Thursday, June 16, 2011

When Glewwe's came to South St Paul

Henry Glewwe, pictured here with his wife Martha Patet Glewwe and their twelve children, was 19 years old when he left Prussia and sailed to America to join his brothers in the land of ten thousand lakes, Minnesota.  He was born on October 23, 1868, the fifth of seven sons and one sister.  He married Martha in 1892 and after living in various locations settled in South St Paul in 1904 where they opened their first grocery store.  By 1911 he sold his smaller store and purchased the larger store on the corner of 5th Avenue and Marie Avenue.  In 1912 he bought a Model "T" motor car, making him one of the first citizens to own a car. All of the children at one time or another worked for the grocery store.  Pictured left to right: Edwin Glewwe, Anna Glewwe Hildebrandt, Reuben Glewwe (my grandfather), Ida Glewwe, Alma Glewwe Kloss, Marie Glewwe Green.  Second row: Esther Glewwe Stassen, Henry Glewwe, Martha Patet Glewwe, Martha Glewwe Stassen, Mabel Glewwe Erickson.  Front Row: Zelma Glewwe Knopse, Wesley Glewwe and the youngest Ruth Glewwe Hammerstrom.

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