ISAAC GUCKENHEIMER, one of the young, progressive business men of Pittsburgh and the general superintendent
at Freeport of A. Guckenheimer & Bros., distilleries, the largest manufacturing liquor plant in the United
States, is a son of Asber and Ida (Wise) Guckenheimer, and was born in Allegheny, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
May 4, 1862. Asher Guckenheimer was born in 1825, Germany, where he was reared to manhood and where he married
Ida Wise. In 1853 hecame to Allegheny city, this State, where he was engaged for five years in droving. He next
embarked in the wholesale grocery business, which he followed but a short time and then became a member of the
present firm of A. Guckenheimer & Bros. They engaged in the jobbing liquor business and their trade soon became
so extensive that, to fill their orders, they bad to purchase and operate a distillery at Freeport. As their trade
increased the small five barrel distillery was replaced by a larger distillery, and to it has been added several
more distilleries until today A. Guckenheimer & Bros. are the largest distillers of rye whiskies in the United
States. They have increased their plant until it covers over thirty acres of ground and has a capacity of five
thousand gallons of whiskey per day. They employ one hundred and fifty men and use twelve hundred bushels of rye
every twentyfour hours. These distilleries consist of a splendid series of buildings, equipped with all the latest
apparatus and machinery used in liquor manufacturing, and including five powerful steam engines. The finest of
grab is used and a liquor is made that has no superior in the market for purity. In addition to this plant they
have, in Butler county and opposite Freeport, one of the handsomest distilleries in the United States. This distillery
is operated under the name of the Pennsylvania Distilling company. A. Guckenheimer & Bros. have their offices
at Nos. 93 and 95 First avenue, Pittsburgh. Their house has a well-established reputation not only throughout the
United States, but also in Europe and South America, to which contineuts they export vast quantities of their double
copper distilled pure rye whiskey. Asher Guckenheimer is a democrat and resides in Allegheny city. His record as
one of the leading and successful liquor business men of the United States is unparalleled in the history of this
Isaac Guckenheimer was reared in Allegheny and received his education in the Western university of that city and
the New York college of New York city. Leaving college, he engaged in the liquor business with his father and has
worked his way up to his present important position of general superintendent of the distilleries at Freeport.
On October 12, 1887, Mr. Guckenheimer united in marriage with Marnie L. Garson, daughter of Leopold Garson, of
Rochester, N. Y., who is the senior member of the firm of Garson, Kerngood & Co., one of the largest clothing
manufacturing firms of the Empire State.
In politics Mr. Guekenheimer is a democrat and has served twice as a delegate to State democratic conventions.
He is a member of Armstrong Lodge No. 239, F. & A. M., and resides in Allegheny city.
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