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Rudolph Petzelt Connection Story

Book 6

Susan Wildemuth, Atkinson, IL

Rudolph F. Petzelt

Courtesy of June Siffrar and Janet Petzelt-Franke

A few words about Rudy….

Known to his friends and family as Rudy, Rudolph Frank Petzelt was born on January 30, 1886 in Austria. (1) His parents wanted him to become a priest, but he chose a different path and immigrated to the United States. (2) At the age of 16, he settled in the Chicago, Illinois area, where he took odd jobs, like sweeping floors, to earn money. By 1917, he had become a tool and die man, who worked as a General Superintendent of the Fulton Tool Company. (3) He married Clara Treptow on September 17, 1919 and had four daughters Lois, Janet, and June and Ruth and one son Frank. (4)  

Rudy Petzelt became the owner of Dexter Mills, 4310 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois through a series of events which began with the Mid-City Engineering merger with Collingbourne Mills, Inc.. (5)  His connection with Collingbourne Mills, Inc. was very brief, but he is mentioned here to cement his place in the history of the story and to clear up the confusion over the names Dexter Mills, Inc. (Rudy’s company) and Dexter Thread Mills, Inc. (LeeWards).   Mr. Petzelt passed away at the age of seventy-five on January 27, 1962 and is survived in 2008 by his daughters June and Janet. (6)

                                 

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