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Elizabeth and Paul 1920 and Paul at the bakery

In July of 2005 my sister Suzanne and I had a chance to sit down with our Aunt Marie Hauser Krenzelok and talk about her life with her husband Paul and raising their children. We had a wonderful visit with our Aunt Marie and spending time with her was truly a delight for both Suzanne and myself. We also learnt about her family the Hauser's, which I will write about a little later down the road.

Marie Hauser Krenzelok in 1948

I grew up on my parent's farm in Tony Wisconsin. And I was truly blessed by God to be apart of such a wonderful family with such loving and good parents. We had a hard but wonderful life working on the farm and as I got older it was time to take off on my own. I was out of High School and it was the summer after and my sister who was a little older than I was, had been working at a resort store up north around Stone Lake. And it wasn't working out for her and the people who had the store which I knew asked me if I would like to come up and work for them, and so I did. Working there I met a lot of people and had fun and after the summer was up I came back home and started working at a drugstore that is no longer downtown, but it was where “I shop” is now. At the time I was living at a rooming house with a friend there in Ladysmith.

I worked at this drugstore for a short time but it wasn't really working out for me working for Mr. Griffin. But there was another drugstore down the street own by Mr. Speidel and I decided to go work for him. It is here I met Paul my future husband and best friend. Paul use to delivered papers to the drugstore. I enjoyed working a Speidel's and everything was going great. Paul would come in the store to deliver papers but he wasn't to outgoing. But I knew there was something there between us. The first time I went out with Paul was when my girlfriend Winnie and we were walking home from the park. I knew very well that Paul would be driving bye and pick us up. I was around nineteen at the time. Paul stopped and asked us if we needed a ride. And of course we did! So the first thing he did was take Winnie home at the time Paul had a 1940 Blue Studebaker. Paul was working at the bakery but was making very little money there. But he managed his paper routes and was able to buy and pay for this car from the paper route money.

Paul and Marie with son Ed in back of the bakery

Note from Dolores's webpage: When Paul was younger he was in charge of selling The Minneapolis Star Journal for the Ladysmith area. He hired the boys and girls for the paper routes and picked up the Newspapers when the Soo Line delivered them, then he had the papers sold that day, the money was sent back to the Newspaper in Minneapolis later that day on the returning Soo Line. Paul had a good size crew working for him including his brother Bob, Ed and sister Dolores

Marie said even when we were dating Paul and I were never one's to splurge. I wasn't one to splurge and Paul wasn't either, we always saved money if we could. When we were dating we would go fishing and do things like that, we would sit on the bank and just enjoy each other's company, we always kept it simple and we didn't feel the need to spend a lot of money and go to a lot of places. We were just happy to be together.

Paul in back of bakery Ladysmith WI May 26 1942

After dating for a while Marie remembered her dad saying, “If you don't marry him you are a Dam fool. And that was before I even thought about marrying Paul. Paul and my dad always got along very good. And my mother always thought very highly of Paul.

Marie always liked Paul's parents and family as she was dating Paul and later on into there married life. Marie remembered about Paul's sister Bette and how pretty she was at the time and how Paul's sister Lillian would always come into the Drug Store and tell Marie all about Paul, helping to get this dating thing going. Lillian was a really very nice girl with a lot of friends and I always liked Lillian very much.

I remember the first time I went to Paul parent's home for dinner. It was a wonderful meal and I thought what a good cook Paul's mother was. It was a very enjoyable evening. At the time grampa and gramma Kellner were still living. I remember that Gramma Kellner and this is my favorite thing about her, she would always come up to the bakery and cook if Elizabeth was away. This was when we were married and I was working at the bakery and I had taken Bette place who went to work at the Triple A office where my dad was a board member, I worked at the bakery for 3 ½ years until I was pregnant with Ed. When I worked at the bakery I waited on customers and sliced bread. I enjoyed working in the bakery back then. Anyways, the one thing you always had to watch out for about gramma Kellner was that you could never leave your plate or bowl just sitting on the table. If you did before you would know it she would be washing it and drying it with her apron and putting it away. You always had to hold on to your plate! She was very funny and was speaking broken English at the time.

I hardly talked to grampa Kellner he was very quite.

Sister Dolores, Paul and Marie in front of the Beauty shop next door to the Bakery sometime in the 1940's

When asked about how Paul proposed to her. Actually no he didn't, we were just out one night and everyone was being a little crazy and he said to me “ You know what Marie if I could I'd marry you tomorrow” Well, I figured that was a proposal. It was left at that and a little later down the road we would be married.

We had a double wedding with my sister Evy and her boy friend Fred Klaas who was in the service at the time. We planned it when he was home and we would get married at St. Anthony's Church in Tony. It was a wonderful wedding and the four of us went on our honeymoon to Minneapolis in Paul's car. At the time you had to have gas stamps because of the war and gas was hard to get you could only get so much gas and if you didn't have stamps then forget it! That was 1943. Anyways, Paul was a character and we needed gas this was after we left my parent's farm where my mom and dad had the wedding reception. We left to go on our honeymoon and Paul drove up to this gas station in Ladysmith down by the fairgrounds. Paul said “Joe fill it up” and Joe filled up the tank and Paul drove off saying “Thanks for the wedding gift” He later paid him but that's what he did to get us the gas we needed for our honeymoon. Joe knew Paul and it was never a problem.

We went to Minneapolis got a hotel and spent 3 days there.

