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TW Bodell Garage Hardware Store Owner Harrod Ohio RPPC Photo Postcard - Collecting Lima



Let's look at this vintage 1910 RPPC real photo postcard of the BODELL GARAGE in Harrod Ohio, a very small town east of Lima. (On eBay here.)

Research turned up a little info.

T.W. Bodell owned a hardware store in Harrod. First appearance in the Lima News was in 1895 when his store was burglarized.

In 1899 he attended the Ohio Hardware Association Convention in Toledo, according to THE IRON AGE trade magazine.

His name appears in horse breeding trade magazines too, selling stallions. In 1900 he was on the Board of Directors of the Allen County Fair.

The postcard shows his garage building in 1910.

In 1914 he sold his 'stock of vehicles and hardware' for a farm in Ashtabula. The Mr.'s Pole and Tappan (of Michigan) became the new owners.

Apparently things did not go well with the sale as the next year finds TW Bodell in a court case against them.

Finally in 1917, Bodell bought the business back. He had it listed for sale again in 1918.

There the trail goes cold, other than a mention of Mr. and Mrs. Bodell visiting friends in Lima in 1937.

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Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.
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Leiser Clothing Store Interior Vintage Postcard - Collecting Lima Ohio

 


Let's look at this vintage 1914 postcard that pictures the store interior of the LEISER AND CO. SPECIALTY SHOP of Lima, Ohio, with the notation LESTER SCHNITZER, SUCCESSOR. (On eBay here)


It appears that Leiser Shops were a small Midwest chain. I couldn't find out much about it, or who started it in Lima. They had ties to the MUNSER CO. which became MUNSER-LYON in 1920. Which explains Harry Lyon's name attached to the Lima store in the above list, yet the address is not in Lima.


Lima News ads for the LEISER SHOP start appearing in 1909, and run until about 1920, along with mentions in the DRY GOODS ECONOMIST 1916 and the GARMENT MANUFACTURERS INDEX 1920.

The store was located at North and Main, across from the Allen County Courthouse, in the HARPER BLOCK building. That would put it in the lower right of this postcard:


Mentions of the Harper Block appear in the Lima News starting 1886, and disappear after 1920. Not sure when the building was torn down.

Lester Schnitzer was a local fellow who worked at Leiser's, then took over management/ownership of the franchise by 1914.



Lester Schnitzer's father David Schnitzer was a Director of the Elgin Motor Car Company of Elgin, IL., and his sons Lester and Harry sold Elgin Co. stock to investors in Lima.


Lester Schnitzer passed away in 1918.
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Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.
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Lewis Sephus Gardner's Store RPPC ~ Collecting Lima Ohio




Real photo postcard, rppc, identified on the back as being:
Louis S. Gardner's store on Vine, Lima Ohio.

Louis is on the right wearing a hat, his cousin Russel of Ada Ohio is in the cardigan. (Possible last name is Myers.)

I found a couple mentions of the Gardner Wholesale Paper and Notions Store in the Lima News, and then found LEWIS SEPHUS GARDNER'S obituary on findagrave.com (link).

Birth: Aug. 7, 1875
Decatur
Adams County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 1951
Lima
Allen County
Ohio, USA

Lewis Sephus Gardner Dies Monday

Pioneer Wholesaler Founded Supply House

Lewis S. Gardner, 76, 1449 Ellison-dr, pioneer Lima wholesale merchandiser, died at 6:10 p.m. Monday in Memorial hospital after a short illness.


He was the founder of the L. S. Gardner Merchandising Co., 129 E. Elm-st.

A native of Decatur, Ind., he came to Lima in 1891 and in 1907 opened a confectionery which he converted in 1913 into a wholesale merchandising supply house.

He later was associated with the Gardner-Myers Merchandising Co. for three years before founding the present concern in 1927. Offices then were at 335 N. Main-st.

He retired from active participation in the business in 1942 because of ill health. The present building at 129 E. Elm-st was built in 1948.

