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About Us

About Us

About Mt. Angel Sausage Company

Tony & Nellie Klasen immigrated to the US bringing their old family values and work ethic with them. Tony and Nellie worked hard at building a sausage following at shows all over the North West. Here's a picture of Tony making one of his first "Commercial" Batches of ropesausage when they started out with "The Real Dutch Treat".

 

When Tony & Nellie retired they taught the business to the younger Dutchman, Jim Hoke. The passing of the ropesausge took place in Garibaldi, Oregon, when Jim, & his son James began making the sausage. When The Hoke's purchased "The Real Dutch Treat" from The Klasen's, it was the beginning of a great time in their lives. Jim, his wife, Robin, son James, and daughter Nikki all help in spreading "The Bratword" to the world!

 

"The Real Dutch Treat" is our "Show Name" it is the name we use to spread the "Bratword" we go to many shows and events indoors and outdoors and cater to festivals, town celebrations, large concerts, sporting events, Fairs, and many private social events, etc. Call for more info on our catering services.


History Of Sausage

Sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed food even mentioned in Homer's Odyssey as far back as the 9th Century B.C.

 

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, is traditionally credited with originating the frankfurter. However, this claim is disputed by those who assert that the popular sausage--known as a "dachshund" or "little-dog" sausage--was created in the late 1600's by Johann Georghehner, a butcher, living in Coburg, Germany. According to this report, Georghehner later traveled to Frankfurt to promote his new product.

 

Actually, in 1987, the city of Frankfurt celebrated the 500th birthday of the sausage sandwich in that city. It's said that the frankfurter was developed there in 1484, five years before Christopher Columbus set sail for the new world. While the people of Vienna (Wien), Austria, point to the term "wiener" to prove their claim as the birthplace of the "sausage dog".

 

As it turns out, it is likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities.

 

Also in doubt is who first served the dachshund sausage with a roll. One report says a German immigrant sold them, along with milk rolls and sauerkraut, from a push cart in New York City's Bowery during the 1860's. In 1871, Charles Feltman, a German butcher opened up the first Coney Island hot dog stand selling 3,684 dachshund sausages in a milk roll during his first year in business.

 

The year, 1893, was an important date in sausage history. In Chicago that year, the Colombian Exposition brought hordes of visitors who consumed large quantities of sausages sold by vendors. People liked this food that was easy to eat, convenient and inexpensive.

 

In the same year, sausages became the standard fare at baseball parks. This tradition was begun by a St. Louis bar owner, Chris Von de Ahe, who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team.

 

Today's sausage on a bun was probably introduced during the St. Louis "Louisiana Purchase Exposition" in 1904 by Bavarian concessionaire, Anton Feuchtwanger. He loaned white gloves to his patrons to hold his piping hot sausages. Most of the gloves were not returned, and the supply began running low. He reportedly asked his brother-in-law, a baker, for help. The baker improvised long soft rolls that fit the meat--thus inventing the hot dog bun.

 

The term "hot dog" was coined in 1901 at the New York Polo Grounds. One cold April day, concessionaire Harry Stevens (his company is still in business) was losing money with ice cream and ice cold soda. He sent his sales men out to buy up all the dachshund sausages they could find, and an equal number of rolls. In less than an hour his vendors were hawking hot dogs from portable hot water tanks with "They're red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they're red hot!" In the press box, sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan was nearing his deadline and desperate for an idea. Hearing the vendors, he hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell "dachshund" he simply wrote "hot dog!" The cartoon was a sensation--and the term "hot dog" was born.