space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championship Apparel Available
* Ruffed Grouse Society 30th Banquet Sept. 14
* Bulldogs Prepare For Season In New Conference
* WIAA Sport Medical Advisory Committee Updates Posted
* Area Teams Begin 2017 Training Camp

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space
070214FrontSeymour.jpg

ERA ENDS—The ever popular business, Seymour’s Meat of Peshtigo closed their doors Saturday, June 28. The 86-year family operation was a mainstay in the area featuring some of the finest meats and smoked products. Pictured from left packaging some of the last orders are Tom, Jill, Mark and Esther Seymour. All the equipment will be sold and the building will be eventually torn down.

Popular Seymour Meats Ends 86 Years Of Family Business

A long-time Marinette County tradition ended Saturday, June 28 when Seymour’s Meats on Hwy. 64 closed its doors for the last time. Current owners Mark and Tom Seymour, grandsons of the founders, say it is time to retire. They have been involved in the business in one way or another since they were 11 and 13 years old.

The family meat processing business began in 1928 - 86 years ago - when the late Earl Seymour, Sr. and his wife, Rena, bought an 80-acre farm and began a dairying operation. The family business grew and expanded. It developed into a milk bottling and frozen food locker operation and finally a meat processing business focused on retail meats, sausage making, smoked meats and custom butchering.

It all started when Earl and Rena bought the farm, but it didn’t stop there. The business and the family grew.

The couple had five children - daughter, Grace, and sons Chuck, Robert, Irvin (Putter) and Earl Jr.

In 1930, with the help of his children, Earl Sr. started a wholesale and retail milk business. Robert, Putter and Chuck picked up milk from local farms with a Model A Ford truck and brought it back to their family facility for bottling and then delivered it to customers. Earl was not involved in the family business.

in 1938 the family added a frozen foods locker facility and meat business to compliment the dairy enterprise.

After World War II was declared in 1941 three of the Seymour boys went off to fight. Robert and Earl, Jr. joined the Army and Chuck enlisted in the Navy.

The war ended. In 1946 Irvin continued in the milk portion of the business and Robert ran the meat side. Chuck went to work at Badger Paper Mill and farmed. Grace continued to help their mom with the housework.

Irvin married his wife, Della, on March 26, 1949, and she helped Irvin run the dairy business after Irvin bought it from their father. At the time they served over 100 customers in the Marinette and Peshtigo area, picking up and delivering milk that had been bottled right there on the farm. They worked in the dairy business until 1969, when he retired. He continued to hobby farm until his retirement in the 1980’s

Robert had taken over the meat side of the business and purchased the farm from his father after returning home from service in 1946. He married his wife, Olive Kleinprintz, on Aug.17 of that year. He died on March 11, 2014. They had been married 68 years.

Olive taught school for seven years at the former Red School and helped Robert wrap meat in her spare time, while raising a family. She also kept the books for the growing business.

Earl, Sr. passed away on March 24, 1980. Olive, now 88, continued to do the books and wrap meat until Saturday, when the business closed. She said while they were in business together, Robert was the boss in the shop and I was the boss at home. She agrees it was time to close the business and retire, but isn’t quite sure what she’ll do with her new free time. She was always too busy to have hobbies.

They did custom butchering of cows, hogs and other animals for retail sale.

Eventually the couple had two sons, Mark and Thomas.

On Dec. 7, 1949, disaster struck. A fire that apparently started in the smoke house destroyed the meat cutting and locker facility and the family home. Largely because of the Seymour farm fire, the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department was started in 1950. It is now part of the Grover/Porterfield Fire Department. Sons Mark and Tom hadn’t been born yet, but both eventually became volunteer firefighters, and remained members of the department for many years.

Robert and Olive rebuilt, with a more modern butchering and locker facility. Sons Mark and Tom were born and started doing their part. Things went well. The business continued to grow, gradually trending toward more retail meats, smoking and sausage making, versus custom butchering.

Billy Christeck, a long time employee had retired just prior to Robert falling off the roof of the Harmony Church in 1965, while Robert was doing volunteer work there.

Mark was 13 at the time. Tom was 11. Both boys pitched in to help keep the business going, even leaving school at times to help out on the kill floor in the slaughter house. That continued through high school. There was time for the boys to have a little fun. They chuckle that they used to accidentally fill Billy Christek’s boots with water when they were hosing down the floors.

