Waunakee Tribune July 25, 1991 (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Carl F. Statz dies at 87; founded implement firm
Carl F. Statz, who decided to risk going into business for himself in the Depression-ravaged 1930s and went on to build a farm implement company that is respected throughout
Wisconsin and the Midwest, died last week at age 87.
He died July 18,1991 at his home.
He was bom to Anton and Mary Statz on Feb. 3, 1904 in Martinsville. He lived most of his life in the Waunakee and Windsor area.
He was married to Helen Fassbender, who died in 1960. He
later married Anna Marhank, who died earlier this year.
Mr. Statz made up his mind to go into business for himself one day in January 1930. Since he had always enjoyed working with farm machinery, this was the type of business he chose. He purchased the old Worringer Livery Barn on South Madison Street as the site for his new business and took on an International Harvester franchise.
Initial inventory was very small, consisting of only six or eight machines, including a 14" and 16" walking plow, a wagon, a manure spreader, a com planter, a Sulky com cultivator, a mower and a dump rake or side rake. All these machines were horse drawn.
Those early days in business were difficult because of the Depression. Often, a farmer who needed machinery didn't have the wherewithal to make the purchase. Many a transaction was made over the kitchen table where Mr. Statz and his prospective customer put their heads together in an effort to come up with a mutually agreeable price. Sometimes farm produce was thrown in for good measure. On one occasion, Mr. Statz recalled a farmer good-naturedly giving him two chickens and a dozen eggs so the so the deal could be closed.
Mr. Statz continued to build on the business, until his retirement in 1975. Over the years, the firm moved several times, and today it is located at the
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intersection of Hogan Road and Hwy. 19, east of Waunakee. The firm of Carl F. Statz and Sons now employs 35 people.
Mr. Statz was a past director of First Wisconsin Bank of Waunakee and also a member of St. Olaf's Catholic Church in DeForest.
Survivors include a daughter, Eileen (Dean) Hahn of DeForest; three sons, Ron (Toni) Statz, Ken (Mary) Statz, and Dave (Dorothy) Statz, all of Waunakee; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, William Statz of Waunakee, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two wives; a sister, Regina Maly; and five brothers, Louis, Frank, Tony, Joe and Leonard.
Funeral services were held July 20, 1991 at St. Olaf's Catholic Church in DeForest, with the Rev. Daniel Finnane officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Waunakee.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern February 2, 1956
Emil Sohrweide, Winneconne Man, Dies at Hospital
WINNECONNE__ Emil August Sohrweide, 50, died at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh. He was taken seriously ill Monday noon at his home and removed to the hospital in the C. H. Mueller ambulance.
He was born Nov. 2, 1905 at Brandt, Wis., where he attended parochial school, and was married at New London to Dorothy Phelps, June 30. 1925. In 1944, the family moved to Winneconne where he operated the Badger Bowling Company.
Mr. Sohrweide was foreman of the street department at Manitowoc for 12 years, later being employed at Neenah as a construction worker. In 1942 he was in charge of the receiving department at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Building and Dry Dock Company.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Surviving are his wife: his mother, Mrs. Clara Sohrweide, New London: one daughter, Mrs. Carol Meilahn, Rt. 3, Oshkosh: two sons, Wayne and Donald, both of Winneconne; three brothers, Ervin, Ft. Meyers, Fla.; Walter, Waupaca and William of New London; two sisters, Mrs. Verna Eckhart, New London and Mrs. Anna Marhank, Milwaukee and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and one sister.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church with Richard Hill, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, New London.
Friends may call at the Mueller Funeral Home Friday afternoon and evening and at the church Saturday after 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.