When we got back we started building our new life together. I went to work in the bakery and we had an apartment down on Miner Avenue near the high school. It was just 2 rooms and a bath. We lived there until I was pregnant with Ed and we had to move because there wasn't enough room there. Then we lived over on Peterson Avenue down by where Paul's sister Anne lives today at the time and there we paid 35 dollars a month rent. When Ed was born it cost us 75 dollars hospital stay and all. Back then when you were in the hospital having a baby you had to lay so still and they wouldn't let you get up hardly at all, it was very different than it is today. When I had Mary Barbara it was very different I was able to get and move around and it was only 4 days in the Hospital instead of the usual 7 days that it took to have Ed. The whole time that we were living there we were looking for a house.

It's kind of funny but there was not many houses available in Ladysmith at the time. The war was over and the men were coming home and there just weren't many houses for sale.

We looked at houses all over and finally we looked at the house that I live in today. It was our first house and only house we ever purchased to live in. This house was very well built and it was built in 1922. The man that own it had it sold and he was so delighted because it had been up for sale for a long time. He had it sold for 11,500 dollars to a man and his family working at the REE dam as the manager. Well he was told that he had to live out at the dam site and they would build him a house there and he could not have this house. We had looked at it before and I told Paul that I wasn't going to be the slave to that house because it had beautiful hardwood floors and it looked like a lot of work to own.

Well we hadn't found a place yet and Mary Barbara was on the way. So we were in a store one day and we saw the man and I said to Paul “Let's offer him 7,000 for the house” and Paul said why don't you do it. Well I offered him the 7,000 for the house and he perked up and he said “I'll tell you what, how about 7,500” Well he finally came down to 7,200 and that's what we paid for the house. So we moved in and have been here ever since.

Ed Krenzelok, November 7 1948. Behind him is the Bakery Truck

Paul was working with his dad and had not become a partner yet. When I was working at the bakery Paul was making 24 dollars a month and I was making 16 dollars. At the time we went out and drank nickel beers and eat hard-boil eggs and we always had a good time. Paul always had Sunday off from the bakery and we always did something. We went out to my parent's farm often, go for drives and sometime my parents would come in to town for a visit. Working in the bakery at the time was Joe, Eddie, sister Anne, Dolores and Lillian. Also working was Bud Cobb he was a steady and a good guy.

Business was good during the war years, sugar was hard to come by and the bakery goods were not always easy to get. One day I remembered we baked things like bread and buns but we only made coffee cakes and all the counters were filled with coffee cakes, we had coffee cakes all over the place. There just wasn't always enough sugar to make pies, cakes, cookies and things like that. But we had no problems selling everything we always sold out early every day. Paul would go to work around 3:00 am in the morning and he would come home around 2:00 in the afternoon. Paul enjoyed being a baker but what he really would have like to do was to be a conservationist. A number of times he said if he could have gone to college he would have like to study conservation.

Though out the years the bakery provided spending money for our children. Ed, Mary Barbara and the rest of the children would good down and clean pans and the bakery after school.

Paul as a person was very relaxed and good-natured. Paul enjoyed going out and having a good time. Sometimes he would celebrate my birthday and I would not. He would say to me “ Hey it your birthday let's go out and celebrate” and out he went with out me. And to this day this is a sore spot on my Birthdays. But Paul was very easy to live with and he always bought me nice gifts and he had a big heart. Everyone like Paul and he had so many friends. Paul enjoyed being with friends, being outdoors, fishing and hunting and being out at the hunting shack.

Paul cooked the Christmas dinner for the Fire Department for 50 years. And the Christmas before he died they all came over and said “We know you can't cook Christmas dinner for us this year but make sure you come to our party” Well Paul didn't make it that year.

Note: We would like to thank Aunt Marie for the wonderful afternoon that we spend with her and all the memories that she shared with us. It will be a fond memory in our minds for many years.

Paul P. Krenzelok, age 82 of Ladysmith Wisconsin died peacefully on Friday Dec.1 2000 in his home. Paul was born on June 18 1918 in Ladysmith, the first son of Paul and Bertha Krenzelok the original proprietors of the Ladysmith Bakery. He was a lifelong resident of Ladysmith and member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

He was married to Marie Hauser from Tony and they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Nov. 27th. Paul will always be remembered as a man who loved his family, had a warm smile for his friends and who thrived on fun.

As a co-proprietor of the Krenzelok family Ladysmith Bakery, he prepared with pride basic and specialty baked goods for the bakery customers and benevolently for those in need for over 50 years. His breads, pies and Christmas fruitcake were legend. Paul's community generosity was significant but silent and brought him great joy. His favorite event was preparing a delicious meal for the Ladysmith Fire Department's annual Christmas Party, something he did for 50 years.

Paul was very proud of being named an honorary fireman. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed the annual fishing opener at the Chippewa Flowage, deer hunting season (the only time the Bakery closed down) , snowmobiling with friends and the opportunity to enjoy nature.

Paul is survived by his wife, Marie and four children, Ed and wife Nancy of Upper St. Clair, Pa.. Mary of Fox Point, WI, Kay and husband Darwin of Elk River, MN.. Son Paul of Duluth, MN. And five grandchildren, Peter, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary and Andrew, who will miss him very much.

He is also survived by a brother, Robert Krenzelok and wife Geraldine of Walnut Creek, Ca.. Sisters Anne Closs of Ladysmith, WI. Dolores and husband Don Fuhrer of Tony, WI. And Lillian and husband Russell of Hibbing, MN. And many other in-laws, nephews and nieces and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elizabeth, brother's Joe and Ed and sisters Betty and Frances. A funeral Mass to celebrate his life was conducted on Dec 4th at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. It was officiated by Fathers Dave Oberts, Jim Jackson, John Slowey and John Anderson. All of the priests were special friends spiritually and socially. The pallbearers were his grandson, Peter Sumner and close friends John Carr, Roland Diederich, Don Fuhrer, Chuck Goin and Gary Kunkel. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery. Nash-Jackson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements

Written by Paul's son Ed

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