Breedlove’s Sporting Goods Makes Contribution to Walldogs
The Walldogs’ Host Committee is pleased to announce that Breedlove’s Sporting Goods is making a donation to the Walldogs project. Breedlove’s donation will go towards the mural on the side of the YMCA that pays tribute to the S.S. Kewanee, a United States government freighter. The valves and fittings for the ship were made at the Walworth Co. here in Kewanee. Upon completion, it was launched on June 7, 1919 at Elizabeth, N.J. and a delegation from Kewanee was invited to attend to help launch the ship. Miss Clara Dossche, a 19 year old employee in the molding room at the Walworth, was sent with the Walworth contingent to christen the ship. The remains of the bottle (in its casing) used for the christening can be seen at the Kewanee Historical Society.
Breedlove’s Sporting Goods has a long history in Kewanee. In the summer of 1949, Robert E. Breedlove opened a franchised business at 213 W Second St. After that endeavor, Robert opened a sporting goods store, featuring Wilson athletic equipment, paint and toys. In 1975, the business moved to the current location at 123 W 2nd St. into what had been the Leader Store. At that time, toys were dropped and the focus became athletic clothing and team sporting goods. Breedloves serves not only Kewanee and area teams, but also a good portion of the Midwest market.
In 1990, the screen printing portion of the store moved to 105 N. Tremont where screen printing, engraving, lettering, trophies and signs are produced. In 1990, the former General American Finance Building became the athletic shoe annex to the store and in 2010, 118 N. Tremont became home to a family shoe store, Breedlove’s Shoes and Boots.
Since the 1940’s, Breedlove’s has sponsored 2-3 baseball and softball teams each year and is a major sponsor of the annual Hog Day Stampede. Breedlove’s remains a family business with brothers Bill and Dan Breedlove and sister, Debbie Pillen in charge. Debbie’s husband, Mike, works in the screen printing department and several of the children have worked for the business on and off over the years, as well.
'The historical and artistic value of the mural project will be very significant. The community can be very proud of the project for years to come, “said Dan. Brother Bill added 'Anytime we can do something good for Kewanee, it is a good thing' and Debbie agreed –everyone at Breedloves is very excited about the project.
Major contributors to the Walldogs effort include the City of Kewanee, Great Dane Trailers, Community State Bank, Martin Engineering, Preferred Home Health Care, Reiman’s Harley Davidson, the Nelson Lay Family, B & B Printing, Regional Media, VFW Post #8078, Muselman Investments (McDonald’s), Rumbold & Kuhn Inc., State Bank of Toulon, Sullivan Door Company, Boss Manufacturing, Breedlove’s, Peoples National Bank, Century 21 Sutton & Associates, Cerno’s Bar & Grill, Cernovich Auto & Truck Wrecking, Dr. Rick Cernovich , Aunt Daisy’s Bed & Breakfast, Drs. Hubbard & Hubbard, Lyle R. Jager Agency, Kewanee Hospital, Spets Brothers, Kewanee Garden Club, Kewanee Women’s Club, Kiwanis Club of Kewanee, Kewanee Rotary, Fred & Shirley Leggett, Ted Canellos, the Ken & Pam Mott Family, Mabel Andris and the Andris Family, the Tim Sheets Family, John & Delcine Heartt, Bob & Martina Jacobs, Phyllis Dotson, the Byron Bryner Family and Will & Sue Sagmoen.
The Walldogs’ Host Committee consists of 50 + volunteers working to plan and coordinate Kewanee’s Walldog Meet scheduled for July 10-14, 2013. As of this writing, it will be the largest ever Walldog Meet in their 20 year history. The Walldogs Host Committee is Co-chaired by Dennie and Dianne Packee, Reiman’s Harley Davidson. For more information about the Walldogs and the Walldogs Host Committee, contact Dianne Packee at (309) 312-0168 or Russell Medley at (309) 853-5000.