He was a member of the Elks and Masonic lodges, the United Commercial Travelers and St. Luke's Lutheran church.

Surviving are his widow, Maude; a son, Roger, 1449 Ellison-dr; two daughters, Mrs. Harold McMillen, 110 S. Glenwood-av, and Mrs. Roger VanGunten, 817 Holmes-av; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Siferd and Son funeral home. The Rev. John Berger will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery.

The body will remain in the funeral home until after services.

(published in The Lima News, Tuesday, October 2, 1951)

His wife Maude continued to run the company, and it continued after she passed:
"Mrs. Gardner had been president of the company's board of directors since her husband's death in 1951. The company now is operated by a son and two daughters."
No more info at this point.

Family genealogy links from FindAGrave may turn up info for another researcher.
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If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

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My Lima, Ohio Milk Bottle Collection ~ Vintage Milk Bottles ~ Ohio Dairies


My Lima, Ohio Milk Bottle Collection

Photos of my Lima milks, (and a few nearby towns). This is just a photo album post. I will separate them out and write info/history posts in the future, but needed to document what I have, and figured I'd share the pix with the internet-world.

I'm not going to address rarity or values in this post. I have been collecting Lima Ohio bottles for almost 20 years, and have paid from 50cents to $250, and have sourced bottles from farm auctions, garage sales, bottle shows, antique malls, ebay, and helpful friends. So please don't ask me about values, or where you can buy Lima Ohio milk bottles.

These bottles are NOT for sale.

I am not looking to buy duplicate bottles.

If you have a Lima milk bottle that is not pictured, then yes, please, I am interested in seeing a photo at least, and possibly buying your bottle.

If you are a Lima-area bottle collector, I would love to compare notes, and discuss our collections. Please consider joining me in the Findlay Bottle Club -- finbotclub.blogspot.com -- visitors are welcome to our meetings -- info on the website.

Click the pics to enlarge.

Standard milk bottle size and embossing codes used:
  • TR = Tall Round (as in TREQ = Tall Round Embossed Quart)
  • SQ = Squatty 
  • E = Embossed
  • P = Pyro (Pyro = painted label)
  • S = Square (as in TSPQ = Tall Square Pyro Quart)
  • CT = Cream Top
  • Q = Quart / P = Pint / HP = Half Pint / HG = Half Gallon

List is alphabetical, with new additions worked in, or added at the bottom of the list. Latest addition: September 2017.


#1 & #2
ALLEN COUNTY RAW MILK PRODUCERS AND DISTRIBUTORS ASS'N REGISTERED LIMA OHIO 
TREP / TREQ

NOTE: see 2 BRIDGES bottles in the Other Towns section below, as one says LIMA, and one says BEAVER DAM.


#'s 3,4,5,6,7
BUCKEYE PASTEURIZED MILK BUTTER LIMA O. (FRONT) 
GRAHAM'S ICE CREAM (BACK)
ALL w/ ORANGE PYRO
L-R: TRCTPQ / RPHP / TRPQ / SPP / SPHP


#8
DECKER'S PASTEURIZED MILK CREAM LIMA, OHIO
(BACK: DEPOSIT STORE BOTTLE)
TSPHG RED / PLASTIC HANDLE

#9
DECKER DAIRY LIMA OHIO / DIVISION OF ACRES INC.
(BACK: TRY OUR DELICIOUS ...)
TSPQ / RED

#8 & 9


#10
DECKER'S PASTEURIZED MILK CREAM LIMA, OHIO
QT WAXED CARDBOARD ''KONE'' / GREEN INK
BACK: CAR AND BILLBOARD 
STOP AT DECKER'S DAIRY BAR / ST RT #25 - SOUTH 



#11 (ON RIGHT)
TSPHG / GREEN
DECKER'S PASTEURIZED MILK CREAM LIMA, OHIO
BACK: CAR AND BILLBOARD 
STOP AT DECKER'S DAIRY BAR / ST RT #25 - SOUTH

