We continue our drive from Tomah, Wisconsin, in Monroe County, where Ann and I live, down through Vernon County, and into Crawford County where I grew up on a farm 2 miles northwest of Seneca.
We’re driving slowly south on Highway 27, the Main Street of Seneca as I remember it as a kid. Passing McCullick’s Phillip’s 66 gas station, later owned by Don Achenback, several houses perhaps owned by Ed and Ethel Ostrander, a stone foundation of the Ingham store that burned down years ago. then the Town Hall, Next was the Methodist Church, Frank and Wilma McCormack, house who owner I believe is Bertha Heisz, Jim Honzel house and just south of that was his locker plant that did butchering and stored frozen meats.
Very near the locker plant was a wooden frame memorial to all the soldiers in various wars. The names were black lettering on white painted slats. Phillip, Bob, and I would read the names, some of which we recognized. A star signified that a soldier had been killed in action.
Seneca has “done it up right” now by constructing a beautiful monument on the site of McCullick’s gas station. The gas station had been torn down years ago and the site was quite an eyesore. The monument was dedicated this pass Veterans Day November 11. Ann and I attended and it was poignant and moving ceremony. It has the names of all the men and women from the Seneca area who served in the Armed Forces. My brother, Bob, and I have our names there, as does Bill Boland, with whom I went into the military in 1960. Also, Bill’s brother, Joe Boland, who married my sister Rosemary on his return from the Korean War. Joe was a medic in a MASH unit in Korea.
Feed Mill, Lamores Mobil station, then Dan Kane, the big Walch house, Stockyards.
Dick Homuth built a house just south of the stockyards, later owned by the High School principal, Woods, and then my parents, Alvin and Martha Scheckel bought that house when they sold their farm in about 1964. My mother lived in that house until she passed away in 2009 at age 96.
The Webers, Frank and Loretta, owned the big elegant house that was right across the street from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. I believe they owned about 40 or 50 acres of land and did some farming there. Picture is St. Patrick’s Church in 1910.