|Above: After the death of Albert's father, his mother sued pretty
much everyone who had anything to do with the alcohol he drank
before he was burned. The above article appeared in the Dixon
Evening Telegraph on September 17, 1904. The article on the right
appeared in the Freeport Daily Journal on February 21, 1905.
|Above Left: The B&O Brewery was located on Jackson Street, near Adams Avenue, in Freeport. Above is a
photo of kegs loaded for delivery around 1900. Research by Harvey Wilhelms, as described in the October 11,
2009 edition of the Freeport Journal-Standard, indicates that the brewery was founded and operated by a
succession of Bavarians, including Henry Baier.
Above Right: An early photo of Albert Kraul and his classmates at the Centennial Public School in 1908. Albert is
in the front row, third from left. This school was located in Rock Run Township. Most references to Centennial
School point to Florence Township, just west of Freeport. This one was located at the southeast corner of the
Cedarville Road and Farwell Bridge Road intersection. The land around the school was owned by William
Spellman, who was on the school board when Albert Kraul attended. Charles Nath and William Dailey were also
nearby landowners and school board members.
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|Above: In 1929, Albert advertised his closing out sale in the Freeport
Journal-Standard. This was his first exit from farming. He probably opened
his grocery store in Rock City shortly after this.
|Above: When Prohibition ended, the United States opened its tankards once again. Albert Kraul was the first in
Rock City to open a tavern. Kraul's Tavern is shown in this totally awesome advertisement for Pabst Blue Ribbon
beer in the October 23, 1934 edition of the Freeport Journal-Standard. A few names below Kraul's Tavern is Tim
Meyers of Dakota, Illinois. This is probably Ransom "Tim" Meier, who owned our house prior to Albert Kraul
and lived in Dakota in 1934. Tim operated a roadhouse called Shan-T-Town on Illinois Route 75, southwest of
Side note: The village of Dakota voted to ban the sale of alcohol in April 1939. Dakota is a dry town today.
|Above: Albert and Margaret are buried together in the Saint Paul's
Left: This advertisement for Albert Kraul's farm assets appeared in the
January 26, 1949 edition of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
|The Kraul grocery store was located in this building, on the northeast corner of Main and Market Streets in
downtown Rock City.