Granton’s Honored Citizens

September 5, 2012

Vic and Sarah Elmhorst

 Vic and Sarah Elmhorst

Granton’s Honored Citizens, Vic and Sarah Elmhorst will lead the 62nd

Granton Fall Festival Parade Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 (Contributed photo)


The Granton Rotary Club is pleased to announce Vic and Sarah Elmhorst as the 2012 Granton Fall Festival Honored Citizens.  Their nomination was submitted by their son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Jamie Elmhorst.

Both Vic and Sarah attended the rural Romadka School through eighth grade and also graduated from Granton High School.  Even though their families had known each other for years through church and school, Vic and Sarah met and started dating in January of 1966.  They were married July 5, 1969, and have been married 43 years.  They have four sons, Rod (Katie), Brian (Lori), Jeff (Jamie) and Mark (Kelli) and seven grandchildren.

Vic and Sarah live on Sarah’s family’s original home and farm.  The farm has been with the family over 100 years. Vic took over the family farm after Sarah’s Dad passed away in 1978.  He then ran the farm until January 2009, when their sons, Jeff and Mark, purchased it and named the farm Romadka View Holsteins.

Vic grew up in the Granton area and worked in the woods logging and pulping with his dad until 1964.  He then joined the service in the 82nd Airborne and was stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.  Sarah smiles and said, “The first time Vic was in an airplane was on the flight to jump school!”  Vic enjoyed playing softball when he was younger.  Vic has been involved in many organizations over the years.  He was a former trustee and part of the Men’s Club at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and has been on the 4-H Clark County Livestock Committee and was chairman on this committee for a number of years. Vic loves hunting deer and antelope and has been going out West since 1966.  He has stayed at the same ranch since 1980.  He smiles and says, “I have been watching the owner of the ranch’s children grow up, and I have really enjoyed it.”  Some of Vic’s other hobbies are playing sheepshead (Sarah said he is a professional player!!) and making maple syrup.

Sarah was born and raised in the very house she and Vic raised their family. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1970.  Sarah taught in the Marshfield School District at East Fremont for four years.  When she and Vic started their family, Sarah decided to stay home with the children. She stayed home for approximately 11 years to raise the four boys. During that time, she also watched a few other children.  In 1986, she went back to work at Granton Elementary School where she taught for 25 years.  Sarah enjoys volunteering.  She has been involved with the Romadka 4-H for 30 years, is still involved with the PTO at school, is a member of LWML and has taught catechism and Sunday school at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. She is a member of two friendship groups, Romadka Daisy Homemakers and Granton Busy Bees. She enjoys helping people in her neighborhood, pickling, freezing and canning. She also takes care of her youngest granddaughter, Grace.

Together, Vic and Sarah enjoy traveling to see their grandchildren and other family. They also enjoy going to dinner theatres. A recent trip took them to Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield.  There they enjoyed a wide variety of music. This past year, the Elmhorst family hosted the Dairy Breakfast for the Granton FFA Alumni. It was a record-setting year for attendance. Both Sarah and Vic have been lifetime members of the Granton FFA Alumni.

As Granton’s 2012 Honored Citizens, Vic and Sarah Elmhorst will lead the 62nd Granton Fall Festival Parade Sunday, Sept. 9. This is a very deserving honor for two outstanding community members.

From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

September 5, 2012 (Page 4)

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, September 12, 2013

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, September 14, 2013

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