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New Bremen Centennial




1933 Industries


N.B. Electric Light & Water Plant

307 South Herman Street


N.B. Cement Tile & Block Company

321 South Herman Street


Organized June 28, 1923. The company manufactures concrete products such as building blocks, lawn furniture, fence posts, bricks, etc.  In recent years it also has taken up the manufacture of concrete burial vaults.  The annual sales total $20,000.

Officers of the company are Wm. Scheer, president; Wm. Kettler, vice president; Frank Niekamp, secretary and treasurer; and Julius Niekamp, manager.


Auglaize Furniture Company

215 West Plum Street


Organized in 1913, or soon after the plant of the old Klanke Furniture Company was totally destroyed by fire.

In recent years the firm has been making novelty furniture.  Total sales amount to $125,000 annually in normal times.

Officers of the company are C.V. Huenke, president; Wm. Grothaus, vice president; and F.T. Purpus, secretary and treasurer.


Rabe Manufacturing Company

225 South Washington Street


Organized February 1, 1901.  The business was founded in 1868 by Wm. Rabe, who conducted it until 1901 when it was incorporated under the name of The Rabe Manufacturing Company

The firm is engaged in woodworking and manufactures doors, sash, window and door frames, interior and exterior trim, and special mill products.  Its annual sales approximate $75,000.

Officers of the company are L.W. Kunning, president; H.H. Nussmeyer, vice president and general manager; and F.W.  Rabe, secretary and treasurer.



White Mountain Creamery

West Monroe Street


Organized in 1884 to carry on the business built up by Louis Huenke, who made it possible for New Bremen to have the first creamery in northwestern Ohio.    Incorporated in 1908.

The firm is engaged in manufacturing and processing butter, milk, ice cream, condensed milk and allied products. Its annual sales reach a total of $2,800,000.

Besides having operated the first creamery, The White Mountain Creamery Company was the first to introduce the hand separator in this part of the state.  It also was a pioneer in the pasteurization of milk.

Officers of the company are C.V. Huenke, president, and Harry Komminsk, secretary and treasurer.


McKay Woolen Mills

East First Street


Organized at New Bremen in 1928.

The company operates a textile mill and manufactures knitting and weaving yarns.  Its annual sales of woolen and merino yarns approximates $50,000.

Grothaus Block  - 125 West Monroe Street

U.S. Post Office, N.B. Telephone Co.,

A.H. Albert, Undertaker;  Otto J. Boesel, Attorney

[1929 Listings]


Streine Tool & Manufacturing Company

125 South Herman Street


Organized in 1918 as successor to The O.O. Poorman Company.  The Poorman Manufacturing Company was organized at Canton, Ohio in 1873, but moved to Piqua, Ohio in 1901.  From Piqua, the company came to New Bremen in 1910 when the firm name was changed to The O.O. Poorman Company. 

The company manufactures sheet and plate working machinery. Its products include shears, slitters, corrugating and crimping rolls, roofing machinery, culvert machinery, pipe and gutter machinery.  Total sales amount to $450,000 annually.

Officers of the company are C.L. Dine, president; Frank H. Streine, vice president and general manager; J.W. Eiting, secretary and treasurer.


New Bremen Broom Company

107 South Herman Street


Organized January 31, 1894 by Louis Huenke, Fred Vogelsang, Henry Dierker, Wm. Bruns and Ed Vogelsang.

The first plant operated by the company was housed in a two-story iron-clad building known as the Lantern Factory.  On August 2, 1898, a deal was made with the Klanke Bros. Furniture Company for the New Bremen Foundry & Machine Company building.  The firm took immediate possession of the building and has occupied it ever since.  A large warehouse, measuring 40 by 90 feet, and an office building were erected in 1905.

The company manufactures house and factory brooms, and whisk and toy brooms.  Its annual sales approximate $50,000.

Officers of the company are H.W. Rairdon, president; John Boeke, vice president; F.T. Purpus, secretary and treasurer; and H.C. Isern, shop superintendent.


Kuenzel Mills Company

35 South Washington Street


Organized under the Firm name of Finke, Bakhaus & Kuenzel and was operated as a partnership from 1868 to 1869 when it was incorporated as The Bakhaus & Kuenzel Company. This name was retained until 1914 when it was changed to The Kuenzel Mills Company.

The company operates a Woolen Mill and a Flour Mill.  The Woolen Mill produces all-wool bed blankets of quality and an all-wool blanket cloth known to the market as Kuneta Cloth.  Its annual production is equivalent to 35,000 pairs of standard double bed blankets, the sales approximating $250,000.

Products of the Flour Mill include an all-purpose family flour under the trade name Gold Lace, a soft winter wheat flour called Gold Star, a cake flour, self-rising biscuit and pancake flours, meals and feeds of all kind.  The mill produces about 15,000 barrels of flour annually in addition to its other products, with a total sales value of $80,000.

Officers of the company are Julius Gilberg, president; O.H. Boesel, vice president; E.C. Kuenzel, secretary; W.A. Havemann, treasurer, and F.A. Kuenzel, superin-tendent of the Woolen Mill.


Lock Two Grain & Milling Company

Lock Two


Organized September 8, 1903 as successor to Garmhausen Bros.

The company operates a flour mill and grain elevator one mile north of New Bremen.  Its annual sales of flour, meal and mill feeds total $200,000.

Officers of the company are Herbert Garmhausen, president, and Frank D. Kuenning, secretary and treasurer.


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