completed by February 1, 1918.
Mr. McDonald from Black River Falls was contracted May 11 , 1916 to build the rail
extension. By August 10, 1916 one bridge was built and a rail bed was sta11ed at Bear
Point at the lake here.
The pond dam went out June 8, 1916 due to a big flood. The rail bed was damaged
and freight was delayed . A lawsuit for damages was filed. Railroad versus the Vernon
County Milling Co. They said the gates weren't controlled properly. They wanted
$25,000. in damages. A hearing was held August 31, 1916 and in November too. The
hearings went on to 1919. The court said the gates were properly controlled and a
settlement was made for $5,000.
Due to the war in 1918 rail cars were scarce to get for livestock and butter deliveries.
In April 8, 1920 the depot roof caught on fire.
Cash and his relative had a hearing in 1919 about selling illegal bonds at Rockbridge.
It went to the Supreme Court. In July 8, 1920 the Cash bond scandel was settled in the
upper courts. The relative of\V.H. Cash lost the case and did sell ilJegal bonds.
In October 2, 1920 rail discussions to Rockbridge started up again. The railroad
commission stated the rail would have to be sure bonded by all villages and townships
involved. The money had to be raised locally.
The train derailed one quarter mile from Union Center. A great loss of condensed milk
occurred. Rail cars were scarce in December 14, 1922 due to a railroad strike.
In March I , 1923 a new locomotive arrived. The Hillsboro blacksmiths dismantled the
old one June 21 , 1923. General manager Ed Hammer died September 26, 1930.
In November 16, 1933 a new 35 ton gas locomotive was purchased from the Pontiac
Locomotive Works. A new caboose to haul passengers and mail baggage was put to use.
ll was the first of its kind to be used in November 23, 1923 . Called a Railcarbus.

The railcarbus had two units. A passenger bus and a baggage car. It was used up to
1936. Then passenger service was discontinued. It was sold to the U.S . Gov't and placed
into operation on the Alaskan Railway.
The railroad had heavy usage. The yearly carloads of livestock out of Hillsboro was
800 carloads a year. This area was considered the largest livestock producer in our state.
The rail also hauled out lumber, butter, eggs, apples, sawdust, condensed milk,etc.
The large 46 ton locomotive was retired in 1933. Shares were sold at $100. each to
purchase a Plymouth locomotive.
Then the worst happened. The biggest flood in Hillsboro's history came August 6,
193 5. It washed out 200 feet of track in Hillsboro, track and bridges to Union Center, the
depot was lost, three money safes were gone, other businesses lost lumber, logs, feed, etc.

The mill foundation was washed out. Below is a picture of the first depot in Hillsboro.
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Gus Weinstein an organizer, president and depot tender got washed away inside the
depot. As the building tossed and turned he hung on for dear life to a rafter. He was
down by the condensery by then and waved a stick out the roof to attract attention. W.W.
Field at the condensery saw the stick and alerted an alarm of Gus Weinsteins situation.
Stanley Carnes and Edwin Hammer braved the flooded treacherous river and rescued the
aged Weinstein from the wrecked depot. He was rushed to the hospital from the west side
of the river. He had severe bruises, broken ribs and exposure. The shock made him ill and
later he passed away in a year or two .
By December 12, 193 5 a new depot was built. John Cesnik became president in 1936
replacing Weinstein. In February 23, 1939 the village had the W.P.A. digging trenches for
the village new sewer system. While digging across the Baraboo River, about where the
depot got smashed in the 1935 flood, they found Gus Weinsteins gold watch, glasses,
ticket dating machine, push carts and a adding machine.
A short spur track was laid in 1944 to the canning company at the old brewery. In
1946 a new 44 ton diesel locomotive was purchased.

Then in April 3, 1947 a new diesel electric 45 ton, 300 hp., 606 volt with a
Westinghouse generator engine was bought.
From 1948 to 1965 new tar and concrete roads were built. The trucking revolu tion
came so rail use dropped off a lot.
In May 31 , 1962 a dedicaton for the new Railway Museum was held here. A parade
went from the high school down main street to the depot. One could observe the old
1385, 90 ton, class R-1 locomotive. The sponsors were the Railroad Historical Society.
Rides were given from Hillsboro to Union Center and back. In July 13, 1962 the Mid-
Continent Museum came here and also gave rides pulled by the old engine.
In 1965 the Stevens Point and Hillsboro Fertilizer Companies purchased the railroad.
They hauled mostly chemicals, fuel oil and coal into Hillsboro. No freight went out.
Later manager Aiken of the fertilizer plant sold the railroad to our local Farmers Coop
Warehouse. They continued using the railroad for a while. Later the engine and car were
sold to the North Freedom Museum. In 1986 the rail tracks and -~ies were removed for a
bike trail. The track bed was improved for the bike trail. Restrooms, a stop or beginning
building was built just north of the cheese plant. Tickets for the bike trail can be
purchased at several businesses in town. This ends the story on the railroad. One could
write a whole book on it if one had the time.


In October 1902 Homer Lind and H.R. Tucker were planning to start a butcher shop.
In October 3, 1902 a decission was made to buy two lots from Fred Roth to build a Feed
Mill and Repair Shop instead of the butcher shop. It was at the comer of Spring St. and
Pine Ave. Homer owned a heavy wagon and was in the drayline business. George Bauer
in June 7, 1905 was near this location selling U.S. Cream separators, G.L Case threshing
machines and steam engines. From this location HE. Jewitt in September 20, 1906 was
selling Edison phonographs. He held a sales display at the Opera House. In 1935 he had
a delivery wagon selling flour and made deliveries from businesses to customers.

Above is a picture of HE. Jewitt delivery wagon. Shows Regal Flour on wagon.
This corner location was formally occupied by the Hillsboro Cement Works in 1908-
1910. They then moved to Collins Bros. Lumber Yard where Nuzum and Sherman were
later on Mill St. In April 30, 19 l 0 they had four carloads of cement stored at the Jewitt
feed mil l.
H.E. Jewitt Co. sold feed and flour here in 1908 to 1910. In June 24, 1910 George H.
Bauer ran a real estate business here and bought the property. George H. Bauer had
intentions of tearing down the building. Instead R.F. Meyer became proprietor of a new
flour and feed mill with Otto Hammer in charge in November 1, 1910. The firm sold
Diamond Brand and Mill Rose Flour. In May 29, 1911 Myers and Hammer were buying
wool. Carl Bilek moved his shoe shop to the north room in the building in January 23,
1913. 1 couldn1t find anymore on this business after 1913 . The building maybe was tom
down for house lots. There is a house on this comer now.


The Linds operated a lumber yard here prior to 1903 covering about a half a block
where Mjll St. and Harrison St. met on the north side of the streets mentioned. The Linds
sold lumber and hardware..
Don Sherman had a yard here too later right by the Lind Lumber Yard. His place was
called the Sherman lots. The yard operated as a combined yard, Linds ~nd Sherman.
In January 3, 1907 Collins and Bohn stored and sold their cement blocks, cemetery
cement markers, tile, etc, here at the Lind Lumber Yard.
John Nuzum entered into the retail field early at Merrimack, Wisconsin. He had a
general store there. In 1893 he purchased the Thomas Stone Lumber Yard in Viroqua,
Wisconsin. The firm was soon expanded to La Farge, Viola, Readstown, Gays Mills,
Soldiers Grove and Steuben, Wisconsin. They were bought when they were for sale.
John Nuzum came to Hillsboro entering a partnership in March, 1903 with Adolphus
"Don11 Sherman. Don Sherman was the manager. He then got a civil service job in
Madison, Wisconsin. His brother Almon Sherman was manager. John Bundy worked
there too for a long time. See picture of the old lumber yard at end of book.
They bought the balance of the Lind Yards and land. In January 7, 1903 the new sheds
were completed by Nuzum and Sherman. The yard covered four or fi ve lots facing Mill
St. on the north side. The entrance to the yard was where Mill St. meets Field Ave.
The Lind Bros. were involved again at the yard October 26, 1905. Melvin Lind was in
charge. Collins Bros of Madison, Wisconsin bought the yard in 1906. In November 29,
1906 Collins Bros. sold out to Nuzum and Sherman Lumber Co.
In April 11 , 1907 the HjJ)sboro Cement Works rented a space for an office and storage.
They were previously at the comer of Spring and Pine Ave.
This location at that time was in the out skirts of Hillsboro. The location being on
higher ground made it handy to push a cart of lumber any where into town . For the big
loads the draylines were kept busy. The Nuzum buildings were painted a yellow color.
Don Sherman died in September 25, 1913. His wife Lora continued in the partnership.
Nuzum and Sherman were looking for a better location for business downtown and found
a place at 122 East Mill St. ln June 8, 1922 concrete was poured for the new foundation
and a new lumber yard was built. In 1923 Edward Amberg and Fred Tremain moved the
lumber yard buildings on rollers to the new location. The buildings were moved to the
Bert Hofmeister lot where he had a livery previously, now the new Nuzum-Sherman yard.
In later years John Nuzums interests were mostly administered by his family, Clinton,
Ralph, LeLand, Ethel Connie (Reubin) Krolic and LeLand Nuzums daughter Priscilla
(Arden Peterson) Nuzum and Arden Peterson. A relative Don Brocher was a manager.
Almon Sherman died March 23, 1936. Laura Sherman sold out their share to Nuzum
Bros. Lumber Yard . In 1936 new lights were installed at the yard .
LeLand Nuzum became full owner of the business in April 11, 1940. In June 27, 1940
the old office and some small sheds were moved in two sections to the Bud Quinn Mink
The yard held a grand operung April 26, 194 1 when they built a new office and storage
shed. Ronald Sterba became the manager. In 194 7 he went into the insurance business.
Bernard Lung became manager April 17, 1948.

The present Peterson Lumber Yard.

In March I 1, 1980 Arden and Priscilla (Nuzum) Peterson became the sole owners after
the death of Priscilla's father. They managed the yard since 1954.
A fire broke out June 20, 1982 on a Sunday morning causing $300,000. in damages. A
seventeen year old boy did some careless camping in the building. The firemen saved the
office. The Cenex Coop Station had some damage.
A modem warehouse was built and now accomodates semi-trucks and other trucks for
easy loading at the yard.
Arden Peterson continued at the yard until 1991 when his son, Henry, became
manager. The business was incorporated in Dec, 1984.
It is a ruce modem lumber yard here in 1998. See page 260.


Worden Bros. owned a empty lot at now 829 Water Ave. in 1902. A fire destroyed
three businesses in 1902 across the street at 814, 810 and 806 Water Ave. Mallow's store
was destroyed at the 806 Water Ave. location. Mallow bought the lot at 829 Water Ave.
and built a store here. He mostly leased out the building to different businesses.
Harvey F. Myer in January 22, 1903 started a small grocery store here. He was here
until 1908. He then moved to Viola were he owned three enterprises for 48 years.
Wesley C. Hansberry worked for Myers for six years as clerk and delivery man.
Hansberry then started his own Blue Room Store across the street.

The picture below shows the Mallow building as being the second building parrallel to the
street from right to left on the picture. It appears as if it is joined with the next building
but it isn't. That is what fooled others with there write up. The building maybe sat on
some of the present Dime Store lot also .

Clarence Manhart bought the building in November 19, 1908. He operated a Piano
and Music Store here and lived upstairs. Joseph Manhart died July 1903 and he lived in
the big brick house at comer of Mill St. and Prairie Ave. He also sold piano's and music.
Clarence Manhart stayed here until July I l, 1912. He then moved into his parents home.
This store was sold and moved to make room for the new two story brick Ducklou


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This Duklou building was divided into two stores on the lower level and the upstairs
had offices. First we will explain who was in the lower south store first.
Elmer E. Ducklou bought the lot February I 2, 1914. He erected the brick two story
building in the Spring. Elmer Ducklou operated a Jewelry Store fo r one year at 121 M ill
St. He stayed at 829 Water Ave. from 19 14 to 1917. He then went to work for Hup
Motor Co. and moved March 15, 1923.
L.B. Lillis leased the place in March I , 1917 to June 16, 1927. He then moved his
Jewelry Store to 814 Water Ave.
Elmer Ducklou came back in October 28, 1926 to do general repairs to the building .
Next was Fred A. Chapman who came from the Hillsboro Hotel Aimex here In March
23, 1927 with his Jewelry Store. He then purchased the place in June 16, 1927.
Fred Chapman permitted the Womens Civic Club to have their fond raising rentals of
novel books and magazines here. They rented them out for five cents each. They were
raising money 'in October 28;193 7 for a new library at city hall ·_
In March 20, 1941 Chapman sold out to Howard E. Calkin. Calkin bought a jewelry
inventory from C. A. Rippins who was at Hart's Furniture Store.
Howard E. Calkjn stayed to June 9, I 949 and sold to Vincent Mnnet. Minnet stayed
to l 950 and moved to Elroy, Wisconsin.
The next occupant was proprietor Helen M. (Knick) Lindeman. In May 12, 1950 she
established the Hillsboro Beauty Shop here. Prior to this she worked ten years at the
Home Beauty Shop at the Hotel Annex. Mary (Chlup) Peterson was her beautician. After
fourteen years at this location, Helen sold out to Dorothy Kennedy in March 23 , 1964.
Dorothy Kennedy sold to Alice Elliot in 1965. It was now Cut and Curl. Eddie
Kopenhafer bought it next and called it The Boutique. Kathy Lambries worked there four
and one-hal f years. They did hair care and wigs, wiglets cascades and fall as their
speciality. He came from the 843 Water Ave. place.
Kathy Lambries bought the Boutique in 1977. She occupies the other lower store too
and sells beauty aids and clothing. Kathie is here in 1998.
Now for the north lower side 823 Water Ave. in the same building. The Ducklou
north half of the lower level was rented to James A Cosgrove and Otis Areundo in 1914.
Ed Dietsch came in April 6, 1914 as helper. Otis Areundo sold the Milwaukee Journal in
October 4, I 923 at this barber shop.
Cosgrove worked 28 years at different locations in Hillsboro from 1907 to 193 5. He
was a barber for a total of 52 years and died in 1942.
Areundo was a barber 41 years. He was in Hillsboro from 1907 to 1944. He died in
1944. Thomas Toots Sullivan worked with Areundo to 194 3 . Then he bought the
Manhart Standard Station on Mill St.
In 1944 Lee DeMar bought the barber shop. He stayed about seven years to I 951 .
The place was empty for some time.
In August I 1, 1906 shaves were raised five cents and in May 22, 1907 neck shaves
were increased five cents. In 1921 haircuts were fifty cents and a shave cost twenty fi ve
cents. In 1945 haircuts were sixty five cents, shaves thirty five cents. Cruldrens haircut
was fifty cents. The cost seems small compared to prices of six to seven dollars for a
haircut these days. The wages at that time were about twenty five cents an hour.
***Will we see those prices again? Maybe not.***
The beauty parlor expanded to the two parts at the lower level.
The upper level. In September 1, 1927 Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Dolan moved their
offices here from the Ehlert building at 830 Water Ave. I don't know how long they were
here. Dolan built a Dentist building later where now is the bank parking lot.
1903 BARB ER SHOP. 8 18 Water Ave.
The Citizens Bank and two other businesses burned down in 1902. A new two
story brick building was erected on 814 and 810 Water Ave. With material left over, they
built the 818 Water Ave. Barber Shop in 1903 . James Blackburn became the proprietor
January 29, 1903 .
James Blackburn and James A. Cosgrove of the Pioneer Barber Shop joined in
partnership March 19, 1903. In 1904 Cosgrove went to work for the railroad, then quit
and came back. Cosgrove stayed until April 23, 1905. He moved to the second floor of
the Worden buildi ng at 853 Water Ave.
Frank Pierce and James Blackbum became partners in September 27, 1906. In April 4,
1907 Lind and partner Aegerter of Oshkosh, Wisconsin were here next and Aegerter
purchased the Pierce and Blackburn Barber Shop. Roy Sherman bought Pierces barber
equipment and moved to the Williams building one door south of Hammer Hardware.
Gordon R. Lambert came November 2, 191 1 and joined Lind·and Aergerter as
partners. Lambert was a partner until June 1, 1920. He sold his share to Lloyd McQueen.
Lambert returned April, 1921 and purchased McQueen out. Lambert was at the barber
shop until 193 5. Gordon R. Lambert died in 193 7.
Robert Bohumil Liska was a partner. Rollen Lambert bought out Li~ka's interest in
June 3, 1931 . Hugh Byington started here November 25, 1934. He go(his license in
1936. ln February 25, 1943 he sold to Toots Sullivan. He was at Bruha' shop.
Walter A. Thompson and Theodore Quinn were here next. They sold out to Emil
Vlasak of Cazenovia in November 2 1, J 946. Harley Arnold was here a short while.
Emil Vlasak was here for a long time and died in 1968. Robin and Kendra Nelson
opened here January 1977 called Robin's Barber Stylists.
They are here in 1998.

The small center building is Robin's Barber Stylists.

l 904 TR.A VN1CK, FIELD, EHLERT BUILDfNG. 830-832-836 Water Ave.
Frank Travnick owned the Jots and hired contractor F.A. Moore to build a two story
brick building. It was a large store divided into two stores. The upstairs had many offices
and housed the first Hillsboro Hopital, started by Dr. Hansbeny.
In September 8, 1904 a small building from the Fincher and Kauffman wagon makers
was moved . The Hassler Blacksmith Shop at 826 Water Ave. was in the road for
constructing large building. Travnick had it moved half way down the hill on Short
St. Ehlert and Fuller Merchantile Co. that was at 820 Water Ave. for two years moved
here in June 21, 1905. John Ehlert was married to Jessie Jane Field and she took a great
interest in the business. Ella Field worked there 3 7 years. John Ehlert was in business 41
years. He was involved in civic leadership too.
Lew Field purchased the Travnick building October 21, 1914. It was now know as the
Field building. John F. Ehlert was ageing and sold his stock March 14, 1946 to Wolfs
Department Store at 853 Water Ave. The Ehlert store was across the whole lower level.
Frank Novy bought the building June I , 1946 and Earl Robinson and Ervin Dieck
divided the store. North half was Robinsons Grocery Store at 832 Water Ave. The south
half was Dieck Clothing Store at 830 Water Ave.
LOWER NORTH HALF. Earl Robinson started with Robinson's <;Jrocery Store In
June l , 1946. He remodeled in March 22, I 956 and opened March 23, 1956 as Earl
Robinson's LG.A. Grocery Store. Hugo Hagenah was there meat cutter.
In November 1, 1962 Donivan Williams who worked here since 1946 bought the store
as LG.A.Grocery Store. Donivan and Everald Williams sold the store November 15,
1984 to Sandy Stowell. She named it Avenue Grocery Store.
In March 6, 1986 the Wonewoc Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. bought the place and
remodeled it into office spaces. It is called the Building. Businesses that are
there are Wonewoc Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., Dan Kouba's Insurance, Erwin's
Accounting was there and moved. Fick Electric replaced Erwin. Fick moved and now
R.S. Electric owned by Richard Sebranek is there. Three businesses are there in 1998.
Wonewoc Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. is owner and started here in 1987. R.& E.
Accounting owned by Charles and Roxanne Erwin started in 1979. In 1982 they
remodeled a office downstairs at their home at 933 Mitcher Ave. They moved here
October 6, 1983 . They bought the 843 Water Ave. building in 1982. Dan Kouba Insurance
started at home west of Hillsboro first. Next he was at the R._& E. Accounting place.
In July 9, 1987 he came to the Proffesional Building. Steve Fick started August, 1983 to
March 6, 1986 in this building. R.& S Electric came in 1995. Thomas S. Murley. C.P.A.
is there now.
LOWER SOUTH HALF. Ervin Dieck started here with his Dieck's Clothing Store in
June I, 1946. In 1958 he moved to 820 Water Ave.
The Gamble Store came next in May l 0, 1960 owned by Neil Neinast and he became
manager of the Gamble Store. He bought the Gamble franchise from WilJis Hofmeister.
Opening date was May 19-20-21, 1960. Neil Neinast was here 24 years.
John Pitzer bought the Gamble Store January 30, 1986. It was John's Gamble Store.
His employees were Roy Cooper, Jerry Blaha and Chris Hubbard. In May 2, 1986 John
had a auction and sold out.
Don Schiefelbein owned Hillsboro Floral started at R.R. 2 in 1957. It was at the
former Fred Chapmans greenhouse out of town. Don worked there since 1954. Lori and
Allan Stanek purchased the Hillsboro Floral from Don and Arlene Schiefelbein in October
6, 1981. Lori and Allan were there six years. They moved the Floral Shop downtown to
this building at 834 Water Ave. in October 6, 1987. In February 22, l 990 Lori and Allan
Stanek moved there Hillsboro Floral Shop to 820 Water Ave.
Hillsboro Veterinary Service is here at 834 Water Ave. now owned by Dr. Coorough.
He is here in 1998.
UPSTAIRS. V.Van Link ran a Tailor Shop upstairs in September 4, 1905. Dr.
Kruetzman had his dentist office here in August 11, 1906. Dr. Hansberry moved his office
here August 12, 1909. Dr. Terhorst did likewise. In 1910 he moved to Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. Jn September I 0, 1908 Dr. Hansberry sta11ed his Hillsboro Hospital here with
4 to 5 patient rooms.
In December 30, 1909 Dr. Bivins, Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Dr. Ferriter were here
and Dr.Bivins left to study in Chicago.
W.A. Dahlburg and Milo Sinkule had a insurance office here in March 3, 1927 and
Dahlburg went bankrupt on the 15th. Charles Ganser took over the Dahlburg Agency
March 15, 1927. R.H. Hahn ran an eye clinic with Dr. Hansberry in April 8, 1926. In
September 1, 1927 Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Dr. Dolan moved their offices to 829 Water
Ave. upstairs at the Ducklou building.
Attorney Harry T. Jordan opened up his law office here September 26, 1929 and was
aJso a Court Conunissioner. He was attorney from 1929 to 1946 when pe passed away.
His address was 836 Water Ave. He then went to 846 Water Ave. into the Fred Lemke
place. Attorney Endicott bought Attorney Jordan out after he died.
In January 2, 1930 Laura Behen of Reedsburg had a Laura Lee Beauty Shop here
open only on Saturdays. In September 20, 1934 the owners were Ellen White and Laura
Bohen. In July 30, 1936 Vere McLees joined them too. They left November 11, 1937.
Holmes New Style Shop was here January 14, 1932 too.
In 1962 the upstairs was converted to apartments.

The picture is the Travnick building.

Collins and Bohn operated a cement block factory, making cement blocks, cement
cemetery markers, cement tile, etc. It was on the road to the fairgrounds in January 3,
1905. It maybe was the Bailey brick factory. They had an office in the Lind Lumber Yard
to sell their cement products at the corner of Field Ave. and Mill St.
Collins bought an interest in the Lind Lumber Yard in 1906 and he dissolved with
Herman Bohn. Theo Collins sold his interest to R.F. Meyers in August 13, 1908.
Bohn called his new business the Hillsboro Cement Wo rks and was making cement
blocks in January 6, 1908. ln March 4, 1907 the Hillsboro Cement Works bought better
new equipment and made better blocks and cement bricks. They also did building contract
work. J .H. Garrow was manager in March 18, 1909 and now they started making
concrete staves for silo's. Bohn sold somewhere in the time span. J.H. Garrow became
manager again in March 2, 1910 for R.F. Myers and the Hillsboro Cement Works.
They stored four carloads of cement in April 30, 1-910 into th~ Jewitt Feed Mill
building. In July 14, 1910 they sold Portland Cement. By 1911 they made many
concrete staves for silo's. The farmer demand was openjng up . They made the brick for
the Mr. Tabor Church in 1921. They did many concrete jobs in town. I don't know when
they went out of business.


John Shissler set up a livery stable here in October 13, 1906. Hofmeister and Shissler
became partners in 1909. They owned a auto livery too. In 1910 Shissler added a I 00
horse livery barn. Robert Butcher of Taylor, Wisconsin bought the livery and the ice
house on December 9, 1915.
Thomas Kucha home was here with his Tailor Shop in his home at first. Later he built
at 856 Water Ave.
In October; 1919 this property belonged to Frank Cepek and John Slaney. They sold
the property to the Hillsboro Farm Equity that was organized by 25 share holders. It was
called the Hillsboro Farm Equity Warehouse and Shipping Assoc. They organized in
December 5, 1918. Ed Solem was secretary. WiJI Connors, Leo Shaker and others were
organizers. They bought cattle every week, sold wire, feed and farm supplies.
In June 3, 1920 they built, by the depot, a 30x40 foot tile block building. This was
their first store. Max Schmidt was the contractor.
A large shipment of hay from Nebraska arrived in August 9, 1923 . This helped the
fam1ers in this area, due to the shortage of hay. In 1923 they quit buying livestock.
Jn 1924 they had 124 shareholders. It was now called Farmers Coop. Warehouse. At
their meeting it was decided to build a 30xl00 foot building by the railroad for feed
storage, a grrun eleveator, new equipment for feed grinding and feed mixing. The Coop
leased 300 feet of land for the farmers horses. The village agreed to put up horse sheds
there for the farmers.
In July 17, 1924 Nuzum and Sherman Lumber Yard delivered 62,000 bf oflumber for
the new mill. Both buildings were opened October 2, 1924. John Staley was the manager
from 1921to1927. The mill could now make mixed feeds.
*** I can hear the hammers pounding yet. That much lumber took a lot of nails. ***
They sold Rose Brand Flour and would deliver in the village starting in June 17, 1926.
A gasoline filling station was also built. John Staley resigned. Albert Hynek was next
manager June 2 1, 1927.
There was another shortage of hay in January 31, 1929 here and in the west for three
years. They received hay from Kansas in November 11, 193 1.
Farmers in area cut down trees for the cows to eat the leaves in the Summer. The
draught was real bad. This was right during the depression years.
The Union Center Farmers Coop put in three large upright storage gas tanks in August
12, 1931 . Jesse Sherman was the manager.
The Hillsboro Farmers Warehouse put up one 6,000 and a 12,000 gallon gas storage
tanks. In March 8, 1933 Joe E. Stanek quit working at White Eagle Gas and became
manager here replacing Fick. The Gamble Store started at the Coop July 13, 1933 .
In October 25, 1934 the Farmers Union Shipping Assoc. started shipping cattle again.
James Doyle from Reedsburg became manager June 13, 1935. The big flood came August
6, 1935. Ed Filter resigned June 25, 1936 so Harley Santas became manager. Doyle
resigned November 26, 1936 and left the state. In December 3, 1936 Joe Vanningan was
***Too many managers, I thing the flood scared them off ***
A demonstration was given September 24, 1936 on Coop tractor rubber tires. A J.
Kli pstein was manager for the Coop Livestock Assoc.
In February· 14, 1940 Joe.Goodman and Frank Subera sold th~ir gas trucking business
to Paul Stanek. Ernest Housner was driver.
C.F. Claftlin manager of the Equity Coop. Livestock Assoc. in Milwaukee announced
that by January 26, 1940 there were 7,701 carloads oflivestock shipped there, from
40,000 fanners, worth $8,500,000 this year. Equity exceeds the 1939 state record by 393
carloads. In 1941 they had 8,305 carloads oflivestock. Elmer L. StaneR was our
livestock hauler in January I, 1944.
Melvin Mitchell sold the Coop a 40x80 foot quonset building in February 5, 1949. In
October 3, 1950 Equity started buying cattle at the old Landsinger yards. A 40x80
Cement block building was added September 3, 1950 for offices and displays. It has a 12
foot ceiling.
Jack Drury of Richland Center owned the feed mill at Yuba, Wisconsin. He sold it
February 5, 1955 to the Hillsboro Coop. Hillsboro's new manager was Bernard
Schroeder. Elgin Fanta became the next Yuba mill manager. Paul Stekel started as
manager at Hillsboro in August I 5, 1958. Below is the Hillsboro Mill.

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~\ Hillsboro Mill

The picture below is the Coop Gas Station and Repair Shop. A gas card station is off
to the left not shown on the picture.

Below is the office, hardware and supplies building. A large warehouse is in back and
the plumbing and heating shop is on the right. There are many other buildings not shown.

The Valley Cooperative Exchange at Kendall sold out to the Hillsboro Coop in
January 28, 1976. It was started June 10, 1943 . Their first president was N orbert H.
Popp. The first manager was Charles Popp.
The Yuba Mill added a hardware dept. and gas pumps in August 3, 1989. In Hillsboro
a new plumbing and heating shop was added March 15, 1990. The Coop bought the mill
at Wilton, Wisconsin. They set up a Convenience Store and gas pumps there in 1992.

In June 9, 1994 they set up a Convenience Store and gas pumps at Ontario, Wisconsin.
It is operated by the Hillsboro Coop. They added a garden tractor and snow blower shop
in Hillsboro. ln 1997 they bought the 76 Gas Station at Wonewoc owned by Larry
Kretche. They bought a house nex1 to the station and will move it. A new Convenience
Store is to be constructed there in the future. The Farmers Coop is a strong organization.
There were many more managers too numerous to mention. See page 273, present officers


Jarvas A. Thompson burned out at 1001 Water Ave. In March 25, 1909 he built the
two story brick building at 121 Mill St.
William Klein moved to Hillsboro in 1910. He leased this building and started a
M erchantile Store. In June 9, 1913 he became ill and moved into the small Pinch house by
the kraut factory. There he repaired small appliances ~d hadj unk, hides and furs.
When the Nickau building was moved to 1001 Water Ave. Klein started a grocery and
dry goods store at that location.
Getting back to 121 Mill St. In August 14, 1913 Jarvas Thompson put the building up
for rent in care of C.F.Rose a realtor. E.E. Ducklou of Wilton, Wisconsin rented it for his
Ducklou Jewelry Store. In 1914 Ducklou bought a lot at 829 Water Av~ ._ and built a two
story brick store there.
T.B. Rice started a general store here in February 12, 1914. In April 4, 1914 he
replemished his stock with Accident Flour and Karo Syrup. In October 28, 1915 he
closed for good .
Henry Brill was here from 1915 to September 20, 1917 with billards. John Liska
leased it in October 1, 1917. In October 18, 1917 he did $2,500. in repairs. Joe Sucky
that manufactured cigars at the Hillsboro Hotel sold his cigar business to John Liska in
July 27, 1916. John Liska opened a restaurant here and lived upstairs. He made cigars
elsewhere for five cents each. The Club Favorite was five cents also.
Mrs. M.T. Rice had the 28x40 building for rent October 25, 1917. Bert Hofmeister
ran a restaurant here in November 8, 1917. Picture below is the Hammer Telephone Co.

Jos. A. Dyer opened a shooting gallery and pool hall here in March 14, 1918. ln
March 25, 1920 Joe Jefferies Billards was here and stayed to April 15, 1929.
Daniel Hyland came April 15, 1920 to March 17, 1921 with a restaurant. Joseph
Suchy bought the building in 1921 and started a restaurant. In 1924 he added a
refrigerator counter for ice cream. He was here 3 2 years until 1953.
Ed Hammer purchased the Beile Telephone Co. from E. V. Wernick at 806 Water Ave.
He was there until I 959. He bought this building and moved here in 1959. It is now the
Hillsboro Telephone Co. They own several buildings in the back alley for equipment,
storage and supplies.
In June 18, 1959 the dial system was added . They keep updating the service with all
the modern changes. They are here in 1998.


Near the Wm. Lind poultry scale house by the qepot their wa~ a new coal delivery
company. [t started in January 6, 1910. Owners were Shreve and Cash. When wood
wasn't used so much for heating the homes, coal furnaces were the next invention being
used. I don't know how long they were in business.

