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Riechmann Bros. Celebrating 100 Years In Business July 23

The public is invited to the Riechmann Bros. 100 year Anniversary party on Saturday, July 23 at the corporate headquarters in Okawville.

Fried chicken and fries will be served from noon to 7 p.m., with ice cream served by the Busy Bees 4-H. 

The Okawville High FFA will provide a corn box.

Guests can view the large display of antique and modern farm equipment. 

Entertainment includes music by Cole and Jeff Rabenort from 6:30-7:30 p.m., concert by Nashville, Tennessee band House Whiskey from 8-9:30, and fireworks at 9:45. Bring lawn chairs/blanket for concert and fireworks.

From Humble Beginnings

Brothers Hugo and Walter Riechmann borrowed $4,000 from a local bank to start the business. The first check of $3,400 paid for the entire inventory. The remaining $600 was left to do business, as they had no money of their own.

In their first day of business, their brother William stopped in and bought a buggy whip.

In the 1920’s Hugo drove a truck around the county to buy old iron and rags that he sold to earn money to pay interest in the winter. 

The business has grown to four locations and a total of 94 full and part-time employees.

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