Worden Township


Clark County, Wisconsin



1893-1993 Centennial History

Early Township History




Cloverleaf Cheese Factory

Location: County Trunk "N" and Koser Avenue, Worden Township, Clark Co., WI


This is a picture of my grandfather's cheese factory, taken about 1907. He named it Cloverleaf and it was one of two known to have been situated in Worden township. The other was LaGrander's Hillside Dairy and it was at the corner of Broek road and Fernwal Avenue.


I believe my grandfather is in the white shirt in the center, standing with two children on the porch/platform. I also understand my grandmother is sitting with two other children (one is my dad) on the porch of the house to the right. I think all of their 5 children were born in the house just to the right of the factory. Contributed by Robert J Pritzl.



Worden--West Worden Cheese Factory



Michael & Jennie Clerf

Source: Jennie Clerf Memories – March 2005


Memories of farms in area – (South portion of Sect. 13,14, 15; North portion of Sect 22, 23, 24)


South from Old Worden Norwegian Cemetery:


Frinnack’s son Charles


Luchen’s son Bobby, daughter Audrey. Father died, was sold to Tony Fisher. He sold it to John & Clara Miller.


Next place Lemmons, daughter Hattie. Was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Farmers. They sold it to Mike and Helen Florkowski. The sold it to Adolf Greyneski. Now it is a hunting cabin.


Next farm – Mr. & Mrs. Emmerson and son Chris Berg. They sold it to Harry Boie.


East from Old Worden Norwegian Cemetery:


On north side of road Western. Sold to Bert & Ruth Hubbard. Glen Horn owns it now.


Next place – Nelson. 2 sons buried by home (house burned because boys had diphtheria). They built new building a little north. Gaylord Nelson was their grandson. They sold to Lansberg. He was killed there. They sold to Mr. Huberty. Now owned by Alvin Benshawel.


Next farm north was Olson. Their little son (about 12) is buried on north side of the house.


Across from them lived the Edwards. She was Doris Kolpien. Their daughter was Lillie Grimms.


Going east of the cheese factory was the Tom Steele farm. They sold it to Henry Bauer. Now owned by Pat Frinnack.


Going east on the south side of the road was Peterson farm. They sold it to John and Mable Misfeldt. Now owned by Bernard Merten.


Next was the Moen place. The father and 2 sons died the same week. She sold it to Henry & Julia Harper. They had a son Fred who was killed in First World War. Also had a son Thorne and girl Clara. Now owned by Bernard Mertens.


Next was Appalonia and Philander Torone.. They are buried on the farm. Place was sold to Tilke. He got shot by a stray bullet. His wife sold it to Tamms. They were from Missouri. Clerfs bought from them.


Next was the Beckman place. The parents moved, a son George lived there (lost in the depression), then it was sold to a land company and was rented out to Art Bauer and later Chet and Anna Daines. John Irmans bought it. Then it got sold to Charles Struve. They sold it to John Fritsimmons. They sold it to Melvin Haas. Now it is owned by Zimmermans.


South from Corner


Fred Glassoff. He sold it to Frank Igress. They built a big dance hall there. Closed up when a half-wit tried to rape a girl there. Now Eugene Palms lives there.


Next farm was Charley Jacobs. They had Minnie, Maggie, Mable, Alice and Billy. Mike Clerf was a pallbearer at all their funerals.


Next was the Sisco place. It was owned by Albert Huberty, Mike Clerf, Will Huberty.



Memories of the area cemeteries


The man (Gulickson) that donated the Old Norwegian Cemetery sold his farm to Horace Gibbs.

The East Side Cemetery by Stanley was donated by a man who got to be the first one buried there. He was building fence and was carrying two fence posts on his shoulder. He stepped in a hold, the posts shifted and broke his neck.


The Germain Cemetery was donated by Walter Braatz’s grandparents. The have the long white stone.



2 World War soldiers buried there. Edward Miller was killed in action and Dick Brown. Claude was 33 years old


It is sometimes called the North Fork Cemetery because it’s near the North Fork of the Eau Claire River.


The last two buried there were George Dulek – buried on north side and was 23 years old, and George Broughton by the west fence. His parents are there also.


Mary Masack was 16 years old.


John and Margaret Kolpien and son Adolf lived 1 Ľ miles east of there. They came to U. S. right after Civil War. The got 700 acre homestead. When the kids grew up it was divided. Henry, Charles?, Adolf and Dora each made a farm.


Albert and Augusta Kuntz and 2 sons, Chris and Henry, buried by road.


The Eidsvold Cemetery was donated by S. S. Warner. He came to Eidsvold with an ox team and wagon from New York. He donated this cemetery. There was a church by the cemetery also.


All S. S. Warner’s (he was 100 years old) family are buried there – he, his wife, his daughter Abbie, her husband Otto Evenson, their son Ernest who was only 42 years old.


Donald Sayles and wife are there and I’m sure his parents, Arthur and Blanche Sayles are there also.


Miscellaneous Memories


[21 September, 1924 Tornado Devastation]


[Lost Gold Discovered on the Frinack Farm]


The Clover Leaf cheese factory and store was owned by Otto Friemand. Mat Geiger then owned it.


Alex Soeller ran Breezy Hill Cheese Factory, the first company factory in the area. Irvin Schilling took over. Blue Moon came in and took all but 7 patrons.


Fred Hawks died in prison and buried in prison cemetery. Amanda Hawks and girl 13 shot by Mr. Hawks. They are buried at Germain Cemetery.


Mr. Western’s wife died and Mrs. Peterson’s husband died.. They lived across the road from each other. They got married. Also, 2 Western sons married 2 Peterson girls. They always joked they didn’t want to go very far so they married their brothers.


Garfield School (called Vanlope School)



Hansons Borgild, Margaret & Henry went there.


Also Dorothy Dreson, Leonard Anderson, Vivian Larson, Tillie, Rose, Cora and Sylvester Vanlope.


Clarence, Joseph, Tony, Edward, Mildred, Agnes Mike.


Nielus Larson


Evelyn, Lucy, Donald Hinke.


Laurence, Peter, Clarence Thompson.


Laverne May.


The McGinnes’


Geraldine Henke


The Sanwiks


Arnold & Merny Anderson.





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