| Today, most
communities have nearby shopping centers where the shopper can find just about all she
needs concentrated in a single area. Curtis Bay had just such an area years ago, although
on a smaller scale - Cedar Street, or as it has been renamed - Ceddox Street.
Beginning at the corner of Cedar Street and Pennington Avenue was the home of August Gischel, who with his brother, William, had built this row of houses on Pennington Avenue and six houses on Cedar Street. Across from his home was Zuelke's Bakery. Here the most delicious breads, buns, cakes and pastries were made by skilled bakers, most of whom had come here from Germany. The children of the community liked to watch these men as they prepared their dough and brought forth such delicious products. In the back of the bakery was a livery stable. Here farmers and nearby residents who drove into town, left their wagons or carriages and proceeded into Baltimore City on the street car.
Next to the bakery was the home and business of Mr. George Kuebler, distributor for a Baltimore brewery. Today this is a club house where anumber of local clubs hold their meetings. Grube's store came next. Not only food was sold here, but also hay and grain to nearby farmers. There was an ice house in the rear which supplied ice for many of the ice boxes in the community's homes. Farther down the block was the dry goods store of Mrs. Kutcher. Here could be purchased just about everything from a spool of thread to men's working pants. Children especially liked to go to this store, for when the door was opened and the overhead bell rang, a parrot would call out, "Store, Mrs. Kutcher" and a gentle, soft spoken lady would come out and help you with your purchases.
Dr. Horton's drugstore was on the corner. Dr. Thomas B. Horton was the town's only physician until years later when Dr. William B. Scott opened his office on Pennington Avenue. In the rear of Horton's drugstore was the post office where the townspeople called for their mail. Later, a building was added to the rear and this housed a larger and more modern post office. Mr. William Quade was the postmaster, later succeeded by Luther Pittman.
Across the street from the drugstore was Jackson's Hotel, later the bar and restaurant of Mr. William Palen. A chinese laundry was in the rear of this building. Going up Cedar Street was Braucoff's Barber Shop, occupying one of a group of five houses in this area. Mr. Braucoff was not only the town barber,but the town artist - a portrait painter, who in his spare time, painted anumber of the townspeople. Minarik Brothers, Ship Chandlers - Louis, Frank and Charles - had their business at the end of this row of houses. There was a vacant lot where the children of the neighborhood could enjoy many of their games under the watchful eye of their parents. Mr. Hanzley's repair shop was at the end of this lot.
With all of these facilities, there was little need to go afar to shop - Cedar Street had its own shopping center.
This page last updated October 13, 2009.
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