Wilson Farm Meats Inc. continues local tradition
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Last week we talked about a historic meat market in the village of Walworth. Today’s column discusses a current one in the city of Elkhorn. The current owner is Scott Wilson.
This meat market was started by Gilbert Church. The next owner was Clark Radebaugh, who lived in Williams Bay. During his ownership the three Wuttke brothers worked for him. Robert, William and John each started working there right after they each graduated from high school.
The three brothers then bought the business in 1967. At that time it had been called Elkhorn Locker. The brothers changed the name slightly to Elkhorn Locker Service Inc. Many county residents used the locker part of the business to store their meats after the Wuttkes had slaughtered their animals.
In the spring of 2002, Scott Wilson bought the business. It is now known as Wilson Farm Meats Inc. Wilson is the same one I wrote about with the hog operation on County DD on the very east side of the county. Most of the pork at the Elkhorn store comes from his farm.
Wilson has kept Dale Wuttke, son of Robert, as his butcher. This helps retain that Wuttke tradition of good meat handling. Dale started working here while he was in high school. After graduation, this became his full-time job, continuing to the present time.
Last spring the building was expanded. Bob Schmaling was hired as the store manager. In addition to a wide variety of meats available for sale you also will find a large selection of wines and party foods. Wilson told me that customers also come in for some of the stories told by Schmaling.
The business continues to include slaughter service for area farmers. Soon it hopes to obtain a federal license to sell meat interstate. Presently it provides meat for several area restaurants as well as a full selection of retail meat in the Elkhorn store. The store interior gives a very modern appearance. However, Wilson works to keep the exterior reminiscent of a rural meat market.