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Alexandria gazette. [volume] (Alexandria, D.C.) 1834-1974, March 31, 1922, Image 9

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tFord Authorized. Sales and Service
[Establishment- Dealing in Ford
Cars, Trucks and Fordson Trac
tors, Is Complete Auto avd Form
. Supplies Business House.
The widespread and general use
of ihp Ford automobile makes it es
sential to the automotive industry
that thereby throughout the country a
number of well equipped sales and ser
vice stations handling cars, parts,
supplies and service forFo rd cars
and trucks.
The Remschel Motor Company at
119-121 North Fairfax street, Alex
andria, established in May 1913 is
one of the largest and most fully
equipped of these sales and service
stations in Virginia, and the volume
of business it handles in its unre
stricted territory is immense.
, The Remschel Motor Company's
sales and show rooms and its repair
department, in which the machinery
and equipmvl is of the latest ap
proved and most efficient type, are
located in a big double building hav
ing adequate floor space for meeting
al! requirements of motorists of this
section. The stock embraces all parts,
Supplies, accessories and many of
the tested and proved specialties.
This enterprise has fifteen employ
es, most of them skilled mechanics,
and all well grounded in the know
ledge of cars, their maintenance, etc.
Two service trucks are used in the
handling of the business of this con
cern and at any time of day or night
that there is need for service a repre
sentative of the Remschel Motor Com
pany can be counted upon to supply it.
Mr. Remschel's idea of service is
"service when it is needed," and he
is always prepared to see that his
idea is carried out. Not only does he
Took out for the interests of Ford
owners but also for the interests of
the farmers using mechanical equip
The most progresive of farmers
^ today are using Fordson tractors, the
agency for which the Remschel Com
pany also is. Tractor service is giv
en as well as services on cars and
trucks About 2">0 Ford cars are
sold and delivered by the Remsshel
Motor Company each ye^r, and a
large number of trucks and tractors.
Mr. A. M. Remschel, proprietor of
this company is a member of the
Chamber of Commerce and is one of
its most hctive members.. He is a
member also of the Kiwanis club, one
of the liviest of business organiza
tions in the country which devotes
much of its time ana thought to con
structive civic effort. He is a broad
visioned public spirited citizen and
is an c-rtthusiastici advocate for a
"White Way," for a road to Fairfax
courthouse and a ferry across the
Mr. M. A. Bayliss, manager of the
plant and sales rooms of the Remschel
Company is another of Alexandria's
well known public spirited citizens
and is widely popular. Mr. Bayliss
has been in the automobile business
for about ten years and knows the
trade and its requirements thorough
lmitorte.ru and Distributors of Hinh
Grade Teas and Coffees?Roasts Its
Own Speeidl Brands avd Has Large
Business in This Section
Perhans the reason Alexandria
Coffee Company's products are so
tasteful is because they are roasted
right at home by a process that has
proved successful and satisfactory
for a dozen years.
The company, which is one of tho
largest importer? and distributors of
coffee in the South, makes a snecialty
of its four famous brands?the San
ton, Bon Alpha, Justice and Yates
Steel Cut.
It carries a complete line of high
grade teas, coffee, spices, and grocery
specialities, and does an extensive
business through Northern Virginia
and Southern Maryland. Peanuts as
well as coffee aire freshly roasted in
the store, and every precaution is
taken to retain the qualities which
make its coffee superior in every way.
The building at 307 Prince Street
is entirely occupied by the company
which owns the structure embracing
three stories and a basement.
Mr. C. R. Yates, owner of tho busi
ness, is a prominent citizen of Alex
candria has been at its head for twelve
years. Ho is a native of tho city and
has boon in business hero a quarter of
a century. From 1S9S to 1900 he
was a prominent member of the school
board and did much to advance the
interest of public education in the
During the last year 02,000,000
square yards of concrete highway was
laid in t^o United States. This is al
most double the figure for 1020.
M. B. Harlow, native of Alexandria,
Va attended the private schools of
Miss Margaret Walsh, Miss \
Clarkson and St. John's Academy,P
was compelled to discontinue school
on account of family moving south,
in Mav, 1801, returning the latter part
of 1864, and owing to the necessity
of being compelled to assist m the
support of his family, was denied th
i opportunity of finishing his educa ion.
