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special attention to that conducted by Mrs.
Joseph Betzold, at No. 431 Main St., where
she occupies a fine business room, which is
kept liberally stocked with most desirable and
seasonable goods, selected with direct refer-
ence to the requirements of all who admire
both taste and style, consisting of the newest
novelties in pattern hats and bonnets, ribbons,
trimmings, flowers, feathers and all kinds of
notions. Especial attention is given to secur-
ing newest seasonable styles immediately on
their appearance in the metropolitan cities of
the East. Mr. Joseph Betzold is a native of
Cincinnati and came to this city in 1S61. In
1863 he enlisted in the 124th Indiana Volun-
teer Infantry, serving up to August, 1S65.
Mrs. Betzold" established the business in 1S65
and enjoys the patronage of the better class of
citizens in both city and country. Her annual
business will compare favorably with other
houses in this line. Especial attention is paid
to the trimming department, in which special
pains are taken to secure the pleasure of
patrons. She gives special attention to keep-
ing ajfull stock of zephvrs, worsteds, notions,
hosiery, furnishing goods, etc.

Baker, No. 322 Main St.

This house was originally established by
Mr. Mason some years ago, from whom it
passed to his son, Mr. Jeff. Mason, the latter
gentleman being succeeded by Mr. Bellinger
about seven years ago, who has ever since
conducted the business, producing the choicest
bread, cakes, etc., to be obtained in this city.
Special attention is paid to the preparation of
fine fancy cakes for parties, weddings or festi-
val occasions. Mr. Bellinger enjoys ample
facilities and uses only the choicest quality of
flour. Mr. Bellinger'is a native of England
and was born in 1826, coming to this country
in May, 1S71, landing at New York. He
learned the baking business in that country,
where every one must serve a regular appren-
ticeship and understands the business thor-
oughly. He has been engaged in the busi-
ness now for over 40 years, 12 of which were
spent at it in the United States.


Groceries, Fruits, Provisions, Poul-
try, etc. Cor. Ft. Wayne Ave. and
Seventh St.
Although established as recently as Septem-
ber, 1SS2, the house of Benson Bros, has
already acquired a large degree of popularity
and patronage. This firm occupy a spacious
and neatly arranged and well located sales-
room, where they carry a general and com-
plete line of fine family groceries, both staple
and fancy, including teas, coffees, sugars,
spices, soaps, syrups, canned goods, foreign
and domestic fruits, vegetables, produce, etc,
together with all kinds of provisions, and
poultry and fish in their season, in which they
have established a trade that will compare
favorably with the general grocery houses
of the city. Messrs. C. F. and H. C. Bensou,
the gentlemen comprising the firm, are both
natives of Indiana and are thoroughly conver-
sant with all the details of the business and
requirements of the trade.


Confectionery, Fruits, Nuts, etc.,
Nos. 169 and 171 Ft. Wayne Ave.
Mr. Sol. Klein, the subject of the present
sketch, is a native of the Kingdom of Bavaria
and was born in the year 1S30, coming to this
country in 1S53. He has been a resident of
Richmond for about 32 years and has occupied
his present location for 22 years, during the
whole of which period he has enjoyed a large
and lucrative trade. His salesroom is neatly
arranged and fitted up in metropolitan style,
where is carried a large and complete line of
plain, fancy and ornamental confectionery,
foreign and domestic fruits and nuts, choice
brands of cigars, etc, together with oysters, ice
cream and soda water in their season. The
neat and handsomely furnished ice cream par-
lors are always inviting and the purest ices,
with genuine fruit flavors, are served to patrons
in the most tempting forms. Mr. Klein is a



public spirited and enterprising business man
and his establishment is one of the most popu-
lar of its kind in the city.


