The physical assets of the Columbus Milk Producers Cooperative at Astico have been sold to Central Wisconsin Cooperative Dairies at Westfield. Gerald Schmitt, who had been office manager at Columbus Milk Producers, will become general manager of Central Wisconsin Co-op Dairies and manage the Astico Division.
More than 500 friends and neighbors gathered at the Emil Eggert farm to honor Emil and pay homage to the Eggert family for 100 years of ownership of the farm that was purchased in 1968 by the Eggerts.
Roger and Elaine Kranz sold their 135 head of top registered Holstein cattle at an action that attracted buyers from 10 different states and Italy, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. Since 1957 that couple had worked the 180-acre farm and built up the herd. Recently Roger purchased the Shamrock Bar in Astico and is remolding the interior.
The Transportation Commission reported that the town of Fountain Prairie filed a complaint to have the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad to rebuild the viaduct on Sauer Road. The viaduct was destroyed by a passing freight train.
Now in its 16th year, Columbus Pre-School has become an increasingly important part of the community. Founded by the Women’s Civic Club to provide educational and social enrichment for area three and four-year-olds, with classes held in the Columbus Public Library basement. At present, the pre-school needs to relocate to a new site next year.
High Tech fiber optic lines are being installed along Highway 16/60 from the Columbus Industrial Park to Peterson School on Hall Road. The cable will be used for telephone and computer applications.
Area farms and their owners were honored for continuous ownership of 150 years by the same family. Local farmers honored were Robert and Carol Black farm, Marion and Bernard Conlin farm, Eugene Vangen farm, Wilmer and Virginia Ott farm, Rick and Debbie Schilling farm, and the John and Wendy Damm farm.
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