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National Historic Cheesemaking Center: Hartwig Factory
Photo supplied by the National Historic Cheesemaking Center
The Skinner Creek Cheese Company, aka Hartwig Factory, was located in Jordan Township in Green County, just north of Wisconsin 81 on Skinner Hollow Road. Managed by John Kundert in the early 1900s, the factory produced Swiss and brick cheeses during a time when there were only seven cheeses produced in the state of Wisconsin: American, brick, Limburger, Swiss, cottage, cream cheese and cooked cheese. Today Wisconsin produces more than 300 varieties of cheese. Other cheesemakers at Skinner Creek were Joseph Buerble, Fred Rufenacht, George Altman and Rudy Grogg. This photo was shared with the National Historic Cheesemaking Center by Ray and Sharon Horstmeier of Brodhead. Identification of the pictured individuals, questions or comments may be directed to Mary Ann Hanna at 608-325-4324 or