Bio: Campbell, Harry J. (Campbell Cheese Company)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Campbell, Wing, Minshall 

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 07/23/1953 

History of Abbotsford by F. B. Wing - The Campbell Cheese Company 

Harry J. Campbell was born on a farm, 35 miles from the city of Detroit, Mich. At the age of 16, he went to the city and became a millwright for an automobile concern. He later came to Wisconsin as a millwright, installing machinery in cheese factories and creameries and serviced them. 

He learned the manufacturing of cheese and butter and later was a seller of machinery and supplies and went to work for the Algoma Products Co., owned by the business men, and helped build this company from 16 to 147 factories, they were receiving butter and cheese from. He came to Abbotsford in 1912. 

As Mr. Campbell was thoroughly schooled in the different grades of butter and cheese, and prices, with the help of Ed Minshall, he had Abbotsford established as a concentration point for these products and eggs. The result was a lower freight rate for butter, cheese and eggs, and these products took the same rate as Marshfield on all outgoing shipments. He had a little edge on Marshfield, as most of the incoming cheese was from the north, east and west. 

When the Campbells arrived here, there was no suitable building available, so he rented the Carley potato warehouse, which was not in use at that time of year; then purchased the dance hall south of Abbotsford, near the Abbotsford Auto Wrecking. He moved it and placed it on a lot across the street and north of the Kelsey Implement Company location. He remodeled the inside, and placed the equipment, moved from the Carley warehouse and began operations. Colby cheese, a New York type of cheese that contained more moisture than the regular cheese, was made. As he shipped most of the cheese to southern markets, there was a limited demand. He had rather a hard time in Abbotsford on account of Blodgett and Packer competition. 

His brother married and moved back to their old home in Michigan, and with his father, pulled their money out of Abbotsford. 

The Campbell factory operated here for three years, and being short of capital, Harry decided to move out, a move he regretted, as Abbotsford was well established as a concentration point for dairy products. 

The Campbells had two children, a boy, born while they were at Abbotsford. His son Robert *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription. 



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