Rittenhouse Comment

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My grandmother and grandfather were the owners of the store at 941 Point Street. My father was his son… his name was Francis Hull Rittenhouse. He worked at Mathis Shipyard and so did my uncle John Rittenhouse.

My grandmother, after my grandfather died, needed to make money and was a bootlegger and she had an ice cream sign, an Eskimo ice cream sign. When the little red light was on, it meant she had liquor.

My grandmother was speaking to her delivery man on the phone, he was in a phone booth [on River Road] when [Howard] Unruh went crazy and killed people in the store, he missed this man.

Frances J. Rittenhouse, October 2005


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