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State’s oldest fridge found in Middleton
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State’s oldest fridge found in Middleton

Focus on Energy announced Tuesday that a Middleton resident won their Oldest Fridge Contest with a 1931 General Electric.

Mary Walgenbach, of Middleton, tied with two other old-fridge owners from Hartland and Nashotah to win this year’s contest, according to a release. All three had 1931 GE fridges to earn the title of Wisconsin’s Oldest Fridge.

The winners received a $1,000 prize for turning in the oldest refrigerators for recycling, in addition to the $50 incentive all participants get for recycling their old appliances.

Walgenbach’s GE refrigerator was a gift to the monastery where she lives and has been used to store water and horse medications for a summer camp that teaches girls how to ride horses, according to the release.

“I usually try to read and stay abreast of energy efficiency topics and I wondered how our old fridge was,” said Walgenbach. “We want to be good stewards of our energy.”

Sue Gilmore’s fridge in Hartland was a gift to her son when he was in college, and was then moved to the family barn. Monica Tighe, of Nashotah, inherited her old fridge from her grandfather.

Focus on energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, promotes the state’s appliance recycling program with the yearly contest.

The recycling program is available year-round to all Wisconsin residents. All refrigerators and freezers must be in working order. A maximum of two units per household, per year, are accepted. To schedule a pickup, call 1-855-398-5226 or go online

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