September 8, 2015

1880 UNITED STATES (Ohio) - Bierberg Bakery in Columbus

Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, Columbus was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. The National Road reached Columbus from Baltimore in 1831 facilitated a population boom. A wave of immigrants from Europe resulted in the establishment of two ethnic enclaves on the outskirts of the city. A significant Irish population settled in the north along Naghten Street, while the Germans took advantage of the cheap land to the south, creating a community that came to be known as the Das Alte Südende (The Old South End), now known as German Village.

In German Village, at 729 (not 725, as it is written on the postcard) South 5th Street, is located Bierberg Bakery. Originally, in this building was Doersem's Butcher shop, then Toni Schumick grocery store, and finally, since 1971, Bierberg Bakery (initially located on South 18th Street). The business was opened in 1913 by Theresa Bierberg when her husband fell ill and she needed to support her family. Theresa had been a cook in her native Germany and was proud to say that she had baked a cake for the Kaiser. The bakery is now run by her granddaughter Helen Bierberg Walsh, with help from her children.

About the stamp, issued in 2014 with the occasion of Earth Day, I wrote here.

German Village - Wikipedia
Bierberg Bakery - Columbus Food Adventures

Sender: Renee
Sent from Boston (Massachusetts / United States), on 19.07.2014  

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