Starting in May 5, 1910 a lot of people in Hillsboro were getting interested in the
coming car revolution . They traveled to distant cities to see the car dealers for a good
deal. At first the cars were expensive ranging anywhere from $1,200. to $2,500.
depending on the model, make and type of car. Later the prices came down a lot
In Hillsboro car dealers were by the dozens in a short while. There was extensive
garage construction for repairs and gas station buildings. Dealer licenses were easy to get.
From 19 J0 to 1920 I will list the different cars that were sold or bought in Hill sboro.
Rider Lewis, Willys-Overland, Maxwell, Ford, Hupmobile, Metz, Reo, Saxon, Biscoe,
Patterson, Pilot, Alco, Jefferi es, Kissel truck, Studebaker, Chevrolet, Dodge.
International Trucks, Pontiac, Overland Knight, Redbird, Champion. The Ell<lert, Duco,
Flint of Star Co. Willys Durrant, Kissel car was bought by the state. Some were trade
names of original car. There were many other makes too.
* ** Only the richer people purchased cars at first and then the Jones had to have a car and
so on until everyone had something to tip over with.***
*** Accidents increased throughout the years. Those old cars couldn't get up a hill with
the small horsepower so you got out to push. Those new trousers and skirts got all
muddy push, push me up the hill.***
* ** Sometimes the car stalled in the middle of a hill, you killed the motor. You lock the
poor holding handle brake, got out and cranked the motor, the brake lets go from the
motor vibration and oh, all those rattles, then you run like heck after your car when it goes
backward down the hill. All you got is the crank in your hand. Such was life.***
** * Many people lost their cranks, but I think in this case they maybe threw them after the
car. The car got angry and would kick back too.***
***Ed Gross got out to crank his car and lost his car into the lake that way and he said
those cars can't even spin out of the mud.***
***The cars were no match for the muddy roads which were sometimes impassable. If
you got stuck you just left it there and walked to town. When you got back, no the car
was there, it didn't get out by itself***
* ** The Dodge car dodged everything in the road. That must be why it was in the ditch
all the time.***
This was great touring back in 1914. The picture was taken two miles south of
Wonewoc on Hwy 33. Notice the condition of the Hwy. and the slow going in the mud.
There were't any chains then yet. Some made a home made set of tire chains from cow
*** The picture shows one pulling or pushing the other car. I think they are enjoying the
view of the Autumn leaf colors. Maybe you think otherwise.***


Melvin Lind and Dr. Ferriter owned the first car in the village. It was a Packard. In
those days the car couldn't pull itself in sand or up a big hill. Herman Wadleigh could for-
see a need for a car repair shop. Herman Wadleigh bought a lot from Wm. Linke the
wagon maker who owned the Linke block. That location of the Wadleigh garage would
be where the Quik Tri dairy coolers are. Wadlei h built_the garage in 1910.
W''' . . ' '"N~lfPf.Ji~~~

The picture on the previous page was the first load of cars arriving into Hillsboro at the
railroad depot. Charles Staley and Melvin Lind ordered them.
Wadleigh started the Hillsboro Battery Co. He sold and repaired coils, wiring, tires
and tubes, starters, batteries, generators and motor repairs.
*** The car was a dangerous animal, it would kick back often. Oh my poor thumb and
wrist. That car animal would sometimes run away too.***
In 1922 Herman Wadleigh sold his shop to Mrs. Saul Richards. Herman and his
brother Earl bought the Holak garage at 125 Mill St.
Leslie Collins and Mr. Parker became partners here in April 5, 1923 . They leased the
building and ran a blacksmith shop. Collins left and Parker sub-leased to the Hillsboro
Blacksmith Assoc. for their machine storage in April 12, 1923. The locomotive at the
railroad was dismantled and the parts were stored here.
In January 10, 1924 Henry Ripke leased the place from Mrs. Saul Richards for a
blacksmith shop. In February 1924 he bought the building. Mr:·fafek a woodworker,
became a partner with Ripke in July 19, 1924. They built sleighs, woodwork and did
blacksmithing, etc.
In March 11, 1926 Emil Novy bought the place and moved from the creamery cheese
factory building here. He sold car electrical parts and batteries. He called-it Emil's Battery
and Welding Shop. He did some welding and blacksmith work too. :. -
In July 26, 1927 he sold Nash cars. He owned the dealership in 1931. Emil Novy sold
his business to Herbert Wadleigh and Lloyd Burch. They were mechanics at Wymans and
Sandmans garage. On September 2 7, 1927 this place was Wadleigh and Burch Barttery
and Electric.
Lloyd Burch dissolved his partnership in October 15, 1932 and went back to work for
Sandmans Garage. Robert Kauk! bought Lloyd Burchs interest. He came from 725
Water Ave. In February 9, 1933 Kaukl bought Wadleigh out. It was Kaukl Battery and
Wayne Peterson was a partner with Kaukl and dissolved August 24, 1933 . All bills
owed the Kauk! Service Garage had to be settled soon.
In April 4, 1938 Emil and Otto Novy opened a blacksmith shop here. Emil Novy sold
his hardware store at 132 Mill St. to Fred G. Cook. Emil kept the McCormick machine
business and moved it here December 22, 1938.
George Weidenfeld came from Lone Rock, Wisconsin. He was there in the same
McCormick business. Emil Novy and George Weidenfeld started selling machinery
December 8, 1938. Mr. Greenbeck was the mechanic.
The building was demolished in the 1940s. The east part of the new Texaco Service
Station was built at this location. Quick Trip is here now. See Texaco write up.
I couldn't find a picture of the old building.


There was a store or house at this location at first. Peter Lind bought the building and
moved it to 826 Water Ave. He remodeled it and added a second story and had a hotel
and restaurant there.
This empty lot was purchased by Herman Stein in 1911. He dissolved with his brother
at 943 Water Ave. Herman built a new blacksmith shop here and in March 9, 1911 had a
new well drilled for water supply. Mr. Fleich was hired as helper April 6, 1911. Later
Wm. Lemke's cabinet shop was pulled from close by and added to the back ofthis building
to make a bigger shop.
Asa Bessey came from Hasslers shop to work here November 2, 1922.
In 1925 he went to Wm. Steins place to sell well pump parts.
Herman Stein began sharpening and gumming saws October 7, l 926. He stayed until
1940 and in March 9, 1944 moved to Milwaukee to work in a war time plant.
In May 9, 1940 Bert Elmer and Son leased the place and had a sales item store here.
Ed Opperman and Rudy Subera sold Ford-Dearborn tractors here in 1948.
Lyle Woodrick purchased the bujlding from Herman Stein in January 29, 1959. He
planned a restaurant and a youth recreation center here. lnstead the High School Agri.
Dept. leased it for an Agri Shop.
It became an auto and implement display area for two years. In October 25, 1959
Wm.R. Healy ran his electrical contractor office here. Healys Electric and Sporting
Equipment Shop started July 16, 1960.
The Veterans ofForeign Wars Hall was here in the 1960s. Peterson Chev. Garage
needed room for a used car lot. The Veterans had to move September 30, 1971. This
building was torn down. That closes the story of the Hermari Steip Blacksmith Shop.


The Standard Oil Co. decided to put storage tanks at Hillsboro in December 21, 1911.
The car revolution was here.
In February 19, 1914 the village passed Ordinance 53, giving permissfon and authority
to build storage tanks in Hillsboro. The tanks and a warehouse were built just west of the
Condensery building by the railroad.
Gas or kerosene were delivered by horse drayline to farms or stores by the barrel. Ed
Amberg was manager. Kerosene was used in the world in lamps since 1826. Kerosene
was used now by everyone. Ed Amberg in 1919 started the Hillsboro Farmers
Merchantile Oil Co. In February 27, 1919 Joe Bruha bought a team and wagon for the
deliveries. In January 20, 1920 Standard Oil set up a second big tank.
Clem Shreve took over Joe Bruha's job in February 5, 1920. Paul A. Schaller was
agent at the tanks. He resigned October 18, 1923 and went to Sparta, Wisconsin. L.P.
Gilbertson was local agent in late 1923 to August 5, 1926. He moved to Tomah,
Wisconsin . Then Joe E. Stanek became manager.
In March 31 , 1927 Standard Oil was looking for a new location for the tanks. They
would stay where they are or locate east of the railroad depot. Joe E. Stanek left January
24, 1929 to work for White Eagle Oil Co.
Mayenchein and W.H. Harrison are agents now. They both left May 30, 1929. Next
were W.H. Graham and Harve Woodrick. Graham traded with Joe E. Stanek in
November 29, 1929.
In June 11, 193 0 it was decided to change the tanks to the Bezucha Brewery property.
H.W. Harrison was agent April 18, 1935. There was a great change when George Preslik
bought the Standard gas franchise and truck deliveries in April 9, 1936.
Gene McCaig was manager in April 29, 1936. He came from the Perfect Oil Co.
Joseph Novy joined George Preslik December 6, 1951 delivering bulk gas. Howard Miller
was agent April 10, 1952. Neil A. Neinast was agent in July 9, 1953 and then moved to
Cuba City, Wisconsin.
In February 1, 1956 Earl Franks buys the business and starts. Joe Novy stays on
delivering bulk gas.
Earl Franks retired and sold out to David Stone June 'IO, 1976. Todd Teed delivered the
bulk gas now and David ran his filling station. Kickapoo Oil bought the business and I
don't know if Standard quit in town or not and there were no standard stations in town by
this date.
1913 CONDENSERY MlLK PLANT. 206 East Madison St.
The first Excelsior Factory was at this location. In December I I, 19 l 3 the Excelsior
Factory was sold to Eli Watson for $100. He was to move it to make room for the new
milk plant. In January I, l 9 14 B. l. Baley was contracted to drill a well for the new milk
The Valencia Condensed Milk Co. planned to build early in 19 14 . During construction
the Valencia Co. went bankrupt due to mai l fraud at their home office. There was a great
need for an outlet for the farmers increased mil k production.
***Now what do we do?***
To solve the dilemma a consortium of local people organized and invested their funds
to complete the plant. The stockholders were E.V. Wernick, Robert and Ed Hammer,
Frank A. Wopat, Fred Wopat. There maybe were more investors.
In July 1914 the bankrupt unfinished plant was for sale. E.V. Wernick put in a bid of
$41,000 for the investors and the state approved the sate bid". · The good deal was closed
August 24, 19 14 . The investors investment was worth twice t hat much .
Construction was again started October I, 19 l 4. T he Condensery was opened
November 1, 1915 per superintendant R.W. Bain. The milk plant was called Hillsboro
Condensed Milk Company. The plant paid$ l .50 per hundred weight for 3.6 bf milk test.
G.W. Thompson was hired as fieldman inspector. By May 17, 191 Tthe plant was
taking in 50,000 pounds of milk per week. The small labeled product was called Value
and Capitol.
The Bankruptcy State Court investigated Marcus A. Fee and said he filed bankruptcy
before he was bankrupt. In November 29, 191 I he was charged quilty on some counts
and mail fraud in ten counts. L.F.Eason and C. F. Christianson were given fines and jail
terms. Another hearing was held on June 5, 1919 and on October 27, 1921, which gave
Marcus A. Fee three years in prison. The other two got six months ar the House of
C.F. Baker resigned as plant superintendant September 7, 1922. R.W. Bain came back
to replace him.
Melvin Bal ey went to get the well drilling machine for B.I. Baley in M arch 31, 1927.
This was the second well drilled at the milk plant.

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ln June 7, 1928 they took in 90,000 pounds of milk per day. That was four carloads of
condensed cans a day. Three states were demanding the condensed milk so they were
planning to run another plant in the state.
In December 5, 1929 the plant was sold to John F. Jelke Co. They labeled their cans
Good Luck. They stayed five years and sold out to Carnation Co. in March 1, 1934.
The Carnation Co. employed 32 workers. Superintendent was Van Ess. O.C.
MacLauflin was manager February 19, 1930. Charles Larson was engineer October 8,
1931 . J.R. Kinzer was superintendent too .
In 1931 a gravel truck broke through the bridge leading to the Condensery. All gas,
lumber and milk trucks traveled four miles north to cross the Baraboo River and back.
The Diane Quintuplets were raised on Carnation milk ordered by their doctor in April
18, 1935.
In June 6, 193 5 Bernard Bruha escaped injury when the floor colapsed at the plant.
L.C. Hoe was Superintendent in September 5, 1935.. -Albert Field. was field milk tester
many years for the Hillsboro Testing Assoc. In September 16, 1937 Stanley Sherry
succeeded him.. Ralph Miracle was superintendent April 6, 1939. In January 2, 1941 it
was Myron Patch.
The largest intake of milk was September 25, 1941 . It was 203,000 pounds per day.
2000 cases of condensed milk was canned a day. --
There was a strike at the plant January 10, 1946. It was the first one day strike ever
occurring in Hillsboro.
John J. Marabella was supervisor June 19, 1952. Miracle was here 15 years. In
January 28, 1954 Charles Johnson was supervisor. James L. Atherton was superintendent
October 27, 1956.
lt all came to an end February l , l 956 when the plant closed down. Twenty
employees were laid off. Six stayed on as milk receivers. The milk was shipped to
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Waged of $100,000. were lost here. Some from here moved
to Oconomowoc and worked there in the plant. The plant here was a receiving station to
1966 and then closed.
In February 2, 1967 the United Mink Producers Pelting Plant started up at the old milk
plant. It employed 95 persons.
The 95 foot tall chimney was taken down by Auston Walker in December 7, 1972.
The Kickapoo Oil Co. bought the building January 4, 1973 for storage. They built a three
stall garage on the east side to maintain their bulk transit trucks.
John Ace Faucett remodeled the back area of the Condensery for his Thunder Valley
Diesel Repair Shop. Faucett isn't there since 1983 .
The Kickapoo Country Store was here April 12, 1984. Kickapoo Oil Co. was here
April 24, 1986.
In June 22, 1989 C.& C. Liquidators moved into the building using it for storage and a
distribution outlet. Charles Cusik is owner. He operates stores at Elroy, Wyiville,
Arkdale, Beaver Dam and Geneva, MN. They are here in 1998.

1914 POP CORN STAND. Between 815-819 Water Ave.

Around September 9, 1914 there was a popcorn stand between 815 and 819 Water
Ave. buildings. At that time a D. Byne was the owner and later I found Jack Moore had
the popcorn stand. A Mrs. Anna Stein operated the stand and Dutch Hagenah did too. In
August 20, 1934 Alice Hynek ran the popcorn stand. They were in the shoe store at the
time. Mr. Kurtiss had it sometime between 1934 and 1937. Glady's Baley operated the
pop com stand too.
Theo and Leona Wurster purchased the Ed Lind Harness Shop in August 17, 1937 and
the popcorn stand went with the deal. Theo's mother Marie \Vurster ran the popcorn
stand for a couple of years. Then Leona and Theo ran it until the building was moved in
July 15, 1967. The popcorn stand is located between the store on the left and the second
store in the picture.

Mutch &nd Worden buildings were located at the site of Cut

Beauty Salon and Ben Franklin Store in Hillsboro. The bui!~ing at ri · ..
the photo is now a part of the present Ben Franklin store. The Lind ·:
Estate Office buildin g in photo is now the office and residence of Dr. R·'
H . Johnston, veterinarian, this structure was moved from its former 'W
Avenue loca.tion, a block north to 925 Water Avenue.
1914 FARM srLO.
Hammer Hardware sold the Wisconsin Silo Co. Silo in April 9, 1914. It was a concrete
John Gerbig became an agent of the B.V.J. Silo in January 24, 1918. It was a brown
glazed block silo.
Joseph Erie sold the Lansing Silo in February 9, 1921 and in May 19, 192 l he sold the
Mammoth tile stave silo also.
Frank Yansky in Champion Valley sold the wood Champion Silo in 1923 .
In 1924 Matt Picha Hardware in Hillsboro sold the Mjchigan concrete stave silo. In
June 18, 1930 the Vernon County Milling Co. sold the Michigan Silo.
Edward Stanek sold the Madison Silo. Those were the early era silo dealers. Now you
have Harvester and similiar bottom unloading silos.
Open trench and temporary snow fence silos came too. Now the exterior blown plastic
storage is popular. Some have the in ground open pit type or the above ground type open
pit ones.

1914 HENRY LTNKE HOUSE. 131and 135 Mill St.

Henry Linke first built a house at 12 l Mill St. and had his Boots and Shoe Store in part
of it. It got crowded there so he built a house at 13 5 Mill St. He was here until 1885 .
In 1885 Robert Lind and his twin brother used the upper level for living quarters and a
office downstairs. It was called the Albert and Robert Lind Produce Co. They purchased
poultry and eggs and shipped them to Chicago. See Hillsboro Produce Co. for the write
In March 1, 1902 Henry Linke sold his old home to Wm. Lind a realtor.

The Linds used the old house for a office. Sometime in 1914 the house was moved or
tore down.
James Holak bought the lots in October 14, 1914. He built a two story brick building
big enough for two stores. Max Schmidt was the contractor. During construction a
scaffold fell and Max was injured.

The above picture is the big Holak building.

We will talk about 131 Mill St. first. [n February 3, 1916 Ralph Hart rented the east
half of the Holak building. He came in 1906 from Colby, Wisconsin and began at 121
Water Ave. in furniture and undertaking business. He was next at 850 Water Ave. and
now here.
J.F. Phalen leased a space at the Harts Store to sell billard tables in February 24, 1916.
In March he called it Phalens Variety Store. J.R. Ruse had the next billard parlor here in
June 14, 1917.
Ralph Hart died in 1917 and his son Lyle Hart took over. John Liska Jr. was Harts
first assistant. In March 13, 1919 Lyle Hart secured a licensed embalmer, Leo Hart. Mrs
Ellyn Hart became funeral director in 1934.
In 1936 they purchased a large house at 835 Prairie Ave. and remodeled it into a large
funeral parlor. He again remodeled in 1959.
Lyle Hart became full owner of his store in Feburary 15, 1940. Since 1929 Robert E.
Staley was a Licensed funeral director and active in the funeral business with Hart.
C.A. Rippin ran a jewelry store here in part of the store in June 9, 1949. He sold to
Vincent G. Minnet who set up at 829 Water Ave.
Arthur Fick worked for Hart July 29, 1948 to 1956. In September 1962 he bought the
Hart Furniture Store and the Funeral Home.
Around April 28, 1994 it became Fick and Mark Hoof Then Arthur Fick passed
away. It is still Fick and Hoof The furniture store was leased to Francis Blaha and
others. An Antique Mall is coming in March, 1998 here, owned by Tom & Nancy Meiron
from New Berlin, Illinois.

Below is the Fick-Hoof Funeral Home owned by Mark Hoof

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Now we will talk about 13 5 Water Ave. The west half of the large Holak building was
rented April 1, 1916 to S. Levine. He opened the Peoples Store a general store. It
operated until October 5, l 922 and went bankrupt February 24, 1923.
In March 13, 1924 H. Rabinoff leased the Holak building. He opened up the Boston
Store April 1, 1924. He came fro m the Nickau place at 826 Water Ave. The Boston
Store went bankrupt June 14, 1930. O.E. Leon Services managed the close out.
A. Marchowsky from Mauston, Wisconsin owned a chain of stores at Kilburn, Portage,
Reedsburg, Elroy, Mauston and now Hillsboro. He started here December 1, 1930. It
was called Marchowsky Store. In December 17, 1930 Howard Moon of Edgerton,
Wisconsin was the manager. The store added a meat market in September 18, 1941 .
Ernest Picha was the meat cutter February 25, 1943.
Howard Moon renamed the store Marchowsky Super Market January 10, 1946.
A son Keith Moon managed the store after Howard Moon died .
William Schneider and partner Morris Hanson bought the store from Howard Moon
and Keith Moon in May 1, 1958.
Wm. Schneider worked for Milo Sinkule at 820 Water Ave. Then he worked for Dutch
Hagenah at 848 Water Ave. Last he worked for Hanson Store at 853 Water Ave. Now
he went into partnership with Hanson at 135 Mill St.
Morris Hanson was discontinuing his grocery department at 853 Water Ave. and
moved it to this location at 135 Mill St. He remained only as a clothing store.
Hanson and Schneider were partners until 1962 or 1968 when Wm. and Sylvia
Schneider bought Hansons share out. They called it Surfine Grocery.
Wm. and Sylvia Schneider retired in April 8, 1982 and closed the store. They were
here for 30 years.
They sold the building to Severson Agri Service in March 22, 1984. Doug Wood from
La Farge, Wisconsin was manager. They were from Viroqua, Wisconsin. They sold a
full line of Doboy Feeds and other animal foods. They had a store in Viola too.
Upstairs to the right was Dr. Schnieberger, a lawyers office and the library and Justice
of Peace in the back right comer room above the then, People's Store.
For library see pages 103 & 118 & 123 & 125 & 166 & 270 & 271.
1n December 1989 Joseph and Theresa Verbsky opened up a Komer Klub for teens.
Grand opening was January 25, 1990.
Theresa Yerbsky and Pattie Knower started a Cornucopia Shop around May 16, 1996.
They serve gaurmet coffee and food. They also have antiques at one part of the place.
They are here in 1998.


Yanetta and Emil Novy sold the Jeffrey car in April 26, 19 17. Hagenah and Markee
sold the Hudson and Essex car in January 15, 1920. Jafek and Brow ran a car repair
service, located north of the city at the end of a shale pit in Apri l; 26, 1923.
Ed Sebranek Auto sold Pontiac's in July 26, 1928. Henry Walker and Kopetsky had
there Chev. Sales and Service in February 28, 1929. In February 19, 1931 Lloyd Burch
purchased their garage. He was a mechanic at Wymans and Sandman garage.
Badger Auto Sales Co. sold De Soto cars in town November._I 1, 1928. Lloyd Allds
ran a body shop at his home.
In 1978 Richard Butch Rosal started Butch's Body Shop. He started in High School.
He went to W.W.T.I. to study mechanics and car body repair. After college he worked
for Lloyd Allds. Then for Mike Fawcett. Next he worked at the Peterson Garage. He
built his own body shop outside of Wonewoc and is there in 1998. ~-
John Knower and Phil Farra in September 1, 1983 became partners. Knower was in
the car business in Hillsboro. Farra sold cars in La Valle, Wisconsin for seven years.
They now own Country Corners car lot at the corner of Hwy 12 & 33 near Baraboo and
Lake Delton, Wisconsin. I believe that now it is owned by John Knower.
Richard Sebranek sells cars at his service station in Hillsboro. Lee's Auto Sales was at
the edge of town by the Piggley Wiggley Store. Schwartz Auto Sales is located by the
Silver Dollar building at the edge of town.
There maybe were more car dealers in town especially in the earlier times.


The village built a jail house in November 28, 1918. It was built of solid concrete.
The size was l 6x24 feet. The jail was located across the back alley road behind the
present Hillsboro Telephone Co.
The judge came to Hillsboro to hear court cases and the jail was close by to lock up
criminals. Only one person died in the jail. He was Harry Parfrey and he died of natural
causes in May 12, 1938.
During the depression time in March 10, 1932, ten migrant or homeless were given
food and they slept in the jail house. A larger group also stayed at the Hillsboro Hotel
and were fed there.
There was talk in April; l 2, 1945 to build a new $7 ,000. jail , but they said maybe at a
later date.
The building was torn down in the 1950's and someone built a car garage on that spot.
***One time a jailed person tore the plumbing out in the jail. He almost drowned. The
water was up to his chin and he was hollering out the barred window. He was saved but I
bet he never wanted to be in jail again.***


The local Dr. Kruetzman hired Frank Moore to build the theatre. It was located two
doors north by Petersons Pharmacy.

lt was called Midget Movie Theater and was ready for use July 10, 1919.
In April 1, 1920 the theater had a fire which was started by an oil stove. Dan Hyland
was manager earlier in June 17, 1920. He ran movies at the opera house at 128 Mill St.
Then he changed the movies to be held only at the theater.
AJfred Mattison managed for a short term. In June 22, 1922 the theater was sold to
Orval Rose and Clarence Worden. They ran it to August 29, 1929.
Robert and Vernard Sherman changed the business to a talking movie at the Midget.
In September 17, 193 0 E. V. Hofmeister leased the Midget Theater. Then in August 12,
1931 M.E. Mitchell leased it. He was from Praire du Chein.
H.R. Knower bought the theater May 12, 1932. He added an addition on the back,
installed better movie equipment and the business picked up. Ray Miner was manager
August 20, 1934.
Something different came when Randolph Dilly held tap dancing and dance lessons at
the theater December 6, 1934. .
In April 4, 1935 a new sandwich and candy shop was added in the lobby.
An abduction occurred in April 18, 1935 close by the theater. Charles S. Shorey Jr.,
John Jafek and Elmer Bruha were at the movie. John and Elmer walked Charles Shorey
home. The abduction happened later that evening. Charles was taken to Chicago by his
abductors, robbed and thrown into a drainage ditch there, left for dead. 1-he abductors
wrote Mrs. Shorey a note that Charles was dead. Later Charles came about when he was
thrown into the ditch and he lived. They all were glad to have him home again.
In October 24, 1935 J.C. Sandie and Lawrence Brown managed the theater. James
Biba purchased it October 1, 1936 and named it New Royal Theater. A new air cooling
system for comfort was added May 25, 1939.
In March 5, 1942 Biba made a deal to buy 50,000 used brick when the village brick
streets were being dismantled. He bought them for $6.66 per thousand in March 26,
1942. Biba built a new theater two doors south. See new theater at 727 Water Ave.
This old theater was sold to Ralph H. Knower March 4, 1943. He remodeled it into a
locker plant and a dairy bar in the front part. In December 16, 1943 he called it Knowers
Dairy Bar and Food Locker Plant It had 350 food lockers which were located at the rear

Holly Smith and Glenn Henthorn of La Farge bought the place in August 15, 1944.
The men operated the meat business and their wives ran the dairy bar. Jn April 12, 1945
they discontinued the dairy bar and put in a grocery store. It was named the Friendly
Store. They operated it until June 22, 1950. Thereon Coy of Wonewoc bought it and
named it the Hill sboro Locker Plant. In October 18, l 951 he had a fire and rebuilt the
interior. Martin E. Harms of Muscoda, Wisconsin was hired as meat cutter in September
18, 1952.
The next owner was Clifford J. Miller in April 23, 1953. Herbert Nelsen owned it
next. He operated it until 1973. The Herbert Nelsen Locker Plant was razed to
accommodate a 120 foot space for public car parking in the city. It made room for 24
parking spaces. Some of the old tennis court area was used also.


A one pum·p gas station was located at 405 Lake St: on Hwy·. 82 and 33. It was
owned in 1930 and operated by Wencil Mislivecek. It was called Cities Service Station.
There was a little garage by the gas pump where he would change oil, etc.
In September 1936 he was robbed by three people with guns and a car. The little
garage is still a landmark by the brick house at 405 Lake St.
1920 JAFEK BUILDING. 725 Water Ave.
E. V. Wernick owned a old building at 725 Water Ave. for his shop and telephone parts
storage one door south of Petersons Pharmacy. He sold the old structure to Frank Jafek
March 11, 1920. Frank Jafek tore it down June 30, 1921. He built a brick building on the
lot. It was finished October 20, 192 1. It had a upper level accessable from the back alley.
The lower front was fairly level to Water Ave.
First we wi ll tell about the lower level. In 1922 the lower level was rented by Mr. Kopp
and Emil Novy for a car battery and electrical shop. They stayed to April 17, 1924 and
moved down the block to the discontinued cheese factory by the creamery.
Russel Baley who had a battery shop at 806 Water Ave. moved here. He stayed fro m
April 24, 1924 to 1929.
Emery Setzer and Rudy Subera set up a small car repair and battery shop in November
14, 1929. They purchased an electric grease gun. Robert Kaukl left the Mill St. Wadleigh
Battery Shop and was here February 9, 1933 .
*** A battery charge couldn't be charged, but it didn't work that way, they charged us
Marion Woodhouse became manager October 12, 1933. Now they handled Mobil Oils.
Lloyd Allds operated a body shop here for R.D . Sandman.
Evans Body Shop from New Lisbon, Wisconsin came August 10, 1939. He also
painted cars.
In 1944 to 1946 Sanford Electric wiring was at this location. Edwin and John Hagenah
sold ice to customers here. Joshua Sanford came July 4, 1946 with his Radio and Electric
Shop. He then went to 806 Water Ave.
Ron Schmitz and Lawrence McKenzie opened a Army and Navy Surplus Store in the
lower level in January 6, 1947. This was maybe t he last business in the lower level. The
upper may have been here or visa-versa.
Now the upper level. Owner Frank Jafek started his special wood working shop here
in 1922. To speed up his work he rigged up an Oldsmobile car motor for power to run
the machines. He also made lawn furniture.
John Jugle made cabinets here in October 13, 1932 and moved July 13, 1933.
Then Peter Jensen tried his expertise at the Jafek Shop in January 24, 1935.
In March 31, 1937 Fred Cooks operated a hardware store here. He called it Hillsboro
New and Complete Gamble Store. He occupied the front of the upper level. He stayed to
July 28, 1938 and moved to 815 Water Ave. Henry Mahr was involved in the deal too.
A Baby Chick Hatchery Station and Feed and Equipment Supplies store was started at
the rear of the upper level and they stayed to 1940.
In July 1940 Edwin Hagenah and son John bought the building and set up a local
Bowling Alley. In December 26, 1940 the center organized its Hillsboro Recreation
Assoc. In May 21, 1941 the alleys were completely remodeled and completed September
1, 1941. John Hagenah was called to the army. The alley was closed August 19, 1943 .
They now had four lanes here.
Ed G. Liska bought it in August 28, 1943 . Pins were set by hand until the new pin
setters were installed.
The Hillsboro Recreation·Assoc. was reorganized: They ·argapized a Womens League
at the same time.
In October 5, 1944 Auston" Whitey "Wilson ofMilwaukee, Wisconsin owned it and
Orval Rose had a interest in it also.
Whitey ran it three years and sold out February 27, 1947 to Cecil S. Greeley. It was
called Recreation Parlor. .!. -

Around June 9, 1947 Emery Setzer opened up Setzers Implements here and was a
Massey Harris tractor dealer. Ace Fawcett opened Ace's Weld and Repair July 25, 1951.
Both businesses were there together. Emery Setzer died May 31, 1958.
George Sebranek bought it August 14, 1958 and stayed to 1967. George was a 1948
graduate. He fanned and then worked in Fred Cooks Hardware and then at Wildcat
Implements. George Sebranek operated the Massey-Ferguson Implement line.
In 1967 George Sebranek rented the building out for two years. The lot and building
was sold to Ed Hammer Telephone Co. in 1969, used for an equipment and storage
building. George then went to be a diesel mechanic at Harry Hetling Trucking at Union
Center, Wisconsin. That ends the story on this building in 1998.

192 1 WESTBROOK TANK AND OIL CO. 229 Mill St. First Filling Station.
Melvin Lind and H.J . Chard built the first filling station in town . This originally was
the location of Mrs. Saul Richards brick home at 229 Water Ave . and prior to that William
Linke had wagons on display here close to his shop. It said a Dr. Caswell was involved
here too. Prior to gas stations, the bulk tank companies delivered gas in barrels with
wagon and team . It was in the 1920s when filling statio ns got popular.
Saul Richards sold his garage at 203 Mill St. to the Hillsboro Motor Co. In May 1,
19 19 he got involved with the Westbrook Tank Line from La Crosse, Wisconsin. They
were to lease and install gas pumps at this 229 Mill St. location and a small repair shop.
Saul Richards opened June 29, 1922. Walter Barron was manager.
Saul Richards got seriously injured in 1922 at the station. He died from the injury.
Mrs. Richards filed a negligent case against the Westbrook Tank Line Co. He was
salaried with them.
Mrs. Saul Richards waited a long time and finall y got $3,400. fo r a settlement. She
then sold their brick home by the station and the station lease to Westbrook Tank Line Co.
for $7,000. She then bought and moved to the Wm . Amberg house.
C.F. Benish became manager February 1, 1923 and E.L.Heding was salesman. The
company installed the high test pumps September 27, 1923 . In 1924 they .installed
electrical pumps. !. -

One of the pumps sparked and ignited the gas and a big explosion occurred. After that
Benish said, he would rather pump the gas by hand .


The a bov e picture is of the first r e;gular Auto Service Station erect·
r:d in H illsbor o. It was built in the 1D20's.
Previously garages, with gasoline p umps. in fr? nt, h ad been .the only
source of auto serv i<:e and supplies. T r is sta tion s till ~tands and is locat-
E'cl. at the junction of County Higfl w ay F and State Highways 33 and 82
T he roof which once arched the di·! vt:w ay has been removed .