After school Tom and Mark would pick up animals from Niagara to Oconto and Stephenson, Mich. and points in between and bring them to the butchering/packing facility.

Mark graduated from Marinette High School in 1970, and Tom did likewise in 1972.

After high school Tom attended UW-Marinette and then NWTC in Marinette and Green Bay. He was hired as a deputy with Marinette County Sheriff’s Department in 1975, but stayed only a year. He left law enforcement and returned to work in the family business in 1976.

Mark went to technical school to be a mechanic and worked for Stan & Ed’s Auto in Marinette until 1975, but also continued to help out at the farm. He said he did all the killing from 1965 to 2013. In 1976, he too came back to work full time in the family business.

Mark married Sue Bulgrin on Sept. 23, 1972. She died of cancer on Jan. 17, 2007. On Aug. 14, 2010 Mark married Esther (Ruskiewicz) Boucher and she helped out at the family business the past several years.

Tom married Judy Rennes in 1976, but they were divorced in 1980 and on Oct. 1, 1983 he married Jill Jones. She worked outside the business but was always available in case the boys needed help.

One of their proudest achievements came in 1988, while their dad was still living. One of their turkeys won the Grand Champion poultry ribbon at the Wisconsin State Fair.

The work became easier as they acquired newer equipment and the business became more and more focused on the retail meats rather than custom butchering.

Tom eventually began doing a lot of the paper work as well as formulation and grinding of sausages, etc. Mark did the smoking, curing and stuffing. Their Mom, Olive, was always the official meat wrapper, with help sometimes from her daughters-in-law. Mark stated we always took pride in producing a high quality consistent product with specialty recipes that Tom and I created over the years.

There were numerous changes over the years. The state inspectors started visiting regularly in 1969, when they changed from being a registered facility to full inspection because of the retail meat business. Inspectors would come two days a week, when they butchered for the retail business. They were not needed for custom butchering. Over the years, some inspectors were good, some were questionable and some were hard to work with, the brothers agreed.

The brothers also agreed the time was coming for them to retire, and they started talking about it some four years ago. Some new regulations were coming, and to retain their licenses they would have to update their facility, which would involve some hefty expenses They decided they did not want to invest that kind of money at this stage in their lives. They did not want to have a mortgage their age. Also, Mark will be having knee surgery.

Mark has three sons and Tom has two. All of the boys have helped a lot in the family business over the years, but they all have good jobs and have no interest in taking over. So late in 2013 the brothers decided to close the business at the end of June.

They all agree it’s been a lot of work, but it’s been a good business. Often during deer season the crew would work around the clock to get their orders out. The brothers told of frequently starting work at 4 or 5 a.m., and not quitting until 6 or 7 p.m., except for their rule of locking the doors between noon and one p.m. daily to eat lunch and have a break.

They will sell some of their equipment, such as meat cutters, saws, grinders etc. The building will probably be torn down, and they will continue to rent the farm land to some other farm operation. Tom said he will continue to work around the place, and eventually may look for a job, working for someone else. Mark will enjoy retirement and help out where needed.

Tom, Mark and Olive all said they are proud that their business has been a part of the community for 86 years.

We’ll miss all the interaction with customers, they have become friends over the years, Mark declared.

We’ll miss the people, but it’s been a good run, Tom agreed.

Olive too said she has enjoyed her work over the years, and will miss the day to day contact with customers who became friends, but added she will be content to stay home now and relax. It’s time, she said. Her sons echoed the sentiment.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-16-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-16-2017Obituaries
Ramona A. Zahn

08-16-2017Obituaries
Patty J. Trepanier

08-16-2017Obituaries
Darla J. Theuerkauf

08-16-2017Obituaries
Gertrude E. Steiner

08-16-2017Obituaries
William L. Popp

08-16-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-16-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth R. Noasconi

