The West Bend Aluminum Company Marker Dedication

 Photographed August 16, 2014
Dedication Ceremony August 16, 2014
West Bend, Washington County, Wisconsin
43.431836,-88.186212
The dedication ceremony was held at the marker's location on northbound North Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 144, between Rivershores Drive (to the south) and Kuester Lane South (to the north), West Bend, Wisconsin 53090.

I was fortunate to be able to attend the marker dedication on August 16, 2014.

Wikipedia: West Bend Company

See also, The West Bend Aluminum Company, for more information and a transcription of the marker narrative. NOTE: The Wisconsin Historical Society has not yet assigned a number to this marker.

Loads of parking at Riverfront Parkway Kuester Island, 
then a short walk to the marker's location.


The marker is located along Barton Pond 291 / the Milwaukee River.
That's the West Bend Aluminum Company building in the background.

The new marker!









The daughters of J. R. Brown (L-R: Bonnie, Dee, Sally),
responsible for the marker's erection.



Introductions & Gratitude:
Bonnie Brown Rock
(Daughter of J. R. Brown, president of The West Bend
Company from 1959-1971)

Welcome:
T. J. Justice, City Administrator



Comments:
Sally Brown Frahm
(Daughter of J. R. Brown, president of The West Bend
Company from 1959-1971)





The repurposed West Bend Aluminum Company building
(now very, very expensive condominiums).


Comments:
Dee Brown Brestin
(Daughter of J. R. Brown, president of The West Bend
Company from 1959-1971)



The gal sitting on the bicycle is a former employee of The West Bend
Company; she reminisced with me about how much she'd enjoyed working there.

Comments:
Allan Kieckhafer
(Son of A. C. Kieckhafer, president of The West Bend
Company from 1946-1959).




Comments:
Douglas Ziegler
(Son of Bernhard Ziegler, president of The West Bend
Company from 1921-1946)







The daughters of J. R. Brown (L-R: Sally Brown Frahm, Bonnie Brown Rock,
Dee Brown Brestin), instrumental in the marker's erection.

The sons and daughters of 50 years (1921-1971) of West Bend Aluminum Company
presidents (L-R: Allan Kieckhafer, Sally Brown Frahm, Bonnie Brown Rock,
Dee Brown Brestin, and Douglas Ziegler (seated)).

And now it's time to head to Camp Lodge in Regner Park for
refreshments and informal sharing!



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