Museum Third Saturdays program to focus on businesses with 75 years or more of history


The Drewry farm in Winooski, shown here around 1900, will be one of the long-time businesses featured in “75 Years and Going Strong - Sheboygan County Businesses,” the Third Saturdays program at the Sheboygan County Historical Society museum April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Photo courtesy of Sheboygan County Historical Research Center The Drewry farm in Winooski, shown here around 1900, will be one of the long-time businesses featured in “75 Years and Going Strong - Sheboygan County Businesses,” the Third Saturdays program at the Sheboygan County Historical Society museum April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Photo courtesy of Sheboygan County Historical Research Center 75 Years and Going Strong: Sheboygan County Businesses will be the focus of the April 19 Third Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

It is not an easy task to keep a business running for 75 years in the service and retail sector. First, you have to have an entrepreneur with a good idea and friendly disposition to get it started. Secondly, you have to enjoy working almost daily with little time off to build the business and keep it running after it gets established. Thirdly, there needs to be dedicated family and staff to support it and eventually take over running the business. Finally, the people involved have to be able to change with the changing world, and have a little luck as well. It is no small feat to accomplish all of this.


The John Grandlic jewelry store at 1103 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan, one of the businesses being featured in the Third Saturdays program, is shown here in 1929. — Photo courtesy of Sheboygan County Historical Research Center The John Grandlic jewelry store at 1103 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan, one of the businesses being featured in the Third Saturdays program, is shown here in 1929. — Photo courtesy of Sheboygan County Historical Research Center Sheboygan County is fortunate to have a long history of service businesses. From the earliest boarding houses and restaurants to today’s wide array of companies, our county still holds on to the idea of locally owned and operated businesses being the base of a strong economy. Plus, it is these businesses that help keep our communities strong. Being welcomed by first name when entering these businesses is worth more than any price tag could suggest.

Joining us on this day will be Konrad Testwuide sharing the history of the H.C. Denison Company, the oldest independently owned investment firm in Wisconsin. They have been assisting the people and companies of Sheboygan County since 1928. Kevin Hoffmann of Hoffman’s Flowerland will share his memories of their floral business that has been bringing beauty to the area since 1929.

Alan Rudnik, the fourth generation family member to run Rudnik Jewelers, will be in attendance to share his memories of this family run business. We will also have John Grandlic of Grandlic’s Clock and Watch at the museum to share the history of this business that has been repairing clocks since 1904. Barb Zimmermann will also be in attendance sharing the history of Drewry Farms, a maple syrup producer near Plymouth that has been providing pure sweetness to the county since 1847. They will be providing samples of their syrup drizzled on a scoop of ice cream.

We will also be joined by Lowell Johnson, General Manager of The Sheboygan Press, who will share his thoughts on the changes in the newspaper industry. The Press has been reporting on the events of Sheboygan County since 1907. The Sheboygan Theatre Company will be represented as well. Michelle Bestul will provide insight on this company that has been entertaining County residents for 80 years. Some others will be added, but have not been confirmed at press time.

Third Saturdays start at 10 AM and end at 3 PM. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available. The admission is $5 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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