Manufacturer and Wholesale and
Retail Dealer in All Kinds of
Stick and Home Made Candies, Nuts,
Fruits, etc., No. 14 North Ninth St.
The business in which Mr. Thompson is
engaged was started by him nearly 20 years
ago in another location, removing to his pres-
ent place about two years ago. Here he occu-
pies a substantial two story building, iSx6o
feet in dimensions, where he manufactures all
kinds of stick and home made candies, with
which he supplies most of the small dealers in
this city and vicinity, and makes a specialty of
fine caramels and pure candies, fruits, nuts
and fine cigars. He employs ample assistance
and enjoys a large and lucrative trade, extend-
ing within a radius of 13 to 30 miles, embrac-
ing adjoining counties of Indiana and Ohio.
Mr. Thompson was born in Ohio in 1S36 but
has been a resident of Indiana for over 30
years. He is a practical candy maker and has
had many years experience in the business,
which guarantees to patrons that reliability
that so thoroughly meets the wants of his
growing trade.


Packer and Shipper of Butter and
Eggs, and Dealer in Groceries and
Provisions, 401 and 402 Main St.
This business was originally established by
Mr. Thos. Nestor in 1S51, who commenced
business in a comparatively limited way, a few
doors west of the present location After two
years he removed to the premises now occu-
pied, where the business was continued up to
187S, at which time Mr. Eggemeyer became
associated with Mr. Ne-tor as partner. Special
attention has been devoted to the collection of
eggs and butter from producers and dealers in
this and adjoining counties of Indiana and
Ohio, and the trade has been marked with a
steady and gratifying increase. Mr. Eggemey-
er, the present proprietor of the house, had en-
joyed a previous experience in this department
of trade for 13 years. Upon the retirement
of Mr. Nestor in 1S79, the firm name became
Buhl & Eggemeyer, and upon the death of Mr.
Buhl in 1SS1, the entire business came into the
hands of the present proprietor. The business
of this house embraces two distinct depart-
ments. The general grocery and provision
store being located at No. 401, while the egg
and butter packing and shipping department
is situated on the opposite side of Main Street
at No. 402. The genera! grocery department
6tands at the corner of Main and" Fourth Sts.,
opposite the court house, where it occupies a
fine two-story brick building iSxi2o feet in di-
mensions, which is kept constantly stocked at
all times with staple and fancy groceries, em-
bracing the best and finest goods pertaining to
house supplies in this department of trade, en-

joying telephonic connection with all parts of
^he city and adjacent towns. The butter and
egg packing and shipping department is situa-
ted almost directly opposite, and occupies a
three story brick building 21x120 feet in which
ample space and facilities are enjoyed for stor-
ing, preserving, packing and shipping. In this
branch the transactions embrace an average
shipment of iSoo barrels of eggs and about 15
tons ot butter per annum. An average force
of seven assistants is employed, while several
wagons are constantly on the road soliciting
supplies from the country districts. Mr. Egge-
meyer is a native of this city, in which his
business life has chiefly been devoted.


Manufacturer of Havana and Do-
mestic Cigars, 13 North Eighth St.
Among the leading manufacturers of choice
Havana and domestic cigars in this city and
Eastern Indiana is the establishment of Mr.
Henry H. Engelbert, whose establishment is
numbered 166. Mr. Engelbert is a native of
this city, where he was born in 1S54. He is a
practical cigar maker and gives his personal
attention to the business, in addition to the
employment of an average force of from three
to five hands. His manufacturing department
embraces a rear room at the above named
location, 20x40 feet in dimensions, and the
annual products of this house will range from
200,000 to 250,000 cigars. The leading brands
of cigars here manufactured are: "Famous
Ten Cent Straight," a ten cent cigar, and the
following brands of five cent cigars, "Eighth
Street," "Little Pansy" and "No. 13." These
cigars are of standard value, if indeed they
have an equal in the products of any contem-
poraneous establishment East or West. Mr.
Engelbert first commenced business in part-
nership with A. J. Landwer, in May, 1SS3, at
No. 623 Main St., this partnership continuing
up to October of the same year, at which time
the partnership was dissolved. The business
was continued at the same location up to De-
cember 24th, at which time he removed to his
present location.


