German Businesses

German immigrants brought with them many skill sets from the old world. Many immigrants were artisans or skilled laborers. Many businesses were opened by the Germans such as breweries, butcher shops, bakeries, farms, manufacturing, music stores, printers, taverns/biergartens, tobacconists, and much more.

Some of the most influencial businesses that were opened by the German immigrants were banks and newspapers. This allowed for the immigrants to pool their money together at the banks to support one another, and know the latest news that influenced their lives.

Der Demokrat, in First Album of the city of Davenport, Iowa

Excerpt from The First Album of the City of Davenport, Iowa

This excerpt details the history and character of the newpaper Der Demokrat. 


Excerpt from First album of the city of Davenport, Iowa
The German American Savings Bank Book

The German American Savings Bank Book 1916

This is a banking book made for the German American Savings Bank in Davenport, Iowa by The Exeline Company of Cleveland, Ohio. This book was written in both English and German to accommodate the bi-lingual people of Davenport, Iowa. 

Banking was an important business for the Germanic immigrants into Davenport, Iowa. The German Savings Bank was one of the most important and influencial banks in Davenport, Iowa and the entire state. When the Forty-eighters arrived, they needed a place to do their banking and to help one another. The German Savings Bank provided their customers with services in both English and German, and offered convenient hours to service their customers no matter their work schedules.

German Businesses