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Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley Inc.

10 West Padonia Road, Timonium, MD

OBITUARY

Amon Burgee, III

September 24, 1930August 27, 2019

Burgee, III Amon

Unexpectedly on August 27, 2019 AMON BURGEE, III; beloved husband of 64 years to Carolyn June Burgee (nee Schuster); devoted father of Susan M. Hays (Warren), Deborah L. Gauvin (James) and Kevin M. Burgee (Laurie); cherished Pop-Pop of Jamie Posluszny (Nathan), Kara Rhyner, Brenden Rhyner (Sarah), Elizabeth and Katherine Burgee; adoring great-Pop-Pop of Rileigh, Jordan and Hannah.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road), Timonium, MD 21093 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

A Celebration of Amon's life will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11 am.

Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road,Timonium, MD 21093 or visit www.timoniumumc.org.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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1930 – 1939
Born September 24, 1930 in Ellicott City, Maryland on Sylvan Lane (off Church Road). Attending physician, Dr. Alpha N. Herbert, on Church Road.

Lived as a family of four for 9 years in various places around Ellicott City. Such places as Church Road, Rogers Avenue, Main Street Ellicott City and Columbia Pike.

Attended Ellicott City Elementary School (College Avenue) through 4th grade.

Had Scarlet fever at four years old.

The family were members of the Emory Methodist Church for the duration of our time in Ellicott City (located on Church Road).

Involvement with the church was a major focus of our family during my ten years in Ellicott City. In addition to the normal services, we were socially involved with many of the families in our church which included picnics and visits to homes.

Also, regular contacts with relatives were an important part of our lives. Mothers family lived mostly in the Ellicott City area, so weekly visits was quite common. Dad’s side of the family lived mainly n Frederick County. (over an hour away) Again, picnics and family meetings were frequent. Since there was no television at this time, we listened to a lot of radio. Family games and cards were a common sight at home.

My brother and I sang in a boys’ choir at the Ellicott City St. John’s Episcopal Church off Frederick Avenue at St John’s Lane. The congregation was mainly older persons who wanted a youth choir. We were selected from various communities. We were paid $1.00 to sing on Sundays and $.75 for one rehearsal a week. We did this for a number of years. The congregations were fairly wealthy having their own private pews. Again, many picnics and other affairs were provided for the boys’ choir by the church members. As you can imagine the churches that the boys belonged to were not pleased with this arrangement.

Mom loved to cook, so a large amount of her time was spent in the kitchen. Dad and I were the picky eaters. Bobby and mom always ate well. It was not unusual for her to have a different dessert for every meal. Her pantry was always filled with many preserved foods. Her fruit cakes were prepared from scratch and available through the whole year. Naturally, relatives and friends enjoyed coming to visit.

Our elementary school was generally in walking distance from where we lived. The high school and elementary school were on the same grounds. Before we moved to Catonsville, we rented a home on Columbia Pike which required my brother & I to ride a school bus.

Dad worked for the B & O Railroad Company and along with other buddies, rode the local train to and from Baltimore City on a daily basis. Many times, he worked in the B & O warehouse, annex which is now the official home of the Baltimore Orioles.

1940 – 1954

Our family of four moved to 55 Edmondson Ridge Road in Catonsville. This was the first home we ever purchased. It was difficult to start our life again within a new neighborhood and develop new friends. My brother began the 8th grade and I started in the 5th grade at the Catonsville Elementary School on Frederick Avenue (Main Street) in Catonsville. At this time, public school education included 7 grades of elementary and 4 grades of high school. (11 total grades)

We adjusted quite well as a family to our new surroundings and established many wonderful friendships. We joined the Catonsville Methodist Church on Melvin Avenue in Catonsville and became active members. The church had many wonderful activities for the young people in the church. We had bowling alleys and an auditorium. This included roller skating, basketball and regular suppers and luncheons.

The town of Catonsville was a common place for us to get involved with many events and meet with friends and relatives. We had a movie theater with bowling alleys and refreshment place in the basement floor. Most Alpha of my Catonsville elementary male friends continued to be the guys I traveled around with when we went to Catonsville high school. The high school was on Bloomsbury Avenue just a few blocks from the main street Frederick Avenue in Catonsville. I remember serving movie circulars for the Alpha movie theater for a few years in elementary school. His entitled me to see movies for free. Movies usually ran 2 or 3 days a week before a new show appeared.