Manufacturers and Dealers in All
Kinds of Cabinet Furniture, Nos.
505 and 507 Main St.
Mr. Pardieck is a native of Oldenberg, Ger-
many, where he was born in 1S35. He came
to this country over 2S years ago and has for
many years been engaged in this department
of trade. Prior to removal to his present
location he carried on business at Nos. 205
and 207 South Filth St. In his present quar-
ters he occupies a fine business room, 2SJ5XX05
feet in dimensions, utilizing both the first and
second stories for the storage and display of
every description of cabinet and household
furniture, both common and upholstered goods,
parlor, dining room and bed room suites, com-
mon and marble top bureaus, stands, etc., office
furniture, lounges, sofas, chairs, etc. He pays



considerable attention to the manufacturing
department, especially to wood bottom chairs,
of which he sells from 400 to 500 dozen per
annum. His store is one of the finest in this
section of the state and one of the most inviting
to those desiring this class of goods.


Groceries and Provisions, No. 175

Ft. Wayne Ave.
The above named firm established them-
selves at their present location about five years
ago, Mr. Morrow, Sr., having formerly been
engaged in business on the same avenue since
JS54. Their present establishment has secured
a successful trade, by virtue of the excellent
business management associated with its
operations. The premises occupied consist of
two floors in a substantial brick building, each
floor being 20x76 feet in size and thoroughly
stocked with the better grades of goods, evinc-
ing the ability of this house to compete in
home supplies with any contemporaneous
establishment in the city. An excellent stock
is carried, embracing fine staple and fancy
family groceries, teas, coffees, sugars, spices,
canned goods, fruits, nuts, produce and gro-
cers' sundries generally, which is being almost
daily replenished by fresh jjrrivals from the
best jobbing houses and producers in the
country. Mr. Elihu Morrow, the senior
member of the firm, was born in this county
in 1S17 and has been identified with this
branch of trade, embracing both wholesale and
retail, since 1S54. His two sons, the other
members of the firm, are both natives of Rich-
mond and thoroughly experienced in all the
details of the businsss.


Carriage Manufacturer, No. 158 and

160 Ft. Wayne Avenue.
This gentleman is entitled to the most favor-
able consideration for his efforts in developing
und securing the latest improvements in styles
and construction in this important branch of
industry. The premises occupied by these
works in the various departments embrace a
large and substantial three story brick building
3SxSo feet in dimensions, with an " L" 40x40
and one story high fronting on North " D "
street, besides which other buildings and
ground space occupied comprise a space of
40.XS0 feet, affording the amplest facilities for
the efficient manulacture of all kinds of light
and heavy carriages, buggies, phuttons, etc. of
every description and of the most approved
styles and finished workmanship, while all
•work turned out by this house is subjected to
the most rigid inspection before leaving the
works. An average force of eight skilled
workmen is regularly employed, and from 40
to 50 complete vehicles are turned out annu-
ally. A specialty is made of an improved two-
bow top, which has been pronounced by com-
petent judges to be the best bow top made, and
the manufacture of which is controlled in
Wayne county by Mr. Larsh. This business

has been installed here for a number of years,
coming into the control of Mr. Larsh in Nov.
1SS2, since which time the scope of its opera-
tions have been materially increased and aug-
mented through the recognized excellence of
the work turned out. Mr. Larsh is a native
of this county and learned his trade in the
same shop he now controls. With an experi-
ence of about 15 years and the amplest facili-
ties in this department of trade ne has secured
a prominence which entitles his establishment
to liberal public consideration.


This establishment, one of the largest in the
country, was originally started at Milton, this
county, and removed here in 1S7S, where com-
modious buildings are occupied for the manu-
facture of grain drills. About 150 hands are
employed and the annual business is very
large. J. M. Westcott is President; Omar
Hollingsworth, Treasurer; F. A. Wilke, Sec-
retary, and J. A. Carr, Superintendent.