If you purchased $50. worth of gas, the Westbrook Co. would give you a $ 1,000.
travel accident policy in return. That started July 16, 1925 to promote business.
In 1926 Mr. Turner ran the station and C.F. Benish returned April 2 1, 1927. Then in
December 12, 1929 Benish went to work at their bulk tanks.
Jake Markee worked here September 20, 1934 and on. Joe E. Stanek came March 31,
1938. Anderson and Pinch were here June 4, 1942 and had it for sale. H.R. Knower was
across the street at Wadhams. It then went Mobile so that put Knower out April 1, 1940.
Knower bought Anderson and Pinch station. He opens June 27, 1942 and called it the
White Eagle Station. They sold 0 -X Cities Service gas.
ln November 26, 194 2 lva Marshall and Alice Wopat operated it as Victory D-X
Station during the war years. Clifford Stenerson was here for two years to 1949. It then
became Herb Kahlers Sinclair Station and Clifford Stenerson ran it for him to l 9 51.
D. Sullivan came April 12, 1951 and he sold his Phillips 66 Station to Robert Henthorn
September 20, 1951 . The Phillips 66 Station gas came from Elroy, Wisconsin.
Sometime in the 1950s, the old Wad leig h Battery Shop that was here next to the
station was torn down . The old Westbrook Station on the corner was torn down too. A
new gas and repair station was built across the two lots at 229 Mill St.
Ralph W. Wookruff operated it as the Texaco Service Station in May 20, 1965. He
stayed to August 8, 1974 and then sold insurance. Joe Faucett became owner in
September 1, 1977 as Hillsboro Texaco Station.

In 1980 Kickapoo Oil Co. bought the Texaco Station. Harley Pliner hauled gas and
now in December 1, 1980 when Kwik Trip took over, he deli vered bulk here from La
Crosse, Wisconsin. ln 1980 Winnie (Erlandson) Knadle became manager. Ken Sebranek
in 1982 was station attendant.
Christi Kouba became manager January 6, 1983 . ln June 6, 1985 they needed a bigger
place. They built a larger building and new pumps were installed. The Kikapoo Oil Co
expanded. H.R. Knower and son Raymond started the Kickapoo Oil Co. in 1958. They
expanded to 53 gas stations and convenience stores and owned them in 1984. In 1966
they had storage at the Condensery building and added a transit station there. They built a
big office building across the street by the Condensery.
John Bosshard bought the Kickapoo Oil Co. and the Convenience Stores. The
Kickapoo Oil Co. and stores were sold to Quik Trip from La Crosse, Wisconsin in
October 3, 1988. As of that date the gas stations and stores were called Quik Trip. The
Hillsboro bulk operation was closed and gas is delivered from La Crosse, Wisconsin now.
They are here in 1998.
The Westbrook Tank Oil Co. of La Crosse, Wisconsin arrived in Hillsboro May 26,
192 1. They erected two gas tanks east of the depot and stockyards in Hillsboro. They
erected the first auto service station in Hillsboro at 229 Mill St.

Westbrook sold bulk gas and keresene to other outside village places. In September
27, 1927 they installed another 15,000 gallon tank for high test gasoline. ln May 27, 1926
Westbrook Oil sold out to White Eagle Co. of Kansas City.
Bud Field replaces E.L. Heding at White Eagle bulk April 7, 1927. He got a new
delivery truck . In January 24, 1929 Bud Field resigns and Joe E. Stanek replaced him. In
December 12, 1929 C. Benish and Joe Stanek were bulk agents. C. Benish quit November
1931 and Lloyd Bell replaces him. Stanek went to the Coop March 8, 1934. Fick
replaces him. See other Knower write ups.


This is the new Quik Trip.


The building behind the Frank Machovec home was the Machovec Lumber Office.
The small building served as an office. Then George Stanek had his Staneks Refrigeration
Office here coming from Dilly. Later the building became a dog pound. The building was
razed in November 25 , 1974 to make room for the new Farmers State Bank that was built
here. The Lumber Office is below the Frank Machovec house in the picture.

1922 PICKLE FACTORY. By Condensery.
On February 16, 1922 the Hussa Canning and Pickle Co. of Bangor, Wisconsin. had a
ad selling $100,000. of their preferred stock as a new issue. J.J. Stanley was stationed at
the Hillsboro Hotel as the companies representative.
I don't know just when they started the pickle factory here, maybe it was in the 1920s.
The wood pickle storage silos sat along the railroad track north of the Condensery. The
pickle sorting building was just east of the silos.
The pickles were sorted into four or five size grades at the pickle sorting machine
building. The small pickles brought the prime price per pound.
The Jewitt and Sherman Co. bought pickles here up to April 22, 1931. Then they
announced that they wouldn't operate the next year.
In November 10, 1938 the Jewitt and Sherman Co. of Milwaukee set up a pickle
salting station here by the railroad track. They processed about 35,000 bushels of pickles
into the curring silos here. ·There were four or five .of thew66d ·sjlos. After the salt cure
they were loaded into special railroad cars to be delivered to a pickle canning location
In 1958 seeds could be bought at Wuersters Shoe Store. In May 24, 1962 Adolph
Jelinek was the manager at the cucumber factory. Mrs Eunice Johnson J!lanaged it in
March 16, 1968. Somewhere in the 1970s the pickle factory was discontinued.


Don't confuse the first filling station with the first repair station. This location had the
first repair station. George A. Williams was the owner of the house on this lot. It was

Henry Robinson built the first repair station here in August 5, 1926. The Perfect Oil
Co. had four bulk tanks in town. This station sold it from 1926 to 1930. The station was
sold to Perfect Oil Co. The manager was Harold R. Knower. In February 12, 1930 it
merges with the Mobil Oil Co.

Clifford Stenerson was working here in January 7, 1931. [n June 1931 James Knadle
had the filling station selling Mobil gas. In November 25, 193 1 he added grease work and
new equipment.
In May 24, 1934 McCaig and Bauman ran it to September 27, 1934. Then it was Mc
Caig and Norwalk. ln June 13, 1935 Joe E. Stanek sold Mobil products.
Wm. F. Machovec came here next in December 31 , 1936 and Rudy Norwalk was
manager and mechanic selling Mobil. Fred Tremain came April 7, 1938 and kept Rudy
Norwalk as mechanic. Next was Bernard J. Snyder Service Station in November 24,
1938. Rudy Norwalk was mechanic.
In February 9, 1939 James and Wm. Knadle were appointed as Mobil agents and had
their office above the Snyder Station.
Gordon Lower of Ontario, Wisconsin was here May 18, 1939. Clifford Stenerson
came April 12, 1940. It was Stenersons Service Station. He was here eight years. Joe E.
Stanek and Joe Faucett helped in 1942. ··
Remember when Wadhams and Perfect Oil Co. became one company in December 31,
1936 and now they took Mobil on too. In April 11, 1940 Wadhams appointed local
agents James and Wm. Knadle, so R. Knower was not in charge anymore. Knower then
went across the street to start the D-X Station. The Mobil office was a~ove Snyders
Mobil Station. --
The company now was Wadham Oil Co and Perfect Oil Division. Other workers were
Janeson Field and Salsberg. In July 30, 1936 farmers could call the Rendering Works
from this office.
William, James and Ernest Knadle worked in gas deliveries for years. James Knadle
started in 1934 and retired in 1969. R.B. Hunt was bulk agent August 23, 1956. Harley
Pliner was Mobil bulk dealer in December 22, 1977.
So you can understand it all. The three companies became one. Perfect Oil bought the
Farmers and Merchants Oil Co. in town in 1927, which was Inter State Products or Star
gas. Then it was called Wadhams Oil Co. in 1936 and now Mobil. I hope l have it right.
Ed Amberg was manager at the Standard Oil Co. and left from there. In March 10,
1921 he and other business men and farmers started the Hillsboro Farmers and Merchants
Oil Co. ln March 17, 1921 they erected two 16,000 gallon tanks east of the iron bridge by
the depot. They sold kerosene too.
In 1924 they sold Star gas. Ed Amberg delivered barrel amounts. Harve Woodrick
was manager with Ed Amberg in May 1925. Perfect Oil Co. managed by Harold R
Knower bought the Hillsboro Farmers and Merchants Oil Co.
In June 6, 1929 Wadham Oil Co. hired Harve Woodrick as agent. Harrington and
W.H. Graham left Standard gas. Two large tanks were set east of the depot in June 27,
1929. A filling station was set up at Wm. Steins Blacksmith Shop at 943 Water Ave. and
at Staleys garage too. Otto Mislivecek was one of the bulk truck drivers. They had two
new trucks. In November 18, 1931 Harve Woodrick resigned. In December 31, 1936
Perfect Oil Co. bought out Wadhams Oil Co.
***Now you will have to go to Perfect Oil Co. to here the rest of the story. ***
Above l told you some of the Mobil history. Now we will continue. Clifford
Stenerson bought his first school bus in 1938. He owned and drove the school buses for
40 years. He had a garage in Valley, Wisconsin in 1953. Bill his son took over the
business and they built a bus station now in Hillsboro at Tinker Industrial Park..

Four large gas tanks were erected at East Mill Road in September 16, 1926. Harold R.
Knower managed the Perfect Oil Co. at Mauston, Wisconsin. Knower sold gas to many
stations in many villages. In June 7, 1927 the Farmers and Merchants Co. in Hillsboro
sold their gas tanks to Perfect Oil Co. In February 12, 1930 Perfect Oil Co. takes on the
Mobil gas with Knower as manager. H.R. Knower became district manager June 27,
1930. From 1928 to 1930, over 1,624, 000 gallons of gas was sold to 14 stations and
more in the future.
James Knadle became manager for Perfect Oil Co. April 1928. Wm. Knadle was
manager for Mobil gas and the two companies merge. Wesley R. Havlik was manager
November 25, 1931. In 1932 Perfect Oil Co. Buys White Eagle bulk out. Joe Stanek
resigns from the Coop and is here in May 23, 1934. In August 6, 1935 the big flood
topples over the bulk storage tanks.
Getting back to the garage again. Ernest Knadle became station owner in March l,
1950. He made an addition and other improvements in 1951. In 1950 Ernest Knadle sold
his interest in the Knadle and Riddle bulk distribution. In Novemberl 950 Joe Faucett was
delivering Mobil gas. The old station was torn down. ,
A brand new Mobil Service Station was built of cement block on this srte. Opening
date was August 19-20, 1953. It was called Ernie's Mobil Station.
Harold R. Shear operated Harry's Mobil Station in October 13, 1966. Then it was
Ken's Mobil Station in August 17, 1967. John Connors bought it March 1982, it was still
called Ken's Station.
Connors sold it to Richard Sebranek March 18, 1982. He was a partner with John
Knower at Country Corners used cars. Knower bought Sebraneks interest and moved
near Lake Delton. Sebranek took a mechanics course and worked at Oppermans garage
as mechanic. It is called Sebraneks Auto Mart.
Sebranek discontinued gasoline sales in 1996. He repairs cars and sells used cars. He
started an electric wiring buiness with his garage business. They are here in 1998.

The picture is the Sebranek Auto Mart.

1927 QUINN MfNK RANCH. 1212 High Ave.
Robert E. Quinn started his mink ranch around 1927 with seven or eight mink. He
received the mink from a man at Tyvola, Michigan that raised mink. It was at the time
when Robert Quinn was working at his uncle Edwin Hagenah's sawmill in Tyvola for the
Hagenah and Buckley Lumber Co.
The name Lakeside Ranch was chosen because at first it was located below the lake
area by the mill. He worried of flooding so he moved the mink to higher ground at the
northeast side of town. It was on about a fifteen acres site.
Theodore A. Quinn was manager for the Hillsboro Telephone Co. He retired in 1940
and then worked for his son at the mink ranch.

The aerial picture was taken in 1977 when Quinn decided to quit the mink business.
In July 30, 1930 they raised 70 mink In later years they had over 200. A Yukon breed of
mink set a record here in August 13, 1936 when one female had 13 kits.
A big robbery happened November 27, 1941when221 mink were stolen worth
$12,000. A field day was held November 11, 1954 for fur ranchers. Le Roy Freck made
feed mixers for the Quinns with his own patent.
In February 12, 1970 a pelting plant was established here at the old Condensery
building. It was called the United Mink Producers Pelting Plant. About 95 people were
employed, 82 were women.
In 1970 there were 160,000 mink pelts processed. The pelts came from ranches in
Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Clyde Schroeder was the plant
superintendent from Viola, Wisconsin. Bernard Dressel from Jim Falls, Wisconsin was
business manager.

The Carnation Condensery building was purchased by the United Mink Producers
Assoc. U.M. P . A. leased it to Boltz and Higgins. Mink pelts were shipped here in a
frozen condition.

Special Drying Process For Pelts


. I . .:

feJts Made Ready For Shipment

Special drying process for the pelts was installed.
The first process was to flesh the pelts or remove fat left on the hide. The pelts were
tagged by owner and color. Then they were put in a grit revolving drum bin to clean the
hair. After cleaning they were stretched on board racks and hung up in a special room for
humidity control for two days. Another day was needed to take the pelts off the racks and
dried again. The pelts were sent to the shipping room. The finished product was placed
into boxes and shipped via air flight to New York, Hudson Bay or Seatle, Wash. to the
auction blocks.

Getting back to the Quinn property. Ralph and Margaret Ann (Quinn) Roberts sold to
Ed Hardy. He improved the land. In 1996 he sold a big lot for the new Sub Way
Restaurant at 1243 Water Ave. He leased part of the building for the Hillsboro Insurance
Management Inc. business. The business is a Limited Corp. Owners are Ed Hardy and
Robert Feala. Feala is manager.
The Sub Way was constructed November 1996 and grand opening was in December
12, 1996. Managers of the Sub Way Restaurant are Bruce and Sandy Holverson.
They are all here in 1998.


Lewis Vlasak in September 29, 1927 received a trucking permit to do trucking in the
Hillsboro area. It was called Vlasak Hillsboro Trucking Line.
The gasoline truckers are mentioned at the bulk station write up's. Ralph Sorge of
Reedsburg started a fleet of trucks November 27, 1930. He hauled long distant. He
hauled the creamery butter to Madison, Wisconsin.
A Hillsboro Transit Co. was organized April 29, 1931. No one opposed it in the
village not even the railroad. Their purpose was to deliver goods to surrounding village
businesses that didn't have a railroad. There were about 12 villages requiring the service.
Terry Baltz became a driver for the Ontario branch. In June 30, 1932 Carl McLees
became manager of the Hillsboro Transit Co.

Heding Trucking from Union Center wanted a 35 mile radius trucking permit in
September 7, 193 9 and received it.
Their were numerous motor carrier licenses applied for especially for milk hauling and
Coop drivers. Calvin Rose did trucking from a quonset building north of 1340 High Ave.
In January l, 1944 Elmer L. Stanek became livestock trucker for the Coop. Beer
distrbutors needed pennits as well as lumber haulers.
Mervin Travers had a state wide permit in September 2, I 954. Lyle Lind had one
January 3, 1957. Adolph Subera January 3, 1963 . He sold to Dank Trucking in June 5,
1975. Ernest Novy did trucking for years.
Donald Barbour Trucking started in 1958 for long hauls and Don is still trucking after
being a trucker for 3 9 years.
Nemec Trucking is a long distant hauler. Wayne Peterson did Jong distant hauling too.
There are probably many more to add to the few mentioned above.

1927 OPPERMAN GARAGE. 703 Field Ave.

Henry Opperman sold his farm in Union Twp. near West Lima to Edward Langer in
September 29, 1925. Henry and his family moved to Hillsboro. They purchased the
George Feight home.
Henry's son Edward Opperman had his first job as mechanic for the Hillsboro Motor
Co. at 203 Mill St. in January 20,1927. He also was a car salesman there.
In 1936 Opperman built a new garage at 703 Field Ave. That is the address. The
garage is on Spring St. John Sebranek helped him build his garage.

In January 19, 1950 Ed Opperman and Rudy Subera bought the Ford-Dearborn tractor
dealership from R.H. Knower at 943 Water Ave. They had their sales and display at the
Herman Stein Blacksmith Shop on Prairie Ave.
In 1954 the Hillsboro Farm Implement Co. bought the Ford-Dearborn dealership from
them. It was moved back to 943 Water Ave. Rudy Subera went there as salesman and

Ed Opperman garage at 703 Field Ave. was in business of repairing cars at this
location from 1936 to 1969. Ed had some real good mechanics. They were Rudy Subera,
Albert Suchoman, Charles Fanta and Richard Eastman. Ed passed away August 27,
1970. The garage then had an estate auction.
Albert Suchoman Garage operated for seven years here to 1972 or 1978. Richard
Sebranek was here for sometime too. The place is owned by a private owner now in

1927 RED'S TINY GROCERY. 405 Mill St.

P.K. Marvin in January 27, 1927 bought a lot on 405 Mill St. and built a home there.
In November 11 , 193 I Cyril Marvin, a son, opened Red's Tiny Grocery in their home. In
August 1932 he built a 20x30 foot addition and another addition in May 8, 1939. The
second addition was 34x30 feet and was completed December 21, 1939.
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Ivan Eastman from Valley, Wisconsin moved to Hillsboro in May 1, 1946 to the Marvin
place. Ivan worked for Dregne Maytag Sales in Hillsboro. Ivan Eastman became full time
salesman for Maytag in April 7, 1932. Dregne then moved to Viola, Wisconsin to operate
a Standard gas station there.
The Eastmans didn't have a grocery store at this home. They sold ice cream, popsicles,
etc. The school children went there at noon to buy a snack for lunch. Later the house
was sold to others.

1930 NICK ROCKWEILER FARM. South of Hillsboro.

Fur farms were getting popular and Nick Rockweiler took a chance at it. In July 30,
1930 he was raising 40 coons and 20 foxes at his farm about a mile south of Hillsboro.
In August 12, 1931 he started to hold the Coon and Fox Trail Races at his farm.
About 1000 spectators attended the races. Rockweiler held another trial race at his farm
in May 25, 1933. A large crowd attended again. He started buying wool about this time.
A Hillsboro Restocking Assoc. was organized at his place in May 1, 193 3. A coon
chase field trial was held on September 30, 1937 by the Hillsboro Restocking Assoc.
Rockweiler had some good hounds too. He had livestock yards at his farm at first.
Mr. Rockweiler then went in the livestock buying business. Nick Rockweiler and Son
Livestock Dealers were in Hillsboro below the Condensery around December 22, 1949
and purchased livestock for years.
Robert Hofmeister and Nick Rockweiler Livestock were stock buyers here in
December 19, 1963.
Robert Hofmeister bought cattle for years at his farm and now he has a stockyard
between Hillsboro and Union Center on Hwy 82, 33 and 80 and Paese Road .


P.J. Schroeder started a plumbing. heating and sheat metal business in Hillsboro in July
15, 1931. He was here about five years and maybe worked from his home or from 850
Water Ave. His phone number was 129 and was here in 1934 yet.

1931 CUT AND CURL. 626 Water Ave.

Loretta Wadleigh owned the building were Alice Elliot set up her Cut & Curl Beauty
Salon. She started here in 197 5. In 1931 she started at Richland Center. She came to
Hillboro to 821 Water Ave, 846 Water Ave and at 828 Water Ave. before arriving at this
location. Alice Elliot died in 1997.
Lois Reineke is now the new owner and manager. They are here in 1998.


A new beauty shop was opened up in December 10, 1931 at the Holmes residence.
Holmes purchased the Jake Markee place in September 9, 1931. In January 14, 1932
Holmes New Style Shop moved to the second floor of the Field building at 832 Water

1932 GOLF COURSE Hillsboro Twp. in Section 28.on Briskey Road.

The Hillsboro local businessmen organized a golfing club in 193 2. In April 28, 193 2 a
golf course was being constructed on the old Madden farm two miles west of town. A
Mrs. John Kauffman owned the property containing 60 acres.
Ben Knight from Winona, N.IN. laid out the nine hole golf course. The organization
named the golf course the Hillsboro Country .Club in April 20, 1933 .
The ladies were included with the organization. They paid for moving the railroad
coach to the golf course for a club house. The railroad coach belonged to the Legion Post
and was donated to the club. The club members met twice a month and they all enjoyed a
social gathering there.
The club held local and out of town matches. The golf course opened July 9, 1933.
They owned a five cut mower. In 1933 Henry Linke Jr. was the greens-keeper at the golf
course. A eight foot burlap groomer was used to grade the greens which were covered
with sand.
The first golf tourney was August 17, 193 3. It went well, so a week later they held
another one. A Blind Bogie Tournament for the ladies went well. In 1934 golfing
tournaments were held every week up to 1937.
The golfing went out in November, 1937. It had a short life of about four years. In
November 25, 1937 the Club Caboose was moved back by the Legion Post and relocated
on the Holak lots northwest of town. That caboose is part of a house at 948 Washington
St., Hillsboro. Paul Steckel Jr. owns that golf course farm now.

1934 TWIN PINE TA VERN. Comer of Preslik Road and H\vy. 82 & 33 .
In December 20, 1934 Nick Rockweiler and Orio Staley built the Twin Pine Tavern. It
was one mile west of Hillsboro at the corner of Preslik Road and H\'V)'. 33 & 82. The
building was 30x40 foot, with a dance hall, bar and eating booths.
The dance floor was made of Georgia pine. The building had dances there for a
number of years. It worked well with the golf course being close by. The building was
eventually demolished.

1935 ALLDS SERVICE GARAGE. 319 Garden St..

Lloyd AJ!ds worked for Sandmans Garage at 725 Water Ave. doing car body repair
work sometime from 193 5 to the 1940s.
He operated a body shop at his home at 319 Garden St. There he did repair work,
painting, side panels and car body repair work. He started about July 24, 1958. In 1986
Butch Rosal helped him .

1936 RE.A. Comer of H\'V]'. 33 & 82.

There were many public meetings before September l 0, 1936. The public would not
accept the electric idea. Some were scared of it. They finally got enough customers
signed up. They received a gov't loan from Washington D.C. for Vernon County, totaling
$480,000. to build 503 miles ofline and serve 1575 customers. By February 8, 1938 we
heard the line was coming.
Morris E. Mainey and C.A. Hopper from Madison, Wisconsin were contracted for
building the 505 miles of lines for $480,000. The loan was approved in September 3,
1936. The first electric rates were set.
The first R.E.A. picnic was held at Westby, Wisconsin on July 24, 1938. The lines
were being built in the rural area here in August 4. 1938. A bill collection place was set
up at the Hillsboro Coop. in January I, 1939.
The Genoa dam on the Mississippi River was started in April 1940, costing
$5,000,000. The plant cost another $1,500,000. It served 30 rural electric coops and
stored 25,000 tons of coal there.
In October 14, 1946 the service station started a 24 hour on duty service. A $250,000.
transmission sub-station was built for Dairyland Power Coop at Genoa, Wisconsin. That
ended the use of the steam plant system.
The new Vernon Electric Coop garage and warehouse was erected in April 13, 1968 at
the comer ofH\'V)'. 82 & 33.
*** There is plenty spark yet in 1998.***
1934 AIRPORT. Shanesy place in town.
In January 25, 1934 plans were being made by Howard Beach, Wm. Schroeder and
Harry Jordan to get the C.W.A. workers to help build a 25 acre airport at the Shanesy
place. It was estimated to cost about $12,000. No lighting was to be approved by the
state board.
Howard Beach had a pilot license and the airport was to be called the Howard Beach
Airport on 25 acres of land. Howard Beach died in 1936 and the airport didn't
materialize. They used to give airplane rides at the annual fair starting in 1935, where now
sets the new high school baseball diamond. That end of the village was the Shanesy
addition. I presume this airport was meant to be there. Airplane rides were given at the
Francis Hynek farm too. V. Hallingstad operated his airplane at the Leonard Housner
farm north of the city about one mile.
Raymond S. Knower started the airport 1101th of town in 1966 and called it the
Kickapoo Airport. He used it for his business flights. It was in operation in January 3,
1972 and the runway was extended 1,000 feet longer to a 3,600 foot airport. After
Knower had business problems the airport sat for a while.
In October 10, 1985 the city bought the airport for $25,000. It has a 3,600 foot runway
and would be used as a municipal airport. The airport is used by three or four businesses
in the city. It is here in 1998.


On May 16, 1940 the Staley Oil Refinery was set up in back and west of the present
location of the Stanek Muffler Shop. By November 7, 1940 Staley and Kuehn owned the
Hillsboro Oil Refinery. Used oil was refined there and could be reused in your vehicle

1940 JEAN'S DRIVE INN. High Ave.

In 1940 Mrs Dow Pellet built and started Jean's Drive Inn on the now old Hwy. 82 &
33 & 80 or on High Ave.
AJ and Ethel Jelinek purchased the business in July 2, 1959. They removed the old
building and built a new one. They renamed it to Maple Grove Drive Inn.
In May 8, 1965 Violet E!Lis bought it and left the name the same as Maple Grove Drive
Inn. The building was empty for a number of years and was- to be demolished. Someone
made a garage out of it instead.

The picture shows the Maple Grove Drive Inn.

1940 LAUNDRY AND CAR WASH 103 Water Ave.

William Larson owned the Quality Garage at 943 Water Ave. He sold that place to
R.H. Knower just before 1940.

Larson built this garage at 103 Water Ave., located where the Laundry and Car Wash
1s now.
William Larson sold the garage around March 1, 1945 to Joe Fawcett and Donald
Cepek. They establi shed it into a car sevice garage known as Cepek's Garage.
In October 14, 1946 Don Cepek sold Hudson cars at his K & D Service Garage. ln
January 6, 1949 he sold Pontiac cars and G.M.C. trucks and renamed it Cepek Motor Co.
Joseph Liska did car body repairs here in December 22, 1949 for a short term. He
moved to a shop behind the Ziller Poultry House and went into business for himself.
In September 5, 1957 Cepek sold Ford Edsels for a firm from Richland Center,
Wisconsin in Hillsboro at his garage.
The garage sold Pontiac cars again in June 1, 1961 and had a auction on that date. He
converted the garage in December 21 , 1961 into a King Coin Launderette, operated by
Don and Mary Cepek.
Around 1977 Kathy and Donald Bohn purchased the launderette and added the K & D
Car Wash. In July 4, 1996 the complete building received an outside remodeling. It is
called the Laundry and Car Wash. It is here in 1998.

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The picture is the Laundry and Car Wash.


During World War Two there was a great need for scrap metals. In September 11 ,
1941 Frank Garber Iron and Metal Co. started by the railroad depot with their junk yard.
It was started to collect junk scrap for the war effort.
By October 9, 1941 they installed a metal shear and an electronic metal pick up
device. Ed Garber was in charge of the yard.
At war time all school children were canvassing every ditch and farm for rubber tires,
aluminium, iron, tin cans and rags. Swamp cat-tails tops were picked and put into gunny
sacks. Those were used between war plane walls for bullet protection. All those war
scrap items were picked up by truck and brought to this junk yard for the war purpose.
In June 28, 1951 Chester Rybski had a junk yard here and he operated it until 1954.
After that there weren't no junk yards here.
In 1942 Fred Chapman sta11ed his greenhouse on Hwy F northwest of the city about
one mile out of town . They raised and sold many plants to other businesses and local
customers. They also made flower arrangements for funerals, weddings, proms or for
every other occassion.
They sold the greenhouse in June 26, 1958 to Don and Arlene Schiefelbein. Don
worked for Fred Chapman since 1954.
In May 9, 1959 a big hail storm came and broke out eighty percent of the greenhouse
windows. There were drifts of hailstones on the roads.
Lori and Allan Stanek purchased the greenhouse business in October 6, 1981 and
operated it for six years. In October 6, 1987 they opened a Hillsboro Floral Shop at 834
Water Ave. In 1990 they moved to 820 Water Ave. where they are now. They are here
in 1998.

1942 NEW THEATER BUILDING. 727 Water Ave.

After Biba bought the used brick from the city for his theater he broke ground on a lot,
south of the old theater. Ground breaking was on March 26, 1942 at 727 Water Ave.
The new "New Royal Theatre" opened up on October 14, 1942. James Biba and his
son Irving Biba were owners. They ran the theater until July 10, 1952 and then remodeled
it and named it the "Hill Theatre. 11
Starting in March 7, 1957 the Hill Theatre was open three days a week. Outdoor
theaters were getting popular and business dropped off
Vernon Bud Martin opened the Hill Theatre again in December 31, 1959. The
building was sold to Robert Sherman. In April; 20, 1961 a new hardware store was
started up here. He had to remodel the inside from the sloped floor to a level one. It was
called the Sherman Hardware. The grand opening was April 21-22, 1961. Robert and
Helen Sherman were here 24 years and on November 24, 1984 they sold out to Priscilla
Peterson and her son Richard Peterson.
Petersons remodeled and opened in February 1, 1985. It was called the Nove Krom.
Priscilla's son Andy and Rhonda Peterson bought the Kruk Drug Store at 845 Water Ave.
and it burned down the opening day in January 1, 1991. Priscilla Peterson sold her store in
January 10, 1991 to her son, Andy and Rhonda Peterson. They opened there Peterson
Pharmacy here. They are her in 1998.

The old brewery building was purchased by the Dorchester Canning Co. Le Roy Freck
was hired to remodel the plant and he became superintendent in December 16, 1943. He
became part owner in an incorperate deal in February 23, 1950 and again in a
reorganization of the plant in December 28, 1950.
In 1962 he was manager for Aunt Nellies until they left town in October 14, 1975.
During this time he formed his Le Roy Industries in 1985 here in Hillsboro.
Some of his other accomplishments were: On October 11 , 1956 he invented a spinning
toy balloon. It resembled a flying saucer type of air ship. He had it patented at the
Washington D.C. patent office. In March 7, 1957 a old fire truck became modernized.
Quinn Mink Ranch in Hillsboro bought his manufactured mink feeders. He invented a car.
They made welds and cut I beams
Le Roy Freck was 73 years old on August 4, 1983. He designed a floating device on a
bike frame and built 15 custom cars.
He came to Hillsboro in 1942. Before this he worked at the Fall River Canning Co.
He built and rebuilt up canning factories around the state. Rebuilding was done at the Fall
River Canning Co. Factories at Janesville, Cambria, Dorchester, Stoughton, Cuba City
and Dundras. He remodeled the old brewery building here into a canning factory.
He was born in Fall River, Wisconsin. At age 15 he learned the trade from his father.
He started right after high school. He designed and fabricated his own work shop. He
manufactured mink ranch equipment such as feed carts, conveyors, feed mixing machines
feed makers, grass mowers and pen wire benders. The National Agri. Supply Co. at
Ft.Atkinson manufactured all the mink equipment he designed. He had five men working
for him at his shop located at the comer of Wood and Mill St. in Hillsboro.
Farmers and mink ranchers purchased equipment from him. A seven ton mixer went to
Blue Ribon Mink Ranch in Inglesicle, Ill. He owned and ran a construction moving
business of large moving equipment. He installed many of the Hillsboro water and sewer
lines and also in Richland Center, Wisconsin.
Le Roy Freck invented and marketed an automatic snow shovel. He rebuilt old fire
trucks and built many feed racks and feed carts. I know he was a very busy man.

1945 WARNER CREEK CHEESE FACTORY. 186 East Madison St.

Gerald and Garry Glick operated and owned a Warner Creek Cheese Factory where
Warner Road meets County Trunk. P east of Valley, Wisconsin since 1945. They had a
big decission to make, either to move and build in Hillsboro or install a costly disposal
plant at their old site by Valley.
They purchased the old athletic field in Hillsboro at 186 East Madison, St. Excavation
for their new factory started on August 19, 1971. It was completed by January 27, 1972
and in operation. The building was l 75x55 feet in size.
In 1978 the Warner Creek Cheese Factory sold out to A.M.P.I. Company. A cheese
store was opened up at the factory, operated by the Glick family sometimes in 1973.
Richard Glick became manager at the plant in 1978. Another addition was added in
August 19, 1976. it was a 50x80 foot addition.
In 1978 A.M.P.I. merged with Morning Glory Farms. A new cheese store was built
across the street by the plant by A.M.P.I. in February 21,1991. A large mouse and cheese
display was set up by the highway for advertising and the location of the cheese store.
Several whey silos have been built. It is a large concern and employs over 40 people.

Formost Farms U.S .A. bought A.M .P.I. and now Formost Farms operate the cheese
factory. They purchased it in 1996. The mouse sign was taken down. The city council
didn't know where to put the mouse so Debbie and Gary Winchel stored it away.

***The mouse will be lonesome now, it won't be able to visit the cheese house now.***

The cheese plant.

Above is the Cheese House Store.

