Although Ceylon is primarily a farming community, we have a
wide variety of local business, from specialized furniture
refinishing to Boating equipment sales and maintenance.
- * Ceylon City Hall
- * State Bank of Ceylon
|The State Bank of Ceylon,
located in the middle of town, has been serving
the community of Ceylon for ## years. Marlin
Bents, treasurer for the Ceylon Centennial
Committee, is in charge.
- * Corner Store
Store is owned and operated by Darrell Morris.
Daryl purchased Dave's Grocery . from Dave and
Lorraine Origer on April, 19, 1985. Daryl renamed
the business The Corner Store. He has a
complete line of groceries.Two helpful clerks,
Jan Mueller and Irene Tusler, will help you find
where they hid the groceries.
- * Petersen's Coffee Shop
owned by Dorothy Petersen. Dorothy and her
husband, Don, leased the business from Don and
Alice Meyer in 1974. They turned it into an
upholstery shop. When they started, only coffee,
donuts and rolls .were served. Gradually the
upholstery business was dropped and the shop
became a full-time cafe. The business was
purchased from the Meyers in Sept. l975. The Cafe
was remodeled in 1977 when a new front was added.
Dorothy managed the cafe and Don, her husband,
farmed. The coffee shop celebrated 25 years of
business on Jan. 15, l999. Ill health took Don's
life on Feb. 10, 1999. Dorothy continues to
operate the business.E-Mail Dorothy
- * Schultz Butchering
Butchering is owned and operated by Joe Shultz.
Joe's father, Arnold (Boxie) Shultz, built the
shop and began the meat processing business in
l954. He sold the business to his two sons, Jack
and Joe. In l985 Joe bought his brother Jack's
share of the business, Shultz Butchering has been
well known, through the years for their excellant
custom meat processing.
- * Olson Funeral Home
Funeral Home is part of the Olson Funeral Home in
- * Thompson's Auto Transmission
Thompson has taken over the family business from
his father, Harold Thompson. They have been in
businss for ## years.
- * Ceylon Fire Hall
Fire Hall station is located across from city
hall. It houses the Ceylon Volunteer Fire
Department trucks and the paramedic's ambulance.
- * Ceylon Post Office
|The Ceylon Post office was
established Oct.16, l899 by Frank Kellogg, who
became Ceylon's first postmaster.The city of
Ceylon grew up very fast around the Northwestern
Railroad tracks, which stretches across Martin
Co. Kellogg's son-in-law , Henry P. Andrews
succeeded him as postmaster.
Robert Stewart was appointed postmaster following
Mr. Andrews. A.C Saggau next came Henry Saggau
who served until 1956. Raymond O. Halvorson
became postmaster in 1957.The postoffice was
moved from the north side of the street to the
south side of the street on the next block west
to a newer building.
Mr. Halvorson was instrumental in getting new
equipment for the post office, updating
everything in 1970.
The Ceylon Post Office was named cancellation
office in 1977 for President Jimmy Carter and
Vice President Walter Mondale - who was born in
Ceylon. Click HERE for pictures from the the
Mr Halvorson retired in 1979 and Verdane Erdman
from Wilbert replaced Mr Halvorson. She sorts
mail for the entire Ceylon area.
- * Nu-Way Co-op
- * Kling and Janhke Trucking & Tires
Janhke Trucking & tires established 1996
BECKENDORF PLUMBING & HEATING
- The business
actually evolved as a 'Branch' of Duncan
Hardware Store, owned by Lois and Dale
Duncan, previously owned by Allen and
Robert Christensen, and before that their
father H,H, Christensen.
- In l986 because of
the declining business trends of the 80's
it was logical to separate the labor from
the material in the billing statements.
And as a result, two businesses were
- In the fall of
l992, the Hardware Store closed and the
building was sold. For a short time
thePumbing Business rented the back
portion of the building and operated out
of the back alley entrance.
- l996 the building
was again up for sale,then is when the
business moved to it's present location,
aaaaone block north of main street, the
former Simpson Lumber Company, which the
busines had purched the previous year.
- Bob Christensen
serves as sheet metal consult ant and
fabricator, using some of the same tools
and equipment that his father used back
in the early l900's.
- * Lemke Awning
Awning Company was founded in 1950 by Ralph and
Belvia Lemke in Ringsted, Iowa. The business was
moved to Ceylon, Mn. in 1967 to the old Variety
Store west of the bank. Glen and Sharon moved to
Ceylon in 1969 to sell for Ralph and Belvia. They
bought the business from Glen's parents in 1973.
