Reed Allan Larson
Watertown Daily Times,
Watertown, WI, Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Johnson Creek man
Save costs, improves
By Gloria Hafemeister
for the Daily Times
Reed Larson uses an
ultrasonic welder to prevent pieces of the milking assembly from pulling apart.
Parts also go through a 350 degree oven to burn off residue and meet
regulations. All parts are government tested for formulation approval.
A milking unit,
hanging on the left, shows how the inflations fit into the whole assembly. On
the right side an inflation is placed on a tester that simulates the milking
action. The tester runs 24 hours a day to see how long the inflation can be used
before wearing out.
JOHNSON CREEK — Dairy
producers are always looking for ways to fine-tune their operations — both to
save costs and to improve cow health and milk quality.
A Johnson Creek
innovator has developed something that will address both of these issues.
Reed Larson, is direct
marketing some unique milking inflations to farmers who have found that they not
only last longer, but they are easier on the cows.
An inflation is the
part of the milking unit that fits around each teat on a cow's udder. Because
inflations are made of a rubber product, they will wear out with use and break
down with frequent washing.
producers change the inflations in a milking unit after 1,200 milkings. Besides
the cost of the new inflations it also costs time on the farm.
On a larger farm where
there is a continuous flow of cows through the parlor and milking only stops
long enough for the daily cleaning, a unit can be used up to 100 times a day.
Reed suggests changing the inflation he has designed every 9,000 milkings, or
every 90 days. Had that farm used standard inflations, the producer would have
been changing them every 12 days.
But Reed said the
durability of the inflations is only part of the story. Computerized records on
the farms where his inflations are in use have shown that the new style
inflation is also easier on the cow's teats and healthy udders and teat ends
results in healthier cows and better quality milk.
He said manufacturing
inflations is complex like an orchestra conductor working hard to get all the
musicians and instruments to work in harmony with each other. In a milking
machine, all parts — the materials, design, settings and maintenance — must work
Reed didn't grow up on
a dairy farm. His only experience with dairy was visiting his grandfather's
Waupaca county dairy farm. His actual background is in aviation electronics.
He explained that his
mother's dad had a rubber manufacturing business, making things like seat
cushions and rubber parts. Then his dad, Bill, got involved when his parents
were married and eventually Reed and his brother, Leigh, took over the Johnson
Creek rubber manufacturing plant. Reed's son later became involved in marketing.
"We made mostly dairy
products like inflations and air tubes," he said. Between 1964 and 1998 they
sold over 100 million inflations worldwide.
He said he eventually
got burned out and tired of the 80-hour work weeks. That's when he decided to
opt out. His brother decided to get out at the same time and they sold the
company to Avon Hi-Life, a rubber manufacturing company that continued the
business in Johnson Creek. His son got out at the same time and turned his hobby
into brewing business in Lake Mills.
Recognizing that he
was too young to retire, Reed explored his options. Then he began tinkering with
ideas to improve on the product he had made so many years. From 1999 to 2004 he
worked on the concept stage.
That included setting
up a small machine shop at his home in order to develop the prototypes.
He related, "It's not
simple making this thing. I needed the right compound to get the tooling to work
with the molding press. I'd wake up in the night wondering how I could make this
better. I'm not a machinist but I had to get the equipment to do the prototype
inflations that Larson now markets use half the amount of vacuum. He explained
that's because there is very little space between the shell and the inflation.
The design makes them
slightly lighter weight so vacuum level can be reduced without causing the units
to fall off. He explained, "This is important because the higher the vacuum
level the more sucking on the teat end."
He further explained,
"When the other inflations collapse they pinch the teat. Mine implode. Three
walls come in and cradle, rather than pinch, the teat. That makes them much
While most people
think of rubber as a product originating from a tree, Larson said today most
rubber products are synthetic or a combination of materials. Rubber breaks down
from contact with ozone, body fat on the cow's teats, teat dip oils.
He uses a silicone
rubber that is actually sand based. It doesn't get attacked by ozone and doesn't
absorb cleaning solutions. It's not affected as much by body fats and teat dips.
While most milking
units have stainless steel shells to hold the inflations, his special design
includes a disposable clear plastic shell with the inflations. The milk tube is
made of rubber that is reinforced to prevent cutting where it is connected. As a
result, he recommends changing the tube at 3,000 and 6,000 milkings and then the
whole unit (including air tube, shell and inflation) at 9,000 milkings.
