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CREMER, Ralph Sr.

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CREMER, Ralph Sr. (Dubuque, IA, Nov. 22, 1909--Dubuque, IA, Jan. 9, 1997) Cremer was a bread truck driver for JUNGK'S BAKERY, SUTTER'S BAKERY and the HOLSUM BAKING COMPANY when he and his wife in 1947 purchased a confectionery store at 1415 Rhomberg. Cremer expanded the business to sell groceries and meat. The business moved to 731 Rhomberg where it remained the last of the independent grocery stores in Dubuque. He was a past president of the Independent Grocers' Association and the Twin Six Bowling League. (1)

Cremer's Superette became famous for its meats and TURKEY AND DRESSING SANDWICHES. Although he retired in 1978, Cremer continued to do the company's books until 1998. Known as "Grandpa" to his many customers, Cremer was remembered for the unlit cigar he always carried and his determination to provide quality food. The store was later operated by his sons. (2)



1. Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, January 12, 1997, p. 20. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970112&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. Bergstrom, Kathy. "Cremer's Founder Dies at 87," Telegraph Herald, January 10, 1997, p. 3. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970110&printsec=frontpage&hl=en