This is the last remaining structure of the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company, which dates back to the late 1800’s. It recently became fully visible after the surrounding warehouses were demolished. The University of Louisville has plans to expand onto this 32-acre tract of land. It looks like they intend to incorporate this building into the new developments. – Diane Deaton Street – Flickr
Valentine Steckman, the well known hotel-keeper of Bedford, died on Tuesday at 3:35 a. m. He had been sick since January 18, 1899.
Valentine Steckman was a son of Henry and Elizabeth Steckman and was born in Monroe township, eight miles southeast of Everett, September 23, 1819. He was educated in the common schools of his native township. He learned the carpenter trade and followed that occupation until he went into the hotel business. Among the notable buildings he erected was the Barndollar M. E. church, at Everett.
He moved to Everett in 1842. In 1846 he obtained a license and conducted a hotel there until 1849, when he came to Bedford and took charge of the Union hotel. In 1856 he leased the Mengel House(now the Hotel Waverly) and conducted it for four years. Then for two years he kept a livery stable. In 1862 he purchased the Union hotel, where he lived until April 1897, when he sold that property to Edward Dill and moved into his house nearby, where he continued to entertain the traveling public.
On July 10, 1842, the deceased was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Huston, of Everett, Rev. Father Thomas Heyden officiating. To this union four children were born, namely, Mrs. James Corboy, of Bedford; Miss Alice Steckman, at home; Daniel Steckman, who was killed in the war of the rebellion at Fort Wagner July 11, 1863; and Francis Steckman, who lost his life in the battle at Cold Harbor June 3, 1864. Mrs. Steckman died in 1853.
On August 28, 1854, decedent was joined in wedlock to Miss Catharine Meloy, daughter of William Meloy, Rev. Father Heyden again officiating. Eight children were born to them, five of whom are living – Misses Ettie and Katie and Mr. James Steckman, at home; Mrs. Charles Speicer, of Lanaster; and Mrs. George A. Calhoun, of Bedford. Three children have passed into the great beyond – Philip Steckman, who died June 25, 1864; Miss Jennie Steckman, June 7, 1883; and George Steckman, February 21, 1898. The deceased was a brother of Fredrick Steckman, of Altoona; James Steckman, of Everett; Mrs. Sarah Mortimore, of Marshall county, Indiana; and Mrs. Elizabeth Morris, of Charlesville.
The funeral services were held in the St. Thomas Roman Catholic church – of which decedent was a member – yesterday morning at half past nine o’clock and were conducted by Rev. Father Denis Cashman. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.
In the death of Valentine Steckman, Bedford suffers the loss of one of its best citizens. He was a broad gauge, intelligent and honest man. His word was as good as his bond, and his generosity and kindness were unbounded. As a landlord Mr. Steckman was very successful. Countless patrons of his hotel have testified to the courteous treatment and excellent accommodations they received. In 1887 he concluded to dispense with the bar and since that time has not applied for a liquor license. Just before he died Mr. Steckman requested his children to extend his thanks, through the papers, to his friends and neighbors for their aid, sympathy and interest in his welfare during his last illness.
Source: The Bedford Gazette, Bedford, Pennsylvania, Friday, 22 September 1899
The American National Bank Building is a historic bank in Alamosa, Colorado, United States. It is located at 500 State Avenue. Built in 1909, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1999. – Wikipedia
The American National Bank Of Alamosa in Colorado printed $792,800 dollars worth of national currency. That is a high amount, but condition and serial numbers can make otherwise common currency from this bank quite valuable. This national bank opened in 1905 and stopped printing money in 1935, which equals a 31 year printing period. That is a fairly normal lifespan for a national bank. During its life, The American National Bank Of Alamosa issued 8 different types and denominations of national currency. We have examples of the types listed below. Your bank note should look similar. Just the bank name will be different. For the record, The American National Bank Of Alamosa was located in Alamosa County. It was assigned charter number 7904. – Antique Money dot com
One of the largest whole grocery distributing firms in southwest Kansas, lasting through World War II, was the Guymon-Petro Mercantile Company. Started in 1902 as the Gonder-Petro Mercantile Company at 225-227 S. Main, it was incorporated as Guymon-Petro in 1907. In 1938, it purchased the Winfield Wholesale Grocery, and by 1946, the company covered five-eighths of Kansas. – Kansas Historical Society (National Register of Historic Places submission)
I returned to Cincinnati after sixteen years on our cross-country trip we took this summer. Again, I visited my friend and mentor Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. In 1999, the museum was just an idea Tod had and today it is a fully realized dream. I searched for this sign, hoping it was still untouched and it was.
Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighbor surely has changed as it has morphed from a quasi-abandoned and under-served ghetto into a trendy, upscale dining and drinking strip surrounded by squalor. On our trip across this great nation, the stark differences between the “haves & have-nots” has never been more evident. Within several blocks of profitable tourist trade are communities, both African-American and Euro-American poor living side by side in utter poverty, many of whom have been displaced by gentrification. The tension was palpable.
Dominating this scenario are the anachronistic remnants of a former German immigrant commercial district, touting products that were luxury items in their day.
From what I can read it looks like: “Stofhelberg’s Havana Seconds- Cigars” Possibly Henry Straus was the distributor. – Fading Ad Campaign, June 1999
Apparently they still distill this in stills in Cleveland. Distill my heart!
The Paramount Pledge – Need a buzz for your buck? The king of budget liquor has 150 ways to get you there By Michael Gill [http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/the-paramount-pledge/Content?oid=2256506] CleveScene – December 29, 2010