He clarifies that many
other companies also use the silicone material but they don't have the locking
mechanism that contributes to the longer life and more gentle milking.
His inflations are on
about 60 farms in the U.S. right now. All have found them to last longer and one
farm is going beyond the 9,000 milking recommendation and getting 12,000
milkings before changing them.
Marketing has been
done by word-of-mouth, either farmers talking with other farmers, or
veterinarians who notice improvements in teat conditions. He said the farms
that are using his inflations have reported a noticeable improvement in the
condition of the teats.
The University of
Wisconsin-Extension has monitored dairy herds throughout the state, looking for
ways to improve milk quality and udder health. Six of the 10 farms monitored
were in Jefferson County and the top scoring farm milking 530 cows used Larson's
pulsation rate could be altered when using these inflations, too, speeding
milking without affecting udder health, but Larson said, "I don't make those
recommendations. That's up to a veterinarian to look at."
John Andrew Poremba was born December 25, 1893, in
Galicia, Austria, and died April
3, 1970, in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA, at age 76. He was
the son of Unknown.
Anelia "Nellie" Gol was born June 11, 1894, in
and died September 24, 1974, in Huntington, Hampshire Co., MA, at age 80.
She immigrated in 1911.
Peter Wasilich/Wacelitz was born June
14, 1875, in Galicia, Austria, and died February 13, 1964, Chicopee, MA, at age
88. He is the son of Unknown.
Eva Gol was born Unknown
in Galicia, Austria, and died Unknown. She is
the daughter of Unknown.
John Wacelitz was born March 26, 1919, in
Chicopee Falls, MA, and died September 28, 2000, in Chicopee, Hampden Co., MA,
at age 81. He was the son of Peter Wasylicz and Eva Gol.
John Wacelitz, 81, of this city, died
Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He worked for 42
years at the former Monsanto Corp. in the Indian Orchard
Section of Springfield and retired in 1982. He was a
lifelong resident of Chicopee. He was an Army veteran of War
World II. He was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church and
was a founding father of the Tiger's Athletic Association of
Chicopee and a member of the American Legion Post 275. He
leaves his wife of 59 years, the former Phyllis Poremba;
four daughters, Joyce Larson of Watertown, Wisc., and
Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Janet Jodoin of Chicopee, Judy Banach
of Albany, N.Y., and Jayne Wacelitz of Indian Orchard; a
brother, Peter "Skipper" of Spring Hill, Fla.; and five
grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at
the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
Cierpial Memorial Funeral Homes is in charge. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Tiger's Youth Association, 14 Montgomery
St., Chicopee, MA 01020.
Phyllis N. Wacelitz 1918 - 2006, CHICOPEE
Phyllis N. (Poremba) Wacelitz,
88, of Chicopee, surrounded by her loving daughters, died on Friday, October 20,
2006 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on June 19, 1918 in
Indian Orchard and lived in Chicopee most of her life. Phyllis was the daughter
of the late John and Anelia (Gol) Poremba. She was a communicant of St.
Patrick's Church and a graduate of Commerce High School. Phyllis was a homemaker
and raised her four daughters. She is predeceased by her husband, John Wacelitz,
of fifty nine years, who died in 2000. She is survived by four daughters, Joyce
Larson and her husband Reed of Watertown, Wisconsin, Janet Jodoin and her
husband, Claude of Chicopee, Judy Banach and her husband, Bill of Albany, NY and
Jayne Wacelitz of the Indian Orchard; five grandchildren, Rob Larson, Julie
Larson, Jason Loveland and his wife, Amy, Adam Loveland and Eric Jodoin and two
great grandchildren, Emma and Jake Loveland. We would like to thank the staff on
the 5th floor respiratory unit at Mercy Medical Center for all their care and
compassion to our mother and our family. In addition, we would also like to
thank the pastoral care department for their spiritual support and guidance.
There are no calling hours. A private funeral will be held from the Cierpial
Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St. in Chicopee Falls at a later date. In lieu
of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes, 2649A
Carnegie Rd., York, PA 07402 or to the charity of one's choice. For online
guestbook, please visit The Legacy.com. Cierpial Funeral Home 413 598-8573.
Peter Wasiliez (age 39) a F. Laborer, and his wife, Eva
Wasiliez (age 35), departed December 13, 1913, from Cuxhaven aboard the S. S.