In the forties and even in the fifties the small towns like Catonsville and Towson generally had a firehouse (right in town), one movie theater, an ice company, a hardware store, a pool hall, a department store, drug stores with Soda fountain, and bowling alley. There were no high rises or shopping malls. People lived in apartments, row homes, and individual houses.

In our elementary school years, our recreational activities were involved with playing sports (no supervision) on vacant lots and school property, country field or cow pastures. Only the basic equipment was used with hand me down baseball gloves and football helmets. Neighborhood teams would play each other without any adult supervision. Almost every day after school and during the summer, there was same type of sport being played.

Once in high school (1940’s) (1944 – 1947) we began playing on organized teams with uniforms and proper equipment. There would be sponsors (like automobile dealers) to supply the necessary charges to be in a league. The first baseball team I played on was called the Catonsville Athletic Club. We played our home games at Catonsville High School. I remember playing games around the city and county. One team we played was at the St. Mary’s Industrial School on Wilkens Avenue in Baltimore City. The boys at this school were from broken homes and or were considered delinquent. Therefore, we had to go behind closed walls in the institution to play their teams. We actually played on the field where Babe Ruth grew up and played in the early years of his life.

As we moved into the 1940’s we began to find jobs like mowing lawns, bagging groceries, soda “jerks” and “pin boys” at the bowling alleys. The girls were limited in finding work but generally did household chores and baby sat. Girls seldom called boys on the phone, so boys had to get up enough nerve to call them. Only a small number of guys had automobiles to use in high school except to use the family car with lots of restrictions. Yes, some kids drank beer and smoked but there was only an occasional mention of marijuana-drugs. They were not part of our teenage culture. My brother and I never owned or drove a car in high school.

In high school, there were many activities for us to get involved in. There were school dances on a regular basis. We had “teenage centers” for guys and gals to go to with “live music” to dance to. There was proper supervision at all times.

In general, in the forties and early fifties, teens respected parents and teachers, & did their homework. We realized now how fortunate you were to grow up during a time when life was less complicated.

I was born in the year 1930, and our nation was divided into the most devastating economic depression it had ever experienced. Nine years later, 1941 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to ask Congress to thrust the US into a war that would eventually envelop most of the world. I was in the 6th grade at the Catonsville Elementary School when the new came across the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. We went into war with Japan, Germany and Italy. Some of my cousins and family friends were called into the military service.

During the years 1941 – 45, children my age 11 yrs. thru 15 years old saw our country in a World War II. Life in the United States during these war years was marked by sacrifices for our total population. As the war effort increased, we learned to live with less and less. Shortages were common and the rationing of essential materials like gasoline, rubber, and certain foods such as meat became part of everyday life for most Americans. Gasoline rationing was best remembered as it aimed at curbing the non-essential use of automobiles. Car owners were required to paste ration stamps on their windshield’s “A” stamp for non-essential use. “B” stamp for cars needed for work and “C” stamp for essential drivers like doctors. I remember war bought “war bonds” to help finance the war. Families displayed blue stars in their front windows to indicate they had a family member in the military. In 1945, our country ended the war with nuclear weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I was in my second year of high school 14 yrs. old when the peace treaty was signed by the U.S. with Japan and Germany.

The 1940’s and 1950’s closed an era for our society. This was the last time ballads and instrumental music were a teen’s music of choice. The 1950’s was the years of singers like Perry Como, Teresa Brewer, Patti Page, the Ames Brothers and the Four Aces. Rock and Roll came around the year 1953, when Carolyn and I were married.

In the early 1950’s television was a new thing (in black and white) with limited hours. There were popular stars on T.V. like Milton Berle, Ted Mack, George Goebal, and the original Amateur Hours. Baseball was limited to the World Series. To boost sagging box offices, movie theatres introduced cinemascope and 3-D.

1944 – 1947

My school days at Catonsville High School were wonderful days in my life. I enjoyed my classmates and teachers and realized now that those years were among the best times of my life. I became active in sports the last few years in school. We won the “JV” basketball county championship in 1946 but lost the county basketball championship in a playoff game. I was the captain of this team. Also, I played on the varsity baseball team in the year 1947. (played second base) Also, I ran on the track team in my last year in high school. During the last 2 years in high school, I played on a number of amateur baseball teams.

