Freihofer Baking Company Records

Collection ID: 
Acc. 686
Date: 
1899-1924
Footage: 
3 cubic feet, 19 bound volumes
Collecting Area: 

 

HISTORICAL NOTE
 

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)

 

ACQUISITION INFORMATION

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.

 

INVENTORY


SERIES I. Administrative Files

Box 1

Board of Directors
Minutes, 1900-1913
Stockholders Meetings
Minutes
1900-1913
1912-1921
Private Journals
1899-1912
1920-1924

SERIES II. Financial Files

General Ledgers, 1910-1914
Private Ledgers
1899-1900
1899-1900

Box 2

Private Ledgers
1900-1905
1907-1910
1910-1912
1912-1914
1912-1920
1912-1920
1915-1920

Box 3

Private Ledgers
1915-1920
1920

SERIES 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)
Ledgers 1920-1921
Minutes, 1899-1900