HISTORY


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In 1905, Matthew Schoenborn of Marytown, Wisconsin, started a small clock repair business on the Schoenborn homestead. He taught himself to repair clocks and watches in addition to raising livestock and working on the family farm. Matt Schoenborn was married to Julia. They had three children: Oscar, Ferdinand and Herbert. On the farm, they sold select watches and clocks as well as repaired them. For forty years the business continued there.

In 1945, Schoenborn’s was moved to Kiel by Bob’s parents, Oscar and Edna. There were seven Schoenborn children that were raised at the stores current location today. Growing up, all of the children assisted in the store. Bob started sizing rings at the young age of 13! They sold jewelry, watches, clocks, cameras, electric razors, movie and slide projectors and giftware. Oscar passed away in 1968 at the age of 53. Edna then continued in the family business working with her children. Edna and her family took great pride in the business that they had built. Through the years the store had made many great transitions. Inventory changed, prices changed, the building's façade looked a bit different, but for over 110 years the business stayed in the Schoenborn family. In 2002, Edna passed away but the store still continued on with Bob, Lyle and Jackie Schoenborn through 2010.

Today, Bob and Sue Schoenborn own and operate the business in downtown Kiel. When you walk through the door you will be greeted by our friendly staff and the store dog, Kesha. Bob Schoenborn's Jewelry continues to offer the same great quality selections of jewelry, watches and clocks always for a better price. As always, all repair work is completed in store by our caring and qualified personnel. We carry a wide variety of sterling silver fashion jewelry, fine gemstone and diamond jewelry in gold or platinum, timepieces, clocks and locally crafted giftware.

 

 

Schoenborn's Building             Oscar Schoenborn