The following is taken from the "Pittsburgh and Allegheny Illustrated Review: Historical, Biographical and Commercial". It was published by J M Elstner & Co., Pittsburgh, PA., in 1889:
| Joseph Fuhrer & Sons. - Wholesale Dealer in Wines and Liquors; 3701 Butler Street.|
This was the first wholesale liquor house in this ward, having been started in 1866 upon a small scale by Mr. Joseph Fuhrer, who was later joined by his sons, Messrs. Joseph Fuhrer, Jr., and William E. Fuhrer. Mr. William E. Fuhrer subsequently died, and the business has since been conducted by Messrs. Joseph Fuhrer and Joseph Fuhrer, Jr.
From its inception the enterprise has prospered, and the firm now occupies a handsome four-story building, 21 x 80 feet in dimensions, which was erected by the firm especially for the purposes of this business, and which is kept fully stocked with a complete assortment of fine imported and domestic wines and liquors, including McKim's, Gibson's, Guckenheimer's, Large's and other leading brands of whiskies.
The house has an extensive wholesale trade throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, where it is in high repute for the superior quality of the goods handled by it, and the affairs of the firm are managed upon the most reliable and enterprising principles by the Messrs. Fuhrer, who are thoroughly informed in regard to every department of the liquor business.
Mr. Joseph Fuhrer, the senior member of the firm, was born in Allegheny County in 1835, during President Jackson's administration, and has been a lifelong, consistent and energetic democrat of the old school, and a prominent, substantial and highly esteemed business man and citizen.
The company used the brand name: "XXX Cabinet Pure Rye."
Business name timeline:
Jos Fuhrer (1871-1884), Joseph Fuhrer & Son (1885-1890), Joseph Fuhrer & Sons (1892-1918)
Butler n 37 th - 3626 Butler (1871-1880), 3700-3701 Butler (1881-1918)
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Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
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1871, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 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
V= Wine & Liquor (Wholesale), V-R = Wine & Liquor (Retail), W = Whiskey (Wholesale), L = Liquors (Wholesale) D = Distiller, DA = distiller's agent
Major street name renumbering in 1884 and again 1896, again in 1899 (Ohio Ave). Washington became Warrington in 1910. Just liquor dealer pages until 1899, except in 1874, 1878, 1880. 1875, 1887 are missing. 1877 and 1878 pages are identical, so one is missing. 1886, 1891, is partial listing. 1901 - started showing phone exchanges and numbers for all. 1907. No Distillers, Liquors begins with "Bigley". 1909, 1912, no distillers.
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