O. F. Kress & Co. (Lawrence, MA)

kressThe Lawrence Public Library owns ten plates read either “Rebuilt and painted by O. F. Kress & Son Lawrence, Mass.” or “Sold by O. F. Kress & Son Lawrence, Mass.”

It appears that Herman and a number of brothers emigrated to Lawrence in 1870 or so from Bremen, Saxony, Germany. Herman was born about 1848. His brother Otto, was born January 14, 1856. In 1881 Herman is listed as a wheelwright and living at 55 Woodland Street. By 1890 this ad appears in the Lawrence City Directory: “Kress Brothers, carriage manufacturers. Store and express wagons, sleighs, traverse runners and pungs. Horse shoeing and jobbing. Our factory is run by electric power, 107 Common St.” Otto married Lizzie J. Fuller December 1, 1876.

By 1911 the business was called Otto F. & Edward F. Carriage builders and Fire Dept. supplies, the Edward being Herman’s son. The ad now read: “Wagons of every description fire department apparatus and supplies painting and trimming and rubber tires agents for Knox Motor Trucks”. Otto died November 23, 1930 and, his son, Edward F. died March 18, 1937. The name of the company was O. F. Kress & Son now and listings for a number of years would show car repair, car painting, or Acetylene welding. The business had moved to 268 South Broadway and family lived at 437 High Street. The business was run by Raymond Kress. Raymond had two children, Claire and Roy.

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