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Manitowoc County man operates multiple canneries in 1900s

6:39 PM, Jun. 14, 2013
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William F. Christel affected the world of canning far beyond the three canneries he ran in Manitowoc County. He was affectionately known as the "Pea King" after receiving 13 patents for various harvesting and canning inventions and modifications he created.

Christel was born in a log cabin in the town of Schleswig in 1861. The Christel family eked out a bare existence by scavenging logs, converting them into shingles and trading them for food. At the age of 13 Christel worked a 13-hour night shift at a copper mill on Lake Superior. With only five short winters of formal schooling Christel was ...

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