[ View Thread ] [ Post Response ] [ Return to Index ] [ Read Prev Msg ] [ Read Next Msg ]

Clayton co. Century Business


Posted By: Clayton co. Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/8/2004 at 16:55:51

Iowa Century Business
Clayton co.

More than 180 Iowa businesses were honored by the Iowa Department of Economic Development in December 9, 2002. The companies were founded in or before 1902 and have continued in operation since that time.

Glesne Bros.
Glesne Bros., general merchandise, est. 1891 in Elkader by Riley and John Glesne. Riley’s son Melvin made Glesne’s one of the first Coast-to-Coast stores.


Franklin Furniture
Franklin Furniture was est. in 1860 in Strawberry Point by Charles Roberts Sr. The business made & sold furniture & caskets and offered funeral services. Today the business is known as Franklin Furniture and Roberson Funeral Home, and operates from the original business location.


Franklin Hotel
The Franklin Hotel was constructed in 1854 by W.H. Stern in Strawberry Point. He operated it as a trading post. A year later Alex Blake bought the property and turned it into a hotel.


Wilke's Grocery
Wilke’s was opened in Elkader by Fred Wilke, a local tailor, in 1867. Wilke’s is the oldest family-owned grocery store in Iowa and has been run by 5 generations of the Wilke family.


William E. Witt, a German immigrant, built caskets and picture frames in Elkader ... thus giving start in 1889 to Witt’s Custom Framing & Gallery.


Roberson Funeral Home
Roberson Funeral Home, est. 1880 by Charles Roberts Sr., it was a combination furniture store and undertaking establishment in Strawberry Point.


The Free Press
George E. Delevan & E.H. Hoag started publication of the 'Free Press' on May 18, 1876 in Strawberry Point. This paper has run continuously ever since, under various names. It is now known as the 'Press-Journal'.

Copyright © 2002 Iowa Department of Economic Development, State of Iowa.

Reprinted on the Clayton co. IAGenWeb with permisson of State Historic Society Records Library, Des Moines & Iowa Department of Economic Development, State of Iowa.

Transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

Messages In This Thread


Clayton Documents maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
WebBBS 4.33 Genealogy Modification Package by WebJourneymen


Post Response

Your Name:
E-Mail Address:
One Genealogy Document per submission please!
Please include the source of the Document. Thank you!

If you'd like to include a link to another page with your message,
please provide both the URL address and the title of the page:

Optional Link URL:
Optional Link Title:

If you'd like e-mail notification of responses, please check this box:

Verification Test: Please type the two letters
before submission   (helps stop automated spam):  



[ View Thread ] [ Post Response ] [ Return to Index ] [ Read Prev Msg ] [ Read Next Msg ]