The company is listed from 1913-1918 only but an ad in Fike (p. 17) suggests that they were est. in 1890.
The ad reads" Augauer Bitters. Contains 35% Alcohol. This preparation is offered to the public as a palatable and wholesome remedy for the mitigation of disorders of the stomach sleeplessness, loss of appetite, chronic diarrhoea and light attacks of dyspepsia or indigestion. Also usually affords protection against malaria. Dose: one fourth to half small wine glass full 3 or 4 times a day. Children according to age in sweetened water. Guaranteed under foods and drugs act, June 30, '06. Manufactured by Augauer Bitters Company, Formerly The Dr. Russell Medicine Co."
Business name timeline:
Augauer Bitters Co.
49 W kinzie (1913-1915), 143 W Austin Ave, 4 th Floor (1916-1918)
Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Chicago directory notes
1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1917, 1918
1860, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent
1860 - distillers page v difficult to read, 1872 unreadable, 1873 much missing, 1875 partial no DR, 1900 missing, 1903 no Wine & Liquor, 1904 J-S is unreadable, 1909: Major street renumbering with relocation of the E/W divide, 1911: minimal listing, another street renumbering, 1912 is missing, 1914: half distillers missing, 1915 no street addresses for distillers, 1917 no distillers in the business database, but includes the Telephone directory listings, 1918 no distillers and based on telephone directory only. There is some confusion on the dates of the directory - there were 4 sets variously labeled 1916-1919 but there were multiple xing out and inaccuracies. 1917 is a good bet, 1918 could be later. 1918: 5 th Ave becomes Wells
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