Krumenauer’s Featured in the Oshkosh Northwestern

We were featured in an article written by Jeff Bollier of the Oshkosh Northwestern. Here is a short sample of the article; the full article can be read on the Oshkosh Northwestern’s website.

Krumenauer Co. now in third generation of operation

Mark Krumenauer told his wife, Ruth, that he’d always bring home a paycheck.

It was 1953 and Krumenauer, tired of his job, had just borrowed $2,000 to open a commercial kitchen supply store.

Ruth, now 97, had her doubts, of course. Her husband knew little about kitchen supplies, but she supported him, even learned to handle the books on the job. Their son, Peter, started to show up at the store during high school to help restock shelves or stoke the old coal furnace in the basement. And Mark made good on his word, even when business was bad, even when a wounded deer found its way into their old downtown location.

“The first check I wrote, the truck driver had to tell me what to do,” Ruth Krumenauer said. “But you learn fast when you have to.”

Over the next 20 years, the Krumenauer Co. did pretty good for the family. Times changed, but business stayed steady and bouts of competition came and went. Now, 57 years later, the business remains a fixture on North Koeller Street as the third generation of Krumenauers — Peter Krumenauer’s son, Chris —took ownership of it this month.

Our thanks go out to the Northwestern and Mr. Bollier!

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