SUMMER STORE HOURS

Monday-Friday: 9:00am—5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am—1:00pm

Sunday: Closed

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9824 State Rt. 812
Croghan, NY 13327
315-346-6613

SUMMER STORE HOURS

Monday-Friday: 9:00am—5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am—1:00pm

Sunday: Closed

  • Home of the famous Croghan Bologna

  • Meat delivered to your doorstep. Order Now.

  • Old-Fashioned Quality Since 1888.

About the Market

The Croghan Meat Market, Inc. is a specialty meat processing plant and retail store located in Croghan, New York. The plant operates to create traditional, quality meats for conscious consumers who take pride in their meats and eats. Under daily federal processing supervision and guidelines issued by USDA regarding product production and safety, the plant is owned and operated by generational meat cutters and owners who are always crafting the finest product for consumers. Our retail store operates out of the same building on Main Street in Croghan and is the same location that has produced world famous Croghan Bologna and Croghan Smoked Breakfast Sausage since 1888.

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    1847

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    April 4- Frederich (Fred/Fritz) Hunziker is born in Weanea, Canton Meru, Switzerland (from Jan 4, 1934 Journal &Republican)Actually this should be Wyanau(pronounced VeeNow), Canton Bern 20 miles south of Basel.

    1871

    Fred Hunziker comes to the United States and settles in Croghan - which is then called French Settlement. He is 24 years old. Soon after he opens a meat market. He has a brother John Hunziker. Hunziker would sell meat to the lumber camps where his brother John was a blacksmith.

    1872

    Charles Fenton born in 1829 operates a lumber business and then becomes proprietor of the Fenton House at Number Four. This summer resort is famous throughout the United States. It grew from a single log cabin to accommodations for upwards of 150 guests. Abt. 1900-1910 Elmer‘Buddy’Campany will be the meat cutter here. The place was a mecca for hunters in the winter and fishermen in the summer. (Journal and Republican)

    1879

    Fred Hunziker is mentioned in the local papers as operating a meat market.

    1883

    Dec. 25- Fred Hunziker marries Louise Schneeberger who was also born in Canton Bern, Switzerland.

     

  • 1884

    Frederich Nuspliger comes to the United States and works as a wagon maker for J.P. Lewis in Beaver Falls.

    1886

    A Fred Hunziker is listed in the cemetery records for the Old Beaver Falls Cemetery- born 1886, died 1888. (Possibly Fred and Louise’s child)

    Another listing is Hunziker Infant 1886-1886 (Possibly the other child that Fred and Louise lost in infancy)

    1888

    July 10- Elmer ‘Buddy’ Campany is born, son of Frank and Elizabeth “Libby” Denesia Campany.

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    1888

    Hunziker’s ring bologna is becoming well known in the lumber camps. Lumbermen called it Croghan Bologna. Being officially recognized, the Croghan Meat Market, uses this date to identify the beginning of their existence even though local papers possibly date the establishment back to 1871 and 1879.

    1895

    Fred Nuspliger marries Rose Schneeberger, sister to Fred Hunzikers wife.

    1899

    June 10- Carl Nuspliger is born, nephew to Fred Hunziker.

  • 1900-1910 

    Elmer ‘Buddy’ Campany is the meat cutter at the Fenton House at Number Four

    1909

    March - At 1pm fire was discovered coming out of the roof of Fred Hunziker’s meat market. The fire caught in the attic and had made considerable headway before it was discovered. The fire company responded as soon as the alarm was given and they soon had the fire under control. Mr. Hunziker carried insurance on the contents. (Journal and Republican March 31, 1909)

    1910

    Elmer Campany age 22 goes to work in Croghan for Fred Hunziker who is now 63 years old.

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    June 30- Master Carlton Valin had the misfortune to cut his right hand quite badly. He is employed at Hunziker’s meat market, and while operating the sausage grinder met with the accident. (Journal & Republican June 30, 1910)

    1911

    Oct 23- Carl Nuspligers mother dies, Carl is about 12 years old and goes to stay with his aunt and uncle Fred and Louise Hunziker. Fred Hunziker is 64 years old.

    1912

    Spring- Croghan Fire- Meat Market in Croghan is re-built with stone bricks which match other buildings built after the fire.

    1913

    Carl Nuspliger begins working at the meat market, he is 14 years old.

  • 1919

    January 18- The safe in the meat market conducted by Frederick Hunziker was robbed of $100 Saturday afternoon. Mr. Hunziker had gone out on business and his clerk Jacob Schneeberger, was employed at the rear of the building. The safe had been left open and the theft was discovered by Mr. Schneeberger who noticed that Mr. Hunziker’s apron which was lying on the safe had been partly closed in the safe. A thing of this kind is a rare occurrence here and it is to be hoped that the thief may be apprehended.(Black River Democrat Jan.18, 1919)

    April 22- Elmer Campany marries Jessie Bush and the same year he finalizes the purchase of the meat market from Fred Hunziker.

