P.J. Collins

Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Patrick J. Collins, 1300 5th St. NW, Washington DC (1893-1916)

Patrick J. Collins (b.1866, d.1919) came to America from Ireland2.
He bought a Saloon at 1300 5th Street NW, but his business got off to a rocky start. His request for a liquor license was rejected in April 18933. In September of that year, he was taken to court for operating without a liquor license4. There was a law that said no liquor license shall be granted to any place within 400 feet of a church or school house, and the issue was how to actually measure the 400 foot distance - by a straight line, or by the distance you would have to walk along the sidewalk5.
In November 1893, he his liquor license was approved6, and he ran his saloon until 1916.


collins2_01 book # 167
This is a 9.2" aqua baltimore-loop top bottle, embossed:
round slugplate: P.J. COLLINS / 1300 5TH ST. N.W. / REGD. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
base: V

1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 U.S. Census for the year 1900
3 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, April 14 1893, page 10
4 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, September 18 1893, page 5
5 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, October 5 1893, page 9
6 Evening Star (Washington DC) newspaper, November 25 1893, page 2

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