POCKRANDT LUMBER CO.
Pockrandt Lumber and Fuel Company was a landmark business in the Park during most of the 20th Century. Located at 6325 Highway 7, the firm was situated on a triangular piece of property between the railroad tracks and Highway 7, across from the High School (Central). It was well positioned to take advantage of the Park’s housing boom following World War II.
Burnham-Kilbourne built a new office and store at 4318 Upton Ave. So. in Minneapolis in 1909, as cited in the Improvement Bulletin of Minneapolis on October 23, 1909.
There may have been a fire at the St. Louis Park lot in
There is an ad for the Kilbourne Lumber Company, St. Louis Park and Lake Harriet (4318 Upton), in 1914.
The lumber yard was
rebuilt to about half its eventual size. A new main
building and the area west of Dakota was built in 1936 or '37. An undated news blurb
indicated that the offices were remodeled, Len Bjorklund was
the manager, and there were 17 employees. Their slogan
and policy was "The BEST at LEAST for CASH."
It is unclear when the company closed. It is last
listed in the St. Louis Park directory in 1966.
However, in 1967, City Council minutes indicate that the
company requested that Dakota Ave. south of
Highway 7 be vacated. Dakota at that location would
have run right through the property. It may have
been that the company sought to consolidate the property in
order to sell it.
Julius Edward Pockrandt was born on
November 4, 1874 of German parents. His birthplace is
variously reported in the Census as Russia (1910), Prussia
(1920), Russia (1930), and Germany (1940), reflecting
political changes in his homeland. He came to the U.S.
in the 1890s (also variously reported). He married
wife Florence on August 12, 1902 in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis directories from 1903 to 1910 report his
occupation as bookkeeper. The 1910 Census reports his
occupation as bookkeeper for a lumber company. From
about 1916 to 1919 the family lived in St. Louis Park -
otherwise they lived in Minneapolis.
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