Gustav “Gus” Korte, a German sausage maker, co-founded Korte Company in 1934. He had come to America to make a better life for himself, arriving with the tools of his trade, his knives, and went to work as a butcher. He continued that role until he opened his own retail store where he manufactured a variety of smoked products. Large wooden barrels were used to hold spices for processing an array of smoked products and cured meats.
Catherine Hornbostel Korte, affectionately known as Tina, was also a German immigrant and co-founded Korte Company, or “The Shop” as it has always been called. This strong little lady of just 5’2” would carry a round of beef on her shoulder and work from dawn-to-dusk. She always had something delicious cooking in her kitchen and would routinely roast beef for local churches.
Korte Company's retail store was open six days a week and could be found upstairs and to the left. To the right you would see the butchers and meat cutters working on traditional wooden butcher blocks. Here at the Korte Company retail storefront you could always find Tina offering samples of fresh smoked Easton Baloney hot out of the smokehouses.
The Korte Company Garage circa 1945, located in front of the retail store.
The Korte Company Garage, as seen here in 1960, continued to service the area with retail and wholesale delivery of fresh meats and products.
The Korte Company Smokehouse was easy to find due to the delicious scent of sausage, hot dogs and the famous Korte Company smoked baloney, a local favorite referred to as Easton Baloney.
Gus and Tina embraced retirement around 1968, leaving a rich legacy of hard work to the next generation.
After Gus and Tina retired, son-in-law and daughter Tom and Catherine Korte Vogel took over as the second generation at Korte Company.
Tom and Catherine made the decision to stop manufacturing and turned to strictly being a wholesale food distribution company.
In 1970 the old chestnut tree was removed, and the new loading dock was built.
After many years of hard work and success, Tom and Catherine retired and their son-in-law and daughter, Ernie and Debbie Vogel Bossert, became the third generation at the helm of Korte Company.
Korte Company continues to specialize in wholesale meats and food service products. In addition, we also manufacture chip steak for the “Philly Cheese Steak made in Easton!”
An additional freezer, garage and warehouse building was built in the 1990’s to accommodate the growing business.
Korte Company updated their office space in 2013 where today we continue the legacy of quality products and impeccable service.
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