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KLEMME  CENTENNIAL  BOOK

 

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As part of the Klemme Centennial celebration in 1989 a 400 page book was published to honor and commemorate our family ancestors and area pioneers.  Many of the Klemme residents and former Klemme residents shared their photographs to be included in the publication.  Due to the time constraints and publication limitations, many of the historical photographs were camera copied but not included in the book.  In addition to the 600 photographs that were published in the Family Photo Album Section, there are approximately 700 historical photographs.  Only about 400 of the historical photographs were included in the publication.  Many of the published photographs will be displayed on these web pages along with many that were not included in the book.

A few years after the Klemme Centennial, we were contacted by family members living in California, of Walter R. Bloom who was an early Klemme business owner.  They had found items relating to the early days of Klemme and one of the items was a photograph of the town well and pump located in the middle of the intersection of First Street and Main Street.  The photograph was taken about 1890 and is the earliest known photograph of the town.  The photo may be seen on the KLEMME BUSINESS page.

 

DEDICATION
from publication - Klemme Iowa 1889-1989 1989

This book is dedicated to our pioneer ancestors who had the courage to venture forth into the wilderness areas to an uncertain future for themselves and their families.  The used their skills and knowledge to provide for their families and their courage and determination to overcome the natural and man made disasters so future generations would enjoy a better world in which to live.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
from publication - Klemme Iowa 1889-1989 1989

This publication could not have been made possible without the assistance and generosity of the many Klemme residence, past and present, who made available their photograph albums, scrapbooks, and other family heirlooms to be shared with you.

A special thank you to the members of the publishing committee:  Novella Bredbenner, Dolores (Koerner) Ridder, Ethel (Wellemeyer) Bacon, Thelma (Chambers) Arnold, Gail Linahon, Lynette (Buseman) Nuehring and Diane (Hummel) Stadtlander for their support and assistance with the publication format and proofreading.

I would also like to give special recognition to Lyndon ''Pete'' Kilgore.  In 1979 he made available all existing back issues of the KLEMME TIMES so they could be microfilmed and preserved for future generations.  Much information contained in this publication would have been lost to history if not for his concern in preserving the past issues of the KLEMME TIMES containing the weekly events of the residents of the Klemme area.

Unlike most centennial publications, I am not requesting that any errors and omissions be reported to the centennial publishing committee in 2089.  Research of printed material and photographs will be continued and made available for future generations.  If you have any Klemme material or items of historical interest, please contact me or one of the publishing committee members, so arrangements can be made to preserve the history of Klemme to be enjoyed by the citizens of Klemme during the bicentennial in 2089.  --  Thank you  --  LaVern Dean Velau  --  Klemme, Iowa

 

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Hardcover library bound edition.  400 acid free pages.  Over 1000 photos. 

Available for $25 postpaid. 

Send check or money order made out to:  Klemme Centennial Book

send to:

Klemme Centennial Book
P. O. Box 81
Klemme, Iowa  50449

 

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TABLE  OF  CONTENTS

 

KLEMME  AREA

Avery Township  - Twin Lake Township  -  German (Liberty) Township  -  Ell Township

MAPS

1896 Ell Township  -  1914 Ell Township  -  1896 German Township  -  1914 German Township
1896 Twin Lake Township  -  1914 Twin Lake Township  -  1896 Avery Township  -  1914 Avery Township

BEGINNINGS

Early Railroads  -  Porters Siding  -  Harmon J. Klemme Family  -  Birth of a Town
Railroad  -  Coop Creamery  -  Cream Haulers

EARLY  BUSINESS

1889 General Store  -  Citizens Bank  -  State Savings Bank  -  First National Bank  -  Bank of Klemme
Lau Implement  -  Schoper Implement  -  Gruetzmacher Implement  -  Griewe Meat Market
Schroeder Meat Market  -  Busch Meat Market  -  Baack Building  -  Peitzke Blacksmith
Ridder Blacksmith  -  Kirkwood Restaurant  -  Kluckhohn Restaurant  -  Thompson Cafe
Morrison Cafe  -  Berggren Cafe  -  Irving Cafe  -  Smith Cafe  -  Fuller and Elder Cafe
Ell Cafe  - Ell Dray Line  -  Harvey Dray Line  -  Sterling Dray Line  -  Elder Dray Line
Bartholomew Dray Line  -  Suckow Dray Line  -  Snyder Dray Line  -  Henschen Dray Line
Kluckhohn Dray Line  -  Yahnke Dray Line  -  Ax Dray Line  -  Stiehl Dray Line  -  Waterman Dray Line
Nissen Dray Line  -  Knapp and Bastian  -  Koerner Brothers  -  Kluckhohn Brothers  -  Stille Brothers
Shafer and Dow  -  Lau Brothers  -  Gruetzmacher Brothers  -  Waterman and Son
Schaefer Department Store  -  Schaub Furniture  -  Wellemeyer Department Store  -  Jacob and Son

GARAGE

Klemme Auto Company  -  Meyer and Clark Garage  -  Meyer and Johnson Garage  -  Ell Garage
Anderson Garage  -  Twedt and Mitchell Garage  -  Erickson Garage  -  Greimann Garage
Ridder Auto Company  -  Wiles Garage  -  Beier Garage  -  Gram and Schultz Garage
Coobs and Buss Garage  -  Lau Auto Sales

BARBER  SHOP

Baumgartner Barber Shop  -  Hess Barber Shop  -  McCullough Barber Shop
McElmuray Barber Shop  -  Bachman Barber Shop

KLEMME  BUSINESS  DIRECTORY

BUILDING  BOOM

INCORPORATION

Mayors  -  Town Map

NEWSPAPERS

KLEMME TIMES  -  Publishers

TELEPHONES

Koerner Telephone Company

CHEESE  FACTORY

Kyle Cheese Factory

GRADUATION  LIST

TEACHERS  LIST

COMMUNITY  BANDS

Good Time Band  -  Band Festival Queen Candidates

FARMING

ORGANIZATIONS

4-H  -  Lions Club  -  Boy Scouts  -  Cub Scouts  -  Girl Scouts  -  Potpourri Club
Klemme Apartments  -  KADO  -  Federated Garden Club  -  ODO Club  -  Camp Fire Girls
Avery Riverside Homemakers  -  Jolly Workers  -  Grandmas Club  -  Slippery Elm Golf Course
After Supper Bridge Club  -  South Liberty Birthday Club  -  American Legion Auxiliary
World War I Veterans List  -  World War II Veterans List

CEMETERY

Klemme Cemetery  - Avenue of Flags  -  Avenue of Flags Veterans List  -  Cemetery Inscription list

FAMILY  PHOTO  ALBUM  SECTION

600  photos  of  Klemme area  families

CHURCHES

FIRES

Buildings Torn Down

1895  CENSUS

Ell Township  -  German Township  -  Twin Lake Township  -  Avery Township  -  Town of Goodell

 

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PAGE CREATED 15 JAN 2010

2010 LaVern D. Velau
Klemme Iowa  1889-1989 1989