"Dude" Hose Company


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Erwin Baer Unknown fi0102p.jpg FI-0102 B&W 1350.0102.0000 fi0102p Photo Card Print 6x9 Historic Photographs 1887-1888 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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Dudes No. 2, Prescott Fire Department, pictured opposite the Bashford Burmister Store on Gurley Street. In photo are from left to right; W. Williams, Ed Roberts, Sid Cook, J. Ford, Ray Hill, J. Dillon, George Porter, A. Jackson, Jim Stewart, Gil Ferguson, and Hedrick D. Aitken: foreman.

In addition, Gurley Street was the location of the first chain grocery store in Prescott, the Piggly Wiggly. Located at 134 W. Gurley Street, in 1923 the Piggly-Wiggly Market was managed by Edward A. Kastner (b. 1868 - d. 1933), a Canadian businessman who came to Prescott to establish a confectionary store. The Great Fire of 1900 destroyed this store. Kastner then opened E. A. Kastner & Co. Grocers, and in 1925, he purchased the Piggly Wiggly franchise and retained full ownership. By 1928, the business had moved to 126 W. Gurley St. With Kastner’s death in 1933, George Norman Hoffmann (b. 1878 - d. 1950) became the new manager. Sources: Prescott City Directories, and Arizona Journal-Miner, Obituary for Edward A. Kastner, July 25, 1933.

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