Artifact Archive


January 12, 2023

Information and photos for this column are provided by the Clausen Memorial Museum.

F. Klevenhusen & Company operated out of their headquarters in Altoona, Washington, a town which flourished from the 1890s to the 1940s. The letterhead notes in German that the company deals in salmon, fish and crustaceans. This exchange between Klevenhusen and Mr. Sonsthagen of Petersburg is regarding the fish desired – preferably salmon of eleven to twelve pounds per side. Due to a perceived glut, the letter says customers will have enough fish to last until the next winter. It goes on to prescribe an amount of sugar and salt preferred by their cured fish buyers, and mentions competing suppl...

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