Storma Real Estate
Storma Real Estate on Display
In 1949 most people didn’t own a television, John Wayne was starring in Sands of Iwo Jima, and Wisconsin Senator, Joseph McCarthy was about to begin his hunt for Communists. In Seymour, Al Storma, a young insurance salesman, decided to open a real estate office. For the next 46 years, Storma Real Estate was a prominent fixture in Seymour area business transactions. Recently Al agreed to share his story and pictures with the Seymour Community Historical Society. Al and his wife Caroline, are pictured here in front of the museum.
He started with an office in the back room of the Hotel Seymour. In 1955 he moved to North Main St. where he conducted business until 1994. Through the years Storma Real Estate conducted thousands of sales and auctions in the Seymour area. With a twinkle in his eye, Al recalled doing business in Seymour, Bonduel, Pulaski, Krakow, Shawano, Green Bay, Oneida, Roselawn, Green Valley, Briarton, Angelica, Black Creek, Nichols, and all the area townships. When asked about his formula for success, Al replied that four things are important: “Meet people, talk and be friendly, be happy, and get things done.”
Al had lavish praise for the people who used his service. “I met the most wonderful people in the world. Everyone was always honest and down to earth. We had a great working relationship.” He mentioned that he knew Vernon Lubinski since he was a kid, and in the 45 years that he used his legal service, they never had a serious disagreement. “Vernon was just great to work with.”
A conscientious record keeper, Al has pictures of every property transaction during his years in business. He has graciously consented to have the photos on display at the museum. To chat with Al and see the display, visit the museum between 2:00 and 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 19th, or Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at the same time during the farmer’s market.
When asked about the new museum in Seymour, Al commented that, “It will help put Seymour on the map. It will connect the past with the present and preserve a record of the hard working people in the area.”
Al’s hobbies include collecting cars. He owns four Lincoln Continentals from 1973-79, a 1997 Cadillac and a 2005 Ford Thunderbird convertible. Most of all, he enjoys coming to Seymour and having coffee and conversation with friends. Al says the best decision he ever made was marrying Caroline (Blohm), his wife of 43 years. The Stormas reside in a beautiful lakeside home on Shawano Lake.
Several times Al reminded this writer to be sure to thank people for their past business and friendship. Stop at the museum and visit with Al and his wife Caroline, and see if you can find an old time photo of your property. He would love to see you.