1945 WILDCAT IMPLEMENT CO. Started at 943 Water Ave.

When R.H. Knower remodeled the Wm. Stein building at 943 Water Ave. He was
selling Ford- Ferguson tractors there in August 30, 1945. In 1949 it was called the
Hillsboro Implement Company. In 1948 he was selling Ford -Dearborn tractors and
In October 19, 1949 Ed Opperman and Rudy Subera bought Knowers Ford -Dearborn
stock out and moved it the the Herman Stein Blacksmith Shop on Prairie Ave.
Wm. Jirschelle and Orio Wyman incorporated in 1951 and called it the Wildcat
Implement Co. They stayed in the Wm. Stein building until 1955 when Sandmans used
cars started at 943 Water Ave.
In March 18, 1954 a new outfit called Hillsboro Farm Implement Company owned by
Wm. S. Jirschele and Orio Bill Wyman bought the Opperman and Subera Ford-Dearborn
out. Harold White was manager. Rudy Subera was in charge of sales and mechanics.
The business was moved back to the Wm. Stein place at 943 Water Ave.
Orio Wyman worked at a Wonewoc Hardware Co. since 1943 owned by Harry
Traeder. Harry started a John Deere Co. in Mauston and had the same line at his store in
Wonewoc. Orio Wyman came to Hillsboro and was a partner with Jirschele.
Jirschele and Wyman built a new shop and sales office north of the city at 1304 High
Ave. in 1955 with a large machine yard. They were a large concern. Orio Wyman bought
used machinery in the western states and sold it here. Business was booming.
After Orio Wyman died, Charles Thompson, Ken Fawcett and Wm. Jirschele were new
co-owners. They bought Wymans estate out around January 28, 1965. In 1968 they sold
Massey-Ferguson tractors. Bulk milk tanks were being sold there in 1956 to 1975.
Hillsboro Welding was here in April 23, 1987. It was owned by Polly Fenske and
Craig Bednar.. They closed the shop in January 4, 1990 and went to work in the Peace
Corp. to Ecuador.
At present a sandblasting outfit is in the building.

Wesley "Bunk" Hansbery started the business on May 26, 1946. The idea developed
when Wesley and Ed Hammer were in the army. Wesley had a uncle that was in the block
business years ago. He wanted to own a business venture of his own.
Wesley and Ed Hammer formed the company. After a short while Ed Hammer bought
the telephone business that came up for sale.
Wesley and hi s wife Josephine made only cement blocks then. Bulk cement deliveries
were a great blessing for farmers and contractors at this early stage. Big and better trucks
were needed. They put up the first area storage silo for sand. It held six semi-loads of
sand or 600 yards. Below is Wesley and some manufactured cement blocks.

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Wesley Hansbery and the new equipment at the plant.

In the 1950s they were making 1200 blocks per day to keep up with the demand. Then
Wesley bought a new block machine which could produce 1000 blocks an hour. He made
over l 00 different types of blocks.
Through the fifty years they owned 5,8 and now 10 yard cement delivery trucks with
front discharge for the concrete mixture. They also sell Hurd windows.
Around 1964 Ed Hammer sold his interest in the company to Gerald Kaus. Gerald
worked and stayed until 1974 when he sold his interest to Wesley Hansbery. He now
owned the whole company himself They now have a Hansbery Corporation. Wesley and
his wife added Wesley Jr, Mary, Arda and Jim as share and stockholders.
Just to mention a few of the employees: Larry Nofsinger, Joe Shebeck, David Diny,
Melvin Hersberger, Jim Huffma~ Kristopher Benish, Doug Wood, Mike London, Tom
Richardson and the Hansbery family. There were many others too. They bought the
Kickapoo building that is next to them. Business is booming in 1998.

1946 STOCKWELL GARAGE. 902 Water Ave.

At this location was the Pinch and Anderson gas pumps in the 1920s. The pumps were
taken out in the 1930s.
Raymond S. Knower built a new 60xl20 storage and garage at 902 Water Ave. In
February 16, 1946 they had the grand opening. It was called the Knower Sales and
Service. They sold Cities Service gas. The bulk office was located upstairs at Sandmans
Garage at 203 Mill St. that Knower owned previously. Those that delivered bulk gas
were Ross Bauman, Adolph Fronk, Joe E. Novy and Ed Sebranek. There were others.
The next owners were Albert and Stanley Johnson in October 20, 1949. They ran it as
City Service Station.
Donald Durkee leased the building and bought the equipment in January 1, 1951. He
called it Don's Super Service. Wayne Peterson started November 7, 1951 as manager.
Theron J. Coy had his grand opening here in December 17, 1955. It was Coy's Cities
Service. He also sold used cars here. The office for the bulk gas deliveries was moved
here in 1955. Clark Mislivecek was the manager of the Cities Service Station.

This station in January 29, 1959 became Clark's Cities Service Station. He was at 210
Mill St. for four years before starting here. Clark Mislivecek sold out in February 11,
1960 and became manager at the Kickapoo Oil Station.
In March 19, 1959 Bob Sclaver was consignee of bulk sales. Robert Hunt was an
associate. Raymond E. Sebranek was the new owner in May 9, 1963 . He was employed
at Standard first and also worked as manager for Dairyland Power Co. Shop at La Crosse,
Wisconsin. It was called Ray's Cities Service. Stockwell has U-Haul service.
In December 23, 1965 Ray Sebranek and Al Stockwell. ran it as Ray's & Al's Citgo
Station. Al Stockwell bought the station and called it Al's Citgo Station. The gas pumps
were discontinued about three years ago. Al does car repair work there in 1998.
During hunting season Al and rus wife check in the turkey and deer registration
permits and licenses at their place. They are here for a long time.


The Red Wing Stage was started in October 24, 1946 by Clayton Wilson from La
Farge, Wisconsin. The bus traveled from Reedsburg, Hillsboro, La Crosse and back each
day. In April 3, 1947 Paul Byrge from Madison bought the Red Wing Stage Line.
Next owner was R Knower in August, 1947 and he sold the line to Wis. Central Bus
Line from Reedsburg, Wisconsin in August 15, 1948.
In July 7, 1954 the Capital Bus Co. of Madison extended the route to Baraboo,
Reedsburg, Elroy and Hillsboro.
At first the ticket station in Hillsboro for the bus line was located at the Red Dot
Restaurant. Later it was changed to the Hillsboro Hotel. I couldn't find when the bus line
was discontinued . I presume they quit in the mid I 950s.


Inl947 George E. Stanek Refrigeration Service was started at Dilly at first. Then
George leased the old Machovec Lumber Office from Mrs. Frank Machovec located
where the Farmers State Bank drive up window is now. He started in Hillsboro in January
1, 1948. Later in January 11, 1951 he bought the building at 954 Water Ave. as a home
and sales and repair shop.

George graduated from the Utilities Engineering Institute in Chicago, Ill. He was
discharged from the Navy in '1946.
He sold appliances, milk bulk tanks, air conditioners and repaired all kinds of
refrigerator works.
George was retiring from the business. His son Allan Stanek bought his fathers
business. Allan Stanek then purchased the 128 Mill St. location. He sells and repairs
many different lines of appliances. He started here in July 10, 1986 at this new location.
He is here in 1998.
Thomas and Katherin Connors has his T & D Power Center at George Staneks old
location at 954 Water Ave. He started there in 1995. They sell and repair lawn mower,
rototillers, etc.and do smaJJ engine repair. They are here in 1998.

Above is the Allan Stanek Appliance Store.


Raymond J. Hunter was the Tri-State Breeder Agent for this area. He started in
February 16, 1947 and continued to about December 22, 1966.
In April 13, 1967 Leonard Arndt was also agent for this area. Richard Urban was in the
same type of work and still is.
Carnation Breeding Service and American Breeding Service was operated by Paul
Hotek around April 10, 1968.
Veterinarians do the same type of work. All of them have artificiially inseminated cows
for a number of years. Many farmers select their bulls ahead of time and do the
insemination themselves at their farms.

1949 HJLLSBORO FARM SERVICE. 1340 High Ave. Hillsboro Equip. Inc.
The Hillsboro Farm Service constructed a 50x99 foot new implement repair shop and
office in January 29, 1949 at 1340 High Ave. Harry Traeder started in 1935 at the
Wonewoc Hardware adding the John Deere line and owned the John Deere Co. at
Mauston., Wisconsin. Orio Wyman worked for Harry since 1943 there.
Harold L. Hochmuth from La Valle, Wisconsin, Harry Traeder and Orio Wyman
Incorporated and started the Hillsboro Farm Service. They owned a John Deere
dealership. Harold Hockmuth was in civic affairs and was a banker at Wonewoc.
They sold Willys jeeps and trucks in June 8, 1950. Bulk milk tanks were a specialty
item. A large show was held on John Deere equipment in February 3, 1955.
In December 1954 the persons involved in the business were Harry Traeder, Harold
Hockmuth, Fritz slama, Dick Eastma~ Lyle Haen! and Ed Shaker.
Orio Bill Wyman started his own Wild Cat Implements. Jn 1965 Harry Traeder sold
his interest out. Fritz Slama bought in. Around May 31 , 1973 they moved to a new
building located about one mile north at the Shanesy Corners at E 18898 on Hwy. 82 & 33
& 80. Now Fritz Slama and Tom Traeder were the owners. Open house was on February
8, 1974. Fritz's son Donald Slama in the proprietor now. They have a large display of
John Deere equipment and do reprur work too . They do many different kinds of custom
work for the farmers in the area. They employ about fifty or more workers in 1998.
Getting back to the old location. Jerry's Custom Welding is at the 1340 High Ave.
location. Kow Kountry Veterianery Service is there also. They are here in 1998.


Ella Field donated the land for the Albert Field Memorial Park. In December 22, 1949
a meeting was held about enlarging the Albert Field Memorial Park at a estimated cost of
$10,000. Later they thought it would cost less.

Above is a picture of the Pioneer Log Cabin.

Elias Kegley settled in Greenwood Twp. He came from Johnson County, Virginia in
1856. They then went to Missouri and Iowa and came back to Pine River, Richland
County in 1864. In 1867 he purchased the farm where rus log cabin home was. The cabin
served as a store and post office in Debello, Wisconsin. The cabin was built by Byron
Knutson in 1863 .
There was talk and a concern in April 14, 1954 that the log cabin would be put into the
Wildcat Mountain State Park by Ontario, Wisconsin.

A meeting was held at the city hall between the Hillsboro Civic Club, the Vernon
County Historical Society, Mrs. Ada Allness from Viroqua and Wencil Kolash a county
board member. They said a site had to be picked first. The meeting was on July 21, 1956.
The city had a site by August 2, 1956 for the Pioneer Cabin.
Don Mc Neil of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Vernon County Board of
Supervisors passed a resolution to move the Pioneer Cabin location to Hillsboro,
On July 31 , I 956 Wencil Kolash the owner of the cabin donated it to the Hillsboro
Historical Society.
The Hillsboro Historical Society was organized earlier in 1956. The organizers were
E.V. Hofineister, Mrs. F.G. Cook, Mrs. Arden Peterson and Mrs. Alvoc Allness president
of the Vernon Co. Historical Society. In June 9, 1957 Hillsboro established their officers:
Mrs. F.G.Cook president, Dyke McCoy vice president, Priscilla Peterson secretery, Mrs.
John Cesnik treasurer.
Ground breaking was held June 10, 1957. Don Aiken of the Kickapoo Fertilizer Plant
made arrangements and paid for moving the cabin to its site. It was taken down and reset
at the park. Many contributed labor and materials to restore the cabin in October 3, 1957.
The grand opening was attended by 200 people on July 3, 1958. One place said October
8, I 958.
There are many reunions held at the park every Summer. :rhe cabin and museum are
open Sunday afternoons during the Summer months.
A shelter was completed in July 25, 1963. The American Legion added another rain
shelter in September 30, 1965.
A new 36x80 museum building was approved and built, located east of the cabin in
March 5, I 984. It had its grand opening in October 14, I 984. In I 995 a west addition to
that building was erected.
Another $30, 143 . grant was received to build modern rest rooms at the park. The rest
rooms are nice. The whole park is nice. At the cabin and museum one can spend several
week ends and not see it all. Donald Schiefelbein is president of the Historical Society.
More projects are being planned in the future.

The picture is the museum building at the park.

1952 KICKAPOO FERTIUZER PLANT. 198 A East Madison St.
Midwestern Farm Fertilizer Inc. was started in Hillsboro by D onald W. Aitken. He
was manager. The plant is located close by the Hillsboro Airport. John Cesnik helped to
get them to come to Hillsboro.
T he Midwestern Phosphate Corp. from Madi son, Wisconsin built a new plant building
here in November 20, 1952. It was named Kickapoo Fertilizer Divi sion of Midwestern
Phospate Corp. Sales manager was James P. M enn. They promised crop production
would increase fifteen to twenty percent by using fertilizer.
They started March 30, I953 w ith an annual o utput of 15,000 tons. The bag system
was used at first. In June 30, 1954 sales expanded greatly. In August, 1954 R .B . Baldige
was assistant manager. The plant operators decided to build another plant at Stevens
Point, Wisconsin in April I 2, 1956.

In April 23 , 1959 Kickapoo Fertilizer Co. had two large independantly owned plants.
In 1959 a large addition was built here. Robert Sherman became plant manager.
Timbers from a 88 year o ld Chadbowne .Hall at the Univ. of Wis. was dismantled and
moved to Hillsboro to be used to build the addition .
D on Aitken paid for moving, dismantling and assembling the Museum Log Cabin at the
park. We thank him. Don Aitkin died at a Colorado Mountain Trailor Park from
His son sold the plant to a group organi zed by R.B. Baldige. They then ran into
financial trouble. A Mr. Anderson took over in 1965. The plant boug ht the Hillsboro
Northeastern Railroad in Hill sboro. They only shipped in chemicals, fuel oil and coal. No
freight went out.
Later the fertilizer plant and railroad was purchased by the Hillsboro Farmers Coop.
George Kelbel was manager. Phil Lambert is manager now in 1998.
The plant bags some fertilizer. Field bulk deliveries and applications are their specialty.
They do soil testing and weed spraying. They deaJ and apply Jjquid nitrates too.

1953 WEST SIDE GROCERY. 703 Hillsboro Ave.
In February 19, ·1953 Frank Chlup started a West Side Grocery at his home at 703
Hillsboro Ave . Frank Chlup's wife and son, Bernard operated the store for about four

1954 TOWNSHIP BOWL. Hwy 33-80-82 East.

Edwin Hagenah and Clarence Sebranek made plans to build a new six lane bowling
alley. They built in 1953 on a site that would give them ample parking space.
The grand opening was on September 25, 1954. They called it the Township Bowl. A
new City Bowling Assoc. was organized in August 27, 1954. Twenty two teams signed
up the first time.

The Township Bowl on picture above.

The bowling alley was sold around October 11, 1956 to James Mac Dougal and
Donald J. Dempsey from La Farge, Wisconsin. In January 6, 1966 Donald Jack Dempsey
became the sole owner.
The next owners were in a partnership: Cyril Hotek, J.R. Wolfendin and Joseph
Sinkule. They built a large addition to the bowling alley.
The business went into a subject to forclosure in November 2, 1984 with about six
parties involved. They declared bankruptcy in September 20, 1984.
The Womens Sewing Co. in Hillsboro needed a place to finish out a sewing contract,
so the city wanted to buy the new addition and lease that part to the Womens Sewing Co.
This was in March 15, 1984. The city couldn't get a clear tittle so the Womens Sewing
Co. got involved with the old brewery building.
ln December 29, 1985 Dorville and Evangeline Nofsinger bought the Township Bowl.
The new addition is rented out as storage to Ray-0 -Vac from Wonewoc and others.
Elgin Herbeck owns this storage portion of the building

1956 GENE'S RADIO & TV. 1010 Lake St.
Eugene Kubarski in 1956 started Gen's Radio and R.Y. Repair. He came from
Chicago where he operated a T.V. Shop. In January 3, 1957 he opened his shop at the
H.iJlsboro Hotel Annex .
ln 1958 he got the id ea of Cable T.Y. and started it in June l, 1959 in Hillsboro.
Hillsboro was the first in Wisconsin to have cable. It was believed that the only other
cable television system was in Pennsylvania.
He started construction in May, 1957 on the '168 foot tower, located upon Town Bluff
on the north side of the city. In December 11 , 1958 a demonstration of the television
system was presented to the public. In 1959 the Community Antenna System was started.
It serves the community in 1998. They have a new building built in November, 1990
by the highway in town at 1010 Lake St. Gene Kubarsk.i is Chairman of the Board.
sons, Randy and Greg are in the business with their father.

1956 .KAZ'S DRIVE INN. 515 Vernon Ave.

Claude Kaczmarek was a coach at the Hillsboro Schools for six years. He wanted to
operate a drive in. He bought in with the A & W . Chain. He called his new building and
business, Kaz's Drive Inn in June 14, 1956.
In May 10, 1958 he had full ownership of the A & W Drive In. Aldon and Avis
Glimsdale purchased it and called it Al's A & W Drive In.
Sometime in 1979 Dan and Maureen Kouba operated the drive in as owners. They
called it the Kouba Kabona.
In April 30, 1987 Howard Martin from Janesville purchased the place after he sold his
drive inn he owned elsewhere and called this the Hamburger Heaven.
Julie Haugh operated it sometime around 1990-1992. It was called the H.illsboro Drive
Inn. She sold out on May 7, 1992 to Steve and AJesa Benish and it is still called Hillsboro
Drive Inn and is operating in 1998.

The L & A Superfoods opened up on November 13-14-15-16, 1957. The owners are
Leonard and Alice Weiland.

There first store above was located on the old Hwy 82-80-33 close to the Bowling Alley .

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Leonard and Alice Weiland employed about fifteen at their first location. In 1959 the
store became Piggly Wiggly with Leonard and Alice Weiland as owners. The first store
had a 3,200 squaare foot floor area.

After the highway got changed to where it is located now, a new store was built by the
new highway. Construct io n started around July 22, 1965 and the ribbon cutting was
around March 3 1, 1966.


The new store started as a 10,000 square foot floor area. They made fou r additions,
in 1972, 1981 , 1986 and 1992 increasing it to 4 1,000 square feet. They bought the Joe
Hofricter farm where the store is located now. Other accomplishments are two rows of
mini storage warehouses, several farms .. A new Amoco Gas Station by the store was built
in 1997 by Gary and Debbie Winchel. They now employ about 63 persons.

The picture shows Dan Weiland, Gary Winchel, Leonard and Alice Weiland, Debbie
Winchel. Mike (Kelli Weiland) Kocyan is not present at the time. Leonard and Alice
Weiland purchased the Si lver Dollar building in 1996.

Above are the D K D Deb Weiland Mini Warehouses.


Setzers on the Farm Feed Grinding Service was started by Donald Setzer around May
25, 1961. They operated in cooperation with the J.W. Newman Co. of Elroy and the Mt.
Tabor Purina Feeds.
Verbsky Mobile Milling was owned by Leo Verbsky. He ground feed for farmers at
their farms. He started around December 24, 1964.
Peckham Mobile Grinding was another portable mill in the area serving the farmer. Pat
Fawcett worked for them.


In June 1, 1961 Joe Fawcett was a dealer of Texaco Products. He called it Fawcett Oil
John Ace Fawcett first had his shop at home located across from the present John
Deere Co. north of town. They called themselves Thunder Valley Diesel Garage. They
repaired gas and diesel motors, farm machinery, caterpillars, clutches, generators, starters
and did welding. John Ace Fawcett was owner in March 20, 1969.
In July 17, 1975 Patrick Fawcett did welding, diesel motor repairs, grinding, etc. They
moved to a shop that they built into the north end of the Carnation building in Hillsboro.
Steve Lindsey worked for them from 1974 to 1983 at both locations. Butch Rosol was a
mechanic there prior to 1986.

1962 PICHA' FUNERAL HOME. 908 Prairie Ave.

Emil Picha and wife Doris opened up a Funeral Home at 908 Prairie Ave. He
graduated in 1945 and operated a filling station. He went into the Navy in 1952-1953.
He graduated from the Milwaukee Mortuary School. Then he worked at Viroqua and
Weawega. He worked at Harts Funeral Home here for five years.
He opened up his own Funeral Parlor in November or December 2, 1962 in Hillsboro.
In July 1, 1983 Emil and Doris and sons Alan, Donald and Gary bought the Furniture and
Funeral Home Service in Elroy from Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Zenner.
They later built a Funeral Home, north of Elroy, Wisconsin.
They bought another Funeral Home at Lake Delton, Wisconsin. Alan and Donald also
went to Mortuary School.

In Hillsboro Alan Picha built a fine new addition to the Funeral Home for a larger area
in 1990. They are here in 1998.


See page 116 and 238 for the first post office in Hillsboro.
A new Post Office was erected at the comer at 713 Water Ave. The old Post Office at
841 Water Ave. closed January 31 , 1970. The new one was opened February 3, 1970.
I will give you a listing of the following Postmasters. At first Charles Landrnm took
mail in at his log cabin and store. Mail was stagecoached to Reedsburg starting in 1855.
First appointed one: Morgan Hansberry. October 29, 1856.
Second appointed one: Charles Landrum. March 27, 1858.
Third appointed one: Thomas J. Shear. January 3, 1871.
Fourth appointed one: Albert Field. October 31 , 1881.
Fifth appointed one: William Lind. August 11 , 1885.
Sixth appointed one: Charles Fine. September 18, 1900.
Seventh appointed one: F.A. Ferriter. September 2, 1913 .
Eighth appointed one: Wm Kotves. August 12, 1922.
N inth appointed one: Mrs. Sara Ferriter. August 26, 1935.
Tenth appointed one: Edward Hammer. August 31, 1953.
Eleventh. Acting Postmaster: Roger Novy. for two years.
Twelfth. Acting Postmaster: Paul Haugh for one year.
Thirteenth. Appointed Postmaster: Elgin Paci. June 23, 1962. Retired June 23, 1975.
Fourteenth. Appointed Postmaster: Donald G.Schiefelbein. November 26, 1975.
Fifteenth. Appointed Postmaster: Sue Hahn. September 22, 1994.

Above is a picture of the new Hillsboro Post Office.


In November 10, 1974 Wayne Peterson constructed a new body shop and garage
located ar 101 Elm Ave. on the west edge of Hillsboro.
Hammer Bros. Stave factory was close by in the early days. Pierces handle factory was
at this site too. The Peterson new body shop opened up in July 17, 1975. He moved all
his equipment from the downtown garage at 203 Mill St. to his new location.
Wayne Peterson later went into semi driving and then retired in 1987. His son Steve
Peterson operates the Peterson Garage. His other son Jim Peterson operates the Peterson
Auto Body Shop. They took over their fathers business in the same building in 1987.

Above is the Peterson Body Shop and Garage.

The Production Credit Assoc. from Sparta, Wisconsin used to come to Hillsboro so
often during a week and make loans to farmers. They built a new building at 133 East
Mill St. in July 21 , 1975. About 60 visitors came for the opening. Gary L. Kirking was
manager here in August 15, 1978. Jill Hofmeister from Hillsboro was office secretary.
The branch managers came from Sparta, Wisconsin.

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Above is the Production Credit Assoc. building.

In the early 1980s the business went back to Sparta, Wisconsin. Herbert Parkhurst
bought the discontinued branch office building and made a Wisconsin Czeckslovakian
Museum in it. He had visitors there in the Sununer months to see the antiques.


Ronald and Frank Nemec started a new service for this area. They called it Nemec's
Truck Service. They opened up in April 24, 1975. Ronald then went to trucking and
Frank ran the shop. They repaired brakes, exhaust systems, turck tires, and general repair


The building was remodeled into the Si lver Dollar Supper Club in September 30, 1982.
Frank Nemec was the manager. They opened up in November 30, 1982.
It changed hands in July 7, 1988. Frank and Jan Wilcox became the new owners.
They previously owned Skala's Bar at 800 Water Ave. that was demolished to make way
for a new insurance business there. Wilcox named their place, Hill side.
Art Lee from Union Center and Bess Raffety became new owners in February, 1989 of
the Hillside. It was g utted by fire on May 27, 1989. They rebuilt it and named it Country
Coral in Februa ry, 1991.
In 1997 Alice and Leonard Weiland purchased the Country Co ral. A Schwartz Car
Sales have a used car display there now.

1980 FARMERS STATE BANK 726 Water Ave.

The Farmers State Bank burned down at 826 Water Ave. when it was struck by
lightning in July 20, 1980. They had to do some fast planning. A temporary trailer house
bank was set up by the Kickapoo Oil Co. building on East Madison St.
They purchased the William Machovec place and the Dr. Dolan Dentist building where
the present bank is setting now. The buildings were dismantled and moved from the site.
The old Frank Machovec old Lumber Office was moved too .
They had their new modern bank opening in August 10, 1981 .
*** I bet they were glad to get out of the cramped trailer bank.***
The Farmers State Bank opened a branch at Union Center, Wisconsin in February 18,
1982. Charles Jirschelle was supervisor there, Evelyn Liska and Charlene Darcy were the
cashiers. Brian Richardson is the manager in Hillsboro. See other write up fo r earlier

1981 HILLSBORO FAMILY CLINlC. 300 Water Ave.

The new Hillsboro Family Clinic opened in September, 1981 . The Dentist Wayne
Myhre has his office here. Dr. Steven Dorow, Dr. Larry Boehme and others are at the
clinic. It is called now the Gunderson Clinic.


The Parkview Apartments were being built in October 10, 1982. They were finished
and are taking applications for renters. There are 16 units there and housing for the
handicapped and the elderly. They are low income apartments.
The Senior Citizens Meal Site is located here for the able aged that can get there.
Other meetings are welcome there too.

CITY SQUARE APARTMENTS . 331 Mechanic St. and Pine Ave.

The low income apartments and for the aged are located in back of the City Library.
There are two large buildings which were built in the 1980s.


The grand opening was on November 6, 1980. They are low income apartments and
were the first ones to be built in Hillsboro in 1977. They have a meeting place for special
The City Housing Authority owns the above four different apartment buildings.

1986 METCO. I 02 Enterprise Drive.
In June 5, 1986 Ralph Knower erected a new building for there firm in the new Tinker
Industrial Park at Hillsboro. Electro Tech was founded in 1979 as the Midwest Electro
Teck by Ralph Knower. They did updating and remodeling of gasoline pumps.
They now install complete filling stations from the under ground systems and the
pumps. Their son Paul Knower and five others make up the crew. Now they employ
more people.
The first self service pumps in Wisconsin were installed by them. A city grant
revolving loan fund was announced in February 22, 1996 consisting of $106,000. to be
loaned to Metco. They are here in 1998.

Above is the Metco Office building in Tinker I ndustrial Park. 102 Enterprise Drive.


In January 4, 195 l Mrs. R.M. Shreve started the .Hillsboro Accordion Studio in the city.
In April 25, 1953 Mrs. Wm. Richardson gave accordion lessons in here home for H-
Staffell Accordion Studio. In March 31, 1955 she was called Hillsboro Accordion at 814
Mitcher Ave.
In August 6, 1959 Mrs. Eleonor Richardson gave organ lessons and she represented the
Hammond Organ Studios from La Crosse, Wisconsin.
In April 1959 Saffels Music was above the Schnieder and Hanson Store at 135 Mill St.
There were many piano teachers too numerous to mention.
*** I made a mistake on the date. The beaver told me so. Ha, Ha, that is a poor excuse.
The date is correct but in the wrong place in the book.***

Sometime in May 28, 1947 Edwin G. Hagenah became a talented picture painter.
Hagenahs picture was chosen as first at the U .W. Art Show in November 24, 1955. It was
the 17th art show held at the time. In October 3, 1957 the Civic Club donated his
painting, Old MiJJ Site to city hall .

Carl Bilek is a Figurine Artist. He designs the Czesky Den button insignia each year
for the celebration. He also design drew the remodeling patterns for the downtown
buildings in September 1, l949.
Janette Clark is another picture painting artist. She paints churches, school houses, or
anything you want a picture of
Agnes (Hofiicter) Johnson has done artistic painting of churches and school houses
and everything else.
Eleanor (Viagelt) Verbsky is into picture painting. She is a native of Yuba, Wisconsin
and lives at Elroy now.
Evelyn (Joseph) Norwalk was a painter.
Blissfol Portraits is operated by Barb Bliss.


Ed and Becky Rohn lived here for 18 years in Hillsboro. They purchased the Fred and
Adeline Cook house. Cook owned it from May 6, 1941 to October, 1961 . Fred Cook
sold the home to Ray Meckelberg in 1961. Then it was sold to John Sholtes in January 24,
1972. That is Becky Rohn's father. In October, 1989 Ed and Becky Rohn opened up the
Edgecomb Inn-Bed and Breakfast. Something new and the first one in Hillsboro,
Pat and Charles Erwin purchased it in May 25, 1995 and call it the Edgecomb Inn.
They are here in 1998.


Jean and Terry Wiseman opened up a Bed and Breakfast at 629 High Ave. and they call
it The Tiger Inn. They are here in 1998.

The early settlers were all carpenters in one way or another. They built their own log
houses and a neighbor helped a neighbor in those early times. Some of the old obituaries
mentioned names of carpenters. Newspaper ads had a lot of them mentioned too. I am
sure there were many that we will forget to mention.
***There were no nails in those early days. Maybe a few rough looking ones. I think the
cause for no nails was so the carpenters wouldn't hit their fingers with the hammer, that is
why they used wood pegs. The beaver said he whittled the pegs for them. Now I don't
know what to believe.***
The following names are carpenters, masons, painters and decoraters. They all helped
to build the village and city to where it is today. Without their efforts the city would look
pretty bare. They all helped each other. Employment was needed by anyone that lived in
Hillsboro and their families helped also . l will mention their trade and the year.
1852 AJbert Field, built his log cabin, sawmill, frame house, spillway.
1854 Carl Ludwig, Jog house, brewery, spillway.
l 855 Ed Klopfliesch and Schlolmilch,. built sawmill, roller mills, spillway.
1855 Otto Hammer, log house, roller mill, dam, cabinets.
1855 Charles Manhart and Carl Aegerter, roller mill, spillway.
1855 Charles Landrum, log house, l st frame store, Lind Bros. Store, Roger Williams Store
1858 Ambrose Armbruster and John Mollinger, homes, roller mill.

