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Guide to the Rose Jewelers Financial Records, 1893-1902
Table of Contents
- Financial records of a La Crosse, Wisconsin, based jewelry store, Rose Jewelers, founded by German immigrant George B. Rose in 1856 and the business continues today (2017). The journals, consisting of daybooks and cash books, show the clientele to be a veritble "who's who" of the middle to upper class families in La Crosse.
- Collection Title
- Rose Jewelers Financial Records
- Date of Materials
- Rose Jewelers.
- Call Number
- MSS 169
- 0.8 cubic feet
- Language of Materials
- La Crosse Public Library Archives
[Identification of item], Rose Jewelers Financial Records, 1893-1902, MSS 169, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI
George B. Rose, founder of Rose Jewelers, was born in Nordhausen, Germany, October 30, 1830. At the age of 21, he came to America and established himself at Poughkeepsie, New York. The westward movement was a challenge for him, and so he followed the rail lines “as far west as possible” to La Crosse, Wisconsin. He established his jewelry business on the north side of Pearl Street in the town’s business center in June 1856. His brother Louis joined him in business in August 1857. In 1881, the business was moved to 310 Main Street. After 79 years of operating at this location, the business again moved in 1960 to 111 5th Avenue South. The most recent move was in 1989 to the corner of 5th and Main Street where Steve Rose, along with his sons Jon, Jordan and daughter Heidi continue the family tradition.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of financial records of a retail jewelry business in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The journals are daybooks, showing the daily income and expenses of the business including sales. Other journals are cash journals and are intended to show the financial condition of the business. Lacking are the account hournals and ledgers showing more specifically clientele accounts and sources of merchandise. One folder contains a few letters from an unknown woman to Walter Rose.
La Crosse Public Library Archives 2017 February800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
Access to Materials
Materials in this collection are available for patron use.
(Accession no. 2017.038) Donated by the La Crosse County Historical Society; original donor was Sue Mellon, 2008; LCHS accession number 2008-039
Controlled Access Headings
- La Crosse County Historical Society (Wis.).
- Rose Jewelers.
- Financial records
- La Crosse (Wis.)--Commerce
- Mellon, Sue
- Jewelry stores--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Cash Journals, 1898-1902
1898 February-1900 January
1900 February-1902 September
1893 November-1895 January
1896 September-1898 September
1898 September-1900 September
1900 October-1902 October
Sales Daybook, 1897 December-1901 September
Correspondence to Walter Rose, circa 1899