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New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Crone Store

1869, 1876

 

—Historic Downtown New Ulm —

 
Crone Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
1. Crone Store Marker
Inscription.
For years, the Crone store was the largest mercantile establishment in New Ulm. In 1857, Theodore Crone Sr. opened his general store at the corner of Broadway and Center Streets. Twelve years later, he erected this building, adding a substantial two-story addition on the north side in 1876. Crone played an important role in the city's economic growth as a founder of the Citizen's National Bank (1876). The family also owned the New Ulm Vinegar Works, Minnesota's largest vinegar factory, between 1885 and 1900.

Following Theodore Sr.'s death in 1891, three sons, Carl, Ferdinand, and Theodore Jr., took over the company, turning it into one of the largest retail stores in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities. Adolph Schulke bought the dry-goods business in 1926, although Carl F. Crone, grandson of the founder, continued to operate the clothing store. Schulke changed the appearance of the building, installing a "stroll front" with large plate glass windows for displaying "up-to-the-minute styles."

In 1946, Herbergers, a Saint Cloud department store, acquired the Crone buildings along with the Stuebe/Neumann block (1898) to the north.
 
Location. 44° 18.89′ N, 94° 27.617′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker
Crone Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
2. Crone Store Marker
is on North Minnesota Street south of 2nd North Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 North Minnesota Street, New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Erd Building (a few steps from this marker); Dacotah House (a few steps from this marker); Grand Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Ulm (about 400 feet away); Jacob Nix Platz (about 400 feet away); Boesch, Hummel, and Maltzahn Block (about 500 feet away); Arbeiter Hall (about 500 feet away); Kiesling House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
 
More about this marker.
photo captions:
• The Crone Dry Goods Store (left, built 1876) and the Crone Clothing Store (right, built 1869) in the late 1870s
• Clerks in the Crone Store, circa 1900 · Images from the Brown County Historical Society
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Former Crone Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
3. Former Crone Store and Marker
Herberger's
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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