Plumber, Steam and Gas Fitter, No.

8 South oth St.
This is the most prominent establishment of
the kind here and is located in a handsome
three-story brick building, -3x34 feet in dimen-
sions, erected, owred and occupied by him.
Mr. Meerhoffis a native of Kingdom" Hano-
ver, Germany, where he was born in 1S30, and
came to America in 1S48. He learned the
trade of plumber in Cincinnati, where we was
employed in one house sixteen years, and came
to Richmond in 1S66. In the following year
he commenced business here as a member of
the firm of Wefel & Meerhoff, which continu-
ed until 1869, when Mr. James Dickinson was
admitted as a partner and the firm name was
changed to Dickinson, Wefel & Meerhoff. In
1S71 Mr. Wefel retired and Messrs. Dickinson
& Meerhoff continued the business as partners
until die death of Mr. Dickinson in 1S76, when
Mr. Meerhoff became sole proprietor, and has
conducted the business alone ever since. He
transacts a general plumbing, steam and gas
fitting business, and is prepared to execute all
orders promptly and at the shortest possible
notice, guaranteeing first-class workmanship,
and entire satisfaction in all cases. He also
deals extensively in, and has constantly in
stock, gas fixtures, chandeliers, brackets, all
kinds of iron and wood pumps, iron and lead
pipe, steam fittings, hydrants, stop cocks, valves,
water closets and fixtures, drive wells, etc He
also deals extensively in sewer pipe, keeping
the best make in the market and enjoys the
amplest facilities for supplying farmers and
others upon the most reasonable terms. He
employs from six to ten assistants, and trans-
acts an extensive business in this city and sur-
rounding country, while the policy upon which
his house has been conducted is such as to
place it in the front rank in all progressive fea-
tures which contribute to our leading commer-
cial enterprise.



Agricultural Implements, etc.
Was organized in 1S72 with a capital stock of
3100,000, and the works were l hen located at
Dublin, this county. Three years later they
were removed to this city, where very com-
modious quarters are occupied. About 175
men are employed and the annual business
■will amount to more than $400,000. The offi-
cers are L. L. Lawrence, President; William
Baxter, Vice President; Thaddeus Wright,
Secretary and Treasurer.

poraneous house east or west, thus enabling
him to offer to the trade inducements unsur-
passed in our metropolitan cities. Both a
wholesale and retail business is transacted and
the annual sales will now compare favorably
with the leading commercial houses of the
state. An average force of 15 salesmen and
assistants here find employment, marking each
successive year with a gradually increasing
volume of business. This house occupies a
prominent position among the leading com-
mercial pursuits of this county and state.


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Wholesale and Retail Notions and
Furnishing Giods, Crockery, Glass
and Tin Ware, Fancy Goods, etc., Cor.
Main and 6th Streets.
Mr. Frank A. Knabe, the proprietor of this
now well known house is a native of Ohio,
where he was born in 1S40. After completing
his early education he became identified with
commercial pursuits, engaging in business in
-.Cincinnati, Ohio, on his own account in 1S64.
After an experience of several years in busi-
ness in that city, he removed to Richmond in
1879, where the wisdom of his undertaking has
been verified in the large and established trade
this house has here secured. The premises
occupied by Knabe's Bazaar embraces a fine
business room 25x125 feet in dimensions, in
addition to basement of same size, which is
fitted up in metropolitan style and stocked with
imported and American notions, furnishing
goods, crockery and glass ware and all kinds
of tin ware, fancy goods, etc. The many years
of experience enjoyed by Mr. Knabe has se-
cured to him the most comprehensive facilities
and arrangements with importers, manufactu-
rers and trade sales of the east, for securing
supplies upon as liberal terms as any contem-


