Nickolaus Gerber

Nickolaus Gerber (HMNPP)

Location: Monticello, WI 53570 Green County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 44.699', W 89° 35.943'

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Born in 1836 in Canton Berne, Switzerland, where he learned cheese making, Nickolaus Gerber immigrated to New York and founded that state's first Limburger cheese factory. After hearing reports of successful dairy cattle-raising in Green County, Wisconsin, Gerber moved to this area. In 1868 Nickolaus Gerber established the first Limburger cheese factory in Green County on the Albrecht Baebler farm in Section 33, Town of New Glarus. A year later, he started the first Swiss cheese factory on the Dietrich Freitag farm in Section 1, Town of Washington. Both sites are within six miles of this marker. Mr. Gerber is credited with forming the cooperative farmer-factory system and operated six such factories in the area. His success was attributed to his knowledge of cheese making combined with his expertise of cheese marketing. After 130 years, Green County's Limburger cheese factory remains the last operating in the United States. Mr. Gerber's early efforts helped bring recognition to this area as a major Swiss cheese marketing and distribution center. He is also remembered as one of the founders of Green County Cheese Days.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number435
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 2:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 287275 N 4735772
Decimal Degrees42.74498333, -89.59905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.699', W 89° 35.943'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 41.94" N, 89° 35' 56.58" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 County Hwy F, Monticello WI 53570, US
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