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    1921

    March 3- Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Campany have purchased the meat market and residence on Main Street, Croghan for $4,000. (Journal & Republican March3, 1921)

    1925

    Sept. 23- Carl Nuspliger married Erma Boliver- they have 3 children, daughters Helen and Carol and son Robert.

    1924

    May 19- Anthony Everett Campany son of Elmer and Jessie is born. His nickname will be “Butch”.

     

  • 1927

    May 5- John Gilbert Campany son of Elmer and Jessie is born. His was often called “Gilly John”.

    1928

    July- Elmer Campany’s mother Libby Denesia Campany died.

    1935

    May 14- Elmer Campany obtains a Trademark to protect his products.

    July 9 - Elmer Campany’s father Frank Campany died.

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    1938

    July 14 - Fred Hunziker died at age 91

    1940

    March 7- Elmer Campany, proprietor of the local meat market is making general repairs to his cooler, by replacing coils and full insulation.

    1941

    Sept. 11- Elmer Campany, proprietor of the local meat market has returned from the Lowville Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for an infection in his hand and arm for a week.(Journal & Republican Sept.11, 1941) Meat cutting accident, possibly?

    1942

    September- Leslie (Cooper) Bush suffered a painful injury on his thumb, caused by a cut while working in the local meat market where he is employed as a meat cutter, which became infected. (Black River Democrat Sept. 1942) Note: Cooper is a brother to Jessie Bush Campany- brother in law to Elmer “Buddy” Campany.

    1944

    May- Stanley Lehman has resumed his work in the local meat market owned by Elmer Campany. He has previously been employed by Mr. Campany, but due to a hand injury, had not been employed there for several months.(Journal & Republican May 25, 1944)

    1945

    April 5- Louise Hunziker dies at age 80.

  • 1951

    Elmer “Buddy” Campany retires and sells the meat market to his two sons, Anthony and John Gilbert and to Hunzikers foster son/nephew, Carl Nuspliger. He also licenses Anthony Campany, John G. Campany and Carl Nuspliger to use the trademark.

    1955

    October 6- John Michael Campany is born, son of John Gilbert Campany.

    1957

    Slaughter House is added to the back of the meat market and slaughter at the High Falls slaughter house ceases. The old slaughter house still exists and is owned by the meat market and is used mostly for storage. The High Falls property was part of the Frank & Libby Denesia Campany farm and was sold to his son Elmer Campany with whom he lived during his final years.

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    1963

    The smokehouse area was enclosed and made part of the meat market building, the original smoke houses remain today with updates through the years.

    1966

    June 15- Elmer ‘Buddy’Campany died at age 77.

    1967

    Carl Nuspliger retires from the Meat Market and sells his shares to John G. and Anthony Campany.

    1969

    John Michael Campany starts working at the meat market at age 14.

    1970’s

    The holding pen area of the meat market it added on to the building, per regulatory concerns.

    1974-1978

    Government requires that the Meat Market is USDA inspected so NY State Inspector, Art Shaw obtains training to become a USDA inspector and he continues to be Inspector In Charge.

    1978 

    July 25 Final grant of inspection. USDA Est. 4480 Now it is a federally inspected plant. Art Shaw is Inspector in Charge.

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    June 25- John Michael Campany married Charmaine Ann Virkler, her uncle is Art Shaw, he has recently retired.

    1983

    Nov. 7- Carl Nuspliger died at age 84 and since his retirement he had gone to the post office each day and picked up and delivered the mail for the meat market.

    1986

    Butch Campany retires and sells his share of the business to John Gilbert Campany

    August 14- Adriana Jessie Campany is born, daughter of John Michael and Charmaine Virkler Campany.

    1989

    June 27- Blaine Elizabeth Campany Is born, daughter of John Michael and Charmaine Virkler Campany.

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    1995

    John G. Campany is semi retired and sells the meat market to his son John Michael Campany.

    August 18- John Gilbert Campany died; he worked at the meat market until he died.

    1996

    Meat Market closes for 3 months to do building maintenance and repairs. New tile floors are added along with new coolers and compressor updates. Over $100,000 is spent on this project.

    1998

    September- John & Charmaine Campany purchase her great grandfathers farm (Jonathan W.Farney) on the Brewery Road and start raising some of their own beef.

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    USDA requires HACCP regulations which are a huge regulatory demand.

    2007

    A former employee returns from college and has an interest in purchasing the meat market.

    2009

    July- The employee decides to not purchase the business at this time in order to pursue their passion in a different career. Adriana and Blaine Campany step up to help their father John M. Campany run the business, including doing all the slaughter. John and Charmaine Campany sell their beef cattle to cut down on the work load.

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    2010

    Anthony ‘Butch’ Campany died.

    Blaine Elizabeth Campany finishes her bachelor’s degree to return home and wants to take over the family business.

    2013

    Croghan Bologna turns 125 years old! Blaine introduces the business to social networking sites and starts to update the company, while finalizing the sale of the business.