Photograph of the Ry-Krisp Company factory.

Ry-Krisp Company, 824-830 Sixth Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis.

Ry-Krisp Company, 824-830 Sixth Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, c. 1925.


In 1904, immigrant baker Arvid Peterson gave a Swedish-styled cracker a modern American name and introduced the country to Ry-Krisp. For decades, Minneapolis was the one and only location where the product was made.

photograph of a train in a clay pit, filled with clay

Barclay workers at Zumbrota

A Barclay Brick and Tile Company locomotive pulls three railcars filled with clay from the Zumbrota factory's pit.

photograph of clay miners in a clay pit

Clay miners at Claybank

Miners at a Claybank pit near Goodhue fill steam-shovel buckets with clay, c.1910.

Photograph of a group of factory employees

Red Wing sewer pipe workers

Red Wing Sewer Pipe factory employees with some of their wares stacked and ready for shipment, c.1910.

photograph of clay miners

Clay diggers

Miners pose next to a rural Goodhue County clay pit, c.1905.

photograph showing clay sewer pipe sections next to a boxcar

Clay pipe train

Workers load sewer pipe into boxcars near the West Main Street location of the Red Wing Sewer Pipe Factory, c.1900.

Goodhue County's Clay Industries

Clay provided the basis for thousands of jobs in Goodhue County during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Stoneware, roof tiles, and clay pipes were all produced by area firms and widely sold.

Christian Klein

Christian Klein

Black and white photograph of Charles Klein.

Charles Klein

Charles H. Klein


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