The History of the Building
“Built 1887. Three-and-one-half story red brick Victorian mansion with brownstone basement and trim. Ornate wood trim of circular porch, in excellent condition; wood, balustrade replaced with iron. Three-story corner turret with pressed metal brick and brownstone detail and slate conical roof; elaborate iron grilles and gable detail. Architect: A.W. Dilks.”
(Inventory of Buildings in Powelton from the application submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, 1985)
Previous Residents of
1887, Mar. 15: Title to 72 feet along Powelton Ave. west of N. 33rd St. transferred to Frederick A. Poth by John Sellers, Jr. and wife.
1887, Jun. 10: Title to an additional 4 feet along Powelton Ave. transferred to Frederick A. Poth by John Sellers, Jr. and wife.
1889 Directory (fall, 1888): Frederick A. Poth, President at 237 Green St.
Frederick J. Poth, clerk
In 1887, they lived at
1891: Frederick Poth develops houses at 3301-3317 Powelton Ave. The family continues to own them until 1953.
1894 Directory: Frederick A. Poth, president at N. 31st & Jefferson St. (F. A. Poth Brewing Co.) and v-president of Integrity Title & Insurance Trust and Safe Deposit Co.
Frederick J. Poth secretary at N. 31st and Jefferson Sts.
The 1895 directory lists him living on School House Lane, Roxboro
William O. Poth, clerk
1896, Feb. 15, Phila. Inquirer: “Frederick A. Poth, the brewer, has purchased from James McGuire the property at the southeast corner of Thirty-fifth street and Powelton avenue, for $142,000.”
1897: “Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Poth… have left for Europe, where they will make a six-weeks’ stay.” (Phila. Inquirer, July 25)
1898 Blue Book: William O. Poth and George J. Roesch were members of the Powelton Club. (For a brief history of the club, see the Powelton History Blog.)
Frederick A. Poth 60 Brewer; born in
Helena Poth 54 Born in
Emma B. Poth 33
William O. Poth 24 Manager of a brewery
Clare M. Poth 21
Harry A. Poth 20
Frank L. Poth 18
Bridget Harkins 22
Kate Mc Gee 35
Delia Moran 23
Earnest Thomas 22
(ED 578, p 4A)
For a laudatory biographical sketch, see the entry in the 1911 Philadelphia: Pictorial and Biographical.
Emma Poth married Edward A. Schmidt in 1886 linking the two brewer families.
Harry Poth attended the William Penn Charter school until 1898 and graduated from the Pennsylvania Military academy in 1902. On Oct. 19, 1910, “Harry A. Poth and Mrs. Mary P. Skelly, of 601 North Thirty-fourth street, were united in marriage… at the Cathedral House by his grace Archbishop Ryan. Mr. Poth is widely known in business and social circles. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Patton [601 N. 34th St.]. Only members of the two families attended the ceremony. Mrs. Albert Pancoast [601 N. 34th St. in 1906], sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and Dr. E. M. Fury, of Norristown, best man. Mr. and Mrs. Poth will make an extended wedding trip and on their return will reside at St. David’s.” (Phila. Inquirer, Oct. 20)
Frederick A. Poth
1901, March 9: Death of William Otto Poth, 24 years old, in New York. Funeral services at his parents’ home, 216 N. 33rd St.
1902, April 23: Marriage of Clare Poth to Alfred Wolstonholme. The marriage was performed by Rev. Charles M. Armstrong at the home of the bride’s parents.
1905, Jan. 21: Death of Frederick A. Poth at age 64. He died from the effects of diabetes. He had moved to 4118 Parkside Ave., the “Brantwood,” which he had built.
In addition to being president of F. A. Poth & Sons brewery, “Mr. Poth was vice president of the Integrity Title Insurance and Safe Deposit Company. He was prominent in Masonic circles and also belonged to a number of German singing societies.” (Phila. Inquirer, Jan. 22)
Following Frederick Poth’s death, his son, Frederick J. Poth, was elected president and his son-in-law, Edward A. Schmidt, was elected to the Board of Directors. Son Harry A. Poth was secretary and treasurer.
Helena M. Poth died April 17, 1916 in Atlantic City. She was living in St. Davids, probably at the home of her son, Harry.
1908 Directory: George J. Roesh, Secretary & Treasurer, Charles Roesch & Sons Co,
George J. Roesch 46 President of wholesale beef co.; parents
Mathilde A. Roesch* 37 Married 17 years, 3 children, 2 surviving
Claire H. Roesch 12 Born in N.J.
Helene M. Roesch 8
Caroline L. Evans 35 Governess; single
37 Cook; born in
Minnie Amerio 46 Laundress; married 11 years, 2 children;
Hesson Ito 25 Butler; born in
Barbara Eickinger 29 Chambermaid; born in
(ED 533, 3B-4A)
* Mrs. Roesch was the daughter of Frederick and Helena Poth.
George Roesch was the son of a butcher. In 1880, his family lived at
1915, Aug. 29: Death of Mathilde H. Roesch, wife of George J. Roesch and daughter of Helene M. and Frederick A. Poth, suddenly at her summer home, 1804 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J.; funeral at her late residence, 216 N. 33rd St. (Phila. Inquirer, Aug. 31, 1915)
1916, Dec. 1: Death of George J. Roesch, 52 years old; funeral at his late residence, 216 N. 33rd St. (Phila. Inquirer, Dec. 3, 1916)
In 1920, Claire (age 22) and Helene (18) were living with their aunt and uncle, Emma and Edward Schmidt in Radner, Delaware Co., Pa.
1918 Directory: Margaret L'Amarus
Helen M. Wells 28 Dormitory
matron; born in
Ruth A. L. Dorsey 52 Dean of women, Drexel University; single; father born in Maryland; renting
(ED 397, 9A)
In 1940, she lived with her sister Ethel L. Dorsey at 4600 Spruce St., Apt. 1-C. She was still Dean of Women. In 1838, she earned $4,200. She had five years of college education. Her sister was a registered nurse who earned $4,150 with four years of high school.
1939: Became the home of
1947, Apr. 17: Title transferred to Alumni Corp. of Alpha Pi Lambda Fraternity by Estate of Frederick A. Poth.
1948, Dec. 21: Title transferred to Drexel Institute of Technology by Alumni Corp. of Alpha Pi Lambda Fraternity
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