Local Business

Time Capsule: Bosshard Mill provided for farmers' needs

The H.H. Bosshard Mill on Jefferson Street in Woodstock was one of the largest grinding businesses in the area in the 1900’s. The business handled flour, grain, hay, straw, oats and corn. It also offered proprietary livestock remedies.

Herman Henry Bosshard purchased the business formerly owned by Caskey and Burger. Bosshard employed E.E. McBroom as his assistant. McBroom, having recently been a farmer himself, was well-acquainted with farmers' needs.

The high quality of their product was a point of pride. “No chances are taken with goods purchased here,” states a 1909 ad. Their selection of goods available will result “in satisfaction to our customers and profit to us.”

Son Edwin Bosshard was later associated with his father in the business. Edwin was one of the organizers of the gala homecoming celebration in June 1919 to welcome back World War I soldiers returning to Woodstock.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.