BOTTLE ON LEFT, ABOVE, SHOWS THE FRONT THAT IS ON ALL FOUR BOTTLES, BELOW:


#12, 13, 14, 15
TRPQ's / GREEN
ALL 4 FRONTS:
DECKER'S PASTEURIZED MILK CREAM LIMA, OHIO
4 DIFFERENT BACK DESIGNS, L-R:
COTTAGE CHEESE; PLEASE RETURN/KID; HONEST QUALITY/BABY; and DAIRY BAR BILLBOARD/CAR


#16
DECKER DAIRY LIMA OHIO / DIVISION OF ACRES INC.
(BACK: TRY OUR DELICIOUS ...)
PHG / RED



#17 DECKER'S LIMA, OHIO / RPHP
#18 DECKER CRIDERSVILLE, O. / TREQ
#19 DECKER'S DAIRY / RIBBED TEHP / ACE OF DRINKS



#20 & 21
EL DORA FARMS LIMA OHIO
RED TPHP  and TSPQ

#22 & 23
TRY HEFNER'S EL DORA
Delicious Ice Cream __ Cable Road Lima Ohio
ORANGE SPP and SPHP 


#24,25,26
EQUITY SELECTED MILK LIMA OHIO
BLACK / TRPHP, TRPP, TRPQ
ALL w/ SAME BACKS:
FOR CHARM AND BEAUTY/GIRL'S FACE


#27,28,29
EQUITY SELECTED MILK LIMA OHIO
BLACK / TRPHP, TRPP, TRPQ
ALL w/ DIFFERENT BACKS:
COWS/PASTUERIZED DAILY; DELICIOUS ORANGE DRINK; SAFETY



#30,31,32
3 DIFFERENT EQUITY's THAT DO NOT SAY LIMA
(THE BLUE IS JUST SURFACE-PAINTED)


#33 - SLEN-DEE ICE CREAM CARTON - EQUITY DAIRIES INC, LIMA OHIO


#34 - EQUITY UNION CRY CO LIMA, O. - TREHP



#35 = FISHER'S MILK TREHP

#36,37,38 = PURE FRESH MILK PASTEURIZED BY THE FISHER DAIRY MODERN PLANTS LOCATED IN LIMA AND WAPAKONETA OHIO
TREHP, TREP, TREQ


#39,40
GRACELY DAIRY FARMS LIMA OHIO
TREHP / TRPQ ORANGE 

(Note: See a new H bottle at the bottom of the list.)

#41-48
GROUPING OF HEFNER DAIRY BOTTLES
(SEE #22,23 ABOVE FOR HEFNER'S EL DORA BOTTLES)


#41,42,43
HEFNER'S DAIRY LIMA OHIO
PYRO QT and 2 HP's


#43A
Hefner SQ PYRO PINT


#44 - HEFNER'S DAIRY - SQPG


#45 = EJ HEFNER AND SONS DAIRY LIMA OHIO / TSPQ
#46 HEFNER DAIRY LIMA OHIO / AMBER SQSPQ
#47 SHOULDER EMBOSSED HEFNER'S LIMA OHIO / SQSEQ



