Hey TTers, The wife was digging out some boxes from the storage unit and we ran across a cigarette cutter for The Hockenberger – Jacob Gerold proprietor . It says Café and Sample Room 241 Summit Street. If I had to guess I would say early 1930’s – anyone ever heard of it? I know a little history of Toledo, but not this.
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Not familiar either, but here is a piece of the puzzle for you (from RL Polk's 1889 Toledo directory):
More on Henry Fetter and the Hockenberger from The History of Wyndaot County, Ohio:
It is a fact patent to all that the United States can boast of no better or more law-abiding class of citizens than the great number of Germans who have found homes within her borders. Though holding dear and sacred the beloved fatherland, they are none the less devoted to the, fair country of their adoption, and should necessity require it would be willing to go forth to battle for the maintenance of its institutions. Among this large and highly respected class is the subject of. this sketch, who for a number of years took precedence as a leading business man of the town of Carey. Henry Fetter was born in Baden, Germany, May 16, 1845, and is the son of Andrew and Mary (Clay) Fetter. In 1847 these parents, with their six children, came to this country and, proceeding as far westward as Wyandot county, Ohio, the father entered forty acre's of government land in the township of Salem. Building a small log cabin in the thick forest with which his place was covered, Andrew Fetter began life in true pioneer style and by dint of hard labor soon cleared and prepared for cultivation a goodly part of his purchase. Subsequently he bought an additional forty acres and continued to reside where he originally settled in 1862; when he sold this place and purchased another farm, consisting of one, hundred acres, in the same township. He lived and prospered on the latter place for about twelve, years, when he discontinued hard work and retired to Carey, selling the farm later. He did not long live in retirement, soon purchasing another place in Salem, township to which he removed. and on which he lived until 1882, when infirmities incident, to advancing age compelled him to forego further, activity. For the second time he returned to Carey, where he' spent the residue of his life, dying at the ripe old age of eighty-nine. Andrew Fetter was a man of great industry and energy and by successful management acquired a handsome property. He came' to this country a poor man and what he accumulated was the result of his labor, economy and well-planned business dealings. In politics he was a Democrat and in religion a Catholic. His wife survived him one year, dying at the age of eighty-six ; she, too, was a Catholic and: bore her husband seven dren, of whom the subject of this. sketch was next to the youngest.
Henry Fetter remained with his parents on the farm until his seventeenth year, when he enlisted May 3, 1862, in Company B, Thirty-second. Ohio Infantry; with which he served to the close of the war. His regiment was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland and saw considerable active service in the campaigns of Tennessee and Georgia, Being quite young, Mr. Fetter was given various kinds of detail work which necessitated his absence from the ranks a good portion of the time, in consequence of which he did not take part in all the varied experiences through which the regiment passed. He was honorably discharged in May, 1865, and returning to Carey, Wyandot county, he spent about fifteen months in learning the harness and saddlery trade, and at the same time bought a half interest in the business, but soon, afterward sold out to his partner, Mr. Orians, and went to Independence, Mo., in which city he carried on a bakery and confectionery stand for six months. Disposing of his stock at the expiration of that time, he returned to Carey and opened a sample room. and. billiard hall, which he ran until the spring of 1867, when his entire establishment was destroyed by fire. This fire proved peculiarly disastrous, as nothing was saved except what wearing apparel Mr. Fetter had upon his body at the time. He was left without a dollar he could call his own, and for several months. following the calamity he obtained a livelihood as a day laborer. Securing sufficient means to erect a building on the lot where his former building stood, he stocked it with. a general line of groceries and, in connection. with merchandising, also Opened a sample room and restaurant. He soon built up a large and lucrative business in all three departments, and but a short time elapsed ere he had his, building paid for and was free from debt. Meeting with most gratifying success he was soon able to buy a half interest in what was known as the "Galt House," for many years the leading hotel in Carey, and later he purchased the other half and became sole proprietor. In i886, at a cost of thirty-two thousand dollars, he built the • present "Galt House," a large three,story.brick structure, handsomely finished and furnished with all the accessories essential to a first-class modern hotel.
In November of the same year Mr. Fetter took possession of the house and continued in the capacity of landlord for seven years, securing a large patronage during that time and making the "Galt" one of the favorite resorts of the traveling public in this part of the state. About the year 1893 he retired from the hotel business and, leasing the house, purchased the "Hockenberger," the largest, finest and most extensively patronized restaurant and coffee house in the city of Toledo, paying for the same the sum of twenty-eight thousand dollars. Mr. Fetter conducted the "Hockenberger" very successfully until September 1, 1900, when he sold Out and retired from business:
The subject was married January 8, 1867, to Miss Elizabeth Simonis, daughter of Peter Simonis; of Seneca county, a union blessed with ten children. Edward proprietor of the "Galt House," Carey ; Andrew R., who is running a coffee house and sample room in. Bowling Green, this state; Harry P., proprietor of the sample room formerly conducted by his father; Theodosia, wife of Peter Juston, living in Michigan; Raymond, with hiS brother in Bowling Green; Inez, wife of E. J. Collins, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Leo lives in Tiffin, Ohio; Ulalia, at home; Laurence, clerk for his brother in the "Galt House," and. Gertrude, at home. Mr. Fetter is an uncompromising Democrat. He is active in behalf of his friends: who .run for office, but has never aspired to public honors for himself, though frequently solicited to stand for nomination. He is a member of Forsythe Post, G. A. R., at Toledo and, with his family, belongs to the Catholic church.
Mr. Fetter has, been one of Wyandot county's most prosperous self-made men, every enterprise with which he has been connected proving abundantly successful. Beginning life with no capital but willing hands and an active brain; he has built up, by industry and energy, large and thriving interests and won for himself a high place among the strong financial men of this county and:the city of Toledo. His life has been characterized by many public-spirited acts, honesty and steadfastness of purpose have Marked his career throughout, and his friends feel proud of him as an intelligent and progressive citizen. A man of great personal force, seldom if ever mistaken in matters of business, he has exercised a wonderful influence in the business world and his life may be studied with profit by the young man who bewails his. poverty and the hardness of his lot. Such, briefly told, is the history of a man who has been the architect of his own fortunes, who has elevated himself from obscurity to affluence and now ranks as one of the leading-business men of northern Ohio.
I can ask my Grandpa about it and see if he knows anything. He grew up on Lagrange Street during the 30's and 40's. He may or may not know anything.
More about Jacob Hockenberger from the Maysville, KY Daily Evening Bulletin; Mr. Hockenberger apparently was less than diligent in respecting local blue laws:
historymike - that reminds me of how Weber's in point place started.
Hockenberger's saloon fell victim to water damage as a result of efforts by firemen to stop the spread of an 1894 fire that swept through downtown Toledo (the link is to a New York Times article on the fire).
I don't know how to post a photo or i would scan the cutter.