1880's John Mehrer Philadelphia Oyster Rooms Advertising Trade Card
Printed on front: "John E. Mehrer's Ladies and Gents Oyster Rooms, 729 & 731 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Families and Parties promptly supplied." On reverse: blank. A beautiful early lithography scene of 2 iconic Victorian angels in the brush, flowers in hand.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
John Mehrer in the 1870 United States Federal Census
Age in 1870: 25
Birth Year: abt 1845
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Philadelphia Ward 16 District 49, Pennsylvania
Household Members: Name Age
Elizabeth Crockett 45
Annie Crockett 21
Emma Crockett 18
Clara Crockett 16
Ella Crockett 14
Joseph Crockett 11
Phillip Crockett 9
Caroline Crockett 7
John Mehrer 25 (oyster dealer)
Mary Mehrer 23 (nee Mary Crockett Mehrer)
Albert Mehrer 32 (oyster dealer)
George New 50 (watchman)
From "The Daily Union History of Atlantic City and County, New Jersey: containing sketches of the past and present of Atlantic City and County, by John F. Hall, 1899-1900. Published 1900. An edition of 118 pages by John F. Hall and George W. Bloodgood: "JOHN E. MEHRER: Colonel John E. Mehrer. who for years was the most popular man in Atlantic City, was born in New York City in 1845. His parents hailed from Wurtenberg, Germany, and finally removed to Philadelphia. About i860 the young man first came to this city to serve as barkeeper for the late Col. Adolf Mehler untill his death in 1872. During these twelve years he had proven his ability as a hotel man and entered the employ of the late Alois Schaufler as manager of his summer garden. In 1880 he formed a partnership with Adolph Schlecht, a son-in-law of Mr. Schaufler, and leased the property and business until its purchase was effected, in 1890. Messrs. Schlecht and Mehrer, the same year, became the lessees of the Inlet Pavilion, to which Col. Mehrer has given his personal attention every summer since. This successful and harmonious partnership continued until 1899, when the Schaufler property was sold. Mr. Schlecht retiring and Col. Mehrer retaining the Inlet business. During his forty years at the shore till his death on February 28. 1900. Col. Mehrer had always been an important factor socially and helped to entertain thousands, but would never accept any public position. He was affiliated with over seventy social, benevolent or business organizations. A thirty-second degree Mason, an Odd Fellow, an Elk, and a member of many German societies. He was chief marshal at the dedication of the first boardwalk in 1870, also at the celebration of the new steel walk in 1896. He was chief marshal at the receptions in this city of the Washington Light Infantry and Fifth Maryland Regiment in years gone by, when they summered at the shore. The Mehrer Rifles, a local military company which has since become Company F, Sixth Regiment, N.G. of N.J., was named in his honor. Col. Mehrer was a director in the Consumers Water Company, in the Atlantic Lumber Company, and the Gas and Water Company. He also has important business interests in Philadelphia, and during the winter months occupied a fine residence at No. 518 North Fifth Street. Col. Mehrer married Mary Crocket. They have one son, Everett, who married Katie Schwamb. Little Olga Mehrer is the only child and grandchild in the family."
This card was found in Kingston, Ulster County, in the Hudson Valley of New York state. A great Philly history piece, especially interesting as we currently are re-examining the 18th and 19th century oyster trade in America, with many new books on the subject. A great Colonel Mehrer family piece.
Size: 2.5 by 4 inches
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