Grocer, 1890s

"My husband and I came here from the Netherlands in 1866. We lived in New Jersey for a time but then decided to move to Michigan; there were a lot of Dutch here and we thought we'd feel at home. We opened a grocery and were doing very well; when my husband died I took over."

- Mary Hengst, white female, age 48

Photo captions: Interior of Harris Grocery Store, Kalamazoo, circa 1900 (KVM collection); Trunk used by Dutch immigrants to Kalamazoo, 1863 (KVM collection); Dutch immigrant woman in 1889 (Library of Congress collection); Tea cozy made in Holland and used by local Den Bleyker family, circa 1860s (KVM collection).  

Historic images of grocery stores in KVM collections:

People's Market exterior 

People's Market interior

E.B. Russell's interior

E.B. Russell's truck

To find more historic photographs and artifacts related to grocery stores or Dutch immigrants in Kalamazoo, visit KVM's searchable collections database.

A Job for Everyone
  1. Grocer, 1890s
  2. Dressmaker, 1890s
  3. Seamstress, 1890s
  4. Laborer, 1890s
  5. Carriage Builder, 1890s
  6. Cigar Roller, 1890s
  7. Launderer, 1900
  8. Corset Company Forelady, 1900
  9. Card Sorter, 1900
  10. Paper Mill, 1900
  11. Carriage Painter, 1900
  12. Foundry Worker, 1900
  13. Type Setter, 1910s
  14. Teacher, 1910s
  15. Elevator Operator, 1910s
  16. Metal Caster, 1910s
  17. Barber, 1910s
  18. Stationery Packer, 1910s
  19. Seamstress, 1910s
  20. Family Cook, 1920s
  21. Errand Girl, 1920s
  22. Janitor, 1920s
  23. Paper Beaterman, 1920s
  24. Hotel Bell Boy, 1920s