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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.

  • The facade of the Emigranten newspaper office in downtown Madison

    The Emigranten and Other Norwegian-Language Papers

    Throughout the 19th century, Wisconsin was home to dozens of foreign-language newspapers representing cultures from throughout Europe. These papers provided opportunities to create connections in America, maintain homeland networks, and keep current with news in their native language.

  • 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.

  • People posing in front of the Norwegian Luthern Church in Juneau

    Norwegian Communities in Wisconsin

    When Norwegian immigrants like Kristian Magelssen came to Wisconsin in the 1860s, they found an incredibly active Norwegian Lutheran Church. Comprised of fourteen distinct synods often divided by theology, these institutions provided a foundational compass …

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