President Grant, and arrived in the Port of New York on December 26, 1913. Their
nationality was Austrian, Race or People was Ruthemian (Russniak). Their last
permanent address was in Grodek, Austria. In Austria, their nearest relative or
friend was Eva Walish in Grodek, listed as sister-in-law and sister. They cannot
read or write.
Cuxhaven is a large independent town and seat
Cuxhaven district, in
Germany. It is situated on the
shore of the
North Sea at the mouth of the
Elbe River. Cuxhaven has a
footprint of 14 km (east-west) by 7 km (north-south). It is a
popular vacation spot on the
North Sea and home to about
52,000 residents. Cuxhaven is home to an important fisherman's
wharf and ship registration point for
Hamburg as well as the
Kiel Canal. Tourism is also of
great importance. The city long belonged to Hamburg. The Island
Neuwerk, a Hamburg dependency,
is located just northwest of Cuxhaven in the North Sea. The
city's symbol is a beacon or
lighthouse; the wooden landmark
on the mouth of the Elbe marks the boundary between the river
and the North Sea and also adorns the city's coat of arms.
(Ger. Galizien; Pol.
Halicz), a crownland of
Austria, bounded E. and N.
Russia, S. by
Hungary, and W. by Austrian
Silesia. It has an area of
30,299 sq. m., and is the largest Austrian province. It
comprises the old kingdoms of Galicia and Lodomeria, the
duchies of Auschwitz and Zator, and the
grand duchy of
Galicia lies on
the northern slopes of the Carpathians, which with their
offshoots cover about a third of the whole area of the
country. The surface gradually sinks down by undulating
terraces to the valleys of the
Dniester. To the N. and E.
of these rivers Galicia forms a continuation of the
Russia, intersected only by a few hills, which descend from
the plateaus of
Podolia, and which attain
in some places an
altitude of 1300 to 1500
ft. The Carpathians, which, extending in the form of an arc,
form the boundary between Galicia and Hungary, are divided
into the West and the East Beskides, which are separated by
the northern ramifications of the
massif of the Tatra. The
highest peaks are the Babia G6ra (5650 ft.), the Wolowiec
(6773 ft.) and the Cserna Gora (6505 ft.). The principal
passes are those of Zdjar over the Tatra, and of Dukla,
Vereczke Korosmezo or Delatyn in the East Beskides. The
river Vistula, which becomes navigable at Cracow, and forms
afterwards the north-western frontier of Galicia, receives
the Sola, the Skawa, the Raba, the Dunajec with its
affluents the Poprad and the Biala, the Wisloka, the San and
Bug. The Dniester, which
rises in the Carpathians, within the territory of Galicia,
becomes navigable at Sambor, and receives on the right the
Stryj, the Swica, the Lomnica and the Bystrzyca, and on the
Lipa, the Strypa, the
Sereth, and the Zbrucz, the boundary river towards Russia.
The Pruth, which also rises in the Carpathians, within the
territory of. Galicia, traverses its south-eastern corner
and receives the Czeremosz, the boundary river towards
Bukovina. There are few lakes in the country except mountain
tarns; but considerable morasses exist about the Upper
Dneister, the Vistula and the San, while the ponds or dams
in the Podolian valleys are estimated to cover an area of
over 200 sq. m. The most frequented mineral springs are the
alkaline springs at Szczawnica and Krynica, the
sulphur springs at
Krzesowice, Szklo and Lubian, and the
iodine springs at Iwonicz.
Exposed to the cold
northern and north-eastern winds, and shut out by the
Carpathians from the warm southerly winds, Galicia has the
severest climate in Austria. It has long winters, with an
abundant snowfall, short and wet springs, hot summers and
long and steady autumns. The mean annual temperature at
Lemberg is 46.2° F., and at
Tarnopol only 43° F.
