Friday, April 21, 2017

1899 J. Steckler Seed Catalog for the Southern States

1899 J. Steckler Seed Catalog for the Southern States J. Steckler Seed Co. Catalog from New Orleans, LA.  Richard Frotscher was born in Germany in 1833, arrived in the USA by 1860 census in New Orleans, where he lived with his wife Emily Schwalm and their 6 daughters until his death in 1896. "Joseph Steckler, vice president and manager of the J. Steckler Seed Co., Ltd., of New Orleans, was born February 18, 1870, in New Iberia, LA. When quite young he went to New Orleans where he grew up and received his early business training in the seed establishment of his uncle, the late Richard Frotscher. When only 17 years of age Joseph became the business manager of the Gravier Street Seed Store, and so remained until 1896. In that year occurred his uncle's death, and at that time the J. Steckler Seed Co., Ltd., was organized with the following officers: Miss Mary T. Frotscher, president; Joseph Steckler, vice president and manager, and Richard P. Steckler, secretary-treasurer. While starting with only a part of their predecessor's business, the present company has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the south. They have maintained a reputation of supplying only the best, being both growers and importers. Mr. Steckler is prominently associated with all that pertains to the trade. Only recently he has accepted the appointment as treasurer of the Interstate Horticultural Society. He was formerly president of the New Orleans Horticultural Society, and is a member of the Gardeners' Mutual Protective Association, American Seed Trade Association, and a commissioner of the City Park and Improvement Association." American Florist, Volume 26. Associated Floral Publishing Company, 1906.

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