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was sold to Paul Ritter. After the fire (above) the brewery was rebuilt, but only as a wholesale distribution plant for out of town products. One of the favorite beers was Strohs.

Bartholomer Himler established a brewery on Knox and Hay Streets. It was called Bartle's Brewery. In 1854 it was sold to John Henry Zink.

The Cumberland Breweries Company was organized in 1890, in the old cotton factory on North Centre Street. It made Old Export beer. When the country was dry (1920 - 1933), the brewery made a near beer called Fort Cumberland beverage. This brewery was bought by the German Brewery and closed down in 1950.

While Cumberland had no whiskey distilleries in the city, there were distilleries associated with Cumberland. The James Clark Distillery was in La Vale, Maryland, at the site of the La Vale Post Office and La Vale Fire Department buildings. It was built by Clabaugh and Jones in 1856, then bought by James H. Percy in 1877 for a chemical works. It was bought by James Clark in 1883 for a distillery. On May 19, 1903, the James Clark Distilling Company celebrated the 20th anniversary of the distillery with an old time picnic at Dilly's Grove on the National Road (Route 40) a short distance from the distillery. Nearly all the saloon keepers of Allegany County were present, besides many others. Mr. John Keating, vice president and treasurer of the Clark Distilling Company, welcomed the guests. Refreshments and lunch were served. The buildings of the distillery were of stone, being built by contractor John Rhind, who was a stone mason and helped in construction of the C&O Canal. In the year 1883 when the distillery began, the output was but two barrels a day. In


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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