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RVA Legends — F. Neurath

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from our landscape.

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[IOR] — F. Neurath Wholesale Confectioner — looking towards 1444 East Main Street, circa 1886

1444 East Main Street
2-8 & 10 North Fifteenth Street

A sweets man who wasn’t so sweet.

(VCU) — 1889 Baist Atlas Map of Richmond — Plate 2 — showing candy manufactury running from East Main to Exchange Alley

(VCU) — 1889 Baist Atlas Map of Richmond — Plate 2 — showing candy manufactury running from East Main to Exchange Alley

F. Neurath.—Manufacturer of all kinds of French and American Candies, Bon Bons, etc., by Steam Power; warehouses, Nos. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 N. Fifteenth street; office, No. 1444 Main street. This house was founded by Mr. Neurath in 1865. He commenced business in a very moderate way, making and selling his candy in person.

(Almay) — 19th-century sugar boiler, an essential ingredient to candy making

(Almay) — 19th-century sugar boiler, an essential ingredient to candy making

His energy soon began to be appreciated; business increased from time to time, until now he has one of the largest candy establishments in the city. The factory is fitted up with the most improved machinery. It is the only steam power candy factory in the State and the largest in the South. He now employs from fifteen to twenty-five people, and the factory has the capacity for consuming 3,000 pounds of sugar per day.

(Almay) — 19th-century factory workers making bonbons

(Almay) — 19th-century factory workers making bonbons

He manufactures everything in the shape of candy, from the commonest stick candy to the finest bon bon._ He makes fine candies and foreign fruits a specialty, and also deals in nuts, crackers, cakes, fire works, etc. He employs two traveling salesmen, and sells to the trade through Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

[RTD19130518] — Ferdinand Neurath, from an advertisement where he advocated for Tripp’s Brown Bitters, a tonic remedy he took for his aching back

[RTD19130518] — Ferdinand Neurath, from an advertisement where he advocated for Tripp’s Brown Bitters, a tonic remedy he took for his aching back

Mr. Neurath was originally from Culpeper, Court House, Va. He has been in the candy business more than thirty-six years; has learned the trade in all its branches, and he now personally supervises the manufacturing of all his candy. [IOR]

Actually, he was from Austria. Culpepper was just a way-station.

(Unknown Gender History) — the social labyrinth of the jilted

(Unknown Gender History) — the social labyrinth of the jilted

Ferdinand left a paper trail in the newspapers of the day, not all of it savory. In 1877, he had to fork over $2500 to Miss Lizzie Pauline Ruhle as a settlement for her Heart Balm suit. He seems to have proposed marriage and then wouldn’t set a date.

(Ancestry) — Elizabeth Pauline Ruhle

(Ancestry) — Elizabeth Pauline Ruhle

Promising marriage and then reneging used to be a much bigger deal, legally & socially. $2500 is $61,133 in 2019 (CPI Inflation Calculator), so this was not settling a parking ticket in traffic court. [RD18771208]

Happily, Miss Lizzie found her reward and married Paul Cassidy two years later. (Ancestry)

October 2019 — looking toward 1444 East Main Street & the substantially revised corner of Fifteenth & Main Streets

October 2019 — looking toward 1444 East Main Street & the substantially revised corner of Fifteenth & Main Streets

Neurath also had a propensity for fighting. In 1868 he was assaulted and beaten by John Mitchell, a black man whom Neurath accused of stealing two oranges. [RD18680317] In 1876, he became involved in a “friendly scuffle” with Mr. A. Boller, a baker.

In this contest Neurath was successful in throwing Boller, who then became angry, and seized a scale and inflicted three severe wounds on his opponent’s head. [RD18760909]

He lived until 1922, but by 1905 the Sanborn maps show this location to be a warehouse for drugs. His business is unmentioned in either the 1893 or the 1903 editions of Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James, but his turn as a shill for Tripp’s Brown Bitters in 1913 shows that he was still active.

(F. Neurath is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


Print Sources

  • [IOR] Industries of Richmond. James P. Wood. 1886.
  • [RD18680317] Richmond Dispatch. Tuesday, March 17, 1868.
  • [RD18760909] Richmond Dispatch. Tuesday, August 8, 1876.
  • [RD18771208] Richmond Dispatch. Saturday, December 8, 1877.
  • [RTD19130518] Richmond Times-Dispatch. Sunday, May 18, 1913.

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Tethering bill adds new protections for animals kept outside

Animal rights advocates want lawmakers to advance legislation that expands on a tethering bill passed last year by the General Assembly. The new legislation would increase the minimum length of a tether and adds conditions that include temperature, severe weather and require the animal to be brought inside when the owner isn’t home.

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By Ada Romano

Animal rights advocates want lawmakers to advance legislation that expands on a tethering bill passed last year by the General Assembly. The new legislation would increase the minimum length of a tether and adds conditions that include temperature, severe weather and require the animal to be brought inside when the owner isn’t home.

