The full history of the business, along with images of many colorful artefacts from the company, can be found on Peter Biggins' website, which details the history of his family. His story on William Drueke begins as follows:
"In 1883, after working for William Hake for seven years, William Peter Drueke started his own wholesale liquor business with Alexander Kennedy, Drueke & Kennedy, on the east side of the Grand River at 25 Canal Street (now Monroe Avenue NW, north of Pearl). After a year at 25 Canal Street, the business was located at 76 N. Waterloo Street (now Monroe Avenue NW, between Fulton and Lewis), still on the east side of the river.
The Michigan Tradesman for May 9, 1888, reported that William Peter Drueke and Alexander Kennedy had dissolved their partnership of the last five years. William Peter was taking stock and fixtures to 16 and 18 Crescent Avenue on the east side of the river, where he would continue business".
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The company used the brand names:
"Lakeside Club", "Lakeside Club Bouquet", "Loreley", and "Old Cargo."
Business name timeline:
Drueke & Kennedy (1883-1888), William Drueke (1889-1890), Wm Drueke Co. (1897-1908), Drueke-Lynch Co. (1911-1917)
25 Canal St. (1883), 76 N Waterloo St. (1884-1888), 16-18 Crescent Ave (1889-1890), 30 N Ionia (1897-1908), 13-15 Ionia Ave SW. (1911-1917)
Company premises, c. 1917
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Grand Rapids directory notes
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1900, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911, 1917
1882, 1900, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1911, 1917, 1919
Grand Rapids directory
W - Wholesalers, V-R - Retail. There are no listings for distillers in the years sampled. In 1919, there are no liquor-related listings.
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