John Rasch was my uncle (my mother's brother). He served the fine hotels in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Prohibition put him out of business, but he nurtured his money, fully intending to reopen John Rasch Fine Wines and Liquors after Repeal.
In 1929 he received a phone call from his broker - he had been wiped in the stock-market crash. He had a stroke and was never the same.
He lived with my mother and me. I was born 1912. As a young boy, my fondest dream was riding in the "everyday" car; an Auburn with wood spokes and steering wheel. The Lincoln with headlights on the front fenders was reserved for special occasions.
He was fine a gentleman and always wore a stiff white collar, which was difficult for me button after he had the stroke.
(Information kindly provided by loufunk@***.***, March, 2010)
Business name timeline:
John Rasch Co.
506 N Gay (1914-1919), & 227 S Hanover (1916-1919)
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Years that company appeared in directories
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1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent
The Directories are full of display ads that are not available and have not been logged. L&W Retail is missing for 1871, partial (early letter of the alphabet are missing) for 1875, 1877, 1879, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899. No Distillers for 1884. Nothing for 1918. There was a city-wide number change in the 1887 directory. Old numbers appear after the new address.. Tel numbers are shown beginning 1902. In 1904, "temporary locations" are given following a fire (February, 1904), with many new addresses appearing in 1905 and many more in 1906. In 1910, at least two streets appear to have changed names (Canton becomes Fleet?). Retailers listings drop dramatically beginning 1890 but picks up again in 1895. Tel Numbers appear with the 1902 directory.
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