I have lived in the Falls since 1968. My great-great grandfather was one of the village founders. I have served the community in multiple ways: Firefighter, various boards and commissions and for many years was president of the Falls Cable Access Corp. Currently I own, and am active in, a restaurant equipment manufacturing company.
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Part 1 S. P. Schlafer
My great-great-grandfather Simon Peter Schlafer was born of immigrated Bavarian parents in 1850. His father worked on the Erie Canal after arriving in this country. Later his dad, Jacob, bought a 160 acre farm in Germantown and with additional purchases the estate grew to 240 acres. If that wasn't enough to use up the daylight hours, Jacob was also involved in a sawmill operation with several local partners.
After marriage, Simon P. Schlafer and his bride moved from Germantown to Menomonee Falls, but they returned a year later to his father's farm and operated it for four more years. Apparently farming was not uppermost on his mind, and he then purchased the Menomonee Falls Mill with one M. F. Lepper. For the next nine years they operated the mill and upgraded it with a roller process.
In 1890, Simon sold his interest in the mill and in 1891 he and his brother J. L Schlafer and J. G. Huebner built a competing mill across the river. The Enterprise Roller Mills, constructed from local lime stone, had a full roller process and newer technology than the Lepper mill.
Now I can catch up with the piles and piles of DVDs and tapes that have been faithfully recorded which are waiting for someone (me) to view them.
All hail TIVO!
The blow was dealt on election day. Voters in the town of Richfield exercised their franchise and chose to prevent any potential loss of area to annexation by neighboring communities. The planning has been going on for quite some time. First, approval was needed from the State of Wisconsin. That happened several months ago. Then town leaders offered a referendum, and on November sixth the vote was cast.
Richfield will hereafter be a village and not a town. Good for them.
Black Friday has come and gone and I took no part in it. I didn't set foot into any store. My wife slept late and we just goofed off all day and started decorating our home for the season.
For so many years, 'the holidays' were "the hurry days" for us. Every minute of December was scheduled so that we could get it all done. Planning, shopping, wrapping - just not enough time. And I hate big crowds. Stresses built day after day until somewhere around the 29th of December. Then the big letdown would hit.
It was a bit chilly for the kids and families attending the annual Christmas Parade on Sunday afternoon. Nevertheless, everyone seemed to have a good time. If you missed it check out Falls Cable Access this week for multiple reruns and watch it from the comfort of your own home.
One big question is on my mind, though - something I just don't understand. Why must one stake out a claim for territory and mark off their private space on the sidewalk the day before the parade? It is not as if there isn't enough room for everyone. There were lots of open areas where nobody was standing - just crying for occupancy.