I 858 to 1894 Loring Winslow, Albert Kuerston, Alexander Wood, George Abbott,
Andreus Mitcher, Jacob Lind. Peter Lind, Charles Lind, Melvin 0 . Lind, Hammer Bros,
Irwing Thompson, Oscar Aegerter, George Williams, Elmer DuckJou, all carpenters ..
I 894 AR.Tucker, a mason, wood turning and cabinets.
1894 Frank C. Hansberry, a contractor and carpenter.
1895 James Aergerter and M. E. Crary were painters.
1895 George and Mike Rice, in painting and paper hangers.
I 895 John Moore was a contractor, builder and bridge builder.
1896-1917 Bernard H. Veith a painter, plumber, blacksmith.
1897 Frank Moore installed all ice refrigerators in all saloons and creameries.
1897 New homes built. Salts, Rose, Cosgrove, Tom Kucha, Herman Cole homes were
completed and four new homes in the new Lind division.
1898 Well at Cosgrove home and others by Bailey Well Drilling were done. Robert
Armbruster home finished.
1898 Max Schmidth was a chimney and brick mason and plasterer.
1898 Harve and Douglas and Lyle Woodrick were in painting.
1898 George Mc Phetire was a mason and moving.
1899 Fine, Jones, Salts homes completed.
1899 Terhune and Jim Aergerter were painters.
1900 George Cole was a contractor and woodworking.
1900- 1911 Joseph W. Cole a carpenter and special lathe work.
1901-1926 Frank C. Moore a large building contractor.
1902 George and William Feight were carpenters.
1902 John Gerbig a contractor and builder.
1902 David Shisler a carpenter.
1902 William B. Edson a builder of businesses.
1902 Frank Jafek a big builder, carpenter, woodwork, lawn furniture.
1902 Dolph Riley and Ransom Rolfe were carpenters.
1902 Clark Frazier a cement contractor and b1ick.
1903 Curt Tatter sold his painting business.
1903 Carl Bilek home is finished.
I 904 Hammer, C.J. Lind, Frank Travnick, Joe Barber, homes completed.
1904 Arthur Linkash was a mason and carpenter.
1905 Charles Rose, Melvin Mitchell, builders.
1905 Wencil Mislivecek, Frank Kosa, painters.
1905 Joseph Erie a cement mason and built silos.
1905 Frank Travnick big contractor and builder.
I 907-193 0 Frank and Raymond Grimes were painters.
1907 Aegerter and Augustine were carpenters and painters.
1908 W.B. Day a painter.
1909 George W. Ewing a cement contractor.
1909 Chris Christenson a contractor and builder.
1909 A. R. Tucker in special woodworking and cider making.
1909 Wm B. Edson a contractor.
1912 Dr. P.H. Hansberry home done.
1914 New concrete firm, George Salts, P.W. Shear, George Priest, Milford Shear. They
put in 12,092 sq. ft. of concrete sidewalks in Hillsboro.
1915 Brill a carpenter.
19 I 7 Otto Matschke a paper hanger.
1919 Walter DeFelker a painter.
1921 Wm. Argraves and Hayes were painters and decoraters.
1919-1922 Ed Amberg and Fred Termain big building movers.
1922 Rudolph and Benny Wopat were contractors.
I 924 Frank Janousek a concrete mason.
I 924-1 93 5 Wm. E. Argraves a painter and interior decorater.
1924 Frank Picha a painter and car painter.
1936 Harry Olafson a stone mason.
1941 Woodrick-Woodrick were interior decoraters.
1948 Melvin Mitchell a carpenter and insulation.
1948 Melvin Mitchell sold Martin Steel quonset steel buildings.
Lars Erlandson was a cement and brick mason, carpenter.
Frank chlup, Louis Krajco, Frank Fronk, Mike Cervenka were carpenters.
Ernest Marshall, Tim Hubbard are in roofing.
Dorv's Nofsinger in concrete forms and blocks.
Hillsboro Cement Works in concrete forms and blocks.
1952 George Feight died Feb. 7, 1952 a carpenter for 53 years.
July 13, 1950 Subera Roofing and Siding Co. started in Hillsboro.
July 10, 1958 Lyle Woodrick in repainting and interior decora ting.
Dean Schiefelbein a contractor.
1978 Bird Const Co. Greg Lehn Const. is at 720 Pine Ave.
June 22, 1995 Levy Const. Joe Levy and Bernard Fronk carpenters.
May 25, 1995 Hardy Const. in Hillsboro. H C C I Hardy Const.
September 8, 1994 Joe and Anne Nusse Const Co.
August 29, 1994 Scandia Carpentry and Millwork-Norrnan Harris.
August 22, 1996 DB A Novy Const. Les Heisel Const. R.R. 2, Box 155 .
August 22, 1991. J & M Contractors. Mike Fanta and Jim Schuenke.
October 3, 1996 Pleasant Valley Woodworking. Dan and Dorothy Holgerson.
December 12, 1996 D orv's Concrete Const. Tim and Alice Hubbard.
Wilderness Woodworks of Hillsboro. Kurt A. Dunwold.
Kim and Karen Teed make kitchen cabinets and special wood work called Warner Creek
Woodworks by Valley, Wisconsin . Karl Hagenah and Charles Stanek Construction.
Bohemian Woodwork Crafts. Arnold and Verna Janousek south ofHiJlsboro.
Gerald Wilson Carpentry. David Sorensen is a carpenter from Dilly, Wis.
***If I forgot someone please don't throw a hammer after me. That may hurt and I have
to finish this book in good health.***


1850 Marcus Warren was a land speculator and sold land.
1851 Albert Field was an early real estate dealer in Hillsboro and near by area's. Eastern
speculators would buy up large areas of good land and resell to incoming buyers at that
early era. Insurance wasn't heard of here much, until the late 1880s.
May 12, 1896 Elias Fox was a early auctioner and real estate agent in Hillsboro.
January 7, 1897 Lewis H. Webster sold real estate and insurance at his Citizens Bank.
March 1898 Backus and Hickok real estate office was at the H.F. Myers Store.
March 1898 Hyland Bros. were early auctioneers and in real estate.
1899 A.J. McCauley Agency sold insurance and real estate. He sold farm implements
before changing his trade. Mc Cauley was in his business 32 years and retired in 193 l.
He died in July 30, 1936. The Dakota States knew him well in land sales. ln 1912 his
office was above the Ed Lind Harness Shop and in 1914 above the Ehlert Store.
1898 Wm. Lind sold real estate and insurance in Hillsboro. He also sold land in northern
Wisconsin. He sold Peoples Insurance into the 1930s.
1898 Aikin Insurance Agency. He sold insurance, plus his photography business.
August 1, 1902 Chas. Staley sold the Farmers Fire Insurance for many years. He sold
Champion equipment and in 1904 sold stock patent feed to farmers, delivered by team and
wagon. Later he worked at the bank in Hillsboro.
*** Chas. Staley must of been selling in Champion Valley a lot? Champion equipment.***
January 29, 1903 Elias Fox and Dr. P.H. Hansberry formed a partnership in real estate,
loans and insurance business.
February 17, 1903 Jack Shreve was a popular auctioneer for 25 years in this area.
November 30, 1905 Orpha Staley and Bauer were in real estate, cows, horses, milk cans.
They were located at the Hillsboro State Bank selling maybe for E. V. Wernick.
October 19, 1905 W.S. Riley was a land agent for South Dakota land sales.
1905 Charles Rose sold real estate even earlier than this, in the I 898s.
August 30, 1906 AS . Cramer of Coopersville, Mich. sold fruit and real estate here.
December 20, 1909 Elihu Watson sold farms and houses. In 1914 he boug ht the old
Excelsior Factory fro $100. and moved it.
April 28, 19 10 Wm. Kelly and Hugh Conway started a real estate partnership here,
dissolved and moved to Elroy. They sold land in Wisconsin.
19 10 Julius Manhart sold insurance. In 1917 he moved to Wausau, Wis.
January 26, 191 1 Chas. Staley and Bohn had a real estate office at the Hillsboro State
October 10, 1912 Peter Lynch Real Estate was in business to 1920.
March 6, 1913 W.S. Riley and D.E. Riley started Riley Bros. Real E state.
19 14 Paul Armbruster sold New York Life Insurance.
1916 Frank Kosa was in real estate and he would pay one-half the train fare if you bought
northern land from him.
March 7, 1918 Jess Kauffman was a agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. Co.
November 21, 1918 George A. Williams sold Hartford Livestock Ins.
October 21 1920 Jos. McCarthy was a auctioneer for the Hub City, Wisconsin area.
June 23, 1921 Earl Williams was auctioneer in this area.
October 20, 1921 D .D. Williams was another auctioneer in Hillsboro.
March 3, 1921 August Shebeck sold Bankers Causualty Co. Ins. to Feb.2, 1928. He was
in partnership as Melby and Shebeck Ins. They sold Wis. Auto Ins. too.
February 27, 1927 N.J. Pliner who was a mechanic went into the insurance business.
1927 Wesley Hansberry became active in the insurance business.
Februuary 23, 1928 Krause and McCarthy were partners in insurance.
December 12, 1929 Wesley R. Havlik sold Guardian Life Ins.
October 8, 1930 E. V. Hofmeister entered into the insurance busines.
January 12, 1933 E.V. Wernick went into selling real estate.
December 12, 1946 Ronald Sterba started his Sterba Ins. Agency. He worked at the local
lumber yard as manager and went into insurance. In February 1968 his son David Sterba
joined him in the business. He was an underwriter in Madison, Wis. for four years prior to
joining his father in Hillboro.
October 18, 1945 Wencil Stanek Ins. Agency sold Home Ins. His son Edward Stanek
sold insurance too .
July 15, 1950 Martin F. Falk Ins Agency was in business a couple of years.
E. Y. Hofmeister bought him out in August 6, 1953 .
August 23, 1951 Jim Wiedenfeld was an auctioneer and a real estate agent.
December 25, 1952 Chris Baller starts a Car Ins. Co. In 1965 he sold Mutual Ins. and
May 1, 1969 he sold Mutual Life Ins.
1950 T horp Finance was in real estate, loans and auctioneering in Hillsboro .
September 25, 1958 to 1960 Tom Rogers represented Gavin Bros. Auctioneering here.
In August 10, 1958 Richard Sweeney was agent for Equitable Life Ins.
June 24, 1965 Monroe Finance Corp. had Gordon Stasiak as manager in Hillsboro.
September 1, 1966 H.W. Havlik opened up his business at 845 Water Ave. H e sold
Northwestern Life Ins. and was a special agent in 1964 in Milwaukee, Wis. Rudy
Mjslivecek sold it earlier for years and sold out to him.
August 19, 1977 Merlin Havlik Aucton Service started, owned by Merlin and Mary Havlik
in HiUsboro. They held auctions in the old high school gym. In 1987 he quit the
auctioneering. He became a real estate agent and operated from his home from 1979 to
1994. He retired from it in 1994.
1970 Steve Hofineister took over his fathers , E. V. Hofmeister Ins Co. business and added
many different types ofinsurance. He has offices in five towns now.
April 27, 1978. Ralph Woodruff and Biermeier were writing General Causualty Co.,
Regent Ins. and W .P .S. Health Ins.
197 5 prior to this there were other insurance companies here like Yuba Fire and Wind Ins.
Gavins Insurance, Wonewoc Farmers Mutual.
1975 Tom Sinkule Real Estate was here to 1978.
March 23 . 1978 Larry Potter ran a real estate office at H erbecks Merrrill Inc.
1984 Recreational Ins. Services Inc. started, owned by Ed Hardy.
1984 Dan Kouba started selling insurance at his home and then in Hillsboro.
1984 Donald and Rachel Haworth came here from Indiana and started here in September
1984 in the insurance business. They started at 871 Klondike Ave. D on Purchased the
latest Karaoke vidio equipment and a collection of 2000 musical backgrounds. He calls it
Sunshine Entertainment Karaoke and D .S.Service. He calls himself Don Alexander.
July 17, 1986 Bruce Donlan Estate Management and Services has his office at 1012
Mitscher Ave. Barry Donavon operates Westby Realty at 878 K londike Ave.
1987 Reding Realty owned by Scott and Linda Reding as sales agent were here.
March 16, 1989 Reding and Minnett Real Estate opened at Sandy Howe residence. They
were first affiliated with United National Real Estate Co. Linda Heding sold insurance.
1995 United National-Starkey Realty are at 1004 Water Ave.
March 16, 199 5 Janice Boehme joins Century 21 , Mac Realty Sales.
1996 Jay and Lisa Larson Ins. operate in insurance.
1996 Total Insurance Agency is at the John D eere Co. Agent is Debra J. Pesik.
1997 Stekel R ealty came to Hillsboro. Julia Haugh works for them .
I hope we didn't leave anyone out.
*** Now you can feel safe. Get into a car wreck or break a leg. You are covered***

Hillsboro's first attorney was A. T . Johnson. He arrived here in 1860s.
John Nicholson was an attorney here in 1881 and went back and forth to neighboring
villages, Wonewoc and Elroy.
L.H. E . Webster the owner of the Citizens Bank was an attorney. He specialized in
getting pensions and increases for pension worthy people. He was here from March 27,
1890 to August 3 1, 1902 and then he sold his bank.
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Most am1y widow pensions ranged from$ I 0. to $23. a month.
In January 23 , 1903 a Winchester and Ben Bates Hoakly came here from Elroy.
Hoadley was located over the Ed Jacobson Store at 820 Water Ave. He was a notary and
sold real estate. They were above the H.F. Myers building as early as ovember 25, 1898
in law and real estate. Ben Bates Hoadley passed away while doing some choirs at the
Mallow barn at Mill St. He was 44 years old.
Earl B. Larkin opened a law office here from March 23, 1903 to 1906. He became our
village attorney. He graduated from the Univ. of Wis. Law School in 1902. He left for
Aberdeen, S.D. His office was above the Williams building which was later the Wordens
Store at 853 Water Ave.
Ed B. Harkin and Ed Hammer started a new attorney office in September 13, 1906.
There first office was above the Wolfs Store at 853 Water Ave. Hammer bought Harkin
out in October 10, 1907. He then held office at 13 5 Mill St., in the new Holak building
upstairs. Ed Hammer worked hard to get the county judge office here. In November 27,
l 9 16 the village approved $200. for equipment for the judge's office. They located the
Judge Mahoney's Office above the Peoples Store at 135 Mill St. The county judge held
Probate Court here starting in February 25, 1917. Ed Hammer with drew from his
practice and became manager of the Northeastern Railroad here in Hillsboro until his
death in September 26, 1930.
Henry C. Rowin an attorney was located above the Peoples Store in November 14,
1929. He came to town December 9, 1926.
Harry T. Jordan arrived September 26, 1929 and located his office above the Ehlert
Store at 832 Water Ave. He practiced law until he died in 1960. In l 950 he had an office
a short while above the Sentry Enterprise building and for about eight years at 846 Water
Richard Endicott started his law practice here in 1960 where Harry T. Jordan was at
846 Water Ave. Endicott Law Firm was here and moved to 840 Water Ave. from about
1963 to 1972. Attorney E ndicott built a new building at 640 Water Ave. in July 6, 1972.
Attorneys Phillip Stittleburg and David L. Jenkins became affiliated with him until they
moved to La Farge, Wisconsin. In 1978 it was Endicott and Monson. Attorney Endicott
is here in 1998. Loretta Wadleigh has worked for Jordan and Endicott for many years.
Velma Hora worked for Endicott for a long time too.
Attorney William H . Randolph was at the Endicott office too and moved to 544 Water
Ave. where he has his office now in 1998.
Justice of Peace Henry Sheft:on had his office upstairs at 135 Mill St. for about eleven
years, from 1914 to 1925. He died in 1926. John Hansbery served for one year. Henry
Linke Jr. was Justice of Peace for 12 years from 1926 to 1938.


Edgar E . Gage learned the veterinarian trade from his uncle, Mathew Connors. He
was an early veterinarian in the Valley, Wisconsin area. Edgar Gage went to school at the
Veterinary State Board of Wisconsin. At age 16 he passed his exam and received his
license at that very early age. That was in 1878.
Edgar E. Gage ran draylines and mail routes. He built the 856 Water Ave brick
building for his livery stables. Another brick building was built at 850 Water Ave. for a

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ln 1897 Dr. Roland Thompson had an office in Hillsboro and on his farm located three
miles north of the village. He practiced up into the 1920s or more in veterinary work.
Dr. Byrnes started a veterinary shop in November 25, 1898 right after he left the
blacksmith business. He located his office in the second floor at 814 Water Ave. which
was at the Citizens Bank He specialized in horse hoofs and teeth.
F .W. Anderson was located at a livery stable by the railroad depot from December 7,
1905 to August 16, 1906. He was at the Shissler Livery. He stayed about one year in the
veterinary business here.
Dr. B.A.Bee a veterinarian came July 4, 1907. His office was at the Harrison Livery.
He left in October 3, l 907 and moved elsewhere.
Dr. Nelson came next and his office was at the Harrison Livery. He came in 1909.
Dr. C. M. Shave a veterinary located himself in the Richards Drng Store in August 2,
1912 at 824 Water Ave. In 1914 he moved his office to the second floor at 833 Water
Ave. He stayed to 1917.
Dr. M.L. Claflin a veterinarian from Kendall, Wisconsin had intentions of coming here
in June 17, 1920. Instead he chose a state job.
Veterinarian Dr. L.F. Holmes from Kendall had the same idea and did come in June 24,
1924. He had his office on the 2nd floor at 814 Water Ave. up to 192 7. Then his office
was at the Jake Markee place in September 9, 1931. In January 11, 193 2 he was at the
2nd floor of the Field building at 830 Water Ave.
Dr. Vincent H. Cubela practiced at Black River Falls from 1921to1925. He came to
Hillsboro in December 17, 1925. He stayed until he passed away in M ay 10, 1970. His
office was at his home at 606 Praire Ave.
Dr. L.J. Gallagher D.VM. came in March 9, 1939. His office was at the Pitcel
Standard Station at 1004 Water Ave.
Dr. PJ. Leib came in August 12, 1954. He had his office at Elroy, Wisconsin and
covered the Hillsboro area.
Dr. Mjchael J. King and Dr. Linda C. King were here a short while. D.V.M. I.C. Beck
came in January 20, 1966.
D.VM. Mrs. P.C. Burch had here office at R.F.D. 2, Hillsboro, Wisconsin . She came
around 1965 and is here in 1998. Dr. Robert H. Johnston came here in November 18,
1971. He built an office across from the Citgo Station at 925 Water Ave. The Wurster
building was moved there for his business and remodeled.

Rolling Hills Veterinary Office is at 199 East Madison St. Picture above.

Dr. James Mlsna arrived in 1973 and worked with Dr. Robert Johnston from 1978 to
1979. Dr. Robert Johnston called it Rolling Hills Vet.Clinic. Dr. Mlsna stayed until 1979
and them made an office at his farm in Greenwood Twp. Dr. Robert J. Johnston built a
building at 199 East Madison St. in December 30, l 982 and is there in 1998. Other
veterinarians there are Yoder, Parrish, Krause in August 22, 1996.
In July 1979 Dr. James Mlsna opened up his Kow Kountry Vet. Service five miles west
of Hillsboro at his farm in Greenwood Twp. Dr. Mlsna moved his office from the farm to
1340 High Ave. in September 30, 1982. Dr. Raymond Cooroughjoined him in June 17,
1983. Dr. Mlsna is here in 1998.
Dr. Raymond Coorough left in 1987 for Amhurst, Wiisconsin and came back in 1989.
Dr. Raymond Coorough left Dr. Mlsna place and opened up an office at his home one mile
south of town on Cty Rd . Q . He is called Hillsboro Veterinary Service starting in May 4,
1989 and stayed there to 1996. In 1996 he moved to 834 Water Ave. and has D.V.M.
Norman there with him in Hillsboro. They are here in 1998.

After looking through all my obituaries and the newspaper information, I find many
doctors that served in the Hillsboro area.
The early era doctors were more into medicine to treat ailments with . After the 1880s
the physicians were better educated and some held the title of being surgeons. There were
no local hospitals at the local villages before 1910. Milwaukee or Chicago had hospitals
for the most critical operations and the very sick went there.
In the late 1890s some doctors sta11ed small three or four bedroom make shift hospitals
at their offices. The list of doctors will show that some were only short term, coming
from a neighboring village for a few days a week on office call.
***Boy! I and you my friend better stay healthy, no hospital and no pretty nurses to
admire yet. Just think how lucky we are now.***
1855-1876 Dr. Aaron Winslow. 1st doctor in Vernon Co. He operated from his farm in
Greenwood Twp.
1870-1880 Dr. J.R. Rundlett. He had a yellow building behind Pinchs Drug Store at 824
Water Ave. before the big building was there. After ten years he left for Augusta,
Wisconsin and came back in one year.
1872-1876 Dr. Aaron Winslow and son Loring Winslow start Winslow and Son Drug
Store at 839 Water Ave.
1876 Dr. Wo11hy stayed a while. Dr. Merrett stayed a while. Dr. Smith came twice a
week from other villages. Dr.Foley stayed a short while. Dr. Leonard stayed one year
and went to Wonewoc. Dr. J.L Hamilton stayed two years, an agent for Dr. Dodge of
Elroy, Wisconsin. Dr. Shear stayed around Trippeville, Wisconsin.
1876-191 8 Dr. Francis Isaac Pinch Surgeon at Pinchs Drug Store, 824 Water Ave. Dr.
Pinch and son Gerrie Pinch at Acme Drug Store at 824 Water Ave.
1890-1927 Dr. Jones Jr. died May 13, 1927.
June 25, 1895 Dr. Pinch and Dr. Jones at Acme Drug Store at 824 Water Ave. They were
in partnership from 1900 to 1905 and dissolved in 1905 . Dr. Jones died February 7, 1907.
1890-1897 Dr. Jones started at the Mallow House Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
1895 Dr McLaine came twice a week.
1880-1983 Dr. A.C. Morris a Surgeon at Pinchs Drug Store at 824 Water Ave.
189 5-1906 Dr. Vernon was on the 2nd floor at the Worden Store at 83 3 Water Ave.
1906 Dr. Block was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
1897 Dr. Kassabin was here five months.
1897 Dr. Prof. Wm. Caswell a lecturer was at 839 Water Ave.
1897-1898 Dr. Jones at the Wide Awake Drug Store at 839 Water Ave.
1898 Dr. Lahn and Ellis were at the Hillsboro Hotel at 90 l Water Ave.
1898 Dr. Caswell was in back ofBeachs Hardware at I 00 Mill St.
1900- 190 I Dr. P.A. Hansberry had his 1st office was at the Hammer Opera House.
1902-1903 Dr. P.A. Hansberry 2nd office on 2nd floor at Hillsboro State Bank, 806
Water Ave.
1903-1909 Dr. Mc Elwee is at the Hillsboro Hotel. He came from Madison, Wis.
1905-1 9 14 Dr. P.A. Hansberry and Dr. Ferriter Dentist at Williams building, 832 Water
19 I 4-194 7 Dr. P.A. Hansberry l st. hospital at 83 2 Water Ave. on 2nd floor. Later he
started the big hospital at 400 Water Ave. Dr. Vernon was with Hansberry and died in
1909. Dr.Bivin was with Hansberry from 1909 to 1910. He dissolves and takes a course
in Chicago, lll. Dr. Hansberry buys Cole place 1914 to 194 7.
1908- I 909 Dr.J.J. Miller at Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
January 2 1, 1909 Dr. Rea at Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
1909 Dr. Georgia Dvorak was getting a doctors license in Chicago, ill.
April 5, 1910 Dr. Terkorst moved to Milwaukee from Hillsboro.
July 10, 1910 Dr. R.S. Mac Kechrue is on 2nd floor at Wolfs Store at 853 Water Ave.
November 4, 1920 Dr. Yates has office hours at the Hillsboro Hotel, 901 Water Ave.
1920 Dr. Hansberry was chosen to be a doctor for the disabled veterans of W. W. 1.
May 5, 1927 Dr. A.N. Homes died May 13, J 927.
July 28, 1927 Dr.C.A Yates came in 1920 and died July 3 1, 1927.
September 1, 1927 Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Dr. Dolan moved from the Ehlert building
to the 2nd floor of the Fred Chapmans place at 829 Water Ave.
1929 Dr. Stevens at the Hillsboro Hotel at 90 1 Water Ave.
December 8, 1932 Dr. Hansberry and Dentist Dolan are at the 2nd floor of the Field
building at 832 Water Ave.
October 7, 1932 Dr. Ken J. South is at Dr. Hansberry office.
1930-1934 Dr. C.W. Jones was here for a short while.
August 10, 1933 Dr. E.J. Schnieberger is at the 2nd floor of the Marchowsky Store at 135
Mill St.
November 9, 1933 Dr. M. Foley was where Dr. Hansberry and Dolan were at 829 Water
December 16, 193 7 Dr. John J. Rouse was at the Hansberry Hospital at 400 Water Ave.
October 9, 1941 Dr. Ed Palmer was at Rouse and Hansberry place at the hospital.
October 22, 1942-1945 Dr. Edward C. Jarvis came from Antigo, Wisconsin and was at
the Hansberry Clinic.
1942- 1944 Dr. Otterbein D. Willstead owned several hospitals and came to Hillsboro.
Augu st 9, 1945 Dr. John J. Rouse M .D. was released from active duty and is here now.
November 15, 1945 Dr. Leuther is at the Hansberry Clinic.
September 12, 1946 Dr. Leonard L. Sanford is on the 2nd floor of833 Water Ave.
March 17, 1947 Dr. Hansberry died after 47 years being a doctor.
December 6, 1951 Dr. T.P. Froehlk:e came to Hillsboro twice a week.
April 19, 1951 Dr. Leonard L. Sanford closes his office at 833 Water Ave. He was in the
Cosgrove building too for a while. He died in 1971 .
November 20, 1952 Dr. Leuther and Dr. Froehlke at the new medical clinic at S. High

1951 -June 11 , 1953 Dr. L. L. Sanford moved to the Legion Hall at old Wernick house.
November 19, 1953 Dr. Eugene F. Pischke moved to the Hillsboro Clinic, I st of
December to S. High St.
February 4, 1954 Dr. Ed J. Beil at the Hillsboro Clinic at S.High Ave.
November 25, 1954 Dr. Thomas Boston is at the Hillsboro Clinic at S. High Ave.
January 6, 1955 Dr. M.J . McCarthy is at 214 Mill Street.
May 15, 1958 Dr. L.L. Sanford sold his clinic at 836 Water Ave. to Dr. Boston in June I ,
1958 after being here for twelve years.
July 24, 1958 Dr. Ray B. Balder Jr. came from Chicago to the Hillsboro Clinic at S. High
Ave. He died at Elroy April 16, 1994. He was a doctor for 30 years.
July 21 , 1960 Dr. L. L. Sanford reopens an office at his home.
March 9, 1972 Dr. H .P. Baker, Dr. R.B. Balder, Dr. TE.Boston move into the newly
renovated clinic wing at the hospital.
August 7, 1980 Dr. Robert Cody an intern from La Crosse is on the Hospital staff.
July, 1981 the new Hillsboro clinic opened September, 1981 at 300 Water Ave.
August 18, 1983 Dr. Steven Dorrow a native of Reedsburg joined the hospital staff
1993 the doctors consisted of Larry Boehme, Steven Darrow, Lee Cornell, Ray Balder.
There are many specialist doctors that come now each week to the hospital from
different clinic~ and hospitals to serve the sick. The Hillsboro Clinic is now Gundersen
Clinic at 300 Water Ave.
*** We all should be fit as a fiddle in health with the hundreds of doctors that were in
Hillsboro, if mother nature would only work that way.***

The early denti sts were a type of physician and druggist combinatio n. the first
treatments were mostly to stop a bad toothache or pull a tooth.
*** A sure cure for a toothache was a string tied to the tooth and a door knob. Maybe
someone came and opened the door. I don't know how it happened . l t sure hurt.***
Later hand crank and foot peddle machines for drilling teeth were invented. The drill
cord was a flexible drill cord that turned the drill.
***This didn't make sense. The dentist peddled and shook so bad, almost hit every tooth
in my mouth and oh the drill. When he was done he gave me a lolly pop candy and oh,oh~
I had a tooth ache again.***
1880 Dr. L.C. Davenport was the first dentist in .Hillsboro.
1881-1885 Dr. C. D. Al len spent four years with Dr. L.C. Davenport.
1895-1897 Dr. J.F. Sneathen of Baraboo was at the Mallow Hotel at 901 Water Ave. two
to three days a week .
1895 Dr. W.C . Dun came one day a week to the Hotel.
1896 Dr. Matzke was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
1897 Dr. Matzke was at the Kucha Tailor Shop.
1897 Dr. G.A. Sinclair was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 90 1 Water Ave.
1898-1905 Dr. C.D. Allen was above the Worden Store at 853 Water Ave. and left. He
died in 1908.
1898 Dr. Klein and C.D.Allen were at the Hotel, Wordens, Williams buildings.
1902 Dr. Bernard Baley a native of Hillsboro went to Wonewoc.
1902 -1 903 Dr. F.A. Ferriter was on the 2nd fl oor of the Field building at 832 Water Ave.
June 8, 1903 Dr. F. Ferriter was on the 2nd fl oor of Pinchs Drug Store at 824 Water Ave.
1904-1908 Dr. Herman Kreutzman was at Dr. Allens vacated office at 853 Water Ave.

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1908- 19 I 3 Dr. H. Kreutzman was above the Hill sboro State Bank. Later he was at the
Farmers State Bank at 833 Water Ave.
I 905 -1909 Or. Frank Jones was on the 2nd floor of the Hillsboro State Bank and sold out
to Dr. Mac Kechnie at 806 Water Ave.
I 905-1908 Dr. Elizebeth Mac Kechnie was at her husbands office at 806 Water Ave.
I 913 Dr. Mac Kechnie and Mrs. Dr. Mac Kechnie were above the Farmers State Bank at
833 Water Ave.
1926- I 965 Dr. Thomas M . Dolan a graduate from Marquette Univ. bought Dr. Ferriter's
equipment and business. Dr. Ferriter died in 1927. Dr. Dolan married Elsie Fitzpatrick
who was a secretary for Dr. Hansberry and Dr. Ferriter. She stayed in Dolans office at the
2nd floor of the Williams building at 832 Water Ave.
May 10, 1927 Dr. E .R . Perkins was at the Hillsboro H otel at 901 Water Ave.
1926-1976 Dr. Joseph H. Kelly also a graduate of Marquette Univ. started on the 2nd
floor of the Hillsboro State Bank. That should be Farmers State Bank at 833 Water Ave.
He married Dr. Ronald S. Mac Kechnie's daughter Margaret in 1935. H e bought the
equipment and business when Dr. Kruetzman died.
1927-1927 Dr. Baley from Wonewoc was in charge when Dr. Kruetzman died .
January 1, 1952 Dr. Dolan moves from the Field building to Dr. Sanfords building that
was where the bank parking lot is now. D r. Dolan owned this building. He was there a
long time until his death in August 23, 1965.
December 23 , 1965 D r. M. C. Basherian moved into Dr. Dolans building. He then moved
to Elroy, Wisconsin .
May 22, 1973 Dr. Jay Wolfenden leased at first. In July 21, 1973 he owned his office at
925 Water Ave. and is here in 1998.
December 20, 1979 Dr. Wayne Myre D.D.S. graduated from Marquette school of
dentistry. He is in the Hillsboro Clinic at 300 Water Ave. He is here in 1998.
1926 to 1987 Dr. Kelly died around December 4, 1987. He had an office at his home at
532 Water Ave.
***Wow all that drilling and filling. We have gold and silver now. We are worth a lot.***


The eye doctors usually came from a neighboring town and had office hours once or
twice a week at different locations in town . I will give the date, name, address and
locations of those early eye examiners. Some doctors were also eye doctors, so they
would be on the regular doctor list.
*** A eye doctor and a doctor they looked the same to me. I ran a mile from them as
fast as my little legs could carry me. Now 1 can't see so I just run over them.***
April 2, 1895-1899 A. E. Wilcox was at the Mallow House Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
March 11, 1897 Prof Adelstine was at Jones Drug Store at the back at 839 Water Ave.
August 25, 1899 Carl Sigel M.D. a German Surgeon was on the 2nd floor of the Kolb
saloon at 810 Water Ave.
August 12, 1909 Dr. A.B . Norris was at the Hill sboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
June 15, 1909 Dr. Elizebeth Mac Kechnie was at her husbands office at 806 Water Ave.
and at 833 Water Ave. Dr. R .S. Mac Kechnie was married June 15, 1909 to Dr. Elizebeth
Butler Kechum.
October 21 , 1909 D r. Buehler was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 90 l Water Ave.
February 18, 1909 Dr. A.B. Stevens was at the Hillsboro Annex.

