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Victor Clothing Company Store, 1922

Austin F. Koslosky, a founder of the Victor Clothing Company, was one of the leading citizens of Morrison County featured in Clara Fuller’s, History of Morrison and Todd Counties Minnesota, published in 1915 by the B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Below is an excerpt from the biography of Austin F. Koslosky.

Among the leading citizens of Morrison county, Minnesota, is Austin F. Koslosky, a well-known merchant of Little Falls….Austin F. Koslosky came to America with his parents in 1873.  He received his elementary education in the rural schools near Silver lake, Minnesota, and was graduated from a Normal School at Dixon, Illinois, in 1898.  After working with a surveying crew for one year, he came to Little Falls and clerked in the St. Paul department store at Little Falls until 1903, when he removed to Royalton and became manager of the “Emporium” store there.  After remaining at Royalton for ten months, he returned to Little Falls and organized a corporation known as the Victor Clothing Company, which dealt in men’s furnishings and clothing and which had a store on Broadway.  Mr. Koslosky became the general manager of the store.  The company did a thriving business and in a short time the general manager began to buy out the other shareholders.  After purchasing all the stock and the building, he remodeled the buildings and since then has enlarged the stock until it is now double its former value.  He not only has an up-to-date store building, but handles a complete line of clothing, shoes and men’s furnishings, besides ladies’ shoes, hosiery and underwear.  He carries one of the largest stocks in the city and Morrison county.

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