GEORGE LOHMAN ALASKA BITTERS: KENDALLVILLE, IND. UPDATE MORE ADDED
George Lohman was born in Germany in the 1850s. He came to the United States and became a citizen in 1865. He would open a drug store in Kendallville, Indiana in 1871 at 105 S. Main Street. There was a big explosion in the basement of his drug store and to Kendallville's credit the entire block was remodeled.
George married Mary Brust in 1873 and they built a fourteen room house to raise there Five children. Georges son Charles became a pharmacist in Indianapolis Indiana. George Lohman is listed in the Kendallville City Directory in 1866 and 1873 both years as a druggist.
G.H. Lowman was a druggist and manufacturers of patent medicines. He was born in Germany and would become a citizen of the United States in 1865. For one year he was engaged in a drug store in Fort Wayne, Indiana, then moving to Kendallville, Indiana in 1866. He was with the drug firm Beyer Meyer & Brother until they sold out to Erickson & Bicknell. Lowman would continue working for the firm until 1869.Then he would attend the University of Michigan Pharmacy Department. He would graduate in 1871. After graduating he would relocate back to Kendallville. Here he would engage as druggist with W & J. R. Bunyan for eight months. In the fall of 1871 he established his own druggist business. In 1877 his brother John H. Lowman would join Gorge in the business. The firm was called the G. H. Lowman & Co. In addition to a large stock of drugs, medicines. They would manufacturer six patent medicines. Two of which were Dr. Marshall's Lung Syrup and Dr. Marshall's Bromo line. Both were there best sellers. Mr. Lowman was a member of the Board of School Trustees of which he was the treasure. He would marry Miss Brust from Kendallville in 1873, they would have five children.
John H. Lowman of the G. H. Lowan & Co. druggists and manufacturers of patent medicines. He was born in Germany and relocated to the United States in 1869. For four years he was engaged in various occupations in New York City. Then he would relocate to Kendallville, Indiana. Her he was employed with Miller & Duerr for about a year. Then he would move to Bryan, Ohio were he engaged in a dry goods business for two years. He would return back to Kendallville and was employed as a traveling salesman for his brother business G. H. Lowman & Co. selling patent medicines. In 1877 he was admitted as a partner. Here he was the manager of manufacturing department. He would marry Miss Mollie Reber of Kendallville in 1879.
We know now his drug store was in business at least till 1886.
From the Sept. 10, 1886 Fort Wayne Gazette
Special to the Gazette. Kendallville, Ind., Sept. 10. -- The better part of our city is in ruins. The fire fiend did its extravagant work. Beginning this morning at 1 o'clock. The fire was discovered in the back part of GEORGE H. LOHMAN'S drug store. The fire bell with the Presbyterian bell soon brought hundreds of people to the scene to fight the demon, which had already made rapid progress, and was being fanned into deeper flames by a south wind, which eveidently carried the flames to the northeast. On the south of LOHMAN'S drug store, JOHN EMERSON'S grocery store, which was partly insured, nothing saved; SOVERANCE'S hardware store, nothing saved, but insured; ALEXANDER'S building badly damaged on outside, stock all saved with the exception of minor losses. This is far as the fire extended on the south. Then, on the north, LOHMAN'S drug store, insured for $2,500, taking A. S. ABEL'S building and L. F.
ABEL'S stock, insurance, $2,000; MRS. P. SWARTZ'S bakery, stock nearly all saved; WARD & FETTERS, dealers in dry goods, loss is heavy, $10,000, insurance for $7,000.
H. HELMAN, groceryman, lost heavily, no insurance; ARNOLD'S grocery store and CARPENTER BROS. barber shop all are in ashes. Did not learn the estimate of their loss. Damaged the KELLY house to seom extent, it having fire proof blinds and the faithful labors of the brave men, the flames were subdued. Some old buildings were burned back of the KELLY house carrying the flames into HALL & LOEBS' livery barn, and down Mitchell street to the corner of State street, taking everything as it went along. All along Main street and Mitchell street, above stairs were places of business, and private families living. DRS. WILLIAMS & Son had an office above LEHMAN'S drug store, nothing saved and no insurance. It is impossible to give anything like a correct report of the fire this morning. Everybody is excited and those that have lost so heavily are almost beside themselves. The loss is estimated at $50,000. We will try and give a correct report as soon as the people become more settled. Kendallville has no fire engines, but now the topic of conversation is to get one as there is plenty of water and the expense would be a trifle compared to the loss of property this morning. Fort Wayne Gazette Indiana 1886-09-11
.Photo of a trade card.
G. H. Lohman & Co sold to J. A. Rossbacher in 1903 according to the Interstate Druggist Vol. 4 1903.
Below is a photo of this bottle. This bottle is embossed. ALASKA BITTERS // G. LOWMAN / KENDALLVILLE, IND. Listed as very rare. Color shade of amber and the shape being square. The height is 9 inches.
There are also druggist sytle bottles with his name embossed on them.
The Doctors of Kendallville by Genevieve Saller 1978.
1882 Counties of Whitley and Noble: Historical and Biographical by Weston Arthur Goodspeed & Charles Blanchard.
Fort Wayne Gazette Sept. 10, 1886
Kendallville Families and Their Homes by Jean Cochard 1976.