Kraege Drug Store turns 100
By Allison Flores
The Kraege Drug Store officially had its’ 100th birthday on April 1, 2019. One-hundred years ago, a Kraege Drug Store shopper could buy some toothpaste for .20 cents, a root beer for .18 cents, or even a glass bottle of witch hazel for .35 cents a pint. The century old drug store was opened by Roland H. Kraege, Sr. R. Ph., at the current location on Main Street, however, in a different building.
Originally a confectionery, or candy shop, the old frame building was torn down in 1928, and replaced the same year with a new brick building under the ownership of August G. Kraege, Jr., father to Roland, Sr.
Clearly not a business to close down, the drug store operated out of boxes from across the street until the two-story building was complete. At ninety-one years old, the “A.G. Kraege” letters are still on display on the front facade.
Roland Sr. was joined in partnership by his brother Hilmer in 1932. Hilmer’s daughter, Beth Kraege Sievers, has done her fair share of research on her family heritage, and was happy to recall a few fond memories of the drug store.
“My dad hired me to dust all of the [glass] bottles in the drug department. I had a rag, and stepped on a ladder, dusted all those, and he paid me probably .10 cents an hour or something,” chuckled Beth
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