Tonnies Hardware & Rental
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Established in 1912 by Frank A. Tonnies, Tonnies Hardware & Rental was later sold to Frank's son, Vince, and his wife Estelle. The store remains family-owned and operated by Vince and Estelle's eldest son, Steve, and his wife Susan. Steve and Susan's daughters Stephanie and Sheryl, and grandchildren Ava, Lena, and Owen, are also part of the hardware team, which includes long-time employees Blake, Dave, Gerry, Jacob, Josh, Marcie, and Tony. Take a trip down memory lane while reading...
Interior of the store in the 1930s, featuring groceries, hardware, dry goods, equine items, and just about anything else you might need, hence F.A.'s motto, "We Sell Everything."
Our booth at the Clinton County Fair, an annual event during the 1920s & 1930s. Featuring early model electric ranges, new "spinner type" and old wringer washers, the Charter Oak Heater that would burn coal or wood, a Globe electric range, & a Myers water system.
Interior of the store in the late 1930s. Pictured from left to right: Vincent Tonnies, Marg. Netemeyer, & F.A. Tonnies. The store was enlarged in 1946 to include the first self-service grocery department in the county.
1918 - with brothers Hy. W. and
F. A. Tonnies in the Allis-Chalmers parts dept. during the 1940s.
The produce & dairy departments in 1995...now the rental department.
A view of the southern part of the grocery department in 1995 (looking toward the east wall)...now the rental and paint departments.