08-16-2017Obituaries
Ethel M. Mainik

08-16-2017Obituaries
John W. Lukszys

08-16-2017Obituaries
Ellen LaHaye

08-16-2017Perspectives
From My Window

08-16-2017Obituaries
Sheldon M. Johnson

08-16-2017Obituaries
Thomas J. Janquart

08-16-2017Obituaries
Albert Harder

08-16-2017Obituaries
Norma J. Erdmann

08-16-2017Obituaries
Dennis C. Christensen

08-16-2017Obituaries
Donnie E. Buhrandt

08-16-2017Obituaries
Lawrence Buechler

08-16-2017Obituaries
Judy Brabec

08-16-2017Obituaries
Robert C. Begotka

08-16-2017Obituaries
Christopher M. Arveson,

08-16-2017Obituaries
Steven V. Swanson I

08-16-2017Obituaries
Thomas J. Smith

08-16-2017Obituaries
Margie J. Schneider

08-16-2017Obituaries
Paul W. Perkins

08-16-2017Sports
Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championship Apparel Available

08-16-2017Obituaries
Ruth M. Marquardt

08-16-2017Obituaries
Robert F. Kohlbeck

08-16-2017Obituaries
Richard E. Gove

08-16-2017Obituaries
Anne Gemignani

08-16-2017Community - Wausaukee
Plan Hunter Safety Class at Woods & Stream Aug. 18-20

08-16-2017Obituaries
Carol A. Hoffman

08-16-2017Obituaries
Russell D. Alsteen

08-16-2017Obituaries
Joanne D. Karuhn 

08-16-2017Sports
Ruffed Grouse Society 30th Banquet Sept. 14

08-16-2017Obituaries
Helen J. Rieter

08-16-2017Sports
Bulldogs Prepare For Season In New Conference

08-16-2017Community - Wausaukee
Goodman-Armstrong Creek Sets Homecoming Weekend

08-16-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane to Leave Joint Municipal Court

08-16-2017Community - Wausaukee
Berger Resigns Pembine Board, Annual Meeting is Oct. 18th

08-16-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Tree Farm To Host State Tour

08-16-2017Community - Crivitz
Gerbyshak Family Reunion Sept. 30

08-16-2017
Crivitz Church Ice Cream Social

08-16-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam Aug. 18

08-16-2017Community - Crivitz
Mother Teresa Topic of St. Mary Nov. 7

08-16-2017Community - Coleman
Municipal Judge Patz Attends Neenah Seminar

08-16-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion to Vote On Sale of Post Building

08-16-2017Community - Coleman
CHS Classes 1952-57 Plan Oct. 4 Gathering

08-16-2017Community - Coleman
Lena School District Gets $10,000 Grant

08-16-2017Front Page
Marinette Fire Department Celebrates 150th Anniversary

08-16-2017Front Page
U.S. Labor Department Is Investigating County

08-16-2017Front Page
Driveways, Fences Can Be On Property Lines In Grover

08-16-2017Front Page
Weather May Cause Emergency Radio Skip

08-16-2017Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Shuffles Coaching Jobs

08-16-2017Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Shuffles Coaching Jobs

08-09-2017Obituaries
Anna L. Andre

08-09-2017Obituaries
Carol Conklin

08-09-2017Obituaries
Spencer W. Bancroft Jr.

08-09-2017Obituaries
Donald A. Beyer

08-09-2017Obituaries
George L. Daugherty

08-09-2017Obituaries
Richard A. Derouin

08-09-2017Obituaries
John E. Freeman

08-09-2017Obituaries
Jon R. Grenier

08-09-2017Obituaries
Harold R. Hartwell

08-09-2017Obituaries
Amy R. Heder

08-09-2017Obituaries
Judith F. Heier

08-09-2017Obituaries
Dawn R. Huebscher

08-09-2017Obituaries
Greg L. Johnson

08-09-2017Obituaries
Susan M. Johnston

08-09-2017Obituaries
Marguerite J. Kitslaar

08-09-2017Obituaries
John H. Kopp

08-09-2017Obituaries
Louise C. Lantagne

08-09-2017Obituaries
Manila Lerret  

08-09-2017Obituaries
Joyce Malek

08-09-2017Obituaries
Jeanette M. Newling

08-09-2017Obituaries
Carol L. Rosner

08-09-2017Obituaries
Hazel M. Schmitt 

08-09-2017Obituaries
Nancy A. Schnitzke

08-09-2017Obituaries
Chad A. Selissen

08-09-2017Obituaries
Lena E. Severson

08-09-2017Obituaries
Robert O. Stadelman

08-09-2017Obituaries
Lois G. Steeno

08-09-2017Obituaries
Brian C. Stewart, Jr.

