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Kramp Co.

601-603 E. Main

&

107-109 S. Sixth

 

c.1885   Kramp Co, Sixth & Main

   

 

 

1894

09 28       Aug. Kramp carries a full line of the Globe feed cutters and horse-powers, the best made, also other plows, potato diggers and pokes, as well as all other farm machinery, also farm and milk wagons.  To make room for the full line of Portland and swell body cutters and bob-sleighs, I will sell my stock of buggies and carriages at reduced prices.  All goods warranted.  All steel, blacksmith and wagon work, and horseshoeing promptly done, and satisfaction guaranteed.  WG

 

c.1900

ROBERT SCHMIDT, Kramp employee

  

 

1909

Kramp, August, 601 E Main, blacksmith

 

1910

1910, New garage and salesrooms

 

1913

Kramp, August, 101-115 S Sixth, Blacksmith

 

   1913 ad

 

1916

1916, Crow Elk-Hart "30" Motor Car

 

1929

1929, Ad, WHS_006_541

 

1935

Kramp Co, 601-605 E Main, farm implements and blacksmiths, August Kramp

 

1939

1939, WHS_999_016

 

1954

1954, 615-619 E Main, WHS_006_Centennial_1954_006

 

1971

Kramp Co, 605 E Main

 

1987

08 07       The sixth oldest business in Watertown's history will close its doors for good on Aug. 22, more than 130 years since it was founded.  The A. Kramp Company, 615 East Main Street, will sell everything remaining in its garage that day at a public auction.  That includes a handful of used automobiles, a utility tractor with loader, office equipment, shop tools and body shop equipment.  Ronald Nass, who became full owner of the company about one year ago, said he has terminated his affiliation with American Motors Company, Jeep and Renault.  The service shop has been closed for several weeks, although he still will try to sell his remaining cars until the auction.  Nass said several reasons led to his decision to close the business, which was started as a blacksmith shop by Gottfried Kramp in 1857.  A lack of variety in the AMC line was a major factor, he said.  "The day of the small dealer is less and less (likely)," Nass said.  "It takes a dual dealership.  You can't do it with one franchise.   WDT

 

 

 

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