George Huber Sr., 92, market stall owner

October 10, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

George L. Huber Sr., the last of his family to stand at a market stall and satisfy Baltimore's sweet tooth with iced cookies and holiday cakes from Germany, died Friday.

Mr. Huber, who was 92, died at the John L. Deaton Specialty Hospital and Home Inc. three weeks after falling at his home and suffering a blood clot in his brain.

From Lafayette to Canton, Hanover, Cross Street, Lexington and Hollins Markets, the family operated stalls bearing the name, "Huber's Fancy Cakes" for nearly 100 years.

Mr. Huber left school at age 14 to join his father and uncle at a Lafayette Market stall and continued working for 57 years until "the family forced him to retire," said his son, Louis F. Huber.

He said the family business was famous for chocolate, lemon and strawberry icing slathered on vanilla wafers. The owners also imported pfeffernuesse -- small, highly spiced cakes, usually iced -- from Germany for holidays.

George Huber, who was born March 22, 1902 in Baltimore, had been too young to serve in World War I. He was too old to qualify for service in World War II, but spent the years from 1939 to 1948 as an assembly worker for Glenn L. Martin Co. The company employed workers around the clock to build aircraft during the war.

His last "Huber's Fancy Cakes" stall was at Lexington Market. He sold the stall and the name when he retired in 1972.

George Huber was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore. He served on the Church Council for 20 years, from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, and was a member of the committee that built the only new church constructed in downtown Baltimore in the postwar years. The building was dedicated in 1955.

He had been a member for more than 70 years of King David Lodge No. 68, Ancient and Accepted Order of Masons, Baltimore.

"My father was a big tease, always joking," Louis Huber said.

Mr. Huber and Ida Marie Paar were married Nov. 29, 1927, and settled in the city's Pigtown section. They moved to Catonsville in 1948.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Loudon Cemetery.

In addition to his son Louis of Edgewater and his widow, survivors include another son, George L. Huber Jr. of Ellicott City; a nephew, Henry J. Paar Jr. of Springfield, Mass.; a niece, Gloria L. Paar of Catonsville; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family said that memorial contributions could be made to Christ Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 701 S. Charles St., Baltimore, 21230.

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