Fonds PR1756 - Krause Milling Company fonds

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Krause Milling Company fonds

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    • 1938-1950, predominant 1938-1943 (Creation)
      Records dating from 1950 may have belonged to the Pioneer Hardware Company (W.A. Krause was proprietor), but nothing in the records indicates this.

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    0.07 m of textual records

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    The Krause Milling Company began as the Bruderheim Milling Company, an undertaking of the Krause brothers, Adam, William and Theodore, who were originally from Russia and had come to Alberta in 1894. The brothers began construction of a flour mill in Bruderheim, Alberta in 1907 and completed the mill in 1908.

    In 1908, brothers Julius and Gustav replaced William and Theodore as shareholders. In 1910, one of the brothers, Adam Krause, bought out his brothers to become sole owner of the company. In 1915, a grain elevator was built. In 1920, Adam sold the mill to his son, Withold A. Krause.

    The Krause mill and elevator in Bruderheim were destroyed by fire in 1927. An elevator was rebuilt in Bruderheim, under the name Krause Milling Company; this elevator was sold in about 1930. Instead of rebuilding the flour mill in Bruderheim, it was rebuilt in Radway, Alberta, at the request of the Radway Board of Trade. Construction began in 1928, and was complete around 1930. The Krause Milling Company, a company of millers and grain merchants, came to operate mills at Radway and Leduc, Alberta.

    In the 1930s, the Krause Milling Company was listed as grain dealers and producers of high grade wheat flour, rye flour, whole wheat graham flour, pastry flour, pancake flour, self-rising flour, wheat grits breakfast food, rolled and cracked wheat breakfast food, bran and shorts, and crushed grains. W.A. Krause eventually sold the Radway mill and elevator to the St. Paul Flour Milling Company, likely in the late 1940s.

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    The fonds consists of records of the Krause Milling Company, primarily for Radway, and includes correspondence, blank stationary, records of grain storage, receipts, and lists of those with liens upon their crops provided by Albert Hail Insurance Board. The fonds also includes blank forms for the Gillespie Grain Company Limited, with whom the Bruderheim Milling Company cooperated.

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    Mrs. W. A. (Alice) Krause, Withold’s wife, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1988.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        An image of the Krause Milling Company in Leduc can be located in the BA (Bamber) file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers BA.70.

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        Information for the administrative history is taken from From Bush to Bushels: A History of Bruderheim & District and In Search of Greener Pastures: A History of Radway and Area, which are available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 B831 PAA and 971.232 Se17 respectively, and from the records. This fonds was donated at the same time, and in the same accession, as two unrelated discrete items: a Garneau Tennis Club membership for Gilbert H. Krause and a Diamond Bus Lines Limited schedule for 1964.

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        Includes accession PR1988.0230.

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