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National Historic Cheesemaking Center: Norwegian Cheese Factory, circa late 1800s
Photo supplied by the National Historic Cheesemaking Center
The Norwegian Cheese Factory, an all wood structure, was built in the late 1800s and located on County EE north of Albany, in the Norwegian Settlement. It produced mostly block Swiss and brick cheese. A cooperative of about a dozen patrons took turns hauling the cheese by horse and wagon to Monticello for rail transit to Monroe. Among those making cheese at the Norwegian Cheese Factory was J. A. Gerber in 1899, followed by Walter Luthi for a short time before he returned to Switzerland. In 1921, following the death of Chris Kneubuhl, who made cheese at the Sylvester Factory, Mrs. Kneubuhl, her family and her brother Fred Greub moved to the factory and made cheese until 1928. Ernest Shober was the last cheesemaker. The factory closed in 1930, and the patron's milk went to the condensary in Albany. The factory was burned down in 1965 and the land sold to the Department of Natural Resources. Questions or comments may be directed to Mary Ann Hanna at 608-325-4324 or