08-09-2017Obituaries
Thomas P. Strom

08-09-2017Obituaries
Hugh Mason Vary

08-09-2017Obituaries
Marvin A. Zoeller

08-09-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-09-2017Perspectives
From My Window

08-09-2017Sports
WIAA Sport Medical Advisory Committee Updates Posted

08-09-2017Sports
Area Teams Begin 2017 Training Camp

08-09-2017Sports
Marinette Hosts Cabela's National Walleye Tournament Aug. 16-18

08-09-2017Sports
17th Jerry Goyette Golf Tourney Dinner Sept. 3

08-09-2017Sports
WIAA Team Sportsmanship Award Winners Selected

08-09-2017Community - Wausaukee
40th Silver Cliff Fire and Rescue, Auxiliary Parade, Picnic Aug. 12th

08-09-2017Community - Wausaukee
Beecher Board Okays Amendments to Ordinances

08-09-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Historical Society Quilt Raffle Winners

08-09-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Department Fundraiser Picnic Winners

08-09-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Gun Show is Aug. 19

08-09-2017Community - Crivitz
Elderly Services Sponsors Flavors of Northwoods

08-09-2017Community - Crivitz
CBA Community Set Rummage Sale

08-09-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church To Host Ice Cream Social

08-09-2017Community - Coleman
Lena Lions Host Dairy Fest Sept. 9

08-09-2017Community - Coleman
Crooked Lake List Lions Calendar Winners

08-09-2017Community - Coleman
Back to School Night at Suring

08-09-2017Community - Coleman
Oconto County Fair at Gillett Aug. 27-30

08-09-2017Front Page
ANNUAL PARADE

08-09-2017Front Page
Amberg Agrees To Pay For Rhodes Monument

08-09-2017Front Page
Detail Cemetery Chapel Project in Five Phases

08-09-2017Front Page
Jarred Edgecombe Is New Pound Fire Chief

08-09-2017Front Page
Coleman Legion Post Plans to Sell Building

08-02-2017Sports
August is DNR National Shooting Sports Month

08-02-2017Obituaries
Herbert R. Johnson

08-02-2017Obituaries
Mary A. Hayden

08-02-2017Obituaries
James A. Dietrich

08-02-2017Obituaries
Mary E. Connis

08-02-2017Obituaries
Audrey E. Cisar 

08-02-2017Obituaries
Violet M. Bonini

08-02-2017Obituaries
Ray A. Watts

08-02-2017Obituaries
Lois M. Vander Zanden

08-02-2017Obituaries
Victor P. Stankevich Jr.

08-02-2017Sports
Jerry Goyette Golf Tourney, Dinner Sept. 3

08-02-2017Obituaries
Carl J. Stanislawski

08-02-2017Obituaries
James H. Sellers

08-02-2017Obituaries
Thomas A. Schumacher

08-02-2017Obituaries
Marceil Schumacher

08-02-2017Sports
Redbirds Take Two in Weekend Double Header

08-02-2017Obituaries
Anson R. Schefdore

08-02-2017Obituaries
Dagny J. Rohrberg

08-02-2017Obituaries
Esther Paholke

08-02-2017Obituaries
Brenda L. Oleson

08-02-2017Sports
Marinette Legion Falls In State Run

08-02-2017Obituaries
Antoinette Mitchell

08-02-2017Obituaries
Dawn J. Merrell

08-02-2017Obituaries
Harold Levin

08-02-2017Obituaries
Donna R. Ihander

08-02-2017Obituaries
Gilda A. Colamarino

08-02-2017Obituaries
Patricia A. Bayer

08-02-2017Obituaries
Doris L. Faust

08-02-2017Obituaries
Dorothy M. Carviou

08-02-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Armstrong

08-02-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-02-2017Perspectives
From our readers

08-02-2017Perspectives
From My Window

08-02-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Offers Free Concerts in Evergreen Park

08-02-2017Community - Wausaukee
40th Silver Cliff Fire and Rescue, Auxiliary Parade, Picnic Aug. 12th

08-02-2017Community - Wausaukee
Parkinson's Disease Symposium Sept. 22

08-02-2017Community - Wausaukee
Italian Fest at Iron Mountain Aug. 12

08-02-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Fall Fest Sept. 30

08-02-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Rescue 137 Mile Benefit Motorcycle Ride


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites