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