Trein’s Track

While other businesses have come and gone in Dixon, Ill., Trein's Jewelry has stayed put. When the jeweler (originally named Dodge & Kling) first opened in the spring of 1883, various businesses—including a housecleaner, a bank, and a theater, according to old newspaper clippings—were in operation in downtown Dixon. One practice, in particular, may have helped Trein's endure for so many decades: Each of the owners has traveled the world to find the most interesting karat-gold jewelry, silver and plated items, gold pens, spectacles, cutlery, pocket knives, music boxes, clocks, and watches for its Midwestern customers. The store has passed through the hands of numerous families. E.L. Kling and S.S. Dodge opened the store, then sold it to the Treins (the family from which the store takes its name). It was later sold to the Wolf family, the Hesses, and finally to the current owne

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