1940 – 1954

My grandfather, Amon Burgee Sr. was born on April 16, 1865, the day after Abraham Lincoln died. His father was of Huguenot descent, and the mother of Scotch extraction. (please refer to articles I have kept on my grandfather’s life) We always enjoyed our visits to see Granddad and Grandmom Burgee in Frederick. They owned a farm on East Patrick Street, and they called their place, “Park Hall”. My brother and I had wonderful memories of living on the farm for a small period of time during our summers off from school. We worked along with the farm help in picking corn and apples for 2 cents a row and 2 cents a basket. With the money we earned, we would attend movie parlors in town and go out with our cousins who lived in Frederick.

We lived in Catonsville near the Rolling Road Golf Course (Private) and could work at the course as “caddies” (beginning at age 14 with permits). I recall we were paid $1.25 for carrying a single bag and $2.50 for double bags. I was able to learn the game of golf on this course as Mondays were set aside for caddies to play. My first set of golf clubs (wooden shafts) were from members of the course. These were clubs that would be discarded if not “picked up” by the caddies.

I graduated from Catonsville High School in the year 1947. Our graduation was held at the Lyric Theater in Baltimore City and the graduation dance (the same night) was at Lerring Hall on the Johns Hopkins University campus. There were 327 students in our class.

1947 – 1952

I began my college career (age 16) at Towson State Teachers College in September 1947. There were no living quarters on campus for boys at this time. Therefore, for almost 3 years I traveled by streetcar to and from college. The ride to and from school took about 1 ¼ hours each way. I did not own a car during my whole time at Towson State. I always seem to have early classes beginning at 9:00 AM.

Participation in various activities did not allow me to arrive home to Catonsville until about 9:00 PM at night. The ride on the streetcar usually found me sleeping both in the morning and the evening.

My yearbook, 1952 states the various activities that I participated during my time at Towson State. This included 4 years of basketball and 4 years of baseball and 1 year of soccer. I was class treasurer for 2 years, vice-president of the Men’s Athletic Association for 1 year, in a variety show in my freshman year, 4 years a member of the Varsity club and a member of the Future Teachers of America.

In my 3rd year at Towson, I lived off campus in our apartment at 8 Burke Avenue, just a short distance from school. I shared an apartment on the 3rd floor with a close friend who graduated from Catonsville High with me. In my 4th year, I lived in the same apartment with another friend from Catonsville High. I was “best man” at both of my friend’s weddings after my 4th year at Towson. Since I began in Junior College at Towson, I had to go another semester to obtain my teaching B.S. Degree and transferred over to the State College in my 3rd year. I did my practice teaching at the Rosedale Elementary School and the Lida Lee School on the college campus. During my practice teaching, a co-ed dormitory was built, and I did live on campus. (My last year)

Our athletic teams at Towson in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s was always competitive. A few of us played on two or three varsity teams in the same year competing against colleges or universities offering lucrative athletic scholarships. Emphasis at Towson State was preparation of students as future teachers and administrators in education.

I was a three letterman in the 1950-51 season, playing varsity soccer, baseball, and basketball. Playing goalkeeper on the varsity soccer team, I made the Mason-Dixon All Conference Team. The 1951 soccer season was quite successful. The highlight of the year was when we held the University of Baltimore team to a scoreless tie for five periods. They were one of the tips ranked soccer teams in the country at that time. I was credited with “21” saves in the game played at Patterson Park in Baltimore City.

Baseball was my favorite sports in college and played outside ball with other sandlot teams. I recall “trying out” with the old “Orioles” of the International League at the old Baltimore Baseball Stadium. In addition to this tryout, I attended a tryout camp with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the same year. I was seriously thinking of making a baseball career.

I received a BS degree in education from Towson State in February 1952. I started my teaching career at Maiden Choice Elementary School in the Arbutus area of Baltimore County. My salary was around $3,800.00 a year.


1952 – 1965

I entered the U.S. Army on September 1, 1952, during the Korean conflict. During my last year at Towson State, I met my future wife, Carolyn Schuster who at that time lived in Baltimore City on Loch Raven Blvd. We both had broken off our friendships with other persons. We met on a “blind date”.

