MISS MARTHA H. RADKE.
If a thorough preliminary training counts for anything in business, it is no doubt responsible for much of the
success of Miss Martha H. Radke, proprietor of a millinery store on West Main street. Visalia, California. As a
young girl she was reared and educated in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon leaving school she entered the
wholesale millinery house of Strong & Warren in that city, where she learned the art of trimming hats. Later
she was with the wholesale millinery firm of Robinson & Strause, also of St. Paul, where she became recognized
as an expert trimmer.
Robinson & Strause sent Miss Radke to various cities as an expert to assist local milliners in building up
a trade in St. Paul millinery. She was for some time in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as well as other leading cities in
that state: then went to Kelisgell Montana and from there to Portland, Oregon; was for some time with Mrs. Abrams
in Aberdeen, Washington; and came to California as a trimmer for S. H. Gill in Selma. In 1920 she came to Visalia,
and liking the appearance of the city, determined to make it her home.
Relying upon her knowledge of the millinery business and her ability to please the women of Visalia in the matter
of headwear, Miss Radke purchased the millinery store operated by Mrs. Bodie. For some time the business was conducted
under the name of Radke & Walton, but Miss Radke is now the sole owner. Her trade has grown and she is the
proprietor of the only exclusive millinery house in Visalia. She is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church,
owns a comfortable home, which she has built since coming to Visalia, and is regarded as one of the city's progressive
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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