Gretsch Family in Manhattan 1875-1909

1875

According to the Manhattan City Directory, William Gretsch, wine, 98 Fulton, h. 16 St. Mark’s Place.

At the time there was a Deutsch-Amerikanishche Schuetzen Geshellschaft Halle, at 12 St. Mark’s Place. This was a  shooting club, a place of social possibilities, beer drinking and parties. No doubt William spent time here. That building survives.

1877

William Gretsch married Marie Rittmuller in Manhattan. They were both living at 23 Waverly Place, Manhattan at the time of the wedding. Witnesses were John A. Fuchs and Adolph Mayer. N.B. William’s father in Mannheim had married Justine Fuchs just before his death in 1873. Was this John A. Fuchs perhaps related to William’s step mother? N.B. In subsequent years, William was in the liquor business with Adolph Mayer. In the 1880 census, Adolph Mayer is listed as a wine merchant.

23 Waverly Place was a large building which housed 24 separate family units in the 1880 census. Possibly both Mary and William were boarding there at the time of their marriage

1878

On November 10th, Pauline Gretsch married Conrad Benzing in Manhattan. She is living at 167 Essex Street. witnesses were  Fred Gretsch and Mary Schmann.

In the 1880 census, a Minna (? perhaps this is Mary)  Schmann was living at 144 Essex.

Conrad was living at 74 Third Street in Manhattan. Fred Gretsch at the time was living at 46 Third Street. Also. just a few years later Louis Gretsch was also living on East Third Street number 46. This was at the time of his naturalization in 1884.
167 Essex Street in the 1880 census housed 18 families. Possibly Pauline worked as a housekeeper with a family or simply was a boarder.

This neighborhood is very near the present day, Tenement House Museum at 108 Orchard Street. it is also very near the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge on Delancy Street. The bridge was built ca. 1904.

1879

Fred Gretsch at the time of his marriage was living at 46 E. 32nd
Street in Manhattan

1884

According to Louie Gretsch’s naturalization application, he was
living at 58 East 3rd Street on September 9, 1884.
N.B.  In 1878, Conrad
Benzing was living on East Third Street at the time he married Louis’s sister
Pauline.

1889

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At the time of their marriage, Max and Philipina Gretsch Morgner living at 300 East 20th, NYC. This
building at 304 East 20th St is in 2003, the New York Health and Racket Club.
Perhaps, the same building was there when Philippine and her husband lived
nearby.

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In 2003, there is a children’s playground at the 300 number on East 20th Street. .PS 40 is just a
little east of Philippine’s old building on the same block.

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This cornice is near
east 20th and Second Ave and is of the same vintage as Philippine’s absent
building.

It is interesting that Philippine and her husband lived in
Manhattan. Most of the Gretsch family lived at the time in Brooklyn. Was she
perhaps, attempting to show some independence after she returned from Germany?
It didn’t last long. she soon moved to Brooklyn. By 1895, Max and Philippine
were back in the same neighborhood. What drew them here? Did Max have family
here?

1891

According to the Manhattan Directory, Louie Gretsch &  Rehmke,
wines, 98 Fulton, home 434 E. 87th Street.

1895

According to the Manhattan Directory, Louie Gretsch &  Rehmke,
wines, 98 Fulton, home 434 E. 87th Street.

1897

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Jacob Gretsch dies at 247 E. 21st Street NYC.
The home of his sister Philipine MorgnerWindow across
the street from 247 E. 21st Street. Picture taken in 2002.  The building that
Philippine lived in is no longer there but she might have looked out her window
and seen this building at 248 E. 21st  Street.

1898

Februray 29, Emilie and Wilhhelmine pay off their mortgage in Brooklyn early.While Emilly was a school teacher, she made extra money making dresses.

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July, 25th, Max Morgner died at 247 E. 21st Street (Manhattan)This is a larger view of the building across from Philippine address.

Max Morgner bdgh. 247 E. 21st Street(Were Max and Philippine running a bdgh (Boardinghouse)when he died?)

1902

Louis Gretsch, wine 42 Frankfort St. Mhtn., h 20 Vernon Ave

Louis Gretsch & Co., very goodClick on image to see an enlargement..

This jug which says “L.Gretsch & Co. 142-44 Grand St., NY”
was found by William Gretsch, great great grandson of Jacob Gretsch.  During his high school years in Morris Plains, New Jersey,  William (Bill) Gretsch worked at Merchant’s Hardware Store.  He graduated from Morristown High School in 1951.  Bill Gretsch found this jug in a store room there and was allowed to buy it.  Bill thinks the jug was probably in the store when the Merchants first bought the business.  As of yet, we have no history of the jug, other than it probably came from the liquor business of Louis Gretsch, who was the brother of my great grandfather. Since it was purchased circa 1950, this jug has held a prominent spot in first Bill’s father’s home and now in his own home.

1909

May 2, David Kling and Rosa and children are listed in census as living at W. 97th Street in Manhattan.

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