The day was when Gloucester was merely a rendezvous for fisherman and boatmen; but now it has developed into a growing manufacturing city of eight thousand inhabitants, the various industries employing three thousand hands. The place has churches of all denominations, electric lights, telegraphic, mail, and express facilities. It is desirably located on the banks of the Delaware, facing the southern portion of Philadelphia.
Among its business enterprises are :
JAMES O’KANE, DRY GOODS AND NOTIONS
BURLINGTON AND HUDSON STS,
ONE of the oldest and best known houses in the city is that of Mr. Jas. O’Kane. This gentleman has been in business here for the past twenty-five years, and has managed it in the most successful manner.
The store is about 20×35 feet in dimensions.
The stock is very heavy, and comprises a large line of Dry Goods, Hosiery, Underwear, Notions, Carpets, Oil Cloths, Rugs, Millinery, Hats and Caps, and in fact everything that could possibly come under any of these heads.
Three capable assistants are constantly, employed.
Mr. O’Kane is a native of Ireland, and came to this country when quite a young man, about thirty-five years ago. He is a member of the firm of Jas. O’Kane & Son, Insurance.
He has always been prominent socially, politically and commercially, his admiring fellow-citizens having twice elected him mayor of the city, in which capacity he served to the great satisfaction of the public.
MRS. CAVANAGH, CIGARS
128 S. KING ST.
ONE of the best and most favorably known houses I n this section is that of Mrs Cavanagh. This estimable lady’s husband opened business here some time ago, and after running it successfully till three years ago, he died. It has since been under his wife’s management.
The store is about 20 x 20 feet in dimensions and fitted nicely.
Here may be found a large and varied stock of Cigars, Smoking and Chewing Tobaccos, Pipes, Cigarettes, and all things under this line.
Mrs. Cavanagh has always been an esteemed and well-known resident of the city.
HENRY BLACK, GROCER,
130 S. KING ST.
PERHAPS the oldest and best known store in this a section is that of Mr. Henry Black. This estimable gentleman established here nearly a score of years ago, and has since managed the business most successfully.
The store is about 20×35 feet in dimensions. The stock is large and varied, comprising Teas, Coffees, Spices, Flour, Canned Goods, and all sorts of Groceries, as well as Fresh and Salt Meats, Fruits and Provisions.
Two capable assistants are constantly employed.
Mr. Black has been a well-known man here for many years. He is Secretary of the United Mutual Loan and Building Association, Treasurer of the Knights of Pythias and the American Mechanics, and Secretary of the Golden Eagles.
Lately he has gone into the Insurance and Conveyancing business.
He has had official honors thrust upon him by his fellow-citizens, and has been Commissioner of Deeds and Notary Public of Camden County.
STINSON & DICKENSHEETS, JR., DEALERS IN LUMBER and COAL,
Corner KING and MARKET STS.
POSSIBLY the largest and best known house of this kind in the city is that of Messrs. Stinson & Dickensheets, Jr. The senior partner has been here about a quarter of a century, and Mr. Dickensheets, Jr., for the past two years. The area of the ground occupied is about 160 feet front by 400 feet deep. The store is on the corner of King and Market Streets, and the lumber sheds and coal bins occupy the rest of the space.
The stock carried is large and varied comprising Lumber, Hardware, Mouldings, Doors, Sash, Building Hardware, Paints, Coal, and the many other small and multitudinous things that come under the heads of this business.
Six capable assistants are constantly employed and at times many more. Six teams are used.
The members of this firm are John C. S. Stinson and G. W. Dickensheets, Jr., both gentlemen are well known residents of the city. Mr. Stinson is a member, and has been at various times, of the Board of Freeholders and the Board of Education, and is at present Superintendent of Schools for Gloucester City.
T. S. FLETCHER, SHOES
157 & 159 BURLINGTON ST.
AMONG the most favorably known houses of this kind in this neighborhood may be mentioned that of Mr. T. S. Fletcher. This genial and courteous gentleman has just taken possession of.this place and is conducting the business in the most successful manner.
The store is about 35 feet front by 20 in depth. It is filled in the most suitable manner. The stock is large and varied, consisting of all kinds of Boots and
Shoes for Men, Ladies, Misses and Children ; Rubbers and Slippers are also carried.