March 11 , 1910-191 I Dr. A. B.Stevens was at Lute Purdy Store at 845 Water Ave. on the
2nd floor.
October 28, 191 1-1927 Dr. A.B. Stevens was at the Williams building at 832 Water Ave.
where the Hansberry Hospital was.
August 3, 1911 Dr. Fieldman was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
October 19, 1916 Dr. A.J. Large was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
August 18, 1927 Dr. Joe Herzin was at the Hillsboro Hotel at 901 Water Ave.
September 17, 1930 Dr. C.A. Lester was at the Hansberry office.
July 17, 1947 Dr. A.R. Kohnen was at Dr. P. A. Leuther Clinic Office at S. High Ave.
1947 Dr. Warren Clark was at the back of a store at 846 Water Ave.
1949 Dr. Warren Clark was above 833 Water Ave. now the Sterba Insurace building.
February 2, 1950 Dr. A.R. Kohnen left and Dr. Warren Bohlinger came in his place.
1950 Dr. Warren Clark acquired Kohnen and Bohlinger. He was above Willis Hofmeister
Appliance and Electriic Store at 833 Water Ave.
1977 Dr. Jeffery Clark, Warren Clark and Attorney Endicott build a new building at 640
Water Ave.
June 3, 1993 Dr. Warren and Dr. Jeffery Clark build a new eye cliillc at 845 Water Ave.
across three lots.
May, 1976 Dr. Jos E. Aponte was here for some time and left. He was at 840 Water Ave.
September 15, 1996 Thomas E. Boulden D.D. was at the Gundersen Lutheran Vision
Center at 845 Water Ave.
1998 Gundersen Lutheran Vision Center is here in 1998.
*** That is a lot of eye doctors. Don't think that you have 20/20 vision. That would be
far vision. I don't know what number you have for near vision. What ever you have stay
on the road or you may have double vision.***

October 17, 19 12-January 1, 1914 Dr. O.L. Mayemchein gave Mechone-Therapy at 824
Water Ave. on the 2nd floor at Pinch's Drug Store.
March 10, 1921 Dr. H.J . Steve D.C. was above the Holak Tavern at 125 Mill Street.
September 7, 1922 Dr. B.H . Schumacher was above the Hillsboro Auto Service at 125
Mill St. That was above Holak's Tavern.
1924 Dr. B.H. Schumacher moved to the 2nd fl oor in the Holak building at I 35 Mill St.
February 4, 1926 Bartley & Bartley Chiropractor were on the 2nd floor at the Home
Restaruant at 810 Water Ave.
June 3, 1931 E.J. Taylor D .C. was on the 2nd floor of the Sinkule Meat Market at 820
Water Ave.
July 22, 1931 Dr. Chris Mayenchein was above the Farmers State Bank at 833 Water Ave.
April 14, 1932 Dr. G .W. Bray was on the 2nd floor of Pinch's Drug Store at 824 Water
December 19, 1940 Dr. F.T. Schuetze was on the 2nd floor of Pinch's Drug Store at 824
Water Ave.
July 17, 1941 Dr. F.T . Schuetze was on the 2nd floor of the Hart building at 131 Water
June 19, 1952 Basil N . Blakely was at the 2nd floor of the Hofineister Appliance and
Electric at 824 Water Ave.
1963 Basin N. Blakely was at 214 Mill St. and then he moved above at 833 Water Ave.
1949-1954 Ernest Harrison Healer was at 214 Mill St.
February 15, 1980 B.N. Blakely office was at his home.
Then in two weeks he was in the L.L. Sanford building. He built a new building at 652
Water Ave.
January 8, 1986 Dr. Peter Wyland bought the Dr. Blakely building at 652 Water Ave. Dr.
Peter Wyland was in Minnesota for ten years. Then in Elroy, Wisconsin. He ran two
offices until 1991 in Hillsboro and Elroy. He is here in 1998.
***Don't be afraid to go there. They are good, try it and see.***

Frank A Wopat at Dilly, Wisconsin started buying cattle as early as 1888. The cattle
were chased along the dirt roads to Union Center, Wisconsin to the railroad loading
station there and shipped to Chicago markets. Later the Milwaukee receiving yards took
in cattle too. Frank Wopat bought cattle and sheep before the days of checking accounts,
so every thing that was bought was paid in cash. He was considered as one of the largest
shippers of livestock to the Chicago yards. One time he shipped 45 carloads of sheep in
two consecutive days from this area to Chicago.
***That was a lot of Ba, Ba, Ba, Ba's. from the sheep.***
Ed Hammer at the Hillsboro roller mill bought livestock too. The yards were by the
depot when the railroad came in 1903 to Hillsboro.
Another early shipper of livestock was Jacob Dietzman who lived just north of the
village. Hammer started buying around 1895 or earlier and they all chased the livestock to
the Union Center railroad.
Frank A Wopat had yards at Hub City, Dilly, La Farge, Union Center and Hillsboro.
All stock was chased from those places to Union Center or later to Hillsboro.
In April 19, 1906 the Dewey dogs in Hillsboro killed some sheep at the yards and had
to be shot. In 1905 there was a sheep shortage and poultry too. The Chicago people sure
liked chickens and eggs. They always had ads in the local newspaper-chickens wanted.
In November 2, 1905 the agent John Cash at our depot, said that 114 carloads of
livestock were shipped out in October 1905 from the Frank Wopat and Ed Hammer yards.
Around May 11, 1905 there was a shortage of wheat causing the price to go up. In
September 28, 1905, 20 carloads oflivestock were shipped from the Frank Wopat, Ed
Hammer and l Dietzman stockyards. One carload of poultry was shipped from buyer
Wm. Lind at Hillsboro and Anton Sebranek from Dilly, Wisconsin on that same date.
***Now you hardly see a chicken on the farm. The only kind around are the ones they
raise in the supermarket. Thats the modem chicken, it doesn't fly, run or eat feed, that will
be the day. A clooning. ***
The next month in October 26, 1905 Hammer and Wopat shipped 30 carloads of
livestock that week. 1500 sheep were left over, not enough rail cars for the shipment.
Those sheep had to be fed and watered at the yard until the next weeks shipment, when
the rail cars weren't available. Being a buyer wasn't an easy job. Especially if you bought
too much and didn't have rail cars to ship it out with.
Chas. E. Price started buying poultry too and he shipped a carload of chickens out in
August 11, 1906.
There were farmers that specialized in purebred livestock and they are too mumerous to
mention. One would have to write another book. The purebred livestock raising started
around the 1900s.
In September 30, 1908 there were ads wanting I 00 horses. H. Ludwig of Boston,
Mass. and Wm. Shaver from Chicago, 111. were the buyers to contact. Tractors weren't
around so the demand for good work horses was there.

*** Shortage of horses. Maybe Chicago was substituting horses for chicken meat. I don't
know if that happened. It could be possible.***
For the month of October, 1908 the shippment out was 118 carloads oflumber, stock
and produce from Hillsboro.
E.V. Wernick and F.B. Polly went into growning sugar beets. They each planted one
acre of beets. The return was supposed to be $100. an acre. They tried it in April
21, 1908 to 1909. It wasn't profitable enough with all the hand labor involved. Elroy,
Wisconsin had a storage warehouse which was started there in November 22, 1906. It
was called Madison Beet Sugar Co.
In October 27, 1910 Frank Wopat shipped ten carloads of livestock and there wasn't
enough rail cars.
Alphonse Wopat purchased Peter Shears farm west of the village and he bought
livestock there too_ They stored ice and sold it too. In 1935 Emil Wopat bought cattle
too and was a salesman for farm supplies and equipment_ He went to Chicago in 1941
and returned, starting in equipment sales.
** * When you were shorted rail cars. One could say nothing, maybe some different
words that aren't in the computer yet.***
New livestock buyers starting in November 27, 1910 were: D. Levy and Landsinger.
That week Frank Wopat and Land singer shipped out 20 carloads of livestock.
In September 26, 1911 Levy dissolved with Landsinger. Now it was called Landsinger
Livestock Co.
In April 30, 1912 there was a big day of buying in Hillsboro and at Union Center.
Frank Wopat said that day he wrote out 134 checks. In November, 1913 he paid out
$96,000. for livestock that month.
Short term buyer named Markee & Pepper started in December 21, 1916. Due to the
war in 1917-1918 rail cars were a problem to get in for some of the weeks.
Farmers Equity started buying cattle in December 5, 1918.
In December 29, 1917 the American Horse and Mule Co. ofMemphis, Tenn and
Boston, Mass. wanted horses and mules for the war effort_ Most artillery in W.W. 1. was
pulled by horse or mule teams. There weren't hardly any trucks yet at that time.
Burtons Livery in Hillsboro wanted horses and mules on December 29, 1917 for the
war too.
Frank A Wopat was selling windmills in April 6, 1922. In 1922 Wopat and Landsinger
were the two livestock buyers in town. They bought the idle brewery in December 7,
1922. They purchased 30 acres and the brewery for $15, 120. a $75,000. value.
In October 5, 1922 Landsinger and Wopat sent 31 carloads of livestock that week. By
November 30, 1922 they shipped 68 carloads for the year. In November 5, 1930 they
shipped 17 carloads that week. The Fall of the year was the time to ship raised out
livestock. Farmers were starting to use trucks now to come to the yards_
A carload of western horses from South Dakota were shipped into Hillsboro for a
auction held on March 4, 1931 . Peter Simon was the owner.
In October 13, 1932 there were 19 trucks of cattle going to the yards by the depot and
they were lined up to main street, waiting to be unloaded at the yards_
Everts and Nick Rockweiler were new shippers in October 19, 1933 . They had yards
by the west side of the railroad where the fertilizer plant is now. He also had a yard in
Yuba, Wisconsin.
A Farmers Union Association was started in October 25, 1934. The old Equity.

Frank A. Wopat left his sons Alphonse and Emil Wopat buy cattle now. Landsinger
shipped 17 carloads in the week of November 8, 1934.
The livestock buyers now were: Alphonse Wopat, James Shanesy, Albert Holak,
Farmers Union Assoc, Everts & Rockweiler, Landsinger.
In August 6, 1935 the stockyards by the depot were washed out by the big flood.
Another broncho horse auction was held in November 21 , 1936. The carload of horses
were owned by Ray E. Keays.
Annour and Co. of Chicago were set up at our local yards in April 16, 1946. Robert
G. Kuehne was the stock buyer.
Smith was a buyer here for Armour Co. in April 4, 1947. In April 16, 1949 he was
replaced by Frank Binter.
Joseph A. Landsinger quite buying cattle November, 1948. He started in 1910.
Nick Rockweiler and Son were buyers in December 22, 1949. Their yards were where
the fertili zer plant is now.
The Equity Coop was buying in October, 1950 at the old Landsinger yards,
Robert Hofmeister and Nick Rockweiler were together in the livestock buying
New yards were set up by the Wildcat Implement Co. and Emil Kauk! ran his livestock
yards there in January 6, 1955. In December 20, 1956 Slama & Haas were buyers and
After the 1960s other larger places became centers for buying stock such as Viola and
Richland Center.
Robert Hofineister and Nick Rockweiler were buyers yet in December 19, 1963.
Robert Hofmeister still buys cattle in the Hillsboro area at his yards outside of town about
a mile and a half He is here in 1998.
***Boy write up took a lot of moo's, baa's, maa's and a hee ha's or two. The railroad
had achoo choo in here too somewhere.***
My dear friend are you still with me. Grab another coke and chip. I have more to tell

The millinery businesses in Hillsboro were a dime a dozen. The big flow of a need for
milline1y work started in the 1880s. Prior to that date most clothes were sewed at home.
The businesses moved around a lot.
*** I think they moved to the other side of the street and back again so many times
because I couldn't catch up to them. You know. They sewed my pants pockets up at the
top and one trouser leg too. I think they were just learning the trade.* **
1893 Mrs. Rebecca Feight, who's maiden name was Cole opened up a shop in town. She
had a shop in Algoma and Milwaukee before they moved here.
May 7, 1895 Mrs. Minnie Rose sold hats, stock and dress making at the American Hotel.
September 24, 1895 Mrs. Nellie Conway and Julia Dolan bought out Minnie Rose and are
in the T.B. Rice place at the American Hotel at 128 and 132 Mill St.
May 12, 1896 Conway and Dolan moved where Bazil and Kladky were in the Brewer
building at 845 Water Ave.
1.896 Mrs. August Stein who was Margaret A. Betts started a millinery shop one door
from where Benish's Bar is now. In 1905 she was in the Worden building at 853 Water
Ave. In 1906 she closed and they moved to Schofield, Wis.
April 15, 1897 Cora Hansberry moved her dress shop to the Landrum house and on April
22, 1897 moved her shop to the Citizens Bank at 814 Water Ave.
April 1898 Rose and Eastman millinery was over Louis Millers Store at 826 Water Ave
May 6, 1898 Bessie Feight and Miss. Ada Bauer did dress making at the American Hotel.
In August 25, 1899 they were in the Winslow building and in February 10, 1903 they
moved to Mohs corner store at 81 5 Water Ave. They relocated in February 1903 to
above the Williams vacant store.
November 11 , I 899 Mrs.Nellie Kosa was selling bonnets and hats. In January 22, 1902
she was at the Holbrook building at 839 Water Ave. ln December 18, 1902 she was at the
Nichou bakery at 826 Water Ave.
October 3, 1902 Tillie and Millie Hohlfelt started a dress maker shop.
June 27, 1902 E.N. Jacobsen Millinery was at 820 Water Ave.
Marcl1 12, 1903 Josie Novey worked at Jenner's in Milwaukee and for Gages Bros. in
Chicago. She set up a shop in the Worden building at 853 Water Ave. She closed out in
July 21 , 1904, went to Chicago in 1905 and moved there in 1907.
April 7, 1904 Mrs. Southwick was two days a week at 814 Water Ave.
May I 9, I 904 Liskow and Conway new shop was at Roger \Villiams building by the
theater and on August 25, 1904 they went to the Mrs. Ellis home.
I 904 Mrs. Wm. Lind shop was at 845 Water Ave. with the Library there.
February 18, I 904 Vertie Moore shop was in the E. H. Jacobson Store at 820 Water Ave.
March 30, 1905 Mrs. Dollie Southwick was above Wordens Meat Market at 820 Water
Ave. Maggie Conway was there too at the same time. '
November 30, 1905 Mrs. Kintzman moved to t he Roger Williams building by the theater.
She was in business yet in May 3, J906.
March 19, 1906 Southwich was still in busines.
September 20, I 908 the Miss. Griffith Millinery started up.
February 28, 1909 Mrs. Robert Lind Millinery moved from 845 Water Ave. to 118
Mechanic St. They sold out at 845 Water Ave. and bought this building at 118 Mechanic
St. She ran it alone to October 5, 19 I 3 and then took in a partner Miss Nora Becker with
her millinery. Nora Becker stayed to September 16, 1914.
September 23, 1909 Mary Mae Harrison was in the Holbrook building at 839 Water Ave.
In November 1, 1909 she sold out one-half interest to Mrs. Charles Carnes. In July 9,
19 10 Harrison and Carnes had a sale and sold their lease to Grossman Wordrobe Co. from
Sparta, Wisconsin.. Grossman was starting a clothing store here.
January 5, 191 I Carnes moved here millinery to the Worden building at 853 Water Ave.
April 11, 1912 Mae Harrison got married and was closing out. In April 16, 1914 she was
in the f.lillsboro Hotel.
November 7, 1912 Carrie Edison Milliners was at the Salts residence.
September 16, 1914 Mrs. Floyd Vanningan Millinery was in town.
February 12, 1920 Miss Bessie Haflich sta1ted a millinery.
March 22, 1922 Mrs. Ivah Mitchell was at the Hillsboro Hotel.
April l 5, 1926 Mrs. Jvah Mitchell hat shop was at the Hillsboro Hotel Annex .
October I 4, 1931 Mrs. Helen Lambert Millinery was located west of the Lutheran Church.
June 29, I 950 Mrs. Raphu Fawcett was in the Joseph Maly place at the Hotel Annex. It
was called Raphu's Dress Shop.
***They sewed the whole town up .* **

The tailor market didn't open up until just before the 1900s. Most clothes for men
were made in the big cities. When the population got bigger in the rural areas, then a
tai lor came in handy. Many special uniforms for different occasion were made by the local
tailor. They al so made suits to fit and were merchant tailors.
*** So, if you were getting married in the early day and had no suit, you ran to the tailor
shop and he would make you look impressive to the bride.***
Thomas Kucha , the artistic tailor, ran his tailor shop at his home located where the
H illsboro Coop Office is now. In August 1895 he moved his shop to 118 Mechanic St.
and stayed to August, 1897. He then went to the Kolb bui lding in August 1897 and stayed
to March 23 , 1900. In March 23, 1900 he moved his shop to the Wm .Linke building west
of the Hammer Opera House building. He was there until October 12, 1907. Later they
had the livery house at 856 Water Ave. In September 8, 192 1 C.J. Emerson opened a
clean and press clothes business in the Thomas Kucha place.
Baz il and Hladky ran a fashionable merchant tailor and cleaning shop here. They were
here a short while from April 1895 to June 29, 1895. They went to the Brewer building at
845 Water Ave. and stayed to May 12, 1896. In July 22, 1898 Chas Bazil Tailor Shop
moved to the Fred Linke building.
Martin Luk'Us started in town sometime in 1895 at 118 Mechanic Street. He was in the
Wm . Clark Store in November 11 , 1898. He closed his shop and left his son James Lukus
operate the business. James Lukus was in the Kolb building at 810 Water Ave. in
February 23 , 1900. He was at 118 Mechanic St. T hen he moved to the Williams building
at 853 Water Ave. in January 3, 1906 and then moved to the Bezucha building at 848
Water Ave. In May 21 , 1891 James Lukus married Antonia Kapek in Chicago. They
moved to Hillsboro in 1898 and moved to Taylor, Wisconsin on April 4, 1912. They were
in town from 1898 to 1912. They were last at 853 Water Ave.
Wm . Linke had a tailor shop in 1904 at the T ravnick building at 830 Water Ave. In
May 20, 1912 he opened up a new tailor shop just west of the Theo Collins home or then
the Manhart home. They moved the shop in August I , 19 12 to the J. A. Thompson new
brick building next to the theater.
Joseph Maly learned the tailoring trade at Vienna, Austria for eleven years. He
immigtated in 1922. He managed a tailoring firm in Chicago for seven years. He came to
Hillsboro in 1929 to March 1, 1950. He then moved and started a shop in 1954 at
Richland Center, Wisconsin. He was here a Jong time. He sewed all the Hillsboro City
Band uniforms for us. He was located at the Hillsboro Hotel Annex.
In September 1, 1927 S.Rusk had a tailor shop at 829 Water Ave. and moved to the
HjJlsboro Annex.
C.A. Hartman started here in March 5, 1953 with a tail or shop.
Anna and Doris Joselles makes uniforms or clothing for special occasions in the 1990s.

A wood roller bearing was invented. A Chicago firm got hold of it and it was never
seen again .
Henry Rowin made a steel roller bearing and had a patent on it. He was a tinner in
town. The patent was stolen by a man from New York. Hillsboro never got the fame for
having the first roller bearing patent.
George Thorpe invented the Wonder Stick Solder in May 27, 1926. It would fix holes
in utinsils or even in radiators in three minutes.

Fred Chapman developed the device to warm up your car in the winter time before
starting up . We call it a water or oil heater now. [n August 27, 1931 Wm. Kotvis, Fred
Chapman, L. W. Dortland were in Minneapolis with their K C D Heater Company
invention. In May 25, 1933 they sold there patent to Barbour-Coleman of Rockford , Ill.
for manufacturing the heater in large quanity.
Wesley Healy son of Wm. Healy was a inventor of a new electical robot machine to
report bridge games. It was displayed in New York City in January 8, 1934.
See Le Roy Freck write up for his inventions.

l thought the high-light of the news would be interesting to the reader to show how the
times changed. Things that happened then and aren't any different than now.
In the early era most settlers visited their neighbors and many courtships of their sons
and daughter with the close neighbors lead to marriage. That proved true in all the early
times in every village.
It wasn't until in the 1880s that people ventured out farther maybe to a neighboring
town or relative close by.
If you came to town from the country your name hit the newspaper that same week. If
you were a stranger you were asked many questions.
Many different machines, grain seperators, steam engines etc. were sold in Hillsboro
and driven to the farms. It was a greater expense to make your work easier no matter if
you were a farmer or in business in the village.
There was the usual wave of crime too. In January 18, 1912 Judge Roger Williams
challenged any one to beat his record of 25 years of service. In that length of time he
handled 635 civil cases, 426 criminal cases and 374 marriages.
On November 9, 1911 the livestock market was like this: Cattle $3. to $5. per 100 lb.
Hogs. $5. to $5.50 per 100 lb. Sheep. $2. to $3. per 100 lb. Lambs. $3.50. to $4.75. per
lOO lb. Calves. $5. to $7. per 100 lb. Fancy butter. 24 cents per lb. Eggs. 20 cents a doz.
Poultry. 6 to 11 cents per lb. Wheat. 80 to 85 cents per bu. Barley. 85 to 90 cents per bu.
Oats. 35 to 38 cents per bu. Potatoes. 55 cents per bu.
The market at Milwaukee or Chicago was somewhat higher. One had to sell locally for
less. The dealer had his expense in buying and shipping.
This area was a heavy livestock raising location in the state. In November 23, 191 I ,
Frank A. Wopat a livestock dealer here, shipped 47 carloads of livestock in November. In
December he shipped 88 carloads out. This area was a heavy producer of sheep, hogs,
cattle and milk production too.
The village had one case of dog bit. So in October 12, 191 l a village ordinance was
passed and enforced to have all 27 dogs in town wear muzzles while being walked.
In 19 IO business men went farther to Chicago to contract their store supplies. Women .
took more distant train rides to visit relatives.
Doctors came here from other villages and held office several days a week, maybe at
the hotel.
As early as February 23, 1912 their is mention of people paying income taxes to your
local assessor based on income over $7,000. annually.
Wrestling matches were great by March 6, 1912. The matches attracted large crowds
for business. There were local and distant wrestlers. They were held at the Opera House.
Ordinance 49 was for liquor licenses. Many received fines. In March 7, 1912 it was
published a must to get a license.
ln July 18, 1912 many local and village people complained about too much quack grass
in town . Maybe the horse droppings spread it
Baking soda was a big ad around March 6, 1912.
In 1914 the Pick-Wick Store held a contest. Who ever brought in the most dozens of
eggs to sell would w in a prize. More business was instigated that way.
In Jul y I , 1914 the village installed a drinking water tank trough for thirsty horses at
the Vernon County Mill.
A drinking fountain for thirsty people was set up at the corner of Mill and Water Ave.
on main street.
In February 19, 1914 the state reported they sold 16,600 car licenses, l 00 motor cycle
licenses. There were 997 car dealers bringing in revenue of $1,000,000. The next half of
the year the car licenses increased to 45, 016 car licenses. This expansion meant more
garages, gas stations and auto dealers. That showed the car was here to stay.
In May 21, 1914 the Gypsies visited La Farge taking $20. from one person. At
Mauston they got $50. In Hillsboro they caused problems too.
The newspapers had the Van Loon Cartoons by 1914.
Hillsboro held the Agriculture Association meetings here, resulting in large crowds.
More business.
There was more wrestling in December 23, 1915.
The village was getting involved in August 16, 1914 at potting in a sewage disposal
plant here.
In November 23, 1916 a solid copper arrow was found by Louis Berlin on the Clif
Auston farm by Leon, Wisconsin. He chose to keep it.
There were 103,500 cars in Wisconsin by July 27, 1916. The increase in cars was
causing more accidents and many car thefts.
***Better tie that tin lizzy down at home in your garage and do not go to town. The car
may be wrecked or stolen. That was a scary situation.***
Ed Gross's car went into the pond backwards. It stalled uphill, so he got out to crank
it. The brakes didn't hold and it went backward into the pond. He said those cars won't
even spin out of t he mud.
That was a common thing with the early cars. You set the very poor hand brake, you
got out to crank, when the car would start and vibrate, the brake would let go. You
usually saw the car head for the ditch. AU you had of value was the crank in your hand,
unless you threw that away too. A good runner could maybe catch up with the car.
***Off course you had to find the car crank. How would you start it.***
War was declared on Germany in 1917. Thirty one went to enlist and on June 5, 1917
the draft boards were put into effect. Also 70 prisoners were released to serve and a total
of 300 prisoners would go later.
In June, 19 17 the first round of Liberty Bonds were sold at the banks. Hillsboro sold
$5, I 00. worth.
There were 694,000 horses in our state on June I 917, compared to 170,000 cars.
The newly invented electric dynamos were being installed on some farms. The milking
machine age was starting, if you could afford it.
The village voted wet or dry in March 29, 1917. The vote was 13 8 for wet, 109 dry.
From 1914 to 1917 steel culverts were used extensively for road culve11s in place of the
rotting square wood culverts.
Ordinance 58 was that poultry and domestic animals were to be I 00 feet from a school.
Barns in town had to be fly tight, wood bin stalls for horses, manure had to be stored and
none left on the road.
Ordinance 61 was for the new sewer rules.
In July 12, 1917 Judge Mahoney from Viroqua held County Court in Hillsboro.
One third of the first physical army exams were unfit in August 16, l 917. The first
draft called was 12,876 men for exam's. 10,000,000 men in the whole country. In 1917
Red Cross drives and group memberships were set up.
War bond quotas were set up. ln the October 4, 1917 war bonds and stamps totaled
$3,000,000,000. for the war effort in our country. Letter stamps were raised to three
cents in October 18, 1917.
Due to the war the mill ran sho11 of coal. There was a shortage announced in
September 27, 1917 of wheat, cattle and poultry too. Now we were getting more coal in
There was a great influenza outbreak in December 19, 1919, as bad as in 1889 and
1892. Schools were closed and church and other gatherings weren't allowed. Anyone
sick was to be reported to the health officials.
Hillsboro and Dilly were short on blacksmiths in September 16, 1918.
There was talk of paving the streets with brick in October 22, 1918. In May 9, 1919 it
was voted on as a bond issue of $30,200. for certain streeets. That would attract the
county to bring a few more county trunk roads through town.
Letters were put back to two cents again in July 1, 1919.
In July 1, 1920 public restrooms were installed at Staleys Garage at 856 Water Ave.
Now women and children could go to the comfort rooms. They weren't allowed in the
saloons to go to a bathroom.
The federal agents breezed in one day in February 24, 1921 and wrecked a still right in
the middle of town . It was a shock to the vi llage. Many local areas all had moonshine
stills during prohibition. It just was a way of life and living for many. Many got a fine.
Dollar days were started in March 3, 1921. You bought $2. 00 worth of goods for
$1. 00. A reflection of prices twenty years ago.
The old Settlers Club and the Hillsboro Commercial Assoc. were established many
years before July 8, 1920.
Due to a shortage of homes a Building Company was organized in March 25, 1920 in
Hillsboro. Also in June 17, 1920 a Hillsboro Realty Co. was organized. F.A. Kelly was in
Another flu epedemic came in February 5, l 920. Public places were closed.
In July 1, 1920 sand for paving the brick streets was furnished by the Vernon County
Milling Co., out of the sand bank there.
Some of the old fellows in Hillsboro took a survey on a road corner in town to count
the ratio of cars to horses. In August 5, 1920 they counted for sixteen hours. There were
1247 cars compared to 280 horse drawn vehicles. The industrial revolution was here.
***Your backbone never made a poor man, a wishbone does make a poor man.***
Bars during prohibition went to serving son: drinks in July 7, I 921 and the federal
agents found moonshine being served at the parlors here and in other area towns. There
were many fines again.
As of May 26, 1921 the Ford Co. was making 4000 cars per day.
A ordinance 71 was passed in Hillsboro in May 25, 1922. You now needed a license
to sell milk or cream in town and a clean health exam.
The roads were just plain mud in those early days, so on April 20, 1922 a Mud Tax
was collected to improve the roads.

In May I, 1924 it is mentioned that many out of state car licenses were seen passmg
through the village. The car revolution was here to stay.
The new lights on main street were put in around May 17, 1923 . The local businesses
were to pay the bill.
Mr. Moon went to look at a wrecked car at Union Center for spare parts and there
were no parts usable. In 1924 they were advertising "Shaky Ford" cars for sale $100. in
town at the Ford Garage.
In April 9, 1925 a two cent a gallon gas tax was started for road improvements. The
old age pension bill was signed around April 30, 1925.
From 1918 to 193 3 the federal agents checked soft drinks and made many fines.
Hillsboro was checked extensively in 1924 and 1925.
*** It is April 22, 1926 and they say when the oak leaves are as big as a squirrels ear, it is
time to plant corn. Oh well, what if you saw a real big squirrel. ***
Right aways were being negotiated in May 6, 1926 to change Hwy 33 from Hillsboro to
Ontario. Several got injured and one worker got killed during construction.
In July 29, 1926 fox farms wanted horses for meat. At first horses were needed and
now they are sold to the fox farms for meat.
On the Charles Dediet obituary in June 17, 1926 it said when he was a little boy, they
bought the land where the Rudolph Lisker farm is now. They chopped a road into
Hillsboro. The only people here in 1854 were: Hammers, ATmbrusters, Fields, Landrum
Grocery Store, Prentiss Abbott lived where now was Robert McCoic. Hillsboro at first
was called Field Prairie.
Don't forget that agriculture builds small towns. In April 7, 1927 the Wildcat hill road
was let to contractors Nelson-Mulin & Nelson. In 1929 more arrests in the area happened
for illegal liquor.
In April 16, 1929 the depression hit. All people withdrew there bank deposits. That
caused the crash, most banks were closed for three months or longer. Deposits froze up.
In June 6, 1929 Governor Kohler signs the beer bill and soft drink licenses. Around
October 8, 1930 due to the depression there were many car thefts, bank robberies, pick-
pocketing, murders and chicken thefts.
Around November 26, 1930 cattle sold for two cents a pound. There were many farm
tax complaints. A 1000 lb. cow had a market value of $20., but the cow was assessed at
$60. Farmers had to pay taxes on the $60. value. You can see that just wasn't fair in
those hard times.
Hwy 80 was finished, graveled and open on December 10, 1930. It was also widened .
Due to the depression people just couldn't pay their taxes. The county set up a system,
by filing a affidavit, due on March 10, 193 1, you could get a extention to pay taxes on
June 1, 1931 . They figured in September 15, 1930 your taxes were sixteen percent of
every dollar you earned.
Hwy 82 and 80 were getting resurfaced in the spring with gravel by the news in
January 14, 1931 .
D epressions through out the years lasted different lengths of time. In 1857 it lasted 12
months, 1869 lasted 8 months, 1873 lasted 30 months, 1887 lasted 10 months, 1893 lasted
25 months, 1903 lasted 25 months, 1909 lasted 7 months, 1914 lasted 8 months, 1921
lasted 14 months, 1929 lasted 20 months or more.

Due to bad farm prices the farm strike in May 11 , 1933 didn't have much response in
In March 10, 1932 the income taxes were, ifa single person made $800.,or a married
person made $11,000. per year you had to file taxes.
Vernon County received 600 barrels of flour in April 7, 1932 for the poor or needy.
Many migrants looking for work and food. They were held and fed at the local jails.
Federal Land Bank Appraisers helped farmers with loans by October 26, 1933 . The
November 2, 1933 date brought milk pool strikes by the farmers.
W .H. Cash the railroad expert, died November 2, 1933.
In December 21 , 1933 the large companies dumped $10.000,000. worth of milk. That
still didn't raise the price of milk for the farmer and was a loss to both parties.
***Did you ever believe that a car could disappear in a couple hours.***
On November 11, 1937 Keith Searles parked his car by the Elroy railroad tracks in
Elroy. He got out of his car and went shopping up town. The spot he parked his car on
was a hole l 5x 10 that was covered with wood plank and some gravel on top, thirty one
years ago. The car weight caused the car to graduaJJy sink through the rotted planks.
When Keith Searles got back he was looking for his car. That was a big surprise.
Wolfs Store was robbed on February 20, 1938 and on March 13, 1938. Tips Andys
Station, Manharts Station, Hammer Hardware and the Post Office were robbed. $350.
were taken.
*** ft isn't funny, but out ·here it was almost like Al Capone in Chicago.***
In August 15, 1939 the Kickapoo rail at La Farge stopped operating for good.
The national debt by September 26, 1940 was at forty trillian dollars. Effective on
October 22, 1940 the local Government passed the Food Stamp Bill for Grant, Crawford,
La Fayette and Vernon Counties.
Plans by Tom Hyland in May 1, 1941 were started about the Wildcat Park. It wasn't a
park at that time yet.
The second draft war lottery was started in July 17, 1941 for W.W. 2. and U.S.O.
donations were being collected for the soldier recreational buildings.
School children fonned drives to collect aluninum, iron, tin, cat tail tops for the war
effort. Cat tail fuzzy tops were used in war plane walls to make them bullet proof. The
Graber Junk Yard in Hillsboro was the collection place. The Food Stamp rationing plan
started July 31, 1941 .
The Volstad Act-Liquor Prohibition of 1918 to April 7, 193 3 was re-legalized nation
wide in April l 0, 1941 .
In September 18, 1941 the Vernon County Sheriffs Department got their new radio
Once again Defense War Bonds were sold at the banks in May 1, 1941.
A great loss occurred in November 27, 1941 when the Lakeside Mink Ranch was
robbed of221 mink, worth $12,000.
In January 15, 1942 Captain Marc Andrew Mitscher was promoted to Rear Admiral.
He was a native of Hillsboro. He made it l out of 15.
The state draft in January 15, 1942 was set at 220,000 draftees, ages 20-45. Those
examined in October 16, 1940 were set at sixty percent of ages 21-35.
Car and truck tire rationing started January 15, l 942 and on the same date jobs were
available to build the Badger Ordinance Plant at Baraboo, Wisconsin. They made ammo
for the war.