Senate Bill 272, introduced by Sen. John Bell, D-Loudoun, would increase the required length of the tether from 10 feet or three times the length of the animal to 15 feet or four times the length of the animal. Under the bill, pets can’t be tied during a heat advisory or if a severe weather warning has been issued, including hurricane, tropical storm or tornado warnings. The bill outlaws tethering in temperatures 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower or 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and when an owner is not home. Last session, a bill expanded the law from a 3-foot tether to 10 feet. That bill, introduced by Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, originally carried the same language as Bell’s current bill, but it was amended by a Senate committee.

Robert Leinberger, animal control supervisor for Richmond Animal Care and Control, said that some parts of the bill may be difficult to enforce. Still, if the legislation gets passed, Leinberger said, it will make a difference because people will be forced to be more aware of the law. He said more people will call to report instances of animals being improperly tethered.

“For example, if it’s inclement weather when it’s really super cold or really super hot, then we do occasionally see more calls for service because of the animals left out,” Leinberger said.

Kate Riviello, a New York-based animal rights activist who also works in Virginia, supports that the bill outlaws outdoor tethering when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Virginia law currently requires that an animal must have access to water, but the water doesn’t make a difference if it freezes, she said.

Riviello also supports “Tommie’s Law,” legislation passed last year that made animal cruelty a felony in Virginia. The law is named after a pit bull that died after he was set on fire. Riviello said she is happy to see the changes Virginia is making to protect the rights of animals but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to continue in the right direction.

“With ‘Tommie’s law,’ I think it was really tremendous that they took that step,” Riviello said. The key also is to enforce animal rights’ laws, Riviello said, which isn’t always the case.

Leinberger said implementing animal rights’ legislation is important because it enables people to better care for their pets. Tethering is just one issue that needs to be addressed, he said.

The bill is awaiting action by the Senate’s Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.

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PHOTOS: Switch’s new concept, 84, takes things back to 1984

The restaurant with quarterly rotating themes is kicking it in the ’80s for the foreseeable future.

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Better start with ellipses as Pac-Man can come eat them! Or spots on a Lite-Brite Board waiting to be filled in with whatever colors and shapes you want.

@thenightowl Mikael Broth has brilliantly painted murals depicting pop culture in 1984: Prince & Purple Rain, Madonna, and the material girl, Michael Jackson as the zombie in Thriller eating popcorn (which seems totally hilarious and wrong across from Gizmo who will undoubtedly be up after midnight).

Stools between seats are painted as Rubix cubes awaiting solving. A bloodied Dr. Indiana Jones watches over the bar on one side while Tetris pieces fall on the other side.

Underneath the seats is Pinky, no Blinky, no maybe that’s Clyde chasing those pellets.

Immerse yourself in memories or if you are younger, dive straight into the tank that is Pop Culture of 1984 on display at Switch.

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The Valentine announces 2020 Richmond History Makers

Today, the Valentine announced the six honorees that will be recognized at the 15th Annual Richmond History Makers & Community Update. This program promotes and celebrates the bold, innovative and often unsung work of individuals and organizations who strive to improve their communities.

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Today, the Valentine announced the six honorees that will be recognized at the 15th Annual Richmond History Makers & Community Update. This program promotes and celebrates the bold, innovative and often unsung work of individuals and organizations who strive to improve their communities.

On Tuesday, March 10th at Virginia Union University, the honorees will be celebrated in a room full of family, friends, local leaders, community advocates, non-profit representatives and more.

“After 15 years recognizing the best the Richmond Region has to offer, we are more excited than ever to celebrate our 2020 honorees,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “Our new partnership with the Community Foundation, our return to Virginia Union University and our incredible group of winners are all a part of the Valentine’s wider goal of supporting and strengthening this program through continued community engagement.”

The 15th anniversary of this program also marks the first time the Valentine has partnered with the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond to provide an update on the progress being made across the region.

“Celebrating the Richmond History Makers honorees is a perfect way to reflect on the progress we’ve made as a city as well as the issues that continue to require unified effort,” said Community Foundation Chief Community Engagement Officer Scott Blackwell. “By providing an update on where we are as a region, we can celebrate the honorees while inspiring others in the community to take action.”

The honorees were nominated by members of the Richmond community according to six categories and chosen by a Selection Committee made up of LMR (Leadership Metro Richmond) graduates and former Richmond History Makers Honorees.

“We received nearly 100 nominations this year, and from that large pool of impressive candidates, six incredible honorees were chosen,” said Myra Goodman Smith of Leadership Metro Richmond. “LMR is honored be a part of this program for the 15th year in a row, and we look forward to joining with members of the Richmond community in recognizing these groundbreaking individuals and organizations.”

The 2020 Richmond History Makers and their categories include:

  • For Creating Quality Educational Opportunities, ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • For Championing Social Justice, Tanya Gonzalez, The Sacred Heart Center
  • For Promoting Community Health, Jeannette Cordor, Faces of HOPE
  • For Improving Regional Transportation, Charles Rasnick
  • For Demonstrating Innovative Economic Solutions, BLK RVA Action Team
  • For Advancing our Quality of Life, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

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