Sunday, May 17, 2015

page 55 -- J.R. Mitchell, Ehrichs, P.S. Barber's Pure Soaps, George V. Hecker & Co.

updated 5 February 2016
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Julius R. Mitchell, 154-156 Main St., Bristol CT
Luckily, the Mitchell business was featured on a panoramic map of Bristol in 1907:


Its location, however, was easier to spot on the 1899 panorama:


The Mitchell's lent a hand with the operations of the "House of Industry and Home for the Friendless," a temporary home for destitute women, as reported in Google Books:





reverse of an Ehrichs' card
Here's an Ehrichs' ad from Puck, via Google Books:


The Ehrichs' store was a great success. After several years at the 8th Ave. location, the Ehrichs opened a new store on 6th Ave., expanding one unit at a time until they occupied almost the entire block, as related by Christopher Gray in his 12 February 1995 article in the New York Times "Streetscapes" series. Ehrichs' store closed in 1911.

Google Street View in July 2011 shows off the Ehrichs' building on a sunny day (Those that click this link will notice that there are several year's worth of Street Views available for this particular location--a great feature of Google Street View!):

Ehrichs building occupied by Burlington Coat Factory as of 2011 Google Street View

Google Street View reveals
ornamental details, 2014

If you can find anything about this soap company, please comment below or email me. Thanks!

George V. Hecker & Co., NYC, Boston MA, Philadelphia PA
The back of a Hecker's card via digitalcommonwealth:


from trade card in Historic New England collection, 1876
portal to Cherry St.
The Croton Flour Mills neighborhood has changed.
(Manhattan Bridge via Google Street View June 2014)
From page 188 of the following book comes an account (which sounds a good deal like advertising copy) of the Croton Flour Mills. Thanks to Hathi Trust for a clear copy of this page!

Isaac Thomas Hecker and his older brother, George Valentine Hecker, had a great deal to do with the founding of the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, as recorded in the history of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle prepared by the Landmarks Preservation Commission:

"In the late 1850s, construction of Central Park was just beginning and the blocks surrounding the site of the future church were mostly undeveloped. For a brief time, the Paulist Fathers rented a small frame house at 14 West 60th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues,10 which temporarily functioned as a chapel and residence. Hecker soon began to solicit funds from city residents, as well as from members of the national clergy, to erect a church and convent. Leading donors included Father Joseph Early of Georgetown College in Washington D.C. and George V(alentine) Hecker (1818-1888), Father Hecker’s older brother and founder of Croton Flour Mills, for which the Heckers brand of flour is named."
June 2011 Google Street View,
Church of St. John the Apostle
8 Columbus Ave., NYC

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