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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.


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