THE FOUNDATION FOR JACK LINK'S BEGAN IN THE 1880S WHEN JACK'S GREAT-GRANDFATHER, CHRIS, CAME TO AMERICA FROM THE OLD COUNTRY AND SETTLED IN THE WILDERNESS OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN. HE DIDN'T BRING MUCH WITH HIM, BUT HE DID BRING HIS FAMILY'S SAUSAGE RECIPES. SOON HIS SAUSAGES AND SMOKED MEATS BECAME LEGEND AMONG THE PIONEER FAMILIES.
Chris' son Earl, opened the town's first general store and butcher shop and continued the family tradition of making the best meat products. In 1916, Earl's son, Wolf Link, was born and learned the meat business at his father's side. He grew up and became a successful cattleman, raising the finest beef in the region. Before too long, Wolf had a son named Jack. Jack Link. And that's where things really took off.