Remembering John Wildi of Highland

The name “John Wildi” might be all but forgot­ten here in Madison County if not for the John Wildi Masonic Temple in Highland, Illinois.  Wildi was one of the founders of the Helvetia Milk Con­densing Company which later became Pet Milk, but in one of those tricks of history, his role has slowly diminished over time so that today, the only name most associate with the invention of condensed milk in Madison County is Louis Latzer. Without diminishing Latzer’s role, this issue of the MCHS News will in­troduced readers to the financial genius of John Wildi who had a major role, some might argue an equal role, in the de­velopment of the condensed milk industry.