Business: North Hendren Co-op Dairy Co.


Surnames: Gregorich, Ule, Perovsek, Pekol, Kotcon, Jordan, Caspar, Zimmerman, Schmidt, Govek

----Source: Family Scrapbook

The North Hendren Co-operative Dairy Company was organized in the Spring of 1923 by selling one hundred $25.00 shares to the farmers in the area.

The .first board .of directors were John Gregorich, - Joseph Pekol, Joseph Ule, Frank Perovsek and Mike Kotcon.

The cheese factory was built on 1/2 acre of land bought from Joe Jordan. It is located on the southeast corner of the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 3, Township of Hendren.

The factory began operating the second week of May 1923, with Frank Caspar as cheesemaker. A wood fired boiler was the source of power.

The Articles of Incorporation were signed and notarized on May 10, 1923 and filed with the Secretary of State, Fred R. Zimmerman, in Madison, Wisconsin, May 12, 1923. The factory has operated continuously since then.

On August 12, 1952 the co-operative was reorganized, the articles and by-laws amended, in order to extend the membership to all current and future patrons.

The present manager is Robert Schmidt. The cooperative has grown through the years. It currently grosses nearly $5,000,000.00 in sales annually.

Submitted by: Frank Govek



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