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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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Library of Virginia reopens to researchers by advance appointment beginning today

During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

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The Library of Virginia has announced that its reading rooms will reopen to researchers by advance appointment beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. To make an appointment, please call 804.692.3800.

COVID-19, which prompted the Library’s closing to the public in mid-March, continues to pose a serious public health risk. The Library’s reopening plan includes new health and safety protocols based on the latest guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to expect when returning to the Library:

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For additional information about what to expect on your visit, take a look at the COVID-19 Update: Guidelines for Researchers, page, which will be updated regularly.

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The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

The full economic impact report can be found here.

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