Daily Market, Meats, Fruits and
Vegetables, No. Si 2 and S14 Main St.
One of the most energetic and successful
business men in the city of Richmond, is Mr.
John O'Harra, located at S12 and 814 Main Sl
This gentleman established himself in business
here about six years ago, and his business has
increased steadily from year to year, until at
present it ranks among the largest of its class
in the city. Mr. O'Harra moved to his present
location in May, 1SS3, and occupies a spacious
and commodious salesroom, 3^x90 feet in size,
situated in a substantial brick structure, in the
central part of the city, where he keeps on
hand a fine stock of meats, fruits and vegeta-
bles, poultry and game in their season, and
wholesale fruits, oysters and fish. He is
always careful in selecting none but the best
cattle for his trade. Some idea of the charac-
ter and ability of this gentleman may be
gleaned from the fact that he started in "busi-
ness six years ago without a dollar, and
through his indomitable energy and industry-
overcame all obstacles, attending strictly to
business, until to-day he transacts an annual
business of about $25,000, with an extensive
trade over the entire city and adjoining coun-



try, requiring the services of five assistants.
Mr. O'Harra deals heavily in fruits and vegeta-
bles, the trade in these articles during the
summer months amounting to about $5,000.
Mr. O'Harra is a native of Butler County, O.,
and was born in 1S43, removing to Indiana
about six years ago.


This enterprise was incorporated in 1S75,
with a capital stock of $40,000. Capacity of
the works is 25 instruments per week "and
about 150 hands are employed. The officers
are James M. Starr, President; C. C. Coffin,
Vice President; Benjamin Starr, Secretary and
Treasurer; M.J. Chase, General Manager.


The POPULAR One Price Clothiers
Corner Main and qth Sts.
One of the most popular houses in the city-
engaged in this branch of trade is the firm of
Peter Lichtenfels & Co., who have perfected
arrangements for securing custom made cloth-
ing of superior quality, and of equal value in
style, finish and workmanship to that manu-
factured by merchant tailors. The firm occu-
py a spacious and neatly arranged storeroom,
23x110 feet in dimensions, where may be con-
stantly found an extensive stock of custom-
made clothing, to which especial attention is
given, embracing garments for men, boys and
children of every grade and style which the
firm guarantee to sell as cheap as any house in
the state can sell goods of similar value, be-
cause of the advantages which they possess in
securing supplies, and the small expense at-
tached to their business operations. Four assis-
tants are required to conduct the extensive
trade of the house, which is the largest of the
kind in the city. Mr. Lichtenfels was born
in this city in 1S45, and established himself at
his present business in 1S79, previous to which
he was in the employ of others in this depart-
ment of trade. Occupying a leading position
in the clothing trade in this city and county
this house is justly entitled to the full and lib-
eral notice here accorded.

Following are the more important firms not
_. already mentioned, with some of which are
*"* given amount of their annual sales.

Hardware and Impelmf.nts. — John H.
Roling, 606 Main St.; Thos. Cuamer Si Co.,
Main and Seventh Sts.; Peter Crocker, 913
Main St.; Stratton & Gordon, 101S Main St.

Groceries, Cigars, etc.— J. H. Dickman,
603 Main St., $50,000; J. H. Moorman, 520
Main St.; W. Lammert, Jr., South Ninth St.;
J. J. Jordan, 526 Main St.; C. A. Jones, 1S9
Ft. Wayne Ave.; J. G. Brooks, Twelfth and
North, $ 10,000; S. M. Pierson, 193 Ft. Wayne
Ave., $35,000; C Caster, 117 Ft. Wayne Ave.,
$7,000; John Peterson, 427 West Main; C. H.
Chambers, 1138 Main; C. Lammert, Eighth
and South E Sts., $8,000; D. Bowers, 910
Main, $20,000; Shafer and Stranahan, 1538
East Main, $15,000; ,S. F. Nutting, 324 Main

St., $15,000; Henrv Cutter, Fourth and South
D Sts, $50,000; C. Yohl.-e, 449 South Fifth;
S. Schmitt, 315 South Fifth St. ; G. H. Snv-
der, Eighth and South C Sts.; S. M. Buckley,
Eighth and Main Sts; C. Kreimeier, 10 North
Sixth St.; S. Rogers, 13 North Eighth St.; P.
Young, 121 South Fifth St.; J. Poundstone,
817J3' North E. St.

