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Siemer Milling Celebrates 134th Anniversary

Siemer Milling Celebrates 134th Anniversary

Sunday, November 6, 2016 marks the 134th anniversary of our company's beginning in business as "Hope Mills of Uptmor & Siemer Proprietors." The partners were Clemens Uptmor, a successful storekeeper, meatpacker, and distiller in Teutopolis, his son Clemens, and his son-in-law Joseph Siemer. The latter, a young man in his mid-20s, contributed "sweat equity" as the general manager. It was a modern operation, powered by a steam engine and using roller mills, a technology less than 40 years old. The name they gave it is striking to me. It certainly suggests that they were not simply hard, cold businessmen exploiting a good profit opportunity: They were dreamers, too, a little romantic, not just acknowledging their hope but proclaiming it. At least, that's what I like to think, because I have hopes, as well, and I know you do. We have aspirations to make and keep this a successful business, yes, and a source of pride and satisfaction for all who are associated with it. We're going to do much more in the future beyond what we have accomplished before, and I never want to lose that sense of hope for better and greater things to come. "A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for." [this thought is a tradition for Nov. 6] We remember all who have gone before, in good times and bad, who moved this enterprise forward, and we're grateful for their efforts.
Note: these pictures were taken later in their lives. Left: Clemens Uptmor, Top Right: Joseph Siemer, Bottom Right: Clemens Uptmor II
We thank God for His boundless blessings over generations, and we pray for his beneficence in times to come.
"You have visited the land and watered it;
Greatly have you enriched it.
God's watercourses are filled;
You have prepared the grain.
Thus have you prepared the land:
Drenching its furrows,
Breaking up its clods,
Softening it with showers,
Blessing its yield.
You have crowned the year with your bounty,
And your paths overflow with a rich harvest;
The untilled meadows overflow with it,
And rejoicing clothes the hills.
The fields are garmented with flocks
And the valleys blanketed with grain.
They shout and sing for joy."
PSALM 65:9-13

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