For 50 years, Albert Schroepfer, or as his friends called him, “Spin” was a constant on Main Street Sleepy Eye. Spin was a news reporter and printer for the Sleepy Eye Progressive for 10 years and from 1940 to 1957 the advertising manager for the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch.

Spin and his wife Myrtle owned and operated Ben Franklin, a staple of Main Street, Sleepy Eye, from 1958 to 1983 when they retired and sold the business.


Spin was active in many different organizations including the Sleepy Eye Retail Association, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Order of Foresters and served on St. Mary’s Athletic Board.
He was a charter member of the Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens and served for 25 years promoting the welfare of mentally and physically handicapped persons.
Spin also played saxophone and clarinet with orchestras during the Big Band era in the 1930s and 1940s.
He was a tremendous asset to the business community and to each organization in which he was a member.