George Bush


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  George Bush, 924 9th NW, Washington DC (1893-1894) [bottler]
  George Bush, 426 10th NW, Washington DC (1897) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  George Bush, NE Corner 4th & G NW, Washington DC (1901-1905) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Henry R. Bush, 424 10th NW, Washington DC (1888) [bottler]
  Henry R. Bush, 425 10th NW, Washington DC (1889-1890) [bottler]
  Henry R. Bush, 421 10th NW, Washington DC (1891-1898) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Joseph Bush, 1731 Pa Ave NW, Washington DC (1906-1907) [Wholesale Liquor]
  Joseph Bush, 1737 Pa Ave NW, Washington DC (1911-1917) [Wholesale Liquor]
  Louis Bush, 803 D NW, Washington DC (1892) [bottler]
  Louis Bush, 48 H NW, Washington DC (1894) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Bush & Betz, 1305 E NW, Washington DC (1893-1894) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Louis Bush, 1305 E NW, Washington DC (1895-1914) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Toby Bush, 817 7th NW, Washington DC (1895-1896) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  T&G Bush, 831 7th NW, Washington DC (1897-1898) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Tobias Bush, 1118 7th NW, Washington DC (1899) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Tobias Bush, 831 7th NW, Washington DC (1900-1901) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Tobias Bush, 216 16th NW, Washington DC (1902) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Tobias Bush, 636 D NW, Washington DC (1903) [Saloon/restaurant owner]
  Tobias Bush, 1110 E NW, Washington DC (1904-1915) [Saloon/restaurant owner]

Notes:
George Bush, Henry Bush, Joseph Bush, Louis Bush, and Tobias Bush were brothers. The 1880 census lists them living with their father Wolf Bush in NY. It listed George, Henry and Tobias as beer bottlers, Joseph as "buying produce", and 10 year old Louis had no occupation.
They came to Washington DC in the 1880s and 1890s, and started opening up separate bottling establishments. Joseph bottled wholesale liquor, and the other 4 were bottling beer at first, but they evenutally switched to running their own saloons or restaurants.
Washington Post articles from 1894 indicate that Henry was judged to be insane. Apparently he was under the mistaken impression that he was extremely wealthy, and he started handing out diamonds (which he hadn't fully paid for) to people on the street. He appears to have been instituionalized in 1894, however his name continues to appear on city directories as a saloon/restaurant owner until 18982.
The only BUSH bottle I have is from George, however the book lists 1 beer bottle from each of the other brothers, as well as 2 liquor bottles from Louis and one liquor bottle from Tobias. There is also an unlisted liquor bottle from Joseph.

Bottles:

bush_01 (enlarge) book # 117
This is a clear 9" blob-top bottle embossed:
oval slug plate: GEORGE BUSH / 426 10TH ST N.W. / REGISTERED / GB / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back along the edge of the base: D. O. C. 1



1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 The Washington Post, various articles over various years



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