Of the total area
48.45% is occupied by arable land, 11.16% by meadows, 9-19%
by pastures, 1.39% by gardens and 25.76% by forests. The
soil is generally fertile, but
agriculture is still
backward. The principal products are
maize and leguminous
plants. Galicia has the largest area under potatoes and
legumes in the whole of Austria, and
tobacco and hops are of
considerable importance. The principal mineral products are
petroleum. Salt is
Bolechow, Dolina, Kalusz and Kosow. Coals are found in the
Cracow district at Jaworzno, at Siersza near Trzebinia and
at Dabrowa. Some of the richest petroleum fields in
Europe are spread in the
region of the Carpathians, and are worked at Boryslaw and
Schodnica near Drohobycz, Bobrka and Potok near Krosno,
Kolomea, &c. Great
quantities of ozocerite are also extracted in the
petroliferous region of the Carpathians. Other mineral
zinc, extracted at
Trzebionka and Wodna in the Cracow region, amounting to 40%
of the total zinc production in Austria,
marble and various stones
for construction. The sulphur mines of Swoszowice near
Cracow, which had been worked since 1598, were abandoned in
industries of Galicia are not highly developed. The first
place is occupied by the distilleries, whose output amounts
to nearly 40% of the total production of
spirits in Austria. Then
follow the petroleum refineries and kindred industries,
saw-mills and the fabrication of various wood articles,
paper and milling. The
sugar factory at Tlumacz
and the tobacco factory at Winniki are amongst the largest
establishments of their kind in Austria. Cloth manufacture
is concentrated at Biala, while the
linen and of woollens is
pursued as a household industry, the former in the
Carpathian region, the latter in eastern Galicia. The
commerce, which is mainly in the hands of the
Jews, is very active, and
the transit trade to Russia and to the East is also of
Galicia had in 1900
a population of 7,295,538, which is equivalent to 241
inhabitants per sq. m. The two principal nationalities are
the Poles (45%) and the
Ruthenians (42%), the
former predominating in the west and in the big towns, and
the latter in the east. The Poles who inhabit the
Carpathians are distinguished as Goralians (from
gory, mountain), and those of the
lower regions as Mazures and Cracoviaks. The Ruthenian
bear the name of Huzulians.
The Poles are mostly Roman
the Ruthenians are Greek Catholics, and there are over
770,000 Jews, and about 2500 Armenians, who are Catholics
and stand under the jurisdiction of an Armenian
archbishop at Lemberg.
Roman Catholic Church has
an archbishop, at Lemberg, and,three
bishops, at Cracow, at
Przemysl and at
Tarnow, and the Greek
Catholic Church is
represented by an archbishop, at Lemberg, and two bishops,
at Przemysl and at
Stanislau. At the head of
the educational institutions stand the two universities of
Lemberg and Cracow, and the Polish academy of science at
The local Diet is
composed of 151 members, including the
3 archbishops, the 5 bishops, and
the 2 rectors of the universities, and Galicia sends 78
deputies to the Reichsrat at
Vienna. For administrative
purposes, the province is divided into 78 districts and 2
autonomous municipalities - Lemberg (pop. 159,618), the
capital, and Cracow (91,310). Other principal towns are:
Przemysl (46,439), Kolomea (34,188), Tarnow (31,548),
Tarnopol (30,368), Stanislau (29,628), Stryj (23,673),
Jaroslau (22,614), Drohobycz (19,146), Podg6rze (18,142),
Brody (17,360), Sambor
(17,027), Neusandec (15,724),Rzeszow (14,714),
Zloczow(12,209), Grodek (11,845), Horodenka (11,615),
Buczacz (11,504), Sniatyn (11,498), Brzezany (11,244), Kuty
(11,127), Boryslaw (10,671), Chrzan6w (10,170),
Jaworow (10,090), Bochnia
(10,049) and Biala (8265).
Galicia (or Halicz)
took its rise, along with the neighbouring principality of
Vladimir), in the course of
the 12th century - the seat of the ruling dynasty being
Halicz or Halitch. Disputes between the Galician and
Lodomerian houses led to the interference of the king of
Bela III., who in 1190
assumed the title of king, and appointed his son Andreas
lieutenant of the kingdom. Polish assistance, however,
enabled Vladimir, the former possessor, to expel Andreas,
and in 1198 Roman, prince of Lodomeria, made himself master
of Galicia also. On his death in 1205 the struggle between
Poland and Hungary for supremacy in the country was resumed;
but in 1215 it was arranged that
Daniel (1205-1264), son of
Roman, should be invested with Lodomeria, and
Coloman, son of the
Hungarian king, with Galicia. Coloman, however, was expelled
by Mstislav of
Novgorod; and in his turn
Andreas, Mstislav's nominee, was expelled by Daniel of
Lodomeria, a powerful prince, who by a flexible policy
succeeded in maintaining his position. Though in 1235 he had
recognized the overlordship of Hungary, yet, when he found
himself hard pressed by the Mongolian general
Batu, he called in the
Innocent IV., and accepted
crown of Galicia from the
hands of a papal
legate; and again, when
Innocent disappointed his expectation, he returned to his
with the Greek Church. On the extinction of his line in 13 4
Casimir III. of Poland
incorporated Galicia and Lemberg; on Casimir's death in 1370
Louis the Great of Hungary, in accordance with previous
treaties, became king of
Poland, Galicia and Lodomeria; and in 1382, by the marriage
of Louis's daughter with Ladislaus II., Galicia, which he
had regarded as part of his Hungarian rather than of his
Polish possessions, became definitively assigned to Poland.
