Friday, May 23, 2008

Veronica's 20th Anniversary

Veronica Wick, Administrative Assistant at Jackson, has been with the company 20 years. Employees joined in helping her celebrate with a pizza party in her honor.

Veronica started with the company in 1988 after graduating from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI. She is from the Mondovi area and has a farming background. Corporate Secretary, Margi Meis said, "She came with the highest of recommendations from the Tech. It helped to be a 'farm girl' too, because she understood nuts and bolts. Veronica does an all-around great job. Her experience gained over the years in handling the various aspects of foreign business transactions alone, has made her invaluable." Tom Meis praised her secretarial abilities. Veronica was presented with a plaque commemorating her 20 years with Jackson Lumber Harvester by Dan Meis.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Former employee passes away

Muriel A. Smith, 91 of Wausau, WI and formerly of Mondovi, WI, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2008.  Muriel was the secretary at Jackson's in 1970 and 1971.  Her husband, the late Ralph W. Smith, was a Jackson Lumber Harvester Co. stockholder on the Board of Directors, and served as Vice President of the corporation from February 19, 1963 until February 21, 1989, when he retired.  At which time, Bill Becker was elected Vice President. 

During her career, Muriel worked as a teacher, band and chorus director at the Gilmanton High School and also directed choir groups at the Evangelical United Brethren Church and Central Lutheran Church.  

She had worked as the secretary to the president of Dolly Madison Dairies in Eau Claire, WI.  Because of her talented and vivacious personality, she did the Dolly Madison ice cream commercials for TV.  Back then, in the 1950's, commercials were done "live", so it was crucial that the ice cream was the right consistency for easy scooping when the cameras were rolling.  There were no "retakes" in those days! 

When Muriel and her family lived in Kansas City, she worked as a secretary to the president of Stinson-Mag Law Firm.  One of their clients was Bess Truman, an elderly lady at the time and widow of President Harry Truman.  Mrs. Truman was so impressed with Muriel's charming personality that she called the law firm and requested Muriel to come and have tea with her on a regular basis.

In later years, she had a desire to learn to fly, so took flying lessons and received her solo certificate.  She lived a full life and will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who knew her.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Expo Richmond 2008 ~ coming soon ~ May 16 & 17

We are looking forward to seeing all of you who will be able to come to the 'Richmond Show'. Our booth is #12 inside the Commonwealth Building. The Expo Richmond 2008 will be held Friday and Saturday, May 16 & 17 in Richmond, VA at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

For more information on the show, here is a link to the Expo Richmond 2008 Show web site.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Looks like Christmas in Wisconsin....again!

We received 6 inches of wet, heavy snow near Jackson's factory on Sunday night, April 27 and thought we would share some Wisconsin winter pictures.

Even though it usually doesn't snow this late in the spring here, the snow was beautiful and made every branch and twig stand out. We have had an unusually long and cold winter. Thankfully, the snow melted the next day and now everything is greening up and beginning to look more like spring.