Detailed Photos of Feed Mill in Bloomer, Wisconsin – Ed’s Feed Service

June 24, 2012 Travis Dewitz

“FOR THE LAND’S SAKE” SOW CRANE’S SELECTED SEEDS

I have a strong interest for many of Wisconsin’s industries that have made our state as strong. Some of these industries include old factories, railroads, lumber and agriculture services including farms and have a rich heritage. Many of these businesses are still in operation today still using buildings and infrastructures with a lot of history gained with age. I love the grit and character that many of these industries carry with pride which has been gained with age. This post will include a few images of Ed’s Feed Service in Bloomer, Wisconsin. This feed mill is well-worn and has a ton of character. I have searched the internet for more information for this feed mill with no luck. If you have any additional history of this mill let me know in the comment section below. I would also love to see some old photos from here. 

Ed’s Feed Service’s mill fits in perfectly along the railroad tracks in downtown Bloomer. It has the look of many of the small towns that dot Wisconsin’s landscape. “FOR THE LAND’S SAKE” SOW CRANE’S SELECTED SEEDS in painted along the top of the mill facing towards main street. “THE FARMER”S MARKET” is painted on the opposite side of the building. Faded and peeling Master Mix signs adorn the building which look to be the newest addition to the silver steel exterior. Bags of seed sit in organized rows scattered  around the building on the old wood planked walkways. A spiked whitetail deer’s antlers prop up an old corn cob above a door while an antique Pepsi machine looks to still be in operation inside the mill. Scenes like this seem to be fading from the landscape very quickly across the state, so it is my goal to capture as many of these scenes as I can while I still can. I hope you enjoyed the photos and feel free to comment below.


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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

Comments (7)

  1. Bobbie Sue Baker

    fantastic photos and story! I’m glad there are people like you, who take the heritage of our beautiful state seriously and find ways to creatively share them with us.

  2. Marvin Kelm

    did you not stop at the mill,, the owner,,, ED knows most of the story, there are few of the OLD timers left though Marv Kelm Bloomer wi stop at the Bohemian Ovens ,,, someone there can make up a story.

  3. Carrie Ruf

    Marv Kelm told us about these pictures! We sure love how you captured the mill. It is now owned by Jerry, Mark and Mike three sons of Ed. Stop in and see us anytime! Jerry

  4. Carrie Ruf

    Marv Kelm told us about these pictures! We love the way you captured the mill. Ed’s feed is now owned by Jerry, Mark and Mike.. Ed’s 3 sons. Stop in anytime! Jerry

  5. Ron Tuschl

    Hello Travis. I just love old pictures like these. I’m doing a project for Colfax WI. 150th settlement celebration in July. I have an old picture of a building from 1913 called Star Hotel. Have you ever heard of this hotel? I got it from my aunt and she grew up between Colfax and Bloomer. Ron T.

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