Sugar rationing was announced in April 28, 1942 with a sign up at Viroqua, set for the
4-5-6--7th of May, 1942. In October 22, 1942 meat rationing was set up the same way.
Blood banks were set up for donated blood in October 22, 1942. ln November 12- 13-
14, 1942 registration for gas rationing started at the Viroqua office. You received 32
gallons of gas per car for a two month period with gas stamps.
Black outs were set up in November 12, 1942 for protection from bomb raids . Then
on December 7, 1942 Pearl Harbor was bombed.
Draft for eighteen year olds was started in March 25, 1943 and the Badger Powder
Plant was in operation in January 28, 1943 .
The Vernon County Hwy. Shop burned down in January 15, 1942. Estimated
damages were $40,000.
Union Center will get a four million dollar new milk drying plant. Announced on April
16, 1942.
By January l , 1944 we had brown stamps for meat, green stamps for vegetables, book
4 for sugar, stamp 18 and book l for shoes, book 9 for gas, fuel and oil. Then in March
30, 1944 paper drives were started.
In April 6, 1944 Vice Admiral Mitscher wrote a book named "A Ship to Remember-
The Hornet Carrier-Marc Mitscher."
D-Day started in June 6, 1944, the landing on the French Normandy shore in Western
Wildcat Park plans were tossed around yet in June 13, 1945 .
On the November 30, 1944 the whistle in Hillsboro blew for 20 minutes for V-Day.
Vice Admiral Mjtscher got ms Gold Star "Task Force 58" in June 21 , 1945. Service men
from Hillsboro area were 495 that served in the war. That survey was taken in August 30,
1945. On September 2, 1945 was V-J Day. Navy Day was on October 27, 1945.
It was proposed in October 11 , 1945 to have a future new post office in Hillsboro
costing $85,000. ·
There was a Victory Loan Drive for Veteran Housing Loans in January I 0, 1946.
Another robbery at the Marigold Restaurant here of$25. and the Midway Foods of $1 l.
A new County Shop is to be built at Burr in Forest Twp. announced in February 14,
The Wisconsin Department of Conservation bought 52 acres of forest land in Union
Twp. in November 7, 1946. Total estimate was 400,000 bf. of logs with a yearly cutting
of 7-8000 bf per year for 10 years. They are still harvesting logs there in 1998.
The Eastern Vernon County Taxpayers Assoc. was organized in January 10, 1947.
Wildcat Park is organized. Fifteen hundred plus sixty seven acres are to be in the park.
$75,000. is needed to purchase the land. The county vote was 21 against, 2 for it. The
State Senate vored 82 yes, 7 no. Governor Oscar Rennebohn signed the bill on June 28,
1947 for a state park.
A rude awakening happened on January 22, 1948 when 150 tons of anti-tank mines
exploded at Savana, lll. at their ordinance depot plant. In Hillsboro it sounded as if two
big trucks would of collided.
Henry Schell the great fox trapper demonstrated 127 fox pelts on the wall at the
Hammer Hardware Store in February 3, 1949.
In August 21, 1952 our Vernon County was ranked 32nd in the nations milk
production, out of a survey of 100 leading counties in the nation.
A Micro-Wave Relay Station was built close to Trippeville in August 27, 1953. The
tower is 225 feet tall.
A bid for $149,845. was let for a new Vernon County Court House Annex. Work
began in June l , l 955.
The State Forest in Union Twp. held a forest demonstration, the first one in November
11 , 1956.
Sixty acres were purchased for the Wildcat Park and another 704 acres will soon be
bought in June 13, 1957. This plan started in July l , 1947. Another plan was tried in
August 14, 1958 to build a 300 acre lake and darn at Billings Creek at the Wildcat Park.
That never materialized.
The Yuba Rod and Gun Club in August IO, 1958 had 350 members, one of the largest
similiar organizations in the state.
A milk witholding was held in March 16, 1966. It was big and new in the west.
In August 12, 1971 the groundbreaking for the new Kickapoo Dam Project was held.
Congressman Vernon Thompson was speaker. The Kickapoo Project Land
Condemnation started in July 31, 1972.
There is more information from 1972 to 1998. Most of you would remember that with
your daily living. We will leave it up to you to remember the present happenings.

The early news in Hillsboro are mentioned at the beginnjng of the stores and
businesses. At this point we will start at about the year 188(}.
As the busy little village worked at the tune of its heart content many different changes
took place through the years.
***Grab a pop or a chip and dear friend we will talk about it. ***
In May 9, 1888 the Baraboo Ringling Bros. Circus was here for entertainment.
As the population increased it was necessary to purchase more land for streets and
home lots. The first land was owned by Warren and Albert Field . Hammer and
Klopfliesch owned the original platt. The area east from main street was the KJopfliesch
addition. Then there was the Hillsboro Syndicate which was known as the Shanesy
addition. West of that was the Shear plot. The second addition was the E.Watson plot.
There was an Field E state plot and the Field Park plot. A Kaufman addition and Shanesy
addition. The outlets south of town. The Lind Syndicate. Merrick Industrial Park.
Tinker Industrial .Park addition.
The new park addition happened around July 22, 1897. The village installed in June 3,
1897 new gas lights on main street. The Rose Opera House and some businesses put
them in a little later. Willard W. Field was the village marshall and his duty was to light
and refill the lights. The first lights were eccythlene or kerosene. His wife Mary was a
nursemaid for Admiral Marc Mitscher when he was a little child in Hillsboro.
The population in April 22, 1898 was 800 in the village. Every one had to tell days
and months of the year, so calendars were getting popular starting in January 1, 1900. By
June 20, 1902 Hillsboro's population rose to 900.
The dirt roads were bad in the Summer. In January 7, 1897 the mail was carried by
horseback to Union Center, a buggy couldn't get through the deep snow.
In January 5, 1900 Hillsboro had businesses like: 4 General Stores, 2 Hardwares, 2
Meat Markets, 2 Liveries, 5 Blacksmith Shops, 1 Lumber Yard, 1 Stave Factory, 1 Cigar
Factory, 2 Flour Mills, 1 Clothing Store, 1 Bank, l Copper Shop, 1 Sawmill and the
village was close to the Union Center railroad .
In September 12, 1902 hunting licenses came. Frank Kosa made the no hunting signs.
Kolb in town was game warden covering a large area.

The village bought land in February l 8, 1903 between the Holsapple and Quinn Livery
and Thomas Kucha's house for a lot for the new railroad depot.
Bids and ideas were taken for lamp lighting for next year, this took place in April 28,
In 1905 the state was setting up new ways to build better roads. In April l , l 905 a law
was passed starting May 1, 1905 that there would be a $50. to $500. fine to give, sell or
possess a empty cigar box.
Slot machines and card playing were ousted in the village by the board. This was done
in March 7, 1903 and now in Octoberl 2, 1905 they enforced the law, no slot machines. A
fine would be imposed.
The Fair Agriculture Society that was started February 10, 1898 was starting a fair
again in June 5, 1905 . They had 940 entries.
Curb and gutters were put in down town in June 1, 1905.
A law was passed in July 7, 1906 that you wouldn't get a liquor license if you are
closer than 800 feet from a school or church.
The board voted in July 11, 1906 that no wood walks were allowed only cinder, brick
or cement. Sidewalks of concrete were built in July 14, 1907 from the Rose building to
Moh's Store, from the Post Office to the Travnick building and from the Hillsboro Hotel
to the Williams building. Across Mill St. Water Ave, Mechanic St.
*** Just follow those worn out paths across those streets where the concrete walk is and
see where they go.***
The law on fences was enacted in August 26, 1906. A 50 inch high fence with one
barb on top was legal. A woven wire with six inch squares on top and one barb was a
legal fence.
In August 11 , 1906 there were 91 horse races held, morning and afternoon at the fair
grounds. The trot, one mile and pace.
Steel bridges were a new thing, so on September 20, 1906 six new steel bridges were
being erected at Greenwood and Hillsboro Twps.
The law on saloons was corning in May 30, 1907-one saloon per 250 population.
A Bohemian Lodge was organized in April 21, 1906 in Hillsboro. They had 31
members and Dilly organized too.
It was said in June 7, 1908 that Hillsboro might get a distillary.
In June 2 1, 1908 a big bone was unearthed on the James Dunn farm by Hub City,
Wisconsin. It was nine and one-half feet long and seven inches in diameter. It was taken
away to the Univ. of Wisconsin. It was believed to be a pre-historic animal bone.
*** The first put, put car came to town and push, push, not enough horses in it.***
Dr. Ferriter and Melvin Lind in September 27, 1906 bought the first Packard car in
Hillsboro to be seen. It had a 20 hp. engine and came from Madison, Wis. Roads here
were bad and it would lose power so they had to push, push it most of the time.
The Gypsies were on the loose at De Soto on May 5, 1910.
A Commercial Association was organized at a early date in town. In November 10,
1910 while sales were down they started having auctions in town to promote business for
15 miles around.
The Hillsboro Entertainment Course was also organized for years. On September 30,
191 1 another play for the Opera House was being rehearsed .
In July 28, 1910 the verse was.
50 years ago we saw yokes and oxen, home made wagons.
40 years ago we saw horses, lumber wagons as a luxury item.
30 years ago we say spring seats and buggies.
20 years ago we saw buggies with umbrella's.
I 0 years ago we saw the surry
Now that is all lost to the auto and truck.
The era of 1908-191 I was when many large barns were built in the area. Portable
sawmills would come and saw lumber for those big barns or hauled to the site.
In October 16, 19 l 3 a very severe cyclone went through causing great damage at
Viroqua, La Farge, West Lima, Hillsboro, Mauston and Reedsburg. Viroqua area had 200
tobacco sheds down. Another cyclone hit in September 2, 1916 in the northern part of
Hillsboro Twp.
The Hillsboro Market Day was organized first by Ed Wolf, Fred Linke, Max Wheeler,
J. Hayward, Albert Kahler in January 1, 1920. They held their meetings at the Woodman
Hall. Purpose was to auction off any item you would bring in.
***Not much went on in 1922. They all were alive. I trunk they knew who was
In August 2, 1923 five carloads of Gypsies were headed through Hub City and they
robbed a mailman there.
Talk in July 19, 1923 was, when Short Street was to be laid out from main street to the
Child Welfare started in August, 1923. There were free doctor examinations for those
Ordinance 72 ammended ordinance 68. On June 24, 1924 permits were needed for
non-toxicant drinks, malts and beverages, starting July 1, 1924.
In 1924 Emil Shaker owned a long distant receiving radio and heard that President
Wilson died.
The Gypsies were at West Salem and got $100. in April 24, 1924. It was a meat man
and they just plain robbed him.
The village erected sheds by the Farmers Coop for farmers horses in May 15, 1924.
*** I told you so in 1922. ***
The Gypsies in Hillsboro asked Wm. Mattison fo r a match and lifted his billford at the
same time.
The Klu Klux Klan held a informational meeting at the Novy Field Park. Other places
heard them in 1924 and twice here this year in June 11 , 1925 .
A big rash of robberies occurred in town and other villages and more local thefts here
in April 30, 1925.
There was a large church picnic held at the Darcy Grove in July 23, 1925.
Elmer Wolf sponsored horse shoe pitching contests by his store at 853 Water Ave.
This started in September 24, 1925, all Fall and for years afterward.
Uphill motor cycle races started June 17, 1926 and was another way of drawing
business into town.
By now there were some wreck.Jess car drivers and many wrecks happened in town. In
July 8, 1926 the village ordered stop signs and they went where needed the most in town.
*** The drivers didn't have time to ask the other driver-which way are you going.***
The fire truck debate was settled on June 2, 1927. They bought a 70 hp. truck made by
W.S. Mott Co. in Minneapolis, MN. The people paid $25. if they wanted fire protection.
Three Gypsy women and one man robbed $148. at the Richland County Fair on
August 25, 1927. The sheriff caught up with them on Debello Hill and got the money
Emil Lein was Wisconsin Power Electric manager for years. Now Jerome Von
Falkenstein is in this Hillsboro area.
The village passed a ordinance 74 that you must stop at all stop signs posted, so there
you have it, use your brakes. This was passed in May 5, 1927.
***I think they couldn't find the brake peddle and then it happened. Tin lizzie goodby.***
The state passed the only 40 mile per hour law in June 28, 1927.
* * * Think again. If there is no stop sign you can go at least 40 miles an hour across an
intersection and it would be o-k. * **
The Opera had a Merchants Carnival in February 2, 1928. The snow came very deep
in March 15, 1928 as deep as in 1859 and 1929.
Off and on through out the years a big tent was set up for celebrations at the old
Nuzum-Sherman Lumber Yards on North Mill St.
All filling stations in town agreed to take only cash for purchases starting in June 15,
*** 1930 was kind of quite. I think every one left town, but I know they were resting up
for 1931.***
The village started up the auction days again in April 4, 1931. In 1931 there were
more break-ins and thefts in Hillsboro again.
It was decided a new 60 foot bridge was needed by the cemetery on Hwy. 80. This
was in April 8, 1931. Cost estimate was $15,000.
***We spoke too soon.***
It happened on July 22, 1931 a gravel truck traveling over the bridge by the
Condensary on Hwy F.F. fell through the bridge. Well it was ka-put now. Gas and milk
trucks had to travel close to Union Center to cross the Baraboo River and back to town,
an extra eight miles. The bridge estimate was $6,200. to fix it. The city would raise
$3,500. and the county would pay the balance.
The bridge on Hwy. 80 was re-estimated at $8,000. for a 70 foot bridge in October 7,
1931. A Reedstown firm did the work costing $7,000.
Four Gypsy women in June 24, 1931 were reading a fortune for George Hofmeister
and they picked his pocket of $160. He called the police, they caught up with the Gypsies
one mile from Dilly, but they weren't the same women.
***They must of changed dresses and hair wigs in one heck ofa hurry.***
The streets got a coat of oil in July 1, 1931. It was put over the brick and what a mess.
Some slipped and fell and everyone had tar oil in their rugs at home.
*** I bet tar on the pants too.***
Farm Institute Days were held in Hillsboro for two days in January 7, 1932. Large
crowds attended.
Due to the depression ten people stayed at the Hillsboro jail in March 10, 1932. The
Hillsboro Hotel in February had 100 there that were homeless, jobless and hungry.
Vernon County received 600 barrels of flour for those in need April 7, 1932. Hwy. 33
got oiled in July 21, 1932. The Hillsboro lake bathing beach in June 30, 1932 had a life
Wencil Mislivecek was robbed of $13. in October 13, 193 2. There was a horse show
and races at the fair in September 26, 1932.
Crime was getting tenible, maybe due to the depression. [n November I 0, 1932 a
Minute Man Group was organized by six counties to catch criminals. A signal light was
installed in February 9, 1933 outside the telephone office. When a police call came in the
light came on. That alerted everyone to help .
***But, I didn't help, I was in slumberland when that light came on. I suppose they
needed me. Sorry.***
The Empty Stocking fund was started in December 8, 1932 by the Commercial Assoc.
and the Benevalent Committee.
The next thing started that brought large crowd s into town were the wrestling matches.
Morris Moon won most of his matches for several years. He later became Vernon County
Sheriff There was a match here in December 29, 1932 again.
The Perfect Oil Co. was robbed of$134. on December 29, 1932. Ehlerts Marchantile
lost some too in February 23, 1933. White Eagle gas tanks lost 4000 gallons of gasoline.
Another farmers strike was held in May 11 , 1933 and wasn't too great.
The White Sox game on February 16, 1933 was great between the local businessmen.
There were many games like this through out the years.
A townhall meeting was held in April 6, 1933. There was a large crowd present. The
hall rocked so they thought they may need a new hall.
***This was during prohibition so it really must of been the hall rocking.***
A Mauston Bank robbery was attempted in May 11 , 1933. They didn't get away, the
banker shot them when they were getting into their car. Fred Chapman was robbed of
$33. too.
The Z.C.B.J. organization presented a Bohemian play. They were from Manitowoc.
This was in June 15, 1933 at the Opera House. The play was named "Zavodilka Vdava
Dcein-Wedding ofZavodilka daughter."
Better roads in July 13, 1933 came when Hwy. 82 got a complete gravel job and H wy.
80 got surveyed. In August l 0, 1933 the streets in Hillsboro were graveled too.
There were free auctions again in town in August 31 , 193 3. The village was starting
tennis teams in town in October 5, 1933 . Many players were crowded out at the tennis
court so in June 21, 1934 a new system was tried . You paid fifty cents for a one year
card. That seamed to have worked out alright.
A $35.000 village bond was issued to reconstruct all the village roads in May 25,
1935. Some said on a wet day in the Spring of the year one would go hub deep on main
street in mud.
Some that drove a drayline for Kuerstein drayline from Hillsboro to Union Center were
Will Field, Cash Carr. Ed Beranek.
The l 4- l 5th of June, 1935 a Golden Jubileee was held on main street and in the school
auditorium with free acts and a history of the village. Rudy Lein and Anna Liska were
King & Queen winners for the Jubilee. The Badger State Barn Dance was here from
W.T.MJ. There were 4000 people here the first day and 5000 the 2nd day. A great
The state passed a law that all businesses have a public restroom. This caused a
problem for real small stores. This was handed out in September 27, 1935 by the
Wisconsin State Board of Health.
The 1935 flood that washed out the bridge by the Condensery on Hwy F.F. was
figured to cost $28,000. W.P.A. was hired to complete the project by December 1, 1935.
Another flood came in August 22, 1935, about one month later.
Volley ball was starting in December 12, 1935 with game matches. ln May 14, 1935
the Civic Club had their White Elephant sale.
It wasn't until May 14, 193 5 before radio broadcasts started in Hrnsboro announcing
business ad's.
E.V. Wernick set up a skating rink on the lake for the children and adults in January 2,
1936. The village contemplated the idea of a proposed swimming pool, 60x 120 feet. A
40x60 foot double bath house. The work was to be done by W.P .A. The vote was 80 no
and 39 yes.
***I think by the vote that some liked the old tub better.***
A new band stand was built, directed by Rev. A. Jacobs for concerts. It was built on
a empty lot were later the Dime Store was built. The stand was built in June 11, 1936.
The city band disbanded in June 25, 1936 until a later date.
Next a city hall was planned in August 13, 1936, a 30x56 foot hall, with the W.P. A.
to do the work. The Fall vote was 181 yes, 94 no. Tbe city hall was approved. They
needed $3,600 plus $8,000. for financing for next years payout in mind of$1 l ,600.
The village population in July 27, 1939 was 1 "125 which meant more state aids could
come. Hillsboro became a city i11 1939 after being a village for 83 years. There was a lst
city election in September 26, 1939. The City Charter was issued in October, 1939.
The board vote to become a city in August 11, 1939 was 5-1. Now there were Wards
1-2-3. The first city elected were: E.V. Wernick, R.E . Quinn, A.J. Ziller, R.D. Sandman,
D.C.MacLaughlin, Ralph Miracle, Fred G.Cook, Harry R. Jordan, E.V. Hofineister, Tom
Hyland .
***Things were quite again in 1940. Maybe the war. No jokes this time.***
In October 10, 1941 it was decided to tear out the old brick streets and concrete pave
them. The Fire Dept. bought a new inhalator to save a life in February 5, 1942.
The American Legion-Clifford Harrison Post in May 28, 1942 was at the Ed Kuhn
place on the first floor and basement.
After the war there was a housing boom in Hillsboro starting in April 25, 1946. In
November 7, 1946, 36 businesses organize a Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.
***In 1947 things were quiet again. I think every one went to church and all are good***
The Rod and Gun Club came in March 11, 1948.
The Field Park was to be made larger, extra land would cost $10,000. This was
debated in December 22, 1949. Fifteen acres were added to the Hillsboro Cemetery in
March 23, 1950, purchased from the Greeley land .
City volley ball was organized at the High School in January 25 , 1951. The coldest day
in Hillsboro's history was reported by weather reporter Leo Staley in January 30, 1951, it
being 44 degrees below zero.
The city ordered a reassessment of city property values in March 8, 1951 . The
Hillsboro population increased 16.2 % from 1146 to 1332 in June 14, 1951.
The first Christmas Star of Bethlehem was put up on a hill east of the city in December
20, 1951. It is a 21 inch star and has lights.
The Harrison & Jones Post of the American Legion buys E. V . Wernick house for their
headquarters in April 29, 1948 and the Auxiliary is there too.
The athletic field by the Condensery got lights in June 17, 1948. The Joining County
Police Assoc. met at City Hall in May 11, 1954.
The population of Hillsboro went like this: 1885-309, 1900-785, 19l0-804,1920-950,
1930-976, 1940-1146, 1950-1341. Afterward the rate held its own to the present era and
now it is around 1400.
Bids were let in June 2, 1954 for a new $55,000. County Shop to be built in Hillsboro.
Another ordinance 117 passed in November 19, 1953 reads that all the homes in the
city be numbered. The village voted on a wet or dry issue in January 11, 1954. The vote
was 745 yes, 123 no. It was the largest election turnout.
The Womens Civic Club agreed in March 5, 1953 to buy lamp post flags and clamps
for downtown. It was a donation from them to the city.
Dairy Jambaree is popular now, there was one here in June 18, 1954.
The home of Tomas Kucha which was north of the Hora :Implement building was
moved up Mechanic Street to the corner of Mechanic and Park Street.
The lot was sold to Knower Oil Co. The owners were Wm. Shear and Rudy Subera at
the time.
The County Garage is 40x 132 feet built by Finger Const. Co. and completed by
January l 9, l 956.
In January 23, 1956 the city council appointed five local people to serve on the
Industrial Development Committee starting January 23, 1956.
New refuse containers were placed on Mill St. and Water Ave. purchased in March 8,
1956 by the Womens Civic Club.
Did you know that on March 8, 1956 it was said that Vernon County was the only
county in Wisconsin that named a ship. It was the U.S.S. Vessel, Vernon County.
A Commission New Navy Club was organized in May 17, 1956 in Honor of Admiral
Marc Mitscher Ship No . 219. A banquet was held in May 11, 1956 and about 150 people
attended. A History Mobile was to visit here in October l 1, 1956.
The Secretary of State filed incorporation papers for the Admiral Marc Mitscher
foundation to establish a memorial for him in his native home, Hillsboro.
The County Conservation Office was set up at the bank for the farmers. It opened in
March 18, 1957, open only on Mondays.
The Womens Civic Club donated the Hagenah picture of the Old Mill Site to City Hall
in October 3, 1957.
On August 24, 1958 Wisconsin bought the site for the memorial-U.S.N. Admiral Marc
A. Mitscher.
Tractor pulling contests became popular starting in September 27, 1956 in town.
Sheriff Morris Moon of the county was here in September 27, 1956 explaining the new
Traffic Point System.
The new highway approach to the city was opened up for traffic, on state Hwy's 33-80-
82 in November 12, 1964 at the north end of Water Ave.
The new city garage is under construction and was finished on October 7, 1965 . The
building is located south of East Madison St. close to the Vernon County Shop shed.
In September 30, 1965 the American Legion built a new shelter by the Albert Field
Memorial Park.
The Wis. Power and Light Co. installed 64,920 lineal feet of natural gas lines in the city
in June 2, 1966.
Midnite Madness was implemented by the local businesses in February 9, 1968. The
city had its 10th Hills Dilly Days on August 17, 1967. The Breakfast Club was going
strong in July 20, 1967.
P .M.P. C. were testing milk for years in the area and had one of their meetings in
Hillsboro in September 1, 1967.
In February, 1976 a court hearing was held in Hillsboro with County Judge Black
preciding. He came once a month to Hillsboro. Lucille Ostreum was court reporter and
our municipal Justice Jennie Allds was in attendance. They settled small claims and traffic
cases here.
A $45,000. one thousand gallon pumper was bought by the Fire Dept. on a 1975
chassis in April 29, 1975. The present 750 gallon pumper was on a Chevrolet chassis and
was to stay here for city fire calls. The large pumper would go on out of town calls.
The new swinuning pool vote was 41 yes, 4 no. They purchased two and one-half
acres of land from the school district for $1.00 in January 19, 1978. The new swimming
pool was dedicated in July 12, 1981 .
The Hillsboro City Police Dept. moved on October 7, 1982 to its new headquarters at
City Hall. They were located at the old high school building.
The Jaycees donated $2,500. for the new tennis court lights in April 3, 1978.
A new sewage plant was being contructed in August 4, 1983 near the old site. It was
ready for use in 1984.
The city planned on purchasing the Randy Darcy farm in March 8, 1984. They
purchased 100 acres for $425,000. for a new Industrial Park. It was annexed into the city
in June 4, 1984.
The canning factory land was donated by Bill Merrick to the city in May 24, 1984. In
October 10, 1985 the city bought the airport from Raymond Knower for $25,000. It was
called Kickapoo Airport. It has a 3,600 foot airstrip and is considered a municipal airport.
The Veteran Shelter ground breaking was held in July 25, 1985 by the lake and it was
to be completed by Labor Day. The park is called Fields Veterans Memorial Lake Park.
A new Firemans community Center opened up in November 20, 1986.
The Lutheran Home opened up in July 2, 1987 at 1029 Water Ave. They are a member
of the Wis. Evangelical Lutheran Synod (Wels) all over the state and the mentally
retarded. In February 25, 1988 Walter Zimmerman was in charge of the renovation.
Arnold and Beulah Durkee were hired in May 19, 1988 as the caretakers of the Lutheran
Home. Mrs. Jerry Buchal is managing now.
Novy Const. broke ground in June 21, 1990 for the new 16 unit apartments to be built
by the library at the old high school grounds.
Fundraising was started on June 4, 1992 for the new basketball and tennis court by the
new library.
Wild Geinseng roots are paying $500. a pound in 1996. A fee permit is needed to
harvest the wild roots.
The Czesky Den and the Fireman Park in April 11, 1996 came to an agreement on
insurance for the celebration held each year. ·
The Carbaret Singers got organized sometime around December 25, 1996. In July 11,
1996 the Water Shed Project tours were taken. The middle Kickapoo area had priority.
A $30, 143. grant was approved in January 4, 1996 to improve the Albert Feild
Memorial Park.
Post 8262 of the V.F.W. had there 50th year from October 17, 1946 to December 5,
1996 and they have 25 members.
Trazler who murdered Jack Delaney in January 30, 1995 was convicted for life
imprisonment on September 26, 1996. This happened just east of town about one mile.
The city approved in October 24, 1996 for the construction of a Assisted Living
Facility St. Joseph Nursing Home owned by the San Francision Sisters. Value is around
The city received another $25 1,000. grant to renovate and improve city homes that
need repairs. They received that on January 23, 1997.
The news will be cut off at the 1997 date
***By now I am full of news, good news, wrong news, it is all news.** *

BETTER DAYS WALK BACK. R.R. 2. Hillsboro, Wis.

The rehabilitation service started in 1989. The land and pool were donated by
DorviUe Nofsinger. The building was built around the present rehab. exercise swimming
pool. Individuals needing the facility come from as far as Madison to Eau Claire areas.
The manager is Stanley Nofsinger. The board of directers are Paul Hotek, George
Kelbel, Roxanne Rott.

Yi llagc Prcsickn !s The first election was held April 30, 1856.
. Since its inc:orpor:-1lion, JI ilbboro In 1865 the village of Hillsborough was
has had nwn of (IXccllcnt abil ity to established but was unincorporated. It was
hold the po,;i tio n of cl1 icl executive l' f
lhc ,.1, ' age. Foll o\,·i ng is :-1 li sf. •)I
operated by the township government. On
th e Village pres id ent s ani.l the ' year::: October 20, l 885 a special election was held
of l.hC'ir in c:umbancy . at the Peter Lind Hall at 826 Water Avenue.
F. I. Pinch, 1SS5, l88G. The vote was 62-2 to incorporate. On Sept.
Ed\\"ard H amm er 1887, ·1888 J 889 20, 1885 the village became officially
C. F. K:1 uffman, ] 890 '
Gu s . 1\Iitchell, 18!)1 incorporated.
August l\foh;; , 1892 The first Chairman of the Board was
II. J> . ..C. Linc!, 1893 Joseph Martin. See page 11 .
\"•/ . \\' . Shc'a r, 189·1 I searched for other Chairman but the
G. W. Shaffer, 1895
records are lost at the local and county level.
E . V. Wernkk, 189G, 18£17
E. \I . Wernick, ·1898 To the left are the presidents after the
•John 1-Iain ~tock, 180fJ village incorporated .
H 0 11r~: Li nke, HJOO, l!JOl In 1939 the village was changed to city
George \\-illi ams, l !JO:?
form of government and the official name of
B . L Balc~y, 190:3 ·
Ed. Ifammc.:r, J!IO-! , l!J07 the city was changed to Hillsboro.
A. J:\ . 'Jon0~, EJ08
C. F . Hos~ , l 90Q PRESENT CITY GOV'T. JAN. 1, 1998.
F . A. F cn itc,r, 101 d Adminjstrator. Edward Emerson .
.John H a mm er, El.11 , l!Jl2
H. Jfammt!r, J !) ] 3 .: .. · Mayor. Alan Picha.
H. I I. K1·c:.utznrnni) j:.rn1·1 Treas. & Clerk. Jane AJexander.
Jl l'nry L inke, 19Hi.• 1st Ward. Robert Stekel.
E . J. I I2 m 1n cr, lfJ.JG Wayne Myre.
Chas. Sklc:;-.', 1 ~q7 -.
2nd Ward . Arnold Svacina.
Gco r;;<: A . \\'i!li;1m ~ , J!IJ8
P . JI . Jfo1: .dKrn;, J°!JJ!I. J!120 Jeff Revel s.
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·!Gl111 E!:)r:rl, i !J:?:{, Jn.: Raymond D yer.

<:h;:rl(•,; S t;d1::-·, J '.:2:i, J '.1:2G 4th Ward. John Willey.
C. F . ;'.fottli, l !•27, J ~1:~1)
J-'. 1\ . .;\bc]HJ\"l"l", i'.J:;J, ) !J:J:l Alan Mattison.
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The Mayor were in up to the year of the next date.
1939 1st. meeting of the City Council. (October 6) Mayor E .V. Wernick .
1940 Mayor H oward Moon.
1941 Mayor E. V. H ofmeister.
1945 Mayor H oward Moon.
1950 Mayor John Cesnik.
1952 Mayor Don Bracher.
1954 Mayor E .V. Hofineister.
1958 Mayor Don Cepek.
1960 Mayor E .V. Hofmeister.
1970 Mayor E .C. Hammer.
1976 Mayor Wayne Peterson.
1990 Janice Boehme.
1996 Alan Picha.
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He was Commander of Naval Air Task Force 58 in World War I I. The force under his
command was famed for the destruction of the Japanese sea power during the war.
During his career he was effective with naval aircraft carriers and naval aviation . Many
decorations were awarded to him from the United States and foreign governments.
He was born in Hillsboro on January 26, 1887. He grduated in 19 10 from the U.S.
Naval Academy and the Naval Flying School. Admiral Marc Mitscher died February 3,
1947 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary.
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Th~t'Sd:iy morni11i: . shortly_ nflc r · •:ious night, they enjoyed a fine :::;· t ore Mrs. ;\fare A. Mitschcr,
Admiral. and :llrs. i\l~rc ll. Mitschcr , baeo'.1 and egg breakfas t at the home 11.. Admira l's mother, i\lrs. o. A.
had arn,·cd 111 ll11lsbo ro from La of his au nt, !>frs. F . L Pinch. To- :'<:i:scher, :ind Admiral Mitschcr.
Crosse, where the~· spcm the pre- gcthcr at U1~ breakfast table, left !o


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Mrs. Mary (Kopenhapher) Field helped care for the future Admiral, when he was little.