#48 = HEFNER DAIRY LIMA OHIO / PASTEURIZED & RAW
#49 = HEFNER DAIRY LIMA OHIO / PASTEURIZED
BOTH ORANGE TRPQ


#50 = HEFNER'S DAIRY CARTON


#51,52 - INDEPENDENT DAIRIES LIMA O. - TREP / TREQ


#53,54 - INDEPENDENT DAIRIES / LIMA OHIO
TRPHP / TRPQ / BLUE


#55 / TREQ
INDEPENDENT / LIMA, O. / SELECTED DAIRIES

GROUPING OF KOLTER BUCKEYE BOTTLES


#56,57,58
THE KOLTER BUCKEYE DAIRY CO. LIMA O.
TREHP / TREP / TREQ



#59 = SPQ KOLTER BUCKEYE CO.
#60 = SEQ / SHOULDER / KOLTER BUCKEYE CO. / LIMA OHIO


#61 BUCKEYE QT. CARTON


#62 LINNWOOD DAIRY LIMA O. / TREP
#63 SERVICE DAIRY LIMA OHIO / ACE OF DRINKS (BACK) / RIBBED PINT


#64 MEADOW GOLD TPCT / LIMA OHIO ON CAP ONLY


#65 SHADY SIDE DAIRY LIMA O. / TREQ / BASE EMBOSSED: T. M'FG. CO PAT 1882

#66 THE LIMA CR'Y.& C.S.CO. LIMA O. (LIMA CREAMERY AND COLD STORAGE CO.) / SQREQ


#67 SHAWNEE DAIRY / S / PASTEURIZED PRODUCTS / TREP

#68 NORDIC DAIRY INC. LIMA OHIO / SQSPHP


GROUPING OF SHELLEY BOTTLES


#69,70 - SHELLEY DAIRY LIMA OHIO
TRPHP, TRPQ / ORANGE


#71 SHELLEY DAIRY LIMA, O. -- SPQ/ORANGE

#72 SHELLEY DAIRY -- PHP/BLUE

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#71A - SHELLEY SQ PYRO PINT


#73 SHELLEY DAIRY REGISTERED LIMA, O. - EHP

#74 SHELLEY-TOWNSEND LIMA, O. - EHP


#75,76 SPRINGER'S / LIMA, O. / DAIRY
TREHP / TREQ


#77,78 SPRINGER'S DAIRY (THESE DO NOT SAY LIMA ON THE BOTTLES) (ONE HAS A SPRINGER'S LIMA & WAPAKONETA O. CAP)
TREQ / TRPQ


#79 SUNNY DALE [2 WORDS] FARMS / LIMA OHIO / ''KOOPS'' ON BACK / ORVILLE W. KOOP ON CAP - TRPQ/ORANGE

#80 O.W. KOOP / SUNNYDALE [1 WORD] FARMS / LIMA, OHIO - SPQ/ORANGE




CLOSE UP OF #79, AND CAP


#81 WHITE MOUNTAIN / LIMA OHIO / DAIRY CO - TRECTP
#82 WHITE MOUNTAIN / LIMA OHIO / DAIRY CO - TREP
#83 WHITE MOUNTAIN (ON SLANT, NO TOWN) - TREQ

#84 HAPPY VALLEY DAIRY / LIMA O. / TRPQ -- Just found Labor Day 2017 (by someone kind enough to sell it to me!), never seen before by my fellow collectors who know more about it than I do. So new things do turn up!

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NON-LIMA MILK BOTTLES (FROM SOME NEARBY TOWNS)


#84 PROPERTY OF JESSE SHILLING / ALGER, OHIO - TREQ


#85,86 HYGRADE DAIRY / BLUFFTON, O. -- TREP & TREHP


#87 HOFSTETTER DAIRY / BLUFFTON, OHIO - TREQ

#88 NATURAL MILK / NATURE'S BEST FOOD / HOFSTETTER DAIRY / BLUFFTON, OHIO - TRPQ/GREEN



#89 BRIDGES & SONS DAIRY / BEAVERDAM, OHIO - TREQ

#90 BRIDGES & SONS DAIRY / LIMA, OHIO - RPHP/RED

BRIDGES BOTTLES w/ POSTCARD FOR
E.M. BRIDGES TASTEE FREEZ / BEAVERDAM OHIO



#91,#92 - PLAIN VIEW DAIRY / COLUMBUS GROVE, OHIO
TREP / TRPQ/ORANGE


#93 RANSBOTTOM & SON / ROCKFORD OHIO - TREQ/BRICKNECK

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Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.
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