The Freihofer Baking Company was established in 1900 by William Freihofer, president; Charles Freihofer, treasurer; A. Eckfield Davis, secretary and Fredrick Hanson, under the name of the Freihofer Vienna Baking Company. This company was created after it acquired the Charles and William Freihofer Baking Company, located in Camden, New Jersey.
The company's corporate offices and its baking plant were initially located at 24th and Master Streets in North Philadelphia. In 1913, the company moved its operations to 20th and Indiana Streets. The firm expanded its operations in the early twentieth century, opening other branch bakeries outside of Philadelphia.
The Freihofer brothers established other independent baking companies elsewhere. Records of such companies found in this collection include the William Freihofer Vienna Baking Company of Baltimore City, established in 1908, and the Charles and William Freihofer Vienna Baking Company (of Camden, New Jersey), established in 1899, and a predecessor corporation to the Philadelphia firm.
ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT
This collection has been arranged into three series:
- Series I. Administrative Files (1900-1921)
- Series II. Financial Files (1899-1924)
- Series III. Independent Corporations (1899-1921)
In 1920, the Freihofer Baking Company opened a bakery in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The corporate records were then transferred from the Philadelphia office to the Allentown plant. The building was purchased at auction by Howard S. and Robert Epstein in 1971. This collection was donated by Howard S. Epstein through June B. Griffiths, Librarian of the Lehigh County Historical Society, 1 November 1988.
SERIES I. Administrative FilesBox 1
Board of Directors
1920-1924SERIES II. Financial Files
General Ledgers, 1910-1914
1920SERIES III. Independent Corporations
William Freihofer Vienna Baking Company of Baltimore City, Minutes, 1908-1910
Charles and William Freihofer Vienna Baking Company (of Camden, New Jersey)