Monning Family General Store - Hermann, Missouri
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N 38° 42.411 W 091° 25.986
15S E 636242 N 4285411
Historical marker giving history of store and the family which operated it in Hermann, Missouri.
Waymark Code: WMCR2J
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 10/05/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 9

Text of marker:

Monning Family General Store
1870 - 1890

On April 15, 1870 Otto Monnig purchased this building on the corner of East Front and Guttenberg Streets and relocated his established hardware and cutlery store to this site.  Over time, he expanded this inventory, adding a full line of clothing, toys, and groceries.  Hi son-in-law, Dr. Gustave Ettmueller, opened a drug store and post office in the building.  Otto Monnig also founded the Hermann Savings Bank in a building located at 106 Schiller Street, and served as its president from 1867 to 1883.

On July 29, 1886, fire destroyed this building, its contents, and the upstairs apartments.  One employee, Gussie Pfautsch, was killed in the blaze.  The damage was repaired and the store was reopened for business by Thanksgiving of that year.

The Monnig family store was sold in 1890 to Pudot and Scherer.  In 1889 the Otto Monnig family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, wehre Otto and three of his sons established the Monnig Department Store.  In addition to a downtown Fort Worth location, Monnig's had five suburban stores, a distribution center and a warehouse.  The store remained in the Monnig family until its sale in 1980.

Otto Monnig and two of his brothers, Dr. Oscar Monnig and Hugo Monnig, migrated to the United States from Rees, Germany in the 1840s.  They settled and reared their families in the vicinity of Hermann, Americus, and Rhineland, Missouri.

History of Mark:
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