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National Historic Cheesemaking Center: 1933 Turn und Schwing Club
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At the end of a long, hard day, area cheesemakers and residents found time for relaxation and fitness. In 1863, the Monroe Turn Verein was chartered in Monroe, expressing the desire for a building (i.e. Turner Hall) to host the 4th Annual Festival of the State Gymnastic Association. The club remained active through the mid-1990s, becoming Monroe Swiss - American Gymnastics Association. Members of the 1933 Turn und Schwing Club were identified as follows: Row 1: Jake Rattin, Walter Lauper, Gust Schmid, Reinhard Mueller, Charlie Winters, Julius Hofer, Ernest Mike Prisig. Row 2: John Lehr, Fritz Wuethrich, Ernest Zingg, Ed Rutsch, Fritz Buholzer, Ernest Erb, John Hoesly, Joe Donny, John Nussbaum. Row 3: Tom Schuetz, Louie Krauer, Emil Grossen, Walter Steiner, Robert Minick, Sebastian Laeser, Franz Rohrer, John Stocker, Jack Ruef, Emil Baumgartner. Row 4: Fritz Messmer, Ernest Lehr, Stanley Strause, Jake Zaugg, Robert Rutsch, Walter Laeser, Walter Holdner, Jake Senn, Ted Mueller. Row 5: Fred Wald, Walter Schuetz, Mark Hoesly, Ed Ruef, Walter O. Schuetz, Fred Lengacher, Bill Ienatsch. Questions or comments may be directed to Mary Ann Hanna at 608-325-4324 or