For eighty-one years, Dreymiller & Kray, Inc. has been tantalizing palates with our mouth-watering, savory smoked meats. We have been captivating taste buds of families for over four generations.
Our customers inspire us to continue smoking meat in a very traditional fashion. It is when parents bring their children with them to share the tradition of smoky flavored morsels that we smile. This is when we know we have performed our talents and can take a moment to appreciate this gift.
In 1929 two brothers, Frank and Howard Dreymiller opened a small meat market in Hampshire, Illinois. It took on many names over the years such as Dreymiller Brothers, Dreymillers, and Hampshire Cash Market. After many years in the business, Frank wanted to retire and sold his share of the business to Everett Kray shortly after WWII. That is when the name became and remains Dreymiller & Kray, Inc. The two brothers focused on the smoking of meats, but when Everett entered into the business they expanded into custom processing for farmers.
Frank 'Happy' Dreymiller as a young man working at Melms Market. Notice the sawdust on the floor and the half of beef hanging.
As our country became more wealthy and families grew, they expanded the retail and wholesale business. During the late fifties, smoked hams and bacon were sent throughout the United States and even to President Eisenhower in the White House.
In 1941 inside the store. From Left to Right, Frank 'Happy' Dreymiller, Chris Burner, Howard Dreymiller, future owner – Everett Kray, and Charles Blank.