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Fritz Grupe balances family, business, farming

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Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:54 am, Sat Sep 1, 2012.

Perched eight feet off the ground in the driver’s seat of a hunter-green carriage, Greenlaw “Fritz” Grupe makes quite an impression. Here, Grupe is in control and can meet the world on his own terms and at a speed of his choosing.

Once or twice a week, the 75-year-old Linden native hooks Sylvester and Ravell, a pair of dark brown Gelderlander horses, into their harnesses for a turn around Grupe’s vast Lodi estate.

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6 comments:

  • Fred Hoffman posted at 4:54 pm on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    Fred Hoffman Posts: 1

    Many employees of the Grupe Company have worked for Fritz for years; some for decades. Why? Because he treats them as partners in a common cause, with much respect for their skills. Other corporations could become a lot more successful if they followed Fritz Grupe's lead: treat others as you would want them to treat you.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:52 am on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    What was negative, Mr. Baumbach, except your need to make a ridiculous comment about a request to correct the names of two very wonderful ladies?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:04 am on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    [yawn][sleeping] zzzzzzzzzzz

    How unfortunate to offer negative in such an inspirational story.

     
  • Stephanie Rodriguez posted at 10:33 am on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    Stephanie Rodriguez Posts: 1

    Thank you Sara for writing this about Fritz and Phyllis. I have the pleasure, and I mean "pleasure" of working for this man, and he is an amazing individual. Proud to say I know him and love him.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:37 am on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Better hurry up and make this correction, Sarah.

    Fritz's other two daughters are Bonner Murphy and Michelle Hart, not the other way around, and not "Bonnie" either.

    Otherwise, a very well written story.

     
  • Wendy Buchanan posted at 8:25 am on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    Readergal Posts: 1

    Sara, you are an excellent writer! [smile] I thoroughly enjoyed reading your very well written article about Fritz Grupe. I'm proud to say I knew you were a talented writer back in fifth and sixth grade when I had the privilege of having you as a student.[beam]

     
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