Fromm Farm featured as ?A Slice of Marathon County History?
The nation had plunged into the Great Depression and the dust bowl was taking its toll on the land and the people. But in a tiny berg in Marathon County, a family’s hard work and ingenuity was paying off with the proverbial fame and fortune. In fact, because of their distinctive silver fox furs in the 1930s, the Fromm Brothers Farm became the center of the world’s fur auctions, and the destination of fur buyers from around the globe. Coats and accessories made from the silver fox pelts became status symbols for starlets and aristocrats.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Marathon County Historical Society will provide a glimpse into the world of the Fromms with their event, A Slice of Marathon County History. Self guided tours take visitors through the grounds that feature several buildings, including the posh club house which houses a four lane bowling alley and bar built to entertain guests of import during the heyday of the business. Costumed historical interpreters will help tell the tales of the farm and the people that brought it to life.
After touring the grounds, guests are invited to the boarding house for a slice of pie, with ice cream of course, from a local baker. Live music and a silent auction provide an added bit of fun for visitors.
Admission is $15 for historical society members and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available for purchase at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St. in Wausau during business hours, Tuesday¬¬-Friday 9 a.m.¬¬-4:30 p.m. and Saturday¬¬-Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. They may also be purchase by phone at 715-842-5750.