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Scratch Whiskey Jugs from the California Wine Co. Lima Ohio


Presented here, three different brown glazed pottery scratch hugs, inscribed: From the California Wine Co., Lima Ohio.

I picked the center one up yesterday at the Columbus bottle show, courtesy of my friend Joe Hardin, who finds me good Lima items all the time. Thanks, Joe! Joe puts on the upcoming Wilmington Bottle Show, to be held on April 2nd, 2017. Info here: http://www.fohbc.org/shows/


I had the other two jugs already, along with the stenciled jug in the pic below.


Left to right, there are two one-gallon jugs, and then two quarts. The angle of the line up in the photo makes it look like there are four sizes, but it's an illusion.

I have a few other California Wine bottles which I will photograph and add later.

My research shows that Morris Cohn of Findlay Ohio established a wholesale wine and liquor store at 135 S. Main St. Lima Ohio in 1895.


Morris Cohn died in a Detroit hospital following an operation in 1905. He was buried in Shaare  Zedek, the Jewish cemetery (near Lima's Woodlawn Cemetery) which he had helped to establish:

“The local Jewish people, who recently formed an organization for the purpose of securing the managing of a Jewish burying ground adjoining Woodlawn Cemetery, were granted a charter of incorporation by the secretary of state at Columbus today,” the Times-Democrat reported Aug. 20, 1902. Signing the incorporation papers were Gus C. Weil, N.I. Michael, Leon Lowenstein, Morris Cohn and A. Weixelbaum. 
When Cohn, who also managed the California Wine Co., in Lima, died after an operation at a Detroit hospital, his remains were “consigned to a final resting place in the Jewish section of Woodlawn Cemetery,” the Times-Democrat wrote Oct. 18, 1905.

It appears a Mr. Wohlgemuth bought the California Wine Co. business from Cohn's estate in 1905. In 1917 he sold one half interest to a James A. Rambo who had already been working there for a while.

That's it for now. I'll keep researching.
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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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