Repairing is done in the neatest and best manner. One assistant is constantly employed.
Mr. Fletcher has been a resident of the city for the past twenty years. He is an active member of the American Mechanics and the Knights of the Mystic Chain.
J. O. MOYER, DRUGGIST,
220 S. KING ST.
AMONG the best known houses in this line in this section may be mentioned that of Mr. J. O. Moyer. This estimable gentleman purchased the business about four years ago from Mrs. Collins, and has since managed it most successfully.
The store is about 20×20 feet in dimensions, with a laboratory in the rear. The stock comprises all kinds of fresh Drugs, Patent Medicines, Perfumer, Sponges and Fancy Toilet Articles.
Mr. Moyer is a registered Pharmacist.
He is a native of Philadelphia, but has become a well-known resident of this city.
He is the proprietor of Poor Robin’s Ready Remedy and of the American Specific for Diarrhea, etc.
GLOUCESTER GINGHAM MILLS.
ONE of the most important industries of the city is the manufacturing of Cotton Dress Goods, and among the best known houses may be mentioned the Gloucester Gingham Mills. This concern was incorporated under the laws of the State in 1869, and has since been managed in the most successful manner.
The works cover an area of about three acres ; the main building is L shaped, about 280×60 feet in dimensions, and two stories high.
The spinning and dyeing are carried on in smaller buildings clustered around.
The mill, is fitted with the newest and best machinery in all departments, 500 looms being in constant use. About 500 skilled work people are constantly given employment.
The cotton is taken in the raw state and goes through all the processes of spinning, reeling, dyeing and weaving ; in fact, it is turned out in forms of Dress Goods, Staples, Cotton Twills, and in fact every thing in cottons.
The officers are Samuel R. Shipley, President ; John H. Carr, Secretary and Treasurer; P. H. Fowler, General Manager. The first two gentlemen are well known residents of Philadelphia, while Mr. Fowler is a resident of this city.
DAVID H. EVANS, BOOTS AND SHOES,
104 S. KING STREET.
AMONG the newly opened stores in this section none have been more successful than Mr. D. H. Evans. This gentleman opened business here about a year ago. The store occupied is about 20×25 feet in dimensions, and fitted in the neatest and best manner.
A large stock of Men’s, Ladies’, Misses’ and Children’s Shoes are carried in stock. Special attention is paid to Fine Custom Work in all its branches. One capable assistant is constantly employed.
Mr. Evans is a native of New Brunswick; he has been an esteemed resident of the city since 1872. He is an active member of the Red Men.
E. K. HEWLINGS, BARBER,
216 HUDSON STREET.
POSSIBLY there is not a neater or cosier little barber shop in this section than that of Mr. Hewlings’. This talented and versatile gentleman started in this business about twelve years ago; first on King Street and then he moved to his present location. The shop is about 20×20 feet in dimensions, and fitted in the nicest manner possible. Two chairs are used.
Mr. Hewlings puts up a tonic that is known as “Hewlings Hair Tonic,” that has come into general usage among many of his best customers and others.
Shaving is attended to in cases of sickness or death. Ladies and Children’s Hair Cutting is made a specialty of:
Mr. Hewlings is a native of Paulsboro, but has become a highly respected resident of the city; he is an active member of the Masonic fraternity.
SAMUEL MOSS, STATIONERY,
KING AND MERCER STREETS.
POSSIBLY the oldest and best known house of this kind in this section is that of Mr. Samuel Moss. The store is about 20×20 feet in dimensions and fitted, nicely. A full stock of Stationery, Blank Books, Paper etc., is carried. This firm are general News Agents for the city, delivering Daily, Sunday, Weekly and Monthly Papers. Two capable assistants are employed. The proprietor and his father have lived here many years.
Mr. Moss, St., has always been prominent politically, having been elected Justice of the Peace, Councilman and Mayor of the city.
A. D. HUSTED, MEATS AND PROVISIONS
KING AND HUDSON, STREET.
