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FERDINAND WESTHEIMER & SONS
St. Joseph, MO.
1879-1915
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The Wilsons say that in 1868, Ferdinand Westheimer was partnered with Epstein in a grocery and tobacco & liquor store in St. Joseph.

In 1871, the brothers Samuel and Ferdinand Westheimer set up their own partnership and became wholesale liquor dealers on 2nd St.

In 1878, the brothers parted ways. Samuel continued operating the store on 2 nd St., eventually taking on his son. Their business continued successfully until prohibition.

In the mid 1880's, Ferd took on his own sons as partners and in 1897, the company consisted of Ferdinand, E. F., M. F., and L. F. Westheimer.

By the time Ferd died, he was owner of the Old Times Distillery in Louisville, KY. and the company had branch office in Cincinnati, OH that lists until Prohibition.

The company used the brand names:
"Boston League", "C. C. Bond", "Clover Brook", "Manhattan Reserve", "McAllister", "Number One", "Old Hutch", "Planet", "Pullman Pure Rye", "Red Top Rye", "Top", and "White House Club."

Business name timeline:
Ferdinand Westheimer & Co. (1879-1880), Ferdinand Westheimer (1881-1885), Ferdinand Westheimer & Sons (1887-1915)

Address timeline:
205-207 S 3 rd

Business category timeline (abbreviations decoded below):
W, D


Years that company appeared in directories
Years directories were consulted
St. Joseph directory notes



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Appearance in directories:
1879, 1880, 1881, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915

Directories consulted:
1861, 1868, 1869, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918

St. Joseph directory notes:
W = Wines & liquors, Wholesale & retail, D = distillers, V-R = Wines & Liquor, Wholesale.

No Distillers 1874 thro to 1902. All street numbers have changed in 1874, suggesting a city-wide renumbering. The following year, all addresses appear as ES, NS, WS of nd or 3rd or 4 th etc, suggesting that this caused mass confusion. No listings in any category for 1882, 1888, 1893, 1898, 1903.

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