Dry Goods, Cloth tsse, Boots, Shoes,
Millinery and Fancy Goods— L. E. Leon-
ard & Co., S19 Main S:t, $100,000; G. W.
Mashmever & Co., Main and Eighth Sts ; G.
W. Schipman, 407 Main St., $20,000; J. H.
Hatfield, 916 Main; J. C. Peltz, Ninth St.; J.
Werner, 911 Main St, Sy,ooo; S. Fox, 714
Main St., $30,000; J. Zeven & Bro., 516 Main
St.; B. Kreimeir, 423 Mlain St., $40,000; J.
Marcus, S25 Main St., £20,000; Tuck Bros,
726 Main St., $20,000; E. L. Reynolds, 530
Main St.; Estell Bros., 403 Main St., $5,009*
E. F. Aleiev, 23 North Eighth St.; E. H.
Menke, 421 Main St.; B. INIaag, 614 Main St.,
$20,000; Mr*. Vunsant, 311 North Eighth St.,
$12,000; T. B. Scott, S17 Main St.; Louer Si
Co, 720 Main St.; S. Fox, 62S Main St.,
$12,000; J. Macke & Son, 536 Main St.

Furniture, Music Instruments, etc. —
Smith & Dunham, 627 Main St. ; E. F. Dalby,
^ Main St., $20,000; F. Grothaus, 31 South
Fifth St., $iS,ooo; F. A. Drake, 5 N. Eighth.

Drugs, Books and Jewelry. — A. G.
Luken & Co., 62S Main Sit; Dale & Homada,
912 Main St.; Lvon & Co., 601 Main St.; W.
H. Ross, S04 Main St.; J. Reule, 50S Main St.
J. Wampler, S04 Main St.; Morris & Hunt,
71S Main St., $20,000; E.. J. Ward, 70S Main
St, $6,000.

Lumber, Coal and Wood.— John Henley,
Main and Tenth Sts.; H. M. Roberts & Son,
Eighth St.; Mather Bros., 260 Ft. Wayne
Ave.; J. W. Moore Si Co., 1022 Main St.,
$20,000; William Dick, North A. St.; E. R.
Matthews, Fifteenth St.

Crockery, Tin and Wooden Ware and
Harness.— A. W. Meyer, 600 Main St., $12,-
000; H. Wilke, 433 Main St.. $20,000; J.
Potts Si Son, 914 Main St.; F. Van Uxem Si
Co., 625 Main St., $25,000; A. J. Hoffman,
629 Main St, $25,000; G. Detch Si Son, 517
Main St., $9,000; A.J.Coiffman, 519 Main St.;
C. A. Keys, 61S Main St., $15,000.

Insurance and Real Estate —Provident
Life Association, S North. Seventh St.; S. Bel-
lis, 10 North Seventh St.; Lemon Si Clark,
Eighth and Main Sts.; William Bradburv Si
Son, 730 Main St.; O. P. Crocker, Hittle Bl'k.

Miscellaneous.— Richmond Church Fur-
niture Company, Eighth St. and Washington
Ave.; Sinex Plow Cor:rpanv, 174 Ft. Wayne
Ave.; S. Marlatt, 1S2 Ft Wayne Ave, iron
fences, $7,000; B. B. D'eal & Co., 1S4 Ft.
Wayne Ave., produce; Quaker City Chair
Company, 15 South Eleventh St, $50,000;
DeWitt, Stokes & Co., ug North Eighth St.,
factory supplies, $30,00^; Valley Oil Mills,
linseed oil; Kentworthv a: Co., 183 Ft. Wayne

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