On the first
partition of Poland, in
1772, the kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria came to Austria,
and to this was added the district of New or West Galicia in
1795; but at the peace of Vienna in 1809 West Galicia and
Cracow were surrendered to the grand-duchy of
Warsaw, and in 1810 part of
East Galicia, including Tarnopol, was made over to Russia.
This latter portion was recovered by Austria at the peace of
Paris (1814), and the
former came back on the suppression of the independent
republic of Cracow in 1846. After the introduction of the
constitution of February 1861, Galicia gained a larger
autonomy than any other
province in the Austrian empire.
The WWI Draft Registration Report dated
June 5, 1917, shows John Poremba (age 22) born December 25,
1895, in Austria, Poland, is a Clerk for Grocery Meat Store
and is living at 79 Main St., Springfield, Hampden Co., MA.
He has a wife and child.
The WWI Draft Registration Report dated September 12, 1918,
shows Peter Wasylicz (age 43) born June 14, 1875, in Austria is a Calxxx for
Fisk Rubber Co. and is living at 22 Sheridan St., Chicopee, Hampden Co., MA. His
nearest relative is Eva Wasylicz of 22 Sheridan.
The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 8,
1920, shows Peter Wazylec (age 44) born in Galicia to Galician-born parents and having
emigrated in 1914 with Al citizenship is a
Mill Mixer at an Auto Tire Company who owns his home with a mortgage and is living at
22 Sheridan Street, 6th Ward, City of Chicopee, Hampden Co., MA. Living with him
is his wife, Eva Wazylec (age 40) born in Galicia to Galician-born parents and having
emigrated in 1914 with Al citizenship.
Also living there is his son, John Wazylec (age 9/12) born in Massachusetts to
The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 24, 1920,
shows John Poremba (age 25) born in Poland to Polish-born parents and having
emigrated in 1908 with Al citizenship is a Tire Maker in a Rubber Mill
and renting his home at 9 Lyons Street, 8th Ward, City of Springfield, Hampden
Co., MA. Living with him is his wife, Aniello Poremba (age 21) born in Poland to
Polish-born parents and having emigrated in 1911 and applied for citizenship.
Also living there are his three daughters, all born in Massachusetts to
Polish-born parents: Jaimie Poremba (age 4-5/12); Tiloma Poremba (age 2-6/12);
and Albina Poremba (age 7/12). Four boarders also live in that household.
The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 8,
1930, shows Peter Wasilich (age 55) born in Poland to Polish-born parents and having
emigrated in 1913 with Pa citizenship and first married at age 20 is a
Yard Man in a Rubber Shop who owns his home worth $2,800 and is living at 20
Sheridan Street, 6th Ward, City of Chicopee, Hampden Co., MA. Living with him is
his wife, Eva Wasilich (age 55) born in Poland to
Polish-born parents and having emigrated in 1913 with Al citizenship and
first married at age 20.
Also living there are his two children, both born in Massachusetts to
Polish-born parents: John Wasilich (age 11); and Peter Wasilich Jr. (age 10).
The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 4, 1930,
shows John Porenda (age 34) born in Poland to Polish-born parents and having
emigrated in 1909 and a Naturalized citizen and first married at age 18 is a
Meat Salesman owning his home worth $5,000 and is living at 162 Center Street, 8th Ward, City of Springfield, Hampden
Co., MA. Living with him is his wife, Nellie Porenda (age 34) born in Poland to
Polish-born parents and having emigrated in 1911 and a Naturalized citizen and
first married at age 18.
Also living there are his four children, all born in Massachusetts to
Polish-born parents: Jane N. Porenda (age 14); Philomina Porenda (age 12); Albine Porenda (age
10); and Edward Porenda (age 8). Another family of two rents their home at this