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  • Feed Grinder with corn colettes coming out

    The Flakall Corporation

    In Beloit, Clair Matthews, Earl Baker, Clarence Shwebke, and Harry Adams formed the Flakall Corporation in 1933. Flakall would go on to patent several machine designs used in the production of snack foods - the most famous being the Korn Kurl.

  • Korn Kurl bag from a 1949 advertisement

    From Cow Feed to Korn Kurl

    By the mid-1930s, the Flakall Corporation was trying to build up a customer base for its machine, a version of the feed grinder initially designed and built by Clair Matthews. But, as it turned out, the machine would end up being more useful for snack food manufacturers than farmers.

  • A Norwegian girl in traditional dress holding a basket

    Norwegian Women Immigrants

    Norwegian women played a vital role in the agricultural and social lives of rural communities. Spurred by a cultural acceptance of work, women on the farm took on both domestic chores and contributed to the family’s economy through production of food and material goods.

  • Wisconsin’s Ancient History in the Kickapoo Valley

    If you look closely, the landscapes around us tell stories about the past. Sometimes in the curve of a road, a line of trees, or stretch of prairie careful observers can find evidence of the …

  • a color photo showing a swiss style bank barn painted white with a lean-to on one side

    The Evolution of a Swiss Barn

    The expansion of Wisconsin’s dairy industry in the 20th century not only altered the economy of the state, but it also influenced the structure of the very barns that housed the bovine champions of the …

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