Burckhard's North Side Bakery of Aberdeen: A Community Staple for Four Generations

Burckhard's North Side Bakery of Aberdeen: A Community Staple for Four Generations

Aberdeen, South Dakota, like many communities, has a rich history of family-run businesses that have prospered over several generations. These local establishments include automobile dealerships, grocery stores, construction companies, restaurants, farming and livestock ventures, and wholesale drug companies, to mention a few. Burckhard’s North Side Bakery was one of the city’s most successful and noteworthy family-run operations, spanning four generations and eighty-seven years. Envisaged by Paul and Catherine Burckhard at the turn of the twentieth century and opened for business in 1906, the bakery and its history reveal how immigrant families influenced Aberdeen’s development and how changing trends have tested the endurance of local
businesses.


Image at left is of Paul and Katherine Burckhard with their children in 1898, shortly after they moved to Aberdeen.