According to the History of Allen County [source], "Tony Zender came to Lima in 1906, established the "Tony Zender Cigar Factory" on North Main Street, and managed it until 1914."
- An accomplished musician, Mr. Zender played the cornet and violin. He lived in Kenton for a number of years where he taught music, owned a music store and organized the Second Regiment band.
- At the solicitation of the Lima Progressive Association (the body that became the Chamber of Commerce in 1914), Mr. Zender established a cigar factory in Lima, known as Tony Zender Cigar Co., in order to provide local employment for musicians whose services were needed in the Lima Merchants band. The factory was located at Wayne and Main streets. [Map]
Tony sold the cigar factory in 1912, (perhaps continuing to manage the factory until 1914), as per this from The Lima News / March 13, 1912:
NEW FIRM HAS PURCHASED THE TONY ZENDER CIGAR FACTORY
PARTNERSHIP OF HOERSHMAN, LEONARD TAKES CHARGE OF LOCAL PLANT.
The Tony Zender cigar factory situated In the building at the southeast corner of Main and Wayne Streets, in the property formerly occupied by the wholesale grocery of Sealts Bros.[article about Sealts, and here], has been sold to Messrs. Hoershman, Leonard, a partnership which has been formed for the purchase of the.factory and the business of the Zender company.
Possession of the property will be assumed at once and the business of the firm will Immediately be persecuted with, vigor and enterprise by the new owners. Mr. Leonard [bio], one of the members of the new partnership, is a well known Lima citizen who has been a traveling salesman for the William Tigner's Son Company [1866 William Tigner, cigar maker and wholesaler opens in Lima, OH] and more recently has been on the road for the Zender factory and is well acquainted with the cigar trade in this part of the country. His partner is a former citizen of Mishawaka, lnd., and pnor to his residence in the Hoosier state, was an Ohio man.
Zender's popular cigar brands were: Castalia Club, Zeadora, El Manton and Cuban Babies. [Read about Castalia, Ohio here.]
- According to Allen County History [Available as a free ebook], Tony Zender bought the Starr Piano Company store in 1907:
- Coming from there to Lima in 1906, Mr. Zender established the "Tony Zender Cigar Factory" on North Main Street, and managed it until 1914, when he sold it.
- He had previously organized the Lima City Band, and in 1907 had bought the Starr Piano Company's store on West High Street. Succeeding well in the management of his affairs, Mr. Zender found that his business required more commodious quarters, and in 1910 moved to North Market Street, and in 1916 assumed possession of his present place of business on North Main Street, where he has the largest store of the kind in the city. Mr. Zender, who holds a distinguished position among the leading musicians of Allen County
- Tony Zender retired in 1947, and moved to Scarsdale, NY, as per his 1950 obituary (see below).
- His music store was in the Masonic Building, and later on N. Main St.
- [In 1947], he sold Zender's Music Store to Henry [Hank] Armentrout, 636 W. Grand Ave., but the store kept Zender's name, and moved to E. High St.
- ZENDER-KAHN MUSIC STORE, INC. was formed on 1967-02-25 in Ohio by MAYER KAHN located at LIMA, ALLEN, OHIO -- http://businessprofiles.com/details/zender-kahn-music-store-inc/OH-358655#ixzz2oqCKeyMJ
- Kahn must have bought out Armentrout. Nice that he kept Zender's name too.
Zender's obituary from find-a-grave
*Mrs. Bottorf was Tony Zender's daughter:
"Perhaps the most unique theatrical development of the 1930s was the Federal Theatre Project. Although it lasted only four years (1935-39) the Federal Theatre Project was significant particularly in that it marked the only time in history during which the U.S. government was an active producer of theatre.
As part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA (Works Progress Administration), the Federal Theatre Project was created with the express aim of reemploying out-of-work theatre professionals.
The work of the Federal Theatre Project was vast and various. Within a year, its operations spanned thirty-one states and employed twelve thousand theatre professionals.
In New York City alone, various units of the Federal Theatre Project produced 1) original plays by new authors; 2) experimental works focused on new production techniques; 3) Negro theatre; 4) risky productions on behalf of commercial managers; 5) the Living Newspaper, which dramatized current events and topical issues with massive casts and various innovative theatrical forms; and 6) miscellaneous works such as Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, vaudeville, minstrel shows, and circuses.
Thus the Federal Theatre Project did much more than provide theatre workers with employment opportunities. It allowed for experimentation; it served as a proving ground for new production techniques; it helped to launch the careers of such luminaries as Arthur Miller and Orson Welles; and, as it offered most of its productions at little or no cost to audience members, it welcomed a broad spectrum of society into its theatres."
Tony Zender's full bio from The History of Allen County, published in 1921:
ANTHONY PETER ZENDER. A gifted and accomplished musician, Anthony Peter Zender, of Lima, was endowed by nature not only with artistic talent of a high order, but with excellent business ability and energy, and as proprietor of a finely equipped music store on North Main Street he is carrying on a thriving business, handling sheet music and musical instruments of all kinds and descriptions. A native of Ohio, he was born in 1864, on a farm in Big Spring Township, Seneca County, of German ancestry.
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