Photo: Courtesy Wiseons in

Vice Admiral J\!a1·c A. l'\li tscher, 10 the edge or his admiral's cap in a Frank Travnick.
comamnder oi famed Task Fo rce 58 sn lutc of m e mory.
in the w ar against J ap:m. was born T he home, as shown above, was
in the h ome pictured abo\'e fifty- built by the admiral's father, Oscar
e ight :-ears ago. A s he pass~d by A. Mitsch er. Whe n M1'. und Mrs.
thi: home Thursday afte rnoon, when Mitscher, thei r daughter Zoe :t nd
riding in the parade hcld in his son i\!arc moved to Oklahom~ 56
h onor. the admmil b1·ough t hi s hand ye ars ngo they sold the home to

1 T he scene obo,·e is of thE> p~radc the business area. Brig. G..,n, Scott A. C.. ;rv who r epre .
here at four o'clock T hursda·: a itcr- lrnmediatd~· ahead oi the Admiral sl!ntcd Go\'..:rnllr W:1lt~r S. G ood·
' i.oon, J uly 12th. in h onor oiVice m:iy be s<:en the H illsboro IHg h l:ind anc..l the S t:i t .. itf \Vlsconsin:
Admiral !\fare 1\. Mitschcr. T he Ad - cchool b::i nc.l. prcccc.ic d by th.: c..·olor' ~t:iyor ! tow:u•<l :\loon who reprc.
miral his wife and n1other arc seen guard oi the Clifofrd H arrison Post scntcd the c1t1zcns of Hiiisboro ; and
riding in the foremost c:ir in the oC the Ame rican Legio n. In th<: Dr. ll. S. MacK<"chni<-. who rcprc-
procession, which in this pho to i3 'ccond open C31', immcdi~tc:ly fol- s:cntccl the welcoming comml ttcc.
journeying north on Water street in lowing lhal uf the Admiral, arc seen

I resea rched the Hill family at Baraboo, Wisconsin and found some history of them,
before they came to Hillsboro Twp. Some of the history was in the Sauk County History
Book, compi led by Wm.H. Canfield and other research at the Baraboo Library.
Valentia B. Hill was born in the township of Coldchester, Chittenden County, Vermont
in 181 0. He Married Mary J. Johnston. They moved to Indiana. In 1841 they moved to
Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Mary J. Johnston was born in 1814 at New Hampshire and was reared in New York
Valentia B. Hill built the first sawmill in the Baraboo Valley in 1842. There were big
pine forests in that area.
Mrs. Valentia H ill was the second white women in that area at that era. Her son
Icahabod was the first white child born in that area on 9 January, 1842. Mrs. Valentia Hill
had a home for bachelors, per the history book.
The Hills were located in lower town Baraboo, where there were mostly German
settlers at a later date. The census said they lived in Flora Twp. It was in the Lyons area
in Baraboo .
The map showed a James Hill owned 120 acres in section 34. Wm. Hill and Wm. H.
Can.field owned 60 acres together. Canfield wrote the Sauk County History Book. In
section 32 a Mathew Hill Estate consisted of 100 acres. The-land was all by the river.
In 1845 Valentia B. Hill and Enos Kimball bought a quarter section of land in the
Webster Prairie area.
The September, 1850 census shows Valentia B . Hill as a farmer in Flora Twp. He was
born in New York and was 48 at the census taking. Mary J. Hill was age 36 and born in
New York . Caroline M. Hill was age 13, born in Indiana. Ichabod Hill was age 9, born in
Wisconsin. William Hill was age 6, born in Wisconsin. Mary Hill was age 1, born in
Wisconsin. Evangeline Hill was born at Hill sboro Twp. The census at Baraboo was taken
before they moved in the Spring of 1851 to Hillsboro Twp .
Valentia and Mary had three daughters and two sons as shown above. Caroline M.
Hill was the first marriage in Hillsboro Twp. in 9 March, 1856. She married Froland
Willey. The ceremony was at the parents home in Hillsboro Twp. Daniel Kimball Esq.
performed the marriage ceremony.
Evangeline Hill married James Hamilton. f don't know who Mary Hill, Ichabod Hill or
William Hill married. Valentia Hill built a sawmill on his farm in Hillsboro Twp. H e died
in 1857.
Getting back to Baraboo, Wisconsin. A Rev. Thomas M . Fullerton preached his first
sermon in the Baraboo Valley to 11 people at the home of Mrs. Valentia B . Hill.
Fullertons first visit to the Baraboo Valley was in October 5, 1841 . At that time the Hill
sawmill and river dam was being repaired. Some men were employed with the repairs.
A old man named Drapier was a Baptist and he had a great interest in the sawmill.
Later it was called the Draper Mills.
Rev. Fullerton states that Valentia B . Hill from one of the New England States has
built a log cabin about l 0- 15 rods east of the sawmill. H ill boarded Mr. Drapers hired
help. The sawmi ll was not far from the Hill cabin. The cabin was about one-half mile
above the fo rd of the Baraboo River.
Rev. Fullerton in 6 February, 1842 formed a Methodist Class at B araboo, Wisconsin.
In April, 1842 Mrs. Valentia (Mary) B . Hill joined the class and was the first convert to
join in the Baraboo Valley. She was converted on 10 April, 1843.

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William Hill left the state of Vermont and later returned. He married Mary Ann
Meade. They moved to New York State. Next they went to Indiana and in 184 J to the
Baraboo Valley at Baraboo, Wisconsin.
The first sermon preached in the Baraboo Vall ey was by a Methodist preacher named
Rev. Thomas M . Fu ll erton in 16 October, 184 1. The sermon took place at the log cabin of
William Hill. The cabin stood l 0-15 rods, east of Drapers Mill, located one-half mile
above the ford of the Baraboo River. E leven people were present.
The September, 1850 census of Flora Twp. showed William Hill was a farmer, age 42,
born at New York. Hjs Wife Mary Hill was, age 38, born in New York. Cornelia Hil1,
age 10, born in New York. Peter Hill, age 11 , was born in New York. William Hill Jr.,
age 9, born in New York. Earlier I mentioned about the land they owned at Baraboo.
They moved to Hillsboro Twp in 1851 . In 1894 they moved to Juneau County.
1 couldn't find any trung about Alonzo Hill, only he lived in Hillsboro Twp. with
William Hill. Archibod I-fill went into the army from the Hillsboro Twp. He then lived in
Kansas and died there.
That is all I could find out about the four brothers that came to Hillsboro Twp. from
their Baraboo sawmill. The flooded 1iver would wash out the sawmill dams often.
There were four sawmills along the river in Baraboo. I found a Mason Hill on the
census in the Village of Manchester, Sauk Co. He was a sawyer, age 38 from Virgirua.
He had two daughters Alice Hill age 8 and Susan Hill was age 6.
The Rev. Fullerton report recorded in the Sauk County History Book, tells that the
Valentia and William Hi ll fam ilies, lived at the same location and Rev. Fullerton had ms
first sermon at both of their homes.

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The picture above is Wencil Yansky with another made up picture of his.


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The picture above is how they crossed the Mississippi River on a pontoon railroad
bridge. That seemed impossible to do.
***I don't know who was braver, the driver or the Choo, Choo.***

The picture shows how one would off crossed the Wisconsin River on a ferry barge. It
was pulled by a rope pulled by horses or oxen at each side of the river. If your horses
spooked on the barge you ended up in the river. There was a fee to cross on the ferry.

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The local company was incorporated on September 10, 1003. They were Dr. AN.
Jones, Wm. Lind, R. Richards, Dr. C.D. Allen, Chas Staley, Chas. Worden, G.D .
Thompson, Ed. Juhn and Dr. E.D. Roberts a State Vetinary Surgion. The feed additive
made the farmers cattle produce better. They had their own formula for the mixture.

Henry Ford had some reasonable prices when he first started. They sold that Fordson
tractor in Hillsboro at the Hillsboro Motor Co.
*** The Fordson tractor growled a lot in the gear box. Maybe it didn1t want to work.***

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(From left) the Hillsboro Department's new Squad One, pumper truck number
four, truck number fifteen , and the new Engine One, acquired last Friday.

The Hillsboro new Fire Station and equipment.

New City Gaii~e N·ears Completion

Shown here is the new Hillsboro and east of Water Avenue. and one stall for storing equipment
City Garage which is now nearing The 40 by 100 foot building is of of the City Utility Department. It
completion. Under construction all steel construction and is placed is expected the structure will be
the past few m onths, the building on a monolithic concrete slab ready for use within a month.
is located near the Hillsboro Shop which forms the floor.
of the Vernon County Highway De· The building will have four stalls
partment, south of Madison Street for storage of municipal equipment

The new Hillsboro City Garage.

Lo••e Cabin
The Kegley log cabin in Greenwood Twp., before it was taken down and moved to the
Hillsboro Field Memorial Park for the Museum.

Log Cabin Restoration j~ears Complt:tion

Museum log cabin after restoration. The present officers of the Hillsboro Historical
Society are: Donald Schiefelbein president, John Eastman vice-president, Sherry Eastman
secretary, Nancy Hotek treasurer. Directors: John Gilliland, Tom Hotek, Betty Havlik.

Mr. and J\'lrs. W. 0. Shea r, for he purchased lhe Hill s boroSenlry,
many yea rs res idents of Hill sboro, combined the two papers and began
we r e the founders of the Hillsboro publication of the Hills boroSentr y-
Sentry-Enterprise. Mr. Shear Enlerprise. He continued to be its
printed the fir s t copy of the Hill s- publis her until his death in
boro Enterprise on Ma rch 13, 1902 Ja nuary, 1960.
and less than three months later


Edwin and Hilda Shear. They were polite and printed a good newspaper.
The Hillsboro City Hall renovation was completed in 1997. New elevators were built
for the handicapped. Meeting rooms, offices and police department were all improved.

f· This photo shows ·crowded gcandrth-e H~llsboro Commercial Assoc, ·

; stand at the 1907 fair. Note th<; I were in October (5th). The 1iresen'L
: date- August 28th. The first fairs r fa.J.r is SJJOnsored by the F'ire
sponsored were in August. TI1e se- De pt. of Hillsboro and is held
cond, series of fairs sponsored by every Labor i!fay.

Edgar E. Gage was the founder and started the fairs in Hillsboro at the fairgrounds.

Notice the Wernick village pump house at the lower left. The creamery below it was
dismantled. The W .P.A. built the present pump house on that location.

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had a freigh t train going down World War I soldier

through White City - a similar
Wene ii earlier area "artistic trick."
Yanske of Yuba was creator of Yanske also carved a wooden
the famed "superimpose" that
Wencil Yansky expert camera work. A street car in Hillsboro. l don't think so.

The First Hillsboro Hospitals
Shown in th ese photos are th e shore of the local lake , on pa rt vl
second and third buildings devoted th e site now occupied by the present
to hospital purposes in Hillsboro. St. Joseph' s Memorial Hospital.
B oth were localed on the north

The porches on the second build- turn l eft. "

ing, a re modeled r esidence (top The first hospital here was
llll.l.:'llOl:O S'l'.\TI·'. B .\:-;I\.
photo) were used for " sun'in." founded by Dr. A. N. Jones and
The thir d hospi tal building was Dr. P. H. Hansberry. The Jlrst
the remodeled re sidence with a nurse was Miss Mary C r owl ey.
large west wing containi ng an op- Later Dr. Hansberry purchased
erating r oom and patients' r ooms. the re siden~ of M i ss Mary Kauf!-
Its site is now the parking lot Ior man, which was located on the
the present facility. lake shore (shown in the lop photo)
The location of H111sboro' s first and moved the hospital there. In
hospital you can see personally time, t he hospital became known as
when you shop downtown Hillsbor o the Hansberry Hospital and became
--Just l ook up over the IGA Store the predecessor to St. Joseph' s
and Gamble Store. In 1902 when Hospital and later the present St.
people asked for the hospital they Joseph's Memorial Hospital and St.
.were told -- " Go up the stair s and Joseph's Nursing Home .

NEV1' VET Cl.INIC Holling Hills Veterinary facrn ry. Dr. Robert Johnston ls a pru1ncr of the
Clinic is nc u in r. rc:a-k to mnv;o inlo ihcir rtr:w
TIME TO POSE - These pictures of early-day baslnesse11 around, everyone wo111d get Into the abot. Th11 picture didn't
always bad the pel"llOnnel or even neighbors joining In the have the Information of what It was In the early days, b11t loob
picture. Photographen were rare, so whenever one would come Uke It mJght have seen the aawmW or brick f.actoiy.

To identify this picture, go back to the brewery and you will find the little building on
the left is on the brewery picture too. This is the brewery addition whjch was added in

Century Old Building- Movecl To New Site

The 819 Water Ave. Wuerster Shoe Shop building being moved down main street to a
new location at 925 Water Ave.

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rider is. A dog is helping in the center foreground . The Hammer Hardware Opera House
is in the background with a John Deere and Mc Cormick sign above the door.
The above photo is a 1910 view budness men of this city.
of the interior of the Hansbery and Note the 1910 styles in ladies'
Armbruster Store, which was one dresses and men's hats shown on
of the leading Hillsboro stores fot display in the store. Store: arrange-
many years. Proprietors of the store ment and display were the latest of
were R. A. Armbruster and Wesley their type and typical or progres-
C. Hansbery, for many years leading sive stores of that era.

The Albert Holak's sample room at 840 Water Ave.

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Saul Ric~,rds Garage was at 203 Mill Street.

Before prohibition liquor licenses were $500. During prohibition beverage licenses
started at $366. per year. Then the money was returned that first year. The next year it
was applied again. In 1920 Tom Hyland, Gus Kolb Chas. Janecek, Ed Subera and Bert
Hofmeister sold beverages. In 1929 the license was $400. Wm. Toungue, Mrs Williams,
Mrs Thompson, Geo. Kauffman, Wm Holfeldt, Chas Shields, applied . In 1930-Mrs
Kauffman, Nellie Baley, Mrs Williams, Lyle Daniels, Chas Shields, Wm. Holfeldt, N.E.
Lund, applied . In 1931-Mc Bausley, Nelle Baley, Chas Shields, Mrs. Williams, Wm.
Holfeldt, Margie Wernick applied. In 1932 they were the same ones. Andrew Doley
appljed too. There were others in between the years mentioned . Prohibition started in
1918 and lasted to 1933 .
The beverage license was just as much as the previous liquor licenses. The government
enforced the non-intoxicant licenses in July I, 1924.
A celebration in Hillsboro. The store on the left is the first Landrum Store in town.
The wing behind the store was his first log house where he lived and had his first post
office. See roofline wing and logs and mortar to the left by the inside comer to the left.

Established •
. Coming here in the spririg of 1855, Robert
' Hammer was one of the pionee.r business men of
·Hillsboro. 'l'he hardware which he established in
1875 has witnessed the development of our com-
... Ti.unity and has served in the capacity of a supply
·· ·. I ase for the growing machinery and hardware
.... needs of the territQcy.
:::. · ·· . In 1890 C. F. Kauffman and Robert A. .When You Thi.~k of
. Arnib.ruster became partners in the firm which ·
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:_ the customer was the ideal on which the steady
'.'." :.. · growth of their business was founded. · ~
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Just Think of ·
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Rauffman entered the concern; which since th:1t
time has been known as the R. HAMMER HARD- _ Nuz~m & Sherm'~~{ -:._
WARE COMPANY. Mr. Bauman had pre~·iously Hillsboro
·. . · been associated with the company for 11 years. We can supply you with ·anything in Lhe· lumlo,.,·.
Preceding the inc·o.rporation of the Village line from shingle_s to the fin«sl kincl of imcrit.11 ·
Li HHlsboro by ten years, this company has main-
tained its position as the leading Hard ware firm in finisli. Get our prices on your lumber needs.
A. C. Shermi.n, Mirr. · ·
this locality. Its record sho\VS a 60~year picture
of ProgTe.~s-bascd on Considerate and Depend-
able Ser-vice.

R. Hammer 'Hard\'vare Co.

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The Woodman Hall was on the upper floor of the left Richards Pharmacy. Worden
Bros. General Merchandise is on the right with offices on the 2nd floor. The building that
you can see at the rear of the building was maybe theWernick Ice and Egg Storage

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Architectural drawing depicts the sleek modern design of the senior assisted living
facility being planned by St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital and Home.
keting plan. direct ing the legal and "St. Joseph's is always search-
engineering components. as well ing for opponunities to cater 10 the
as 1he generation or a s iafling s trat- health needs of those we serve,"
The venture wi ll be directed by egy. The Hospital Board of re la tes Ms. Sonnenburg. "This
Ro~c Sonnenburg. Project Directors has appo inted a Steering po!>itivc step for St. Josep h's will
Coordinato r and Director o f' Committee to direc t the financial fill a s ignificant void in the co ntin-
Patient Info rma tio n Services at St. oversight. as well as g iving final uum of care for the mature mem-
Joseph's. Her responsibilities will approval to each clemt:nt of Ms. bers of our community."
include the development or a mar- Sonnenburg's coordina tion efforts.

Below is a picture of the Royal Bank officials. The bank is located at 731 Water Ave. See
pages 59 amd 76.


Officials from the Royal Bank are excited about the pending move to a drive-in facil-
ity at Mill Street and Water Avenue. They are (from left) Ron Darga--chairman of .the
board Janet Webb--account representative, Rose Hintze--account representative,
Virgixtla Cilley--assistant cashier, Kim Anderson--branch manager & vice president,
and Richard Behnke--bank president.
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HILLSHORO lJOHEMIAN BAND - Decked oul in its finery ahe r.ow1n Shur, Ruuert Macho vce, Harold White, Leo Uska, Rudolv1.
Hillsboro Bohemian !Jund was composed of many local mu~i~ians Lev_v, Kcilh Moon, and not present, Virgil Novy and Ed S1cckcl.
induding Ida 10 tigh1, back row: Emil Lein, Charles Verbs ky Jr., Oiher members had hcen Lear Cosgro,•e, Pete Cosgro,•e, Jim l.ci11 ,
Robert JanN·ck, Jack Rose, Marlin Novy, frank Kolash; second Rudy Le in, Richard llansbery, franklin Hansbcry, Ralph Kn"""·
row: James Thompson, John Wachler, Ralph Roberts, Tom and La ..·rcnce Pelerson Jr.
Sweene)', Ernie Picha, Bernard F. filler, Edward Lisker; front row:

The band was organized for about 14 years. Robert Kretche replaced Bernard Filler. We
played at dances, International Harvester openings, Governors Lawn, International
Livestock Show in Madison.
Below is the Admiral Marc A. Mitscher Memorial. See pages 239 and 240 .
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The Joseph i3e~cha family band, ranging from age three to twenty. They are Frank,
Charley, Joseph, Wash, Edward and Leo.
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lfnf" irmuedi.!'llel.\'. In fort \\ C "ill hnrull•• nll kind3 of bmh.lint:
Alrnon Shcrm~n Ii.. Jot.n Dunt!) in finl lumber bldg. in 1903. na:iterinl. ti in nc..·tl of lumht·r t'flttt<• !1ml ll'l "" fi:.:ure (JU your
OON S l l C:R l\\AN, J\\anngc r .
NUZUM & Sii EKMAN wasst3nerl in Hillsboro \U\\&'oato, '\l)b.
in March 1903. The owners were J ohn E. Nuzum
or Viroqua who had been running his own
lumber business 1here since 1893 and Adolphus ..Don" :igcrs. he remained actively i11\IOl\tcd in lht business for
Sherman. Doth men were promoiers. To begin. Don man· many ye:irs. In 19,18 Oorrnld Brochcr became mnrrngcr. ln
aged lhe new yard, bul when he won a civi l service job in 195'1Arden Peterson bec:imc mnnar.c r nnd continued until
Madison, hi s brother, Almon, became 1he manager. The 199 l when his son, I lcnry, been me 1he manager. Arden 3nd
vard was located al the comer of Mill and Field on the P riscilla (Nu~um) l'c1crson hcc:1111c owners or 1hc Lumber
~ulskins of town. From this high ground they could load a Ynrd on March 11 , 1980 on 1hc d eath or her foihcr, Leland.
push can a nd make deliveries all over town. For large loads T he business was incorporn ie<I in nee. 1984.
draymcn were hired. On Jun e 20, 1982 at 2:00 a.m. :1 fire s ta11cd by n careless
l o 1923 the yard was movc<l lo ils l>rcscnt sltc across 1ecnntc camper broke ou1 and spread r:ttlidly through the
from the fla nk o n Mill Sircel. It had been the site of a livery sheds. Through very heroic efforts 1hc 1 lills\loro r:ircmcn
slahlc bu t was ava ilable because of the advent of 1hc were able to prcvenl lhc sprc:td of the fire lo 1hc office. The
au tomobile. T he buildi ng.s were pu1 on log rollers a nd he:tt \ti.•as very intense.
rolled down the street to their new location. Herc the A modern wnrchou~c was Uuilt with :i driveway lh:ll
Mi llin& Co. was locmed just down 1he sirce1. easily nccorn mod:ttcs scm i· trucks, customer c:srs :rnd
Don Sheiiunn died in 19 13. ·nie pannershi1> con1inucd trucks. Cus1onicrs c.1n drive throush the warehouse :md
wi1 h l..ora, his wife. After the death of Almon Shcrmnn in inspect 1he merchandise. ForkliOs, saws, nnd panel saws
March 1936, the pannership was terminated. Frank Sicrba provide for fns1 emcicnl service. Deliveries arc made by
came 10 manage the business. Milk haulers would deliver picku1>s and trucks. Compulcr stations 3llow for prom111
lumber 10 their cus1omcrs. Ben Hansberry would make cstim:itcs, inventory control, and cmcil!n l billing.
deliveries or larger loads. Model "A"s wilh flat fenders Former employees include John llundy, Ronald Sterba.
could c.~rry small loads tied on. Fronk Greenwell, Jirn Recd. Ray Jancehek. Bruce Wh}1C.
Lcl•nd O. Nuzum purchased the Yard from his fa1her's Edward Vcrbsky, llvclyn Norwalk. and M3rg.1rc1 !Oaslm3n.
Trus1 f""'..Sl3le in 1940. He constructed a new office with 3 Present employees arc Mi~e I lcnrickson. Sieve Heese. Jer.
larger °''"' for builders hardware. Ahhough he hired man- ry Baldwin, and Sandi l'etcrson.

Ardeu f'c1c1'son ~ gr:rnd:\-On. Hcalh on fork. lit\ in oew warehouse. 1- 0 . N111um Lurnl1cr C'ompnuy in 1•J•} l,

l:\TEltl OI: OF Al.DI~:\ 111:os. I l!AP.IH: H $ 1101'.

There were two buildings this size in front of the Cosgrove building at 100 Mill St.
One was the Post Office from about 1871 to 1902. From 1902 to 1907 Dr. Caswell had
his office here. In 1907 both buildings were demolished. The other building housed the
printing press of Mr. Frazier. From 1902 to 1907 Alden Bros had their Barber Shop here.
The address on one of the buildings was 98 Mill St.

***This was a practice run. He was worried about the fence behind him.***
Formost Cheese Factory. See pages 187 to 189.

The picture is Genes Radio & T. V. Shop at 1010 Lake St. See page 198.


A R. Tucker in 1909 operated a wood millworking shop between 405 Lake St. and
431 Lake St. He also had a cider press and bought apples from people. Some customers
that are still living today said, they bought their cider there. They said it was a bigger
building. Sometime in the 1920s the building was tore down.

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Farmers State Bank located at 726 Water Ave. See page 271.

The Masonic Lodge new building is located at 832 Prairie Ave. Master is Raymond
Dyar, Senior Worden is Joseph Nofsinger, Junior Worden is Jerry Burmaster, Senior
Deacon is Tom Lindemann, Junior Deacon is Tom Weber, Tyler is Wilson Boggiano,
Trustee is Joseph Bruha. Arden Peterson is Secretary-Treasurer. See page 116

The Hansbery Block Factory and Office. This was the Kickapoo Gas and Oil office.
See pages 190 and 191 . Daniel L McLean CPA and D .B.A f ohn West CPA are here with
their business of Bookkeeping and Payrolls at 215 East Madison St.

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The Dr.Peter Wyland Chiropractic building at 652 Water Ave. See page 219.

Stenerson School Bus Garage is in the Tinker Industrial Park. Clifford Stenerson was
in the school bussing service since 1938. His son Bill Stenerson and wife Marlene took
over after Clifford retired. Bill and Marlene's son, Dean and wife Tammy Stenerson are in
the business now too. The address is 1229 High Ave.

The 214 Mill St. building is the Lind building that was at 815 Water Ave. In it were
many businesses. See page 110 to 111.

Hardy Construction building in the Tinker Industrial Park at 105 Enterprise Drive.
See page 177 to 179.

This is the Vernon County Highway Shop at 133 East Madison Street.


The city installed a horse hitch post for the Amish that come to town to do their
shopping and business down by the lake spillway.

The Flillsboro City Shop. Crest Ave.

Jerry's Custom Welding is in the right side of this building at 413 Darcy Drive operated
by Jerry Glumske. He does fabrication, process piping and repairs. His wife operates in
the same place as Nan's Sandblasting.
Thomas Hammer Electric is located in the left side of the building.

Below is a article on how the Homestead Act worked in Wisconsin.

Settlers hn.G. · cpt:·.cn of ta.king up la.nd under the hon a-

stea.d law of 1862. I t was not easy for the homesteader to
develop a farm , even if he could find a good location , ••
True, he could obtain 160 acres without charge , except for a
ten-dollar entry fee . Still to gain title to the land , he
had to improve it and live on it for fiv e years . Some home-
steaders were so poor they had to borrow to p:ty the ten-dollar
f ee , and mos t of them needed loans in order to make the neces-
sary improvements. Yet they could not mortgage the land. until
tho five years were up and the title was theirs . Many convert-
ed their homestead entries into pre- emption2 entries a'I. $1.25
an acre, so they could get the title immediately and ue1e the
land as security for borrowing . Of the 7,495 persons who took
up Wisconsin homesteads from 1863 to 1868 , only about half,
or J ,743, ha~ succeeded in acquiring ownership of them by the
end of 187.3 .

2In the United States the right of pre- emption is a privilege accord-
ed by the government to the actual settler upon a certain limited portion
of the public domain, to purchase such tract at a fixed price to the
exclusion of all other applicants . (Black's Law Dictionary, 1968 , P· 1342)

The first settlers tried to get their house as close to a spring as possible. Thus, the new
home was of necessity built in a valley which, for the most part, made the farms two-story
with a hill road connecting the land being farmed to the house. This was especially true in
the hilly country where homesteaders found an abundance of large springs in a narrow
valley. Later windmills made it possible for pumping the water. Farm buildings were then
built more centrally on the farmstead. One can't believe that in those early days that only
one-half of the homesteaders took tittle to their land. Wages weren't too high and the
price for ones produce wasn't much. Those were really hard times for those settlers.


There were other liquor license owners in the village that I couldn't identify at what
tavern they were in. In 1905-Peter Bissen, August Doro. In 1909-Wm. Glying. In 1911-
James Mislivecek. Maybe someone will remember where they were.


Hospital: Nancy Bauman is Chief Executive Officer. Judy Elders is the Human
Resources and Community Relations and Director of Wellness Center. Sister Ruth Berra
F.S. P. A is Director of Pastorial Care. Donna Schneider is Director of Nursing at the
Nursing: Barbara McCoy is Director of Nursing of the Nursing Home.

The pictures on this page are some more ofWencil Yansfy's work.

** * The parents started us early at the drivers training course. That was cradle age.***
Albert Field came in 1852 with his wife Angelina (Hall) Field. Albert died 25
December, 1904. His wife Angelina died 2 May, 1889. They lost one daughter, Elizebeth
Field on 13 March, 1847 before they came to Hillsboro. There son Walter S. Field died in
26 April, 1925 . A daughter Marietta Field came with them. She married a Winslow and
she died in 19 June, 1886. Ella and Eva Field were born twins. Eva died 19 September,
1861. Ella Field was the last one living. She went to the Univ. of \Vis. in 1876 to 1878.
School teaching was her job. E lla taught at the Jewell School and in Hillsboro too. Ella
later took care of all the business affairs of her father. Below are some of the Field family
members. See page 10 and 11 for more detail of the Field family.

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oourtcsy of the Hillsboro Historical Society. . Their Jiouse stood where St. Jo·s eph;s M~moriaJ
Albert Field was the first person to stake a daim .. Hospital'~ operating r00m Is. :'. -· ·. , · . • ;,,
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HILLSBORO CITY LIBRARY. Additional material found.

In August 6, 1897 books from the Des Forges Co, Millwaukee, Wisconsin were
puschased. The library fund was changed to be under the school tax fund .
In 1898 the tax collection for the library was $120. the first year. In 1900 $137. In
1901 $250. Inl902 $300. ln 1904 $350. That was a lot of money in those days
compared to now. In 17 June, 1909 George Valentine bought the building on 845 Water
Ave. from Robert Lind. This is where the first library was. Mrs. Robert Lind moved her
millinary store to 118 Mechanic St. that her husband bought. The library was moved to
that location. I looked through the city disbursment book and Robert Lind was the
salaried librarian from 1909 to 1919. He was paid by the quarter of the year for his salary
and rent.
Robert Lind received small raises in those years. In 11 July, 1911 Nora Baker bought
magazines for the library. Mr. Richards at the drug store purchased many books for the
library. In 3 June, 1913 E. V. Wernick insured the books and fixtures at the library.
The library was at thi s location until 5 September, 1919. Rent for the next library
location at the I 35 Mill St. Holak building was approved by the village to cover the rent
to I July, I 919. The library was in Shefton's upstairs office, the last room on the right.
In 6 September, I 91 9 Henry Shefton became librarian. He was the elected Justice of
Peace from 1911 to I 925 . His salary was paid by the quarter at first, then every two
months. In 4 March, 192 1 he got paid by the month. He got a raise in 4 September,
1925. In 1926 Henry Shefton died. Mrs. Shefton did her husbands library work for two
months with pay.
Jolm Hansbery was appointed to finish Sheftons term as Justice of Peace for one year.
Henry Linke was elected as the next Justice of Peace and became the next librarian at the
13 5 Mill St. location. Henry Linke was the librarian at this location until 1938, when the
new City Hall was built on Prairie Ave.
In June, 1936 a library board was appionted by the village board for the purpose of
improving the local library. New library cards were issued and other matters were settled.
The board consisted of: V.Y.Goss, Mrs. Freda Boe~ Mrs. Harry Jordan, Mrs R.S .
MacKecknie, Robert Staley and Harold Knower. This was before the new City Hall and
Library that was built in 1938. See pages 103, 123 and 124.
The present library board is Margaret Ann Roberts president, Judy Kouba treasurer,
Rachel Novy secretary, Janice Boehme, Terry Wiseman, Gerry Fanta, John Willey, board
members. The head librarian is Debbie Lambert.


PhlJro by .Jack Knowles

Farmers State Bank Board meets

The Farmers State Bank Board of Directors met on Feb. 18th and announced three
promotions: June Hooker from Cashier to Assistant Vice President; Carol Jefferies
from Assistant Cashier to Cashier; and Janet Blad! from Loan Officer to Assistant
Cashier. Pictured are (seated from left) Robert Hofmeister, Richard Endicott,
William Bosshard, Leonard Hoffman, (standing, from left) June Hooker, Carol
Jefferies, Janet Blad!, and Brian Richardson.


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The first tennis court was located west of the condensery at the old athletic field. The
second one was located by the old theater on Water Ave. Then the third one was set up
by the old high school where the new one is now. The new tennis court is a modem one
with basketball baskets and a tennis court. It is fenced and lighted.
ln the Summer they have 3 on 3 matches etc. to make money for sports equipment.
The event is held for all participating area schools that want to enter.


The picture is when the 8 15 Water Ave. store burned down. To the far left is the Rose
Opera building. Toungue home was next to. The low buildings to the left is the second
post office building. Next to it is the Frazier printing building and later Alderi had his
barber shop there. To the right is the Lind building and know as the Wuerster Shoe Store.
The first wood frame Lind Store was moved to 214 Mill St. This brick building was built
here next. Now the third building is on this lot today.

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The present officers and directors of the Hillsboro Farmers Coop are: Paul Stekel
general manager, Gerry Fanta assistant manager, Ray Mislivecek president, Francis
Denman vice-president, Evan Summerfield secretary-treasurer, Raymond Liska director,
Arden Eberhardt director.

Below is a picture of the mill storage barns that sat where Endicotts Law Office
building is now and one lot north too. The mill dray-line operated from these buildings.

The Willis Hofineister Radio & Electric & Appliance Store at 833 Water Ave. To the right
is Walter Hofineister. Middle is owner Willis Hofineister. Left is unidentified. 1946
The picture below is the interior of Willis Hofmeister Radio & Electric & Appliance
at 833 Water Ave. On the left is owner Willis Hofmeister. Next is Selley _ _ . Joshua
Sanford is on the right before he went into the Flying Tigers. At the back room they had a
large bench for fixing radios. Willis Hofmeister taught Joshua Sanford in radio repairing.
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Above is the interior of Willis Hofmeister Gamble Store at 824 Water Ave. He is on the
right. On the left is Earl Picha.
About fifteen years ago, Hillsboro became the Czech Capital of Wisconsin. Many of
the store fronts were designed on the Scandivanian style. Charles Bilek did the design
detail work for the store fronts. He also designs the Cesky Den buttons for the annual
celebrations. The present president of the organization is Willard Jindrick.

The word, owner, sometimes was a leasee or visa-versa in the newspaper. It depends
what they told the publisher. Sometimes for a store location they said, one door north or
west, etc. Other times the location was east or south of a certain store. It was like a big
puzzle to figure out. Sorry if I put someone in the wrong place. I did the best I could.
I didn't have room for musicians, school material, local gov't, Hillsboro Twp small
villages, store clerks, city organizations, churches, fireman, etc. That would be one big
book by itself
Hillsboro has its share of organizations, just like other cities. They contribute to many
worthy projects in the city.
A map of the business addresses is not in the book. You will have to acquaint yourself
with the city. Re-read the book three times to absorb it all. Get acquainted with the store
owners, they are fiiendly.
Dear friend and reader, we have enjoyed the history and trip together. I hope every
thing is in the correct places.
I hope you enjoyed the book. Thank You for taking an interest in Hillsboro's history
and the author's findings.

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