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By Frederick N. Rasmussen fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 22, 2009
I t's hard to believe that Hutzler's, the legendary Howard Street department store that provided goods and memorable services to Baltimoreans for 132 years, rang up its final sales two decades ago. Just a decade earlier, according to Robert Hendrickson, author of "The Grand Emporiums: The Illustrated History of America's Great Department Stores" (published in 1979, things were different for Hutzler's. The store, established in 1858, boasted yearly sales of $50 million and employed 3,500.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Sue Sober of Baltimore was in search of the recipe for the potato chip cookies that were sold at Hutzler's department store. The last of the legendary department stores that provided goods and services to Baltimoreans for 132 years, closed over three decades ago. Many people still have fond memories of not only of the merchandise side of the store but its restaurants, tea rooms and bakeries. As luck would have it, Joyce Smith of Arbutus, who worked at Hutzler's in Westview until it closed in the late 1980s, sent in a recipe for the potato chip cookies.
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By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
Michael Lisicky is accustomed to taking the stage as a second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and performing for audiences worldwide. But writing a book? The very idea intimidated the lifelong musician. So it's with some measure of awestruck glee that Lisicky, 46, has witnessed the success of his first book, "Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops" (History Press, 160 pages, October 2009, $19.99). It chronicles the rise and fall of the family-run department store, once an anchor of Baltimore's downtown shopping district on Lexington and Howard streets.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Margaret Cecelia Zimmerman, a member of one of the oldest families in Towson who was an accomplished family seamstress, died of complications from gastric disease and hypertension Jan. 3 at Manor Care Ruxton. The North Baltimore resident was 101. Born Margaret Cecelia Bosley, she was the daughter of Aquilla Cardiff Tagert Bosley, a house painter whose family owned and operated Bosley's Hotel, a structure that once stood on the site of the old Hutzler's Towson department store. Her mother, Maria Eliza Hahn, had worked in a family dry-goods store in the old Towson business district.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff Writer | August 27, 1995
They came from as far as California, Hawaii, Texas, even the Dominican Republic, to see each other one more time, to recall fond memories, to hug and kiss and shed a few tears.From sales associates to stock boys, not to mention buyers, executives, waitresses and clerk-typists, more than 600 people crowded the ballroom last night at the Holiday Inn in Timonium for what many said was a long overdue party.It was a "family reunion" of sorts: All were former employees of Hutzler's, the beloved and distinctly Baltimore retailing institution that closed its doors for good nearly six years ago."
NEWS
June 12, 1992
A memorial service for Ethel A. Davis, who retired about 10 years ago as a telephone order clerk for Hutzler's department stores, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Abbott Presbyterian Church, 3426 Bank St.She died June 5 at the age of 65 of heart and respiratory illnesses at her home on Waltham Woods Road in Parkville.Mrs. Davis worked for Hutzler's for about 10 years. Earlier, she was a secretary at Johns Hopkins Hospital and for the American Stores Co.Born in Baltimore, the former Ethel A. Cromwell became ill with polio as a child.
BUSINESS
By Cindy Harper-Evans | December 18, 1990
A husband-and-wife business team, envisioning an upscale home furnishing mall in Towson Town Center's vacant Hutzler building, is negotiating a 50-year lease with Towson Town's owner, the San Diego-based Hahn Co.Charles and Laura Moore are the two main partners in Baltimore-based Emporium Development -- created more than a year ago to launch the concept, which will include about 90 wall covering, tile, decoration and furniture retailers, Mr. Moore said...
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | July 30, 1995
Kathlyn "Taffy" Mellor Leahy, who as Hutzler's personnel director and editor of employee publications helped foster the image of the Howard Street department store for more than 40 years, died July 21 at Carroll County General Hospital of upper respiratory failure. She was 81.Working out of a fifth-floor office in the store's downtown headquarters, Mrs. Leahy -- who held a master's degree in retail marketing -- supervised the hiring of hundreds of employees, including "sales associates," as salespeople were called then.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1994
For five years the former Hutzler Bros. department store has stood vacant in downtown Towson, immune to the retail resurgence all around it.Now its owners are trying again to fill it. They're showing potential tenants a multimillion-dollar renovation plan that would divide the building into four medium-sized stores and put a parking lot underneath.No leases have been signed, and the owners won't begin construction until stores are on board. But retail sources said several merchants are seriously looking at the site, including Sears Homelife, the furniture offshoot of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and Bed Bath and Beyond, a housewares superstore.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | June 19, 2001
Mildred A. Strassberger, retired secretary to the president of Hutzler's department store chain, died June 12 of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. She was 83 and lived in the Leith Walk section of Northeast Baltimore. In her 47 years at the company, she worked first in the credit department at the Howard Street establishment and retired in 1983 as personal secretary to Albert Hutzler, who headed the chain for many years. "She was a delightful lady," said David A. Hutzler of Pikesville, a former director of Hutzler's.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Sarah W. McCardell, a Govans homemaker who happily cared for her 10 children while teaching them lasting values and enduring life lessons that she imparted with love, humor and grace, died Friday of a stroke at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 89. "My mother was a wonderful person, and I feel it was fortunate that we had my parents living with us. She was not just my mother, but one of my best friends," said a daughter, Margaret Ellen Clemmens of Stoneleigh.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
