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CASPAR VETTER
Philadelphia, PA.
1865-1921
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Caspar Vetter shows up in the 1860 directory as a "hosteler" at 858 N 4 th.
In 1865, there is a "Jasper Vetter, Wines & Liquors": presumably the same man.
In 1870, Caspar is described as "Lager", a name that remains for the next several decades, and is in partnership with Theodore, who is a clerk, and Caspar Vetter Jr., Rectifier.
Caspar Jr has left by 1880 and is now working at Keller & Vetter, Flour Merchants. Theodore drops out and sets up on his own sometime before 1890.
Caspar appears in "Philadelphia Old and New", pub. 1895. We're told that was German, born in Baden, and came to the US in 1854. The business premises at 427 Poplar was a 3 storey brick building, 30 x 60 feet area (in 2004 there's only a vacant lot).

When Prohibition is enacted, Caspar remains at his store (also his home) on Poplar but now selling soft drinks (1921). By 1925, he appears to have retired since his listing is absent of an occupation.

The company used the brand names:
"Fine Old Whiskies", and "Old Chimney Corner Pure Rye."

Business name timeline:
Jasper Vetter (1865), Theodore & Caspar Vetter (1870), Caspar Vetter (1875-1921)

Address timeline:
859 Lawrence (1865), 427 Poplar (1870), Lawrence c Poplar & N (4th?) 11 th c George (1875), 427 Poplar (1881-1921)

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W I R


Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
Philadelphia directory notes



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Appearance in directories:
1860, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1881, 1885, 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, 1918, 1921, 1925

Directories consulted:
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 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, 1918

Philadelphia directory notes:
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent


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