Who is one
of our prosperous business men, came to this place in the year 1839. He is of Teutonic birth, and inherits the
peculiar traits of his countrymen.
not only poor when he first came to this city, but he owed in the old country a
debt of one hundred and thirty dollars, which he was in honor bound and must
pay before he could lay by anything in this country.
He was first
employed by one of our respectable citizens as a man of all work at five
dollars per month, and then for a short time by West & Meeker delivering
flour from their mills to their customers in this city.
In the fall
of 1847 he was engaged in the wholesale liquor establishment of the late P. B.
L. Smith, and there remained nine years, and acquired a thorough knowledge of
the rectifying and wholesale liquor business, which knowledge has proved to be
of incalculable value to him since.
leaving Mr. Smith's establishment he engaged in business on his own account,
since which time he has been successful, and is now a partner in the house of
Hahn & Bals, one of the large and popular wholesale houses of the city.
arrived at the conclusion that many others had, i.e., that he lost a large
amount of money by not having a greater amount of whisky on hand at the time
the tax of two dollars per gallon was ordered to be levied on that afterwards
partner of this establishment, Mr. Charles F. Hahn, is also from the old
country, but a citizen of this city since 1849, and has been engaged in active
business since that time. Mr. Hahn is
now engaged in building, on South Meridian street, a fine business house, to be
occupied by them as a store. This
building will rank with any other house of that kind in the city.
Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 380-381
Transcribed by Sherri Morem Bergman