We decided to get married during my military stay at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. We were married on Sept 24, 1953 (my birthday) at the Catonsville Methodist Church. It was a small wedding attended only by the immediate family and a few close friends. I was assigned military duty in Esslinger Germany for 1 ½ years. Carolyn stayed with her parents until I left the service on August 1954. She got our apartment for us to live in and bought our first car, a “1954” Buick Special. We officially started married life in the Dulaney Valley Apartments in Towson, Maryland.

I began teaching on September 1954 at the Rodgers Forge Elementary School (near Towson, MD) and remained there until June 1961. Carolyn continued secretarial work in Baltimore City until our first child, Susan Michele was born on December 28, 1955.

In 1961 I became a visiting Teacher (Pupil Personnel Services) in Baltimore County and remained in that position until the year 1966. While living in the Dulaney Valley Apartments, we became socially Friends to many who lived there. Like many young couples in the apartments, our married lives were just beginning and most of us were just beginning in our occupation careers. We remained in the apartments until the year 1958. At that time, we purchased a new home on 2107 Sweetbrier Lane in Timonium. It was a rancher type house with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room and an incomplete full basement. Later, we enclosed the stairway to the basement and put a partial bathroom and a club room.

Our daughter Susan was 3 years old when we moved into our home our second child, Deborah Lee was born on October 24, 1959. Our third and last child was a son, Kevin Michael who came into our lives on November 5, 1965.


Parents of Amon Burgee III

Father Amon Burgee, Jr. was born January 18, 1896 in Frederick, Maryland and died in Catonsville, Maryland in June 1971 at the age of 75. Buried at St John’s Cemetery in Ellicott City, MD.

Amon, Jr. served at a Hospital Apprentice, 2nd class, in the U.S. navy during World War I. He also served as a Yeoman, 2nd class, after July 1, 1919 at the Navy Receiving Station in Washington, D.C. Also, attended Washington & Lee University in Virginia. Worked most of his career as a C.P.A. with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Baltimore.

Mother Louise Carter was born February 2, 1902 in Unison, Culpepper, Virginia and died in Catonsville, Maryland in May 1986 at the age of 84. Buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Ellicott City, Maryland.

In addition, Louise being a housewife, she worked in various positions with the local department stores.



The Burgee Family Tree

Louise Carter Burgee
Sisters – Cora Carter
Dora Hipsley – 2 sons, Howard & Paul
Bertha Gorsuch – 2 daughters, Jean & Betty
Marie Shea – 1 daughter, Patricia
Mae Grimes – 1 son, Woodrow

Brothers -Wesley Carter
Robert Carter

Amon Burgee, Jr.
Sisters- Catherine Shook – 2 sons, Charles & Kenneth
Grace Beavers – 1 daughter, Beverly

Brothers- Clyde Burgee- daughter Janey Riley and son Michael
Ray Burgee- daughter Mary Margaret Borda and 2 sons, Richard & Fred


Brother of Amon Burgee III

Brother Robert Ray Burgee was born in Ellicott City, Maryland on October 2, 1927. He married Charlotte June Crickenberger on November 18, 1950 at Catonsville United Methodist Church in Catonsville, MD. (Married as of 2017 for 67 years). Bobby and June were sweethearts in high school (later years). Bobby was voted the most “elusive” boy in his senior yearbook. June was able to change that title, but it took a lot of work. If there was a sport to be played, Bobby was always there to be a part of it. He was the “sports editor” of the Ki Hi school paper. Most of his career was employment as a life insurance agent. His wife June was an elementary school teacher. They have 3 children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Amon Burgee, III

Born September 24, 1930 in Ellicott City, MD. On Sylvan Lane. Attending physician, Dr. Alpha Herbert, Church Road, Ellicott City, MD. Lived with family in Ellicott City for 10 years living in various placed such as on Church Road, Rogers Avenue, Main Street in Ellicott City, and Columbia Pike. Attended Ellicott Elementary School through 4th grade. Moved to Catonsville in 1941 with family. Lived at 55 Edmondson Ridge Road. Attended Catonsville Elementary and High School. Graduated in 1947.

