Saturday, March 21, 2015

page 173 -- Yund's Furniture Depot, E.B. Dix, Bochee's German Syrup, August Flower, G.G. Green

updated 23 March 2017
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established by Joseph Yund in 1866 at 215-217 Main St. Amsterdam, NY
You may also be interested in viewing the Yund family photos
Click the title below for a profile of the Yund family during the period when the business was one of the most prominent in the area:

History of Montgomery County: Embracing Early Discoveries, the ..., Volume 1

 edited by Washington Frothingham

Edward B. Dix

"mad as a hatter:"

 Mad as a hatter means "Completely insane; from the former use of mercury in processing furs or hides to make hats. Hatters absorbed large amounts of [mercury] over the years which gradually poisoned them, often leading to mental disturbance."

Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited

Here's a writeup on E.B. Dix from United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee. The historical, statistical and industrial review of the state of Connecticut online p.42:


"Edward B. Dix, Hatter and Furrier, No. 347 

Main Street. — The business now carried on by Mr. 

Edward B. Dix was established about twenty years 

ago by his uncle, Mr. C. R. Dix, and was con- 

tinued by him until 1878, when the present propri- 

etor succeeded him. The business is among the 

largest in the retail line in the city and is carried 

on in a store about 20x60 feet in size, eligibly located 

on the westerly side of Main street, in the very 

midst of the business section and on the fashionable 

promenade. Three salesmen, besides a number of 
workmen and girls are employed, and the seal 
sacques, dolmans and other furs turned out have 
won an enviable reputation among the better classes 
of Hartford's society. Mr. Dix also does a large 
trade in hats, making the finest grades a specialty. 
Mr. Dix is a native of Newington, Conn., and was 
born in 1857. He has resided in Hartford for the 
greater part of liis life and bears the reputation of 
being one of its worthy and pushing business men."



From the back of a similar card in the digital collection at East Carolina University:


New additions to the Arnold Collection give an idea of the variety of Bochee designs distributed:



The backs of the previous two cards bore similar inscriptions,
except for the name of the distributing dealer.
The first dealer impression was too blurred to read.

"Annex-Green's Almanac" refers to the manufacturer.
George Gill Green of Woodbury, NJ
According to Hidden New Jersey,
"Born in nearby Clarksboro, George Gill Green left the University of Pennsylvania medical school in 1864 to fight in the Civil War with the 142nd Illinois Regiment. Following the war, he used his medical training to start three medicine companies - first in Baltimore and then in Ohio. He returned to New Jersey in 1872 with his young family, but rather than starting fresh, he bought the rights to manufacture and market two patent medicines his father had been making and distributing. The business grew thanks to aggressive advertising, and Green became Woodbury's first multimillionaire as the city grew in prominence within the medicine industry. 
"Using some of his wealth, Green built a substantial building on Broad Street, in the city's business district. The G.G. Green Block reportedly held an opera house and an upstairs ballroom...."

also from the digital collection at East Carolina University

G.G. Green published the August Flower and German Syrup Almanac. Selected pages of the 1890 edition are available on PDF.
In contrast to many American multimillionairs of the 21st century who use their money to buy Congressional Representatives and Senators with an eye to increasing their personal wealth, George G. Green reinvested in his local community by erecting a substantial building to house both retail establishments and an opera house. The citizens of Woodbury worked together to preserve the structure when it fell into disrepair over a hundred years later. Here are two views of this building in August 2014 as seen from Google Street View:




According to the 2013 Annual Report of the New Jersey Historic Trust,

"RPM Development, LLC...realized the potential for this once grand building and proposed a reuse plan for the block. Under the guidance of the National Park Service and the New Jersey HistoricPreservation Office, the developer completed the restoration and rehabilitation project in 2013. The project relied on a complex finance package including low-income housing credit and federal investment tax credits. Senior housing now occupies the upper floors of the structure, while stores at the street level will again contribute to Woodbury’s downtown commerce. 
"The NJ Historic Trust holds the preservation easement, which was a requirement on the part of city when the building was sold to the developer. The easement insures that the G.G. Green Building remains a landmark far into the future." [links added for your convenience; current as of February 2016]


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