AMONG the most prominent and well-liked stores in this section may be mentioned that of Mr. A. D. Husted. This estimable gentleman opened business here about five years ago. The store is about 20×30 feet in dimension and fitted in the best manner. Here may be found a choice selection of Fresh and Salt Meats. Fruit, Canned Goods, and Provisions are also kept.
One skilled assistant is employed and a team is kept to deliver large orders.
Mr. Husted is a native of Philadelphia, but he has been a resident of Gloucester for many years. His admirers have elected him City Treasurer, Councilman and a member of the Board of Education.
L. C. BATTEN, HARDWARE AND TINWARE,
220 HUDSON ST.
AMONG the oldest and best known houses in this section may be mentioned that of Mr. L. C. Batten. This estimable gentleman opened business here in 1871. The store occupied is about 20×50 feet in dimensions and fitted in the best manner. Here may be found a large and varied stock of all kinds of Hardware, Tinware, and House furnishing Goods. Heaters and Ranges are made a “specialty of. The workroom is in the rear. Three men are constantly employed in this branch of the business.
Mr. Batten is a native of Swedesboro, but has been a prominent resident of the city for many years. He served a term in Council some time ago; he is an active member of the Masonic organization.
HASSENPLUG & BENNETT, DRUGGISTS,
KING AND BERGEN STS.
AMONG the best known stores in this section may be mentioned that of Messrs, Hassenplug & Bennett. The business was established by Dr. Bennett, and about two years ago Mr. Hassenplug went in. The store is about 20 x 20 feet, with a large laboratory in the rear. It is fitted in the best manner. A general line of Drugs, Patent Medicines, Chemicals, Toilet Articles, Fancy Soaps and Perfumery, is carried.
Physicians’ prescriptions are carefully compounded.
The individual members of the firm are Mr. W. F. Hassenplug and Dr. J. K. Bennett. The former is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and Dr.Bennett is graduated from Jefferson Medical College.
Dr. Bennett is Inspector of the City Board of Health.
In addition to the foregoing there are the following:
- Thomas Kirkwood, 122 King St., Notions.
- W. J. Stetser, 100 King St., Cigars.
- Win. Van Meter, 30 N. King st., Boots and Shoes.
- R. P. Rodan, 22 N. King St., Grocer.
- J. A. Walmsley, King and Monmouth sts., Druggist.
- Thos. McLoughlin, Third and Market sts., Notions.
- John A. Pew, 34 King st., Jeweler.
- Surf House, C. C. Haines, Proprietor.
- Washington Mills Co., Mfg Cotton Dress Goods.
- Howard Murphy, 24 N. King st., Boots and Shoes.
- Wm. Bradway, 28 N. King st., Hardware.
- J. J. Kenworthy, 32 King st., Confectionery.
- Phillips & Tomlinson, 4th & Jersey ave., Blacksmiths.
- Morgan & Pettit, Jersey ave., Grain, Hay and Feed.
- R. Milliard, Somerset and King st., Marble Yard.
- J. C. Burdsall, Hudson st., Boots and Shoes.
- Peter A. Kelly, 118 S. King St., Cigars and Tobacco.
- W. C. Turkington, Somerset & Burlington sts., Grocer.
- Jas. Farquhar, 161 Burlington St., Bakery.
- A. A. Powell & Son, 3d and Market sts., Grocers.
- Chas. Scheidewig, 5th and Jersey ave., Grocer.
- A. Molt, 5th and Jersey ave., Meats.
- Thos. M. Smith, 5th and Jersey ave., Barber.
- Jesse Peterson, Jersey ave., abv. King st., Cigars.
- Jacob M. Hibee, 305 Jersey ave., Bakery.
- G. S. Dey, 314 Jersey ave., Cigars.
- Miss Lizzie S. Neild, 20 Burlington st., Notions.
- J. A. Kelly, 36 King st., Decorator.
- Mrs, A. Ramme, 128 King st., Millinery.
- Chas. Kaeferle, 132 King st., Bakery.
- M. A. Kirkpatrick, 104 King St., Notions.
- E. T. Kircher, 3d and Jersey ave., Harness.
- L. G. Mavers, Burlington and Bergen sts., Grocer.
- R. Liness & Son, 5th and Jersey ave., Flour, etc