Married Carolyn June Schuster in Catonsville, MD on September 24, 1953. (Married as of 2017 for 64 years).

Amon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Maryland. Employed as an “educator”, serving for over 40 years as a teacher, administrator, and educational consultant with the Baltimore County School System and Maryland State Department of Education. He was elected into “Who’s Who in Education”.

Sent most of his years in education with the Maryland State Department of Education on programs for educationally disadvantaged children, administered under the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Act. His colleagues honored him on his official retirement from the Department of Education, and on the 20th anniversary of the signing into law of the Elementary and Secondary Act.

His wife, Carolyn completed two years of secretary studies in business and was employed as a secretary with several business companies. This was in addition to performing the duties of housewife for the family.

Both retired from their work duties in 1990 and have enjoyed extensive travel throughout the United States and Canada along with spending time with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Amon served for two years as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. They both are members of the United Methodist Church in Timonium, MD.

They lived in the Dulaney Valley Apts. From 1952 – 1958 and moved to 2107 Sweetbriar Lane from 1958 – 1998. They also owned a condo in Cypress Lakes, 10000 98N, Lot 676, Lakeland Florida where they lived part time from 1997 – 2004. They currently live at the Wexford Gardens Condominiums in Timonium, Md. From 1998 – present.

Into our married life, Bobby, June, Carolyn and I had done a lot together with our children being pretty much involved in various activities. Myrtle Beach for many years. The four of us have taken many trips together with bus tours mainly after retirement.

1991 Cape Cod
1992 Niagara Falls, Toronto Canada
1993 Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa 1000 Lakes Canada
1994 Hawaii, 4 Main Islands
1997 Mainly Maine
1997 Country Christmas Tennessee
1998 Mackinac Island, Detroit Michigan
1999 Bermuda Celebrity Cruise
2000 Branson, Missouri
2001 Deep South New Orleans, Atlanta Georgia
2002 Fall Foliage New England

Of course, many trips together to Florida in the winter months.


Children of Carolyn and Amon Burgee III

Susan M. Hays born on December 28, 1955. Married to Warren Hays (since 1976). No children.
Deborah L. Gauvin born on October 24, 1959. Married to James Gauvin (since 1996). They have five children Jamie Posluszny, Kara Rhyner, Brenden Rhyner, Taylor Slaght and Kirstin Lucas

Kevin M. Burgee born November 5, 1965. Married to Laurie Hart. They have two daughters Elizabeth Mary Burgee and Katherine Mia Burgee.

Great Grandchildren

Rileigh Nicole Posluszny
Jordan Alexander Posluszny
Margaret Jane Slaght
Eleanor Marie Slaght
Anneliese Mae Slaght
Hannah Marie Rhyner


The following noted events took place in the 20th Century after I was born in 1930:

1932- Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean

1940- The first color television broadcast airs

1941- The Japanese attack US armed forces at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th beginning World War I

1945- Hiroshima is attached Aug. 6th, with an atomic bomb, and the Japanese surrender Sept. 2nd.

1946- The first all-purpose, all-electric computer that had vacuum tubes to display decimal numerals.

1947- Jackie Robinson became the first black major-league baseball player in this century.

1948- Edwin Land invented the Polaroid Land Camera.

1949- Joe Lewis retires from the ring as undefeated heavyweight boxing champion.

1950- One June 25, troops from North Korea invade South Korea, precipitating U.N intervention that becomes known as the Korean War.

1951- 3-D motion pictures are shown, with viewers wearing special polarized glasses.

1952- Jonas E. Salk develops the first vaccine against polio.

1953- John H. Gibbon, Jr. uses his heart-lung machine for the first-time during surgery on a human being.

1954- The US Supreme Court rules against school segregation by race.

1957- The Soviets launch the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, on Oct. 4th.

1958- Bifocal contact lenses are introduced.

1959- Alaska becomes the 49th state and Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

1961- Alan B. Shepard becomes the first U.S. astronaut in space when he completes a 15-minute suborbital flight on Freedom 7.

1963- U.S. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.

1965- A vaccine against measles becomes available.

1968- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.

1969- U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first human being to walk on the moon’s surface.

1975- The last American troops return from South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam War.

1980- Mt. St. Helens erupts in Washington state, killing 57 people and devastating the entire region.

