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September 21, 1994 | By Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The cavernous shell that was reduced to rubble in North Philadelphia Monday night bore little resemblance to the bustling mill that for a century turned out fine curtains, carpets and tablecloths, and stitched together a hard- working neighborhood. For most of its life, the eight-building fortress at Fourth and Lehigh was called Quaker Lace Co., a Philadelphia institution started by Joseph H. Bromley in 1894. In its heyday, 100 looms ran at once, with English, French and Irish artisans producing delicate doilies and 40-foot-wide expanses of fabric.
NEWS
April 28, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Max Reisman, 98, the former chairman and chief executive officer of a South Philadelphia-based pretzel company who is credited with creating the peanut-butter-filled pretzel nugget, died Monday, April 23 at his daughter's home in Kingston, Pa. Mr. Reisman, who lived in Highland Beach, Fla., formerly lived in Wynnewood. He was born on Sept. 18, 1913. in South Philadelphia, a son of Jacob and Eva Reisman and the youngest of five brothers and one sister. Mr. Reisman was a graduate of Overbrook High School.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2006 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All they could do was stand together, cling to one another, and quietly cry, watching as a December fire destroyed a family business that had stood on the Wildwood boardwalk for nearly 50 years. Five months later, together, they joyously - but without much ceremony because a crowd was practically breaking down the doors to get in - reopened Sam's Pizza Palace at the same 26th Street location in time for Memorial Day weekend. "We never could have gotten through it all without each other," said Rosemary Zuccarello, 53, whose father, Sam Spera, started it all in 1957 with a small steak sandwich shop a few blocks away, eventually moving, adding pizza, and taking over the Shore Plaza Motel.
NEWS
December 9, 2001 | By Joseph S. Kennedy INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Adolph G. Rosengarten Jr. is best remembered as a Main Line gentleman who helped create Chanticleer, an arboretum on his family estate in Wayne. Yet Rosengarten also was a decorated soldier who was involved in one of the most significant espionage developments of World War II. "I had intended to be known as a good landscape gardener, not a spy," Rosengarten wrote in 1974 after his involvement in the Allies' intelligence work became public knowledge. In early 1941, Rosengarten, then 35, went on active military duty and ended up with a coastal artillery unit, which was disbanded in 1943.
NEWS
January 15, 2006 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A hundred years after the Continental Army occupied the hills around Fort Washington in Montgomery County, several prominent Philadelphia families came together to encamp there for a longer stay. They were the Fells and the Drexels, new scions of the Gilded Age. In 1882, they brought their fabulous fortunes to Camp Hill, built several stone mansions along the sprawling ridge, and lay the foundation of a colorful, 70-year tenancy. Theirs is a story marked by privilege and intrigue and perhaps even murder, said Lew and Trudy Keen, who will present a multimedia program on Camp Hill Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Clifton House in Fort Washington.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Matt Flegenheimer, Inquirer Staff Writer
As probing senators delve into the past of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a handful of locals are trying their best to remember the family's Philadelphia roots. "I think Kagan has all the qualities of her mother," said Shirley Zove, 82, a former neighbor. "But it's only been, what, 70 years?" Kagan's late mother, Gloria Gittelman, was born in April 1930 in South Philadelphia to Russian Jewish immigrants. In 1933, Gloria Gittelman's father, Laizar, founded Gittelman's, a butter-and-egg shop at 2127 S. Seventh St., claiming the property when the previous tenant took his own life in the throes of the Great Depression.
NEWS
January 4, 1996 | By Sharon Tubbs, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Louis J. Eni, 74, of Medford, president and chief operating officer of Dietz & Watson Meats in Philadelphia, died yesterday at Hahnemann University Hospital. Mr. Eni joined Dietz & Watson more than 40 years ago and ran the company for the last 20 years. He is credited with aiding the company's growth into a multimillion-dollar business with customers worldwide and more than 400 employees, said his daughter Cynthia E. Yingling of Medford. According to Mr. Eni's three children, Dietz & Watson is "truly a family business in every sense of the word.
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since 2008, Carmen Medina's family dominated the sale of heroin and other drugs at Somerset and Swanson Streets in Kensington. It was a lucrative operation that authorities said moved more than 100 packets a day of prepackaged heroin under the "Nite Life" brand. But by early this year, the Medina family business was in trouble. Carmen's older brother, Edwin "June" Medina Jr., and four associates had been busted and charged in a federal drug conspiracy. Competitors, sensing a vacuum, were moving in on the family's turf, and Carmen Medina decided to make a stand.
NEWS
January 8, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph S. Grasso, 90, of Woolwich Township, longtime owner and president of Grasso Foods Inc., which sells frozen peppers to restaurants and food companies across the country, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, of heart failure at his home. Having grown up during the Depression, Mr. Grasso was a hardened, self-taught man who became a successful entrepreneur. "Every penny mattered to him," said his daughter Rosemary Miller. "He was a tough businessman. " Mr. Grasso took his frozen-produce business from a small freezer operation to a processor of 22 million pounds of peppers each year.
NEWS
August 18, 1986 | By Dwight Ott, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Dankses are worried. Having fled riots in Camden for the safety of Cherry Hill in the 1970s, they now fear they may have to flee a new kind of upheaval. Charles Danks, 48, pointed to the problem Saturday as he stood along Route 70 near the flow of traffic into the Race Track Circle. Before him in the concrete were two red paint marks that he said spell doom for his family business - marks that show where the State of New Jersey plans to chop 29 feet out of his Sunoco station property to widen the highway that is a main thoroughfare through the township of 70,000.
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