Sunday, May 4, 2014

“The Baron” of the Bowery Charles Baker – Irish Huguenot – Dead – Mourned by Friends - 11 Jan 1904

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The factory at Catherine and Grinnell streets was Mr. Hirsch’s largest cigar factory in Key West. The cigar industry experienced a number of prolonged labor strikes in the early 1890s that were encouraged by Spanish agents from Cuba in an effort to disrupt cigar production and donations by Cuban émigré cigar makers to support Jose Marti’s revolutionary plans. These devastating strikes and disruptions in production convinced Mr. Hirsch and two Key West manufacturers, Celestino Palacio and Charles Baker, to consolidate, establishing the Celestino Palacio Trust. It allowed them to collectively purchase bulk tobacco at a lower price while consolidating shipping and distribution of cigars. Unfortunately, Mr. Hirsch died in 1901 and the Trust was dissolved.

Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program
The Indianapolis journal, Volume 54, Number 17, 17 January 1904

“I have but one friend left. He is Michael F. Lyons.”

Morton House - Three Structures (center to left)
South Side of Union Square
Southeast Corner - 14th Street and Broadway
Morton House. (Date ca. 1895) Photographers Langill & Bodfish – From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York


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