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KRETSCHMER, Frederick N.

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Frederick N. Kretschmer. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
KRETSCHMER, Frederick N. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 19, 1870--Dubuque, IA, May 10, 1936). Kretschmer , the son of Charles KRETSCHMER, finished his education in the Dubuque schools and then took a position with the GERMAN BANK and remained there until 1902. (1) He was elected county treasurer and served from January 1, 1902 to December 31, 1906. (2)

In 1907, he and his brother Herbert, joined Andrew Morrison in forming Morrison- Kretschmer Company. (3) When Morrison left, it became Kretschmer Manufacturing Company and later when the brothers bought out Tredway and Sons, the name was changed to KRETSCHMER-TREDWAY COMPANY. (4) Kretschmer served as president of the corporation and in numerous civic and business organizations.

In the community, Kretschmer was a member of the DUBUQUE TRAVELING AND BUSINESS MEN'S ASSOCIATION, secretary of the committee responsible for the construction of the ELKS CLUB building at 7th and Locust, and was the past president of the Central Supply Association, a group of dealers of plumbing supplies. (5)



Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 577

1. "Fred Kretschmer, Prominent Dubuque Citizen, Is Dead," Telegraph-Herald, May 11, 1936, p. 1

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.