1983- Sally K. Ride becomes the first American woman astronaut in space.

1986- The space shuttle, Challenger explodes killing all its crew, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.

1989- The Berlin Wall comes down, symbolizing the end of the Cold War.

1990- The shuttle Discovery launches the Hubble telescope into space.

1992- Hurricane Andrew strikes Florida, causing $20 billion in damages.

1993- A terrorist bomb explodes in the basement of the N.Y. World Trade Center.

1994- A pre-down earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, rocks Los Angeles.

1995- A terrorist bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma kills 168.


Department Stores in Baltimore City and Surrounding suburbs:

Hutzler’s opened in 1888 its new structure in Baltimore City. On March 2, 1908. Hutzler’s officially celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. A five-story structure was erected on Saratoga Street and two additional properties on Howard Street became occupied in 1916. In 1924, the Saratoga building was expanded from five to ten stories. On September 28, 1929, Hutzler’s opened its Downstairs store. The country entered the Great Depression. In 1930, the first commercially available sports car was displayed. The car was small enough to drive down the main aisle in the store. It could reach speeds up to 91 miles per hour and could hold one gallon of gas, which could take it 51 miles. It cost $6,000. In 1940, Hutzler’s was one of Baltimore’ major employers with 1,500 workers and continued to grow. In July 1941, Hutzler’s would add five more stores to its 1932 building on Howard Street. The next milestone in Hutzler’s history was its ninetieth anniversary in 1948. Neighboring competitors had already started opening stores in Baltimore near suburbs.

Hochschild, Kohn & Company opened on November 15, 1897 at the corner of Howard & Lexington Streets. In June 1947, Hochschild Kohn opened a store at the Edmondson Village Shopping Center in West Baltimore. That was soon followed by another branch in November 1948 at York Road and Belvedere Avenue. During the 1950’s Hochschild’s located stores at Eastpoint (1956) and in one the nation’s first enclosed shopping malls, Harundale Mall (1958). In 1966, the descendants of H, K & Company sold the firm to Diversified Retailing.

Stewart & Company located on the northwest corner of Howard & Lexington Streets. Its signature “white” palace was built in 1900. In March 1902, the business officially became Stewart & Company. Branches were expanded into the suburbs. Large branch of York Road on the Towson border and locations on Reisterstown Road, at the Westview and Golden Ring Malls and Towson. The store closed its doors in January 1979 (downtown).

The May Company located in Baltimore City opposite Stewarts. Began in Baltimore in 1927. Never successfully developed stores into the suburban areas.

O’Neill & Company, Thomas O’Neil opened his linen shop which would eventually become the O’Neil & Company Department Store. The store had a frontage on Charles Street, not Howard. The store closed its door on December 27, 1954.

Gutman’s, Founded in 1877. Gutman’s eight-story Lexington Street store dated from 1928. Expanded into the suburbs with ranches at Eastpoint and Harundale. In July 1959, Gutman’s merged with another longtime popular priced store, Brager’s which became Brager’s-Gutman’s.

The Hecht’s Company, Founded on South Broadway in 1879. In 1885, added another store closer to the center of Baltimore called the Hecht & Company. In 1897, Hecht’s opened its second most important store in the company called the Hub, at Baltimore & Charles Street. Opened suburban stores in Baltimore one in Northwood in 1955 and one in Edmondson in 1956. Merged with the May Company. By 1962, it was simply the Hecht Company and soon was a force to be reckoned with.




The Cost of Living in America:

Item In 1900 In 1950 In 1999
Pound of Steak .16 .99 $5.73
Pound of Sugar .06 .09 $1.61
A Load of Bread .05 .15 .87
A Dozen Eggs .23 .67 $1.01
Quart of Milk .05 .22 $1.68
Pound of Coffee .16 .80 $2.86
Pound of Ham .14 .64 $2.99
A Pack of Gum .25 .23 .35
A Car $800.00 $1,925.00 $11,515.00
A Movie .10 .05 $6.21
A Hotel Room $2.00 $4.00 $125.95
A year of College $110.00 $1,715.00 $10,418.00
A House $800.00 $13,800.00 $142,735.00
A Newspaper .10 .05 .50
A First-Class Stamp .02 .03 .33