Eileen Abato, a retired department store fashion director who became an advocate for AIDS awareness, died of leukemia Thursday at the Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 69. Born Eileen Mary Wible in a Philadelphia suburb, she grew up in Hermosa Beach, Calif., and was a graduate of Mira Costa High School there. In a 1989 Baltimore Sun profile, she recounted that she wanted to go into fashion sales as a teen and joined a work-study program at the May Co. She initially sold hosiery and housewares, but as an 18-year-old, she talked her way into becoming a May Co. fashion coordinator in a newly opened West Los Angeles store.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
Helen M. Finnegan, a homemaker and former Hutzler's department store sales associate, died Monday of congestive heart failure at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 93. The daughter of a cabinetmaker and a homemaker, Helen Morrisette was born in Baltimore and raised on East 29th Street. After graduating in 1937 from the Institute of Notre Dame, she worked in accounting for the state of Maryland before her marriage in 1947 to Edmund F. Finnegan. Mr. Finnegan, who owned an automotive financing company, died in 1965, leaving his widow to raise five children at their Gorsuch Road home in Timonium.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Let's go shopping! Michael J. Lisicky, a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist and noted chronicler of departed East Coast department stores, had a local hit three years ago with his book, "Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops. " Now he is taking us on another nostalgic shopping tour to several of the city's sorely missed stores with the recent publication of his "Baltimore's Bygone Department Stores: Many Happy Returns. " He takes us back to that now-vanished and magical world of perfumed department stores with their tinkling, chiming, paging bells, and elegantly dressed and convivial floorwalkers and sales associates who were willing to help customers find what they were looking for. Lisicky generates memories here of goods beautifully displayed, the slight whooshing sound that the pneumatic tube made as it whisked a charge to the business office for approval and of stores gaily decorated not only for holidays but for various seasons.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Rosella M. Beeler, a retired department store worker and homemaker, died of pneumonia Oct. 4 at Manor Care Health Services in Ruxton. The Campus Hills resident was 91. Born Rosella Mary Fischer in Baltimore and raised on Kenwood Avenue in East Baltimore, she attended Archdiocese of Baltimore parochial schools. As a young woman she began ice skating at the old Sports Centre on North Avenue. She appeared in Mike Martin's Ice Carnival and in a Baltimore Gas and Electric ice show. During World War II, she worked in the accounting department of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2012
Louise V. Muhlbauer, a retired Hutzler's department store sales associate who enjoyed cooking and entertaining, died Wednesday of a stroke at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Lochearn. The former longtime Parkville resident was 90. The daughter of German-Hungarian immigrant parents, the former Louise Victoria Weibe was born and raised in Lansdowne. During World War II, Mrs. Muhlbauer held a variety of secretarial jobs at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., the Seaman's Branch of the YMCA, and Telephone Answering Service, where she coordinated a city-wide scrap drive for the war effort.
NEWS
December 7, 1990
Bess M. Ellison, who headed the fur department at Hutzler's before her retirement about 25 years ago, died Nov. 22 at Sinai Hospital of complications to a broken arm.Mrs. Ellison was 91 and lived at the Highfield House Condominium on Charles Street.She worked at Hutzler's for more than 25 years and was one of the few women fur buyers at the time.A native of Baltimore, the former Bess Morstein was a former president of the Maryland chapter of the National Executive Board of the American Jewish Congress, Women's Division, and a former member of the group's national executive board.
NEWS
October 23, 2002
Emma F. Zentgraf, a retired Hutzler's department store sales associate and homemaker, died of heart failure Oct. 16 at the home of a daughter in Mount Airy. She was 86. She was born and raised Emma Follmer in Milton, Pa., but moved to Baltimore and attended Western High School. In 1932, she married Albert H. Zentgraf, a tailor in Baltimore's Garment District. He died in 1992. For more than 57 years, until moving to Mount Airy in 1995, Mrs. Zentgraf lived in a Carrollton Avenue rowhouse across from Hollins Market in Southwest Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Mary Elizabeth "Becky" Lipp, a homemaker who studied genealogy, died of pneumonia March 24 at the Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 101 and had lived in Govans. She was born Mary Elizabeth Barrett while her mother was traveling on a railroad train in Wilmington, Del. She was raised on a family farm in Fauquier County, Va., and moved to Baltimore as a young woman. She lived with cousins on Abell Avenue and worked nearby at the old Crown Five and Ten Cent Store on Greenmount Avenue in Waverly.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 5, 2011
Imogene B. Johnston, long active in Harford County Republican Party politics and a community activist, died Oct. 26 at Senator Bob Hooper Hospice in Forest Hill of complications from a fall. She was 89. A daughter of a coal-mine supervisor and a homemaker, the former Imogene Rollins Bane was born and raised in Beckley, W.Va. She was a 1940 graduate of Mark Twain High School in Crab Orchard, W.Va. While attending West Virginia University where she earned a degree in business, she met and fell in love with Drexel M. Johnston.
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