Baked goods

Third Saturday program looks at bakeries


Oostburg Bakery employees show off the coal-fired oven in their new bakery in 1929. The Third Saturday program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum will showcase county bakeries Saturday. — Submitted photo Oostburg Bakery employees show off the coal-fired oven in their new bakery in 1929. The Third Saturday program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum will showcase county bakeries Saturday. — Submitted photo Pleasing the Palate: History of Sheboygan County Bakeries will be the “Third Saturday” program on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Bakeries have always held a special place in the hearts of Sheboygan County residents. Whether it is the aroma of fresh baked bread wafting from a bakery or that first bite of a still warm doughnut from the bakeries backdoor, we all have fond memories of these producers of delectable goodness. From the earliest bakeries to those that supply us today, we have come to appreciate the many types of baked goods that they have specialized in. These breads, stollens, kuchens, doughnuts, muffins, cakes and cookies have happily sustained us over the years. And lest we forget, the Sheboygan hardroll has been a staple of our diet since the earliest days of our county.


This photo of the P. Altenbach Bakery on Superior Avenue in Sheboygan in 1892 shows Alex, Edward and Pius Altenbach standing in front of the bakery and Ida and baby Florence Altenbach in an upstairs window. — Submitted photo This photo of the P. Altenbach Bakery on Superior Avenue in Sheboygan in 1892 shows Alex, Edward and Pius Altenbach standing in front of the bakery and Ida and baby Florence Altenbach in an upstairs window. — Submitted photo Several of the area bakeries were family owned and operated. Some of these are still in business and are now employing third and fourth generation family members. Johnston’s Bakery is one of these in Sheboygan. Mary Perl (nee Johnston) will be on hand to share information on her family’s bakery that is now owned by three of her brothers.

Several of the Fredricks family members will be hosting a display on their family bakery that was located on South Eighth Street and Kentucky Avenue in Sheboygan for fifty years. Ann Fredricks will share memories of her family working in bakeries and being a part of a family that still has members working in the baking industry.

Another of these multi-generational bakeries is Roeck’s Bakery in Kiel. Jared Roeck will be hosting a display and reminiscing on his bakery that has been in the Roeck family since 1908.

LeRoy “Fuzzy the Baker” Jackett will be hosting a display on West Side Bakery that he has operated on Indiana Ave. in Sheboygan since 1965. Also hosting displays will be personnel from Oostburg Bakery and Myra Eischen of Myra’s Cakes, two other long running baking businesses in the county.

Meredith Miske and Michelle Mueller, a former owner, will be on hand to speak about Mueller’s Bakery in Plymouth. There will also be items on display from Cathy Baird on Plymouth Home Bakery run by her father Paul Buenzow. Gene and Phyllis Smith will be sharing bakery memorabilia they have in their personal collection.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, several of the hosts will be offering small samples and there will be a limited quantity of delicious baked goods for purchase. Finally, you will be able to purchase a Sheboygan hardroll served with its best companion, a Johnsonville bratwurst.

Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available. The admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free. Members and their guests are free. The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Alliant Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. “Third Saturday” programs extend from January through October.


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