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Encyclopedia Dubuque


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Letterhead. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Name plate. Photo courtesy: Cathy's Treasures, 156 Main, Dubuque
A single-blade Lincoln Axe calling the company's name.
Blotter advertising "Sandy" whose sandpaper pants were featured.

KRETSCHMER-TREDWAY COMPANY. Kretschmer-Tredway was started in Dubuque in February of 1907, by brothers, Herbert and Fred Kretschmer. Until 1936, Fred Kretschmer guided the company as President.

From 1936 to 1944, Mrs. L. A. Kretschmer acted as President, being one of the few ladies to hold such a position during that era. Now known as FIRST SUPPLY DUBUQUE, it became the first Iowa facility for the corporation. The successful facility continued to grow and in March 2007 relocated to its current location on Chavenelle Drive.