The old International building was purchased by
the Lemke's in 1980. They also bought out their
supplier Ron-del International. A fire destroyed
part of their business in the International
building in 1989. They built a new building west
of the old building to operate their business
The Lemke Awning Company
manufacture a DOOR CANOPY and a FOLDING ALUMINUM
AWNING which can be raised from inside and
outside the home.
- Sharon and Glen have two sons, both in
the navy Glen Jr . wife and son are
stationed in Hawaii and Leon is stationed
in the state of Washington.
- * Ditz Insurance
|The Insurance business was taken
out of the First National Bank during the
- It was then known as the Fred Koenecke
Insurance Agency and was run by my
grandfather until 1953. At which time he
- It was then run by my father William S.
Ditz from 1953 until l980, at which time
he passed away. In the meantime I had
returned home in the fall of 1977 to work
with him in the Insurance Agency. After
driving semi from 1971 until 1977.
- I ran the Angency for about a year for
the Estate, until things were taken care
of. Or until the fall of 1981. At that
time I purchased the Agency. I have been
there totallysince the fall of 1977 until
the present. I also have been
Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Ceylon
since August of 1979.
- William F. Ditz
- 202 W, Main ,Box 328
- Ceylon, Mn. 56121
- Phone: 507-632-4517
- * O'sell Insurance
- * Babe's Fashions
Schmidt does custom embroidery for business or
personal use. Bring in your Business Logo for
shirts or hats. New mothers love the personal
bibs, shirts, and even baby socks! Call, or E-Mail Babe for more information!
- * Rosenberg Electric
- * Myer's Refinishing
Refinishing started as a family business
established by Nadine and Wendell Myers in l979.
They do excellent recane and furniture repaire
wor k even rebuilding wooden parts. Son Dan works
as the expert finisher.
- * Don Schley
- * Buke's
and Jerry Buchan leased the bar from
Nassen-Detert American Legion Post 529 in 1996.
The bar handles both on-sale and off-sale
liquors. The Buchan family operate another
business .Buke's Repair located in the former
Ceylon Coop building which has been established
the fall of l998. Jason and Jeremy will change
oil and change your tires on Wednesdays when the
station is open.
- * Ceylon Community Building
- * Ceylon American Legion
- * Ziemer Welding
- * Larry Schmidt --Seed Corn<
- * Warren Prust --SeedCorn
|Novartis Seed Dealer: Warren
Prust has sold corn, soybean and alfalfa seed for
26 years. Novartis Seed has an excellent line-up
of corn hybreds, soybean and alfalfa seed for
Warren Prust 152
Ceylon, MN 56121
Phone: 507 632 4251
- * Leiding Construction--Lonnie
- * Petschke Excavating
Excavating was established in 1970 . In 1995 Gary
took his son Jon as partner, They do a complete
line of farm drainage,septic systems,CAT work
gravel ,sans and dirt hauling. Their business is
- * Daleske Blacksmith Shop
- * Car Wash
- * Hair Technique
- * Barber Shop- Glenn Samlaska
- * Ceylon Museum
- * Ceylon Wood Carvers
|The Ceylon Woodcarvers club
formed May 31,1988, and meet at 7p.m. the first
and 3rd Tues. of the month beginning in Sept. and
ending with a picnic at Mondale Park on the last
meeting in May. No meetings are held during the
The first President was Jim Morris who
helped organize the Club. Vice President was
Roger Morris ,Treasurer:Bridget
Belknap,Secretary: Dorothy Petersen.
Dues, proposed at that time were $5.00 , dues
were later raised to $10.00 and payable April 1.
The members have learned a lot about
woodcarving. Each fall the club sponsors a
woodcarving show at the mall in Fairmont . For a
money maker , members carve ornaments and
decorate a christmas tree which is given away at
a drawing each year.
Though the years many members attend seminars
to learn carving from experts. The info is
brought back to the other club members.
- * Odegaard's Marine Service
- Located at 211 E. MainStreet ,Established October 1988
- Ceylon, Mn. 56121, Telephone  632 4666.
- Owners Gale and Rhoda Odegaard.
- Starcraft Boats, Autherized Mariner, MerCruiser -Force
and Johnson, Shoreland'r, Trailers,
- Shore lifts, Porta Docks, Vibo Docks & Lifts Boat
Repair, Boat-Trailer Wiring&Bearings Sercice Repair
of all makes and models of Outboard and Inboards.
- * Hand's Fishing
Fishing Crew at Tuttle Lake
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