Franklin: Then and Now



Then Mayer ImplementThe R. A. Implement Company was for over 70 years a very well-known St. Martins business, serving both rural and suburban Franklin.

It was started by R.A. Mayer in 1917 as an Auburn and Dodge car dealer. He then decided in 1928 to sell instead Allis-Chalmers tractors and farm machinery to the local farmers. The company eventually became one of the top 5 Allis-Chalmers dealers in a 4-state area, being well known for repairing what they sold and for providing replacement parts for the older tractors.

After WWII the Mayers built their present facility and R. A. ‘s three sons, Robert, David and Gordon began to sell lawn and garden tractors and eventually snowmobiles. Franklin was becoming more suburban so the business adjusted to those lifestyle changes.

Eventually the brothers retired and the business closed in 1987. Twenty-six years ago the building became the homeNow Consolidated of Consolidated Air Conditioning & Heating, owned by Steve Olson. With the new owner the showroom display changed and even included a collection of old pot belly stoves in addition to the heating and air conditioning equipment. The business also enjoys its St. Martins location as much as the Mayer family did for all of those many years.


Upcoming Events


Harvest Barn Dance


Help Preserve History            Have fun!    Dance!

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Music by Vern and The Originals                    Door Prizes!  50/50 Raffle Cash Bar


The Hideaway Pub & Eatery

9643 S. 76th St. Franklin

Phone  (414) - 525-1950

Sunday, November 1, 2015

2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Advanced tickets available at the Hideaway for $7 each or 2 for $12.

Under 7 years, free.  The day of the event $10 each or 2 for $15.

Ticket sales also available by calling Jim Luckey at (414)-421-6539

Historic Christmas Village Weekend

Joint Holiday/Tree Lighting Weekend Events by the

Franklin Historical Society and the Franklin Public Library

Saturday, December 5th

Historic Village, Lions Legend Park

9200 S. Legend Dr. (Hwy. 36 & Drexel Ave.)

Whelan School Christmas Open House - 3 p.m.

Tree Lighting , Old Town Hall - 5 p.m.

Historic Church Services, St Peters Chapel

4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Non-denominational service with kerosene lamps and pump organ.

Enjoy cookies and cider in the Old Town Hall following each service.

Visitors welcomed to come in 19th century attire!

*All historic buildings will be open for Tours*


Sunday, December 6th

Franklin Public Library

9151 W. Loomis Road

3 p.m. - Christmas Story Time

3:30 p.m. - Historic Holiday Crafts & Activities

4 p.m. - Caroling (in front of the fireplace)

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Meet & Greet Santa & Mrs. Claus

5-6 p.m. - Hot Chocolate & Treats (Fadrow Room)

**Tractor hay rides will be provided between the Library and the Historic Village at Lions Legend Park form 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All historic buildings in the Historic Village will be open for tours!**

**Please bring non-perishable food items to support

the Franklin Food Pantries**



St. Peter's Chapel was built in 1869 by families who had left St. Paul's Lutheran Church on S. 51st Street. It remained open until 1883. This photo confirms that the church also served as a school for a time and that the pastor and his wife lived in the upper level. In 1983, the building was moved to the park and is now used for weddings, tours, and annual Christmas services.


On Sept. 15 the Franklin Historical Society dedicated our newest building, a smokehouse, which we used for a great cookout.


On the 4th of July Mary DeMotto and Neil Verburgt were married in the FHS St. Peters Chapel. Neil and Mary hosted an annual 4th of July picnic for family and friends. Other than their children the wedding remained a secret to everyone until their guests arrived for what they thought was just a picnic. Please follow the link below to our story page for an interesting story written by Judy Scherrer about this wedding.


On Saturday December 14 there were three non-denominational Christmas services held in our St. Peters Chapel in Lions Legend Park. After each service, cookies, snacks and beverages were served in the Old Town Hall. Live music and song of the season were enjoyed by all. All five of our historic buildings were opened for touring for the wonderful family event.


Franklin's Mayor Steve Olson (far left) officially opens the Franklin Historical Society's annual membership meeting. Pictured behind the mayor is The Community Chorus. The chorus gave an outstanding performance for the FHS members and guests!


The Franklin Historical Society hosted a Spring Barn Dance at the Hideaway on S. 76st. in Franklin to raise funds for the rebuilding of the historic Wendt family barn in the FHS historic village. Great live music was provided by Vern & The Originals.


During the City of  Franklin's 4th of July celebration the FHS had this beautiful float in the  parade demonstrating our historic barn building project. After the parade we  opened our buildings for touring with a record number of visitors.


Steve Gyuro pictured here with help from John Borchardt of Calendia completely overhauled the Lions Legend park sign in front of our historic village. The Franklin Lions had donated the sign to the City of Franklin and the FHS many years ago. Steve made one important change by adding a replaceable center that now the picture of one of our buildings can be easily changed so we can feature different buildings.

Schlueter Pump House

Last structure of the Schlueter family farm

Use the Arrows on the left or right of the image to rotate through. Enjoy. 

Chapel Weddings

Our chapel is available for weddings and other ceremonies. Couples interested in a quaint chapel wedding ceremony are welcome to rent the St. Peters Chapel for such a service. The chapel holds up to 50 guests and an organist is available if requested. For reservations, contact Marian Luckey at 414-421-6539 or

Tours Available

We love to show our buildings to anyone interested in a tour. If your group or organization is interested in a tour please contact us to schedule.

Living Museums

Whelan School Living History Experience: Teachers are invited to sign up their elementary class for a day of learning in a rural one room school setting. Contact Barbara Pforr at for more details.

Scout Outings

Tours of our grounds make great outings for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

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