I He accepted a position as time
I keeper in a Government plan.ng mnU
located on the corner of I'a,rlax anu
Queen streets ^nd remained there un
it"March, 1805, when he was com
! nelled to resign on account of his
u,al to take the oath of allegiance
to the United States Government.
He assisted his father m his busi
ness for a few years, then in 1871
united with his brothers, John and
Georire in the wholesale grocery and
commission business In 1872 he was
elected a member of the Board of
Heealth of Alexandria city, and on it.
organization ?as selected secretar in
1R7-1 he was elected a member of the
Citv Council fro mthe Second ^ aid,
and re-electe din 1875; elected cit>
| treasurer in May, 1876 servin^ from
Julv 1 of that year until July 1,1JW,
when he voluntarily retired from pub
lic life.
During his twenty-four years _as
city treasurer the following deputies
Se James *R ^Caton, who served from
Tulv 1.1870, until Julv.1, 1886. when
he was succeeded by Charles C. C.
lin, who ran until July 1. 1892. Hi.
successor was John D. Normoyle, who
served until July 1, 1900 when Mr.
Harlow voluntarily retired. Mr. Ld
ward J. Flemming served under -Mi.
Harlow as assistant city treasurer
for a number of years.
Vnon turn in e over this office to his
successor he said: "You are assuming
the duties of this position u^er ^ V
1v different auspices from that ^nicn
KdVhen T took this office. Alex
andria had neither money nor credit,
and T turn it over to vou with its credit
as h^h as anv city in the ^untry and
ample funds to run this office foi the
balance of the fiscal year. ^
Mr Harlow was eniraged during his
business life in many lines of business.
S" was a member of the firm of
Harlow Bros.. Wholesale Grocery and
Commission Merchants; conducted a
? vec real estate office; secretary and
treasurer of the Alexandria Bnck
"Works: treasurer of two building as
sociations and president and genera
manager of one which he organized;
was secretarv and treasurer of the
Spring Park and Imnrovement Com
J oan>" (now RosemonO ;
! I end manaffer of the RosM>"
1 Development Comm;n>V secretarv and
I treasurer of the Florida Soft Phc*
Inhale Comnanv: director of the i ?
V . ional P.ank for over 40 years, and
hv 'i ?, i r. years; oneina
vice president over i?>
I lor Of <hp idc. of the construction of
electric railroad from Washing
hhvomrh Alexandra tr- the tom ?
Uv-ishincton, at Mount, \ernon and
! unon its organization, was elected one
of the director: wa* assienedtho
,l,itv of seW*g the ?ut?u JXps
Alexandria Citv. locatme the offi.
and appointing the ticket aeent. and
? the first railroad official in the
| United States to appoint young women
I ticket agents. .
I Some years ago he broUEht to the
attention of the Steam Pailroad Cor
poration passing thru Alexanan. ,
(desirability of changing the,r loute
wast of Alexandria Cty, ^J1 *ufn
Lestion was approvedI andI resu ted in
! his appointment by the six Railroad
in acquirng all ex
of Alexandria, west and ?rtV ich
tending to the Four Mile Run, whic^
resulted in the butgv?rds and
Union Station, Potomac Yards ana
later, the City acquired the exten.Mo
of it's corporation limits, taking
this magnificientjterritory^
Good Clothes For Men
A Style For Every Type of Figure
402-404 King Street Phone 535
Alexandria, Va.
As a youth he was elected a mem
ber of the Hvdrautic St^miFire Com
pany and sometime after his election,
was appointed Secretary, serving for
several years, when he was elected
President of the Company, which po
sition he held until the disbandon
ment of this magnificient Company
Mr. Harlow was the originator of
the Mt Vernon Boulevard, a memo
rial to the Illustrious Washington,
from the City he founded the National
Capitol, thru Alexandria to his Tomb
at Mt. Vernon; suggested the en
largement of the Post Office Building
in this City and the deepening of the
channel of the Potomac River, by
increasing it's depth from 18ft. to
2-1 ft., by .-emoving the obstruction of
the Kettle Bottom and Mattawoman,
(succeeded thru the efforts of the late
| Congressman John F. Rixy in having
Congress pass an appropriation bj 11
sufficient in amount to carrv out both
of these improvements. He assisted
in organizing and was elected Presi
dent of the Business Mens League ond
continued in that office until it was
'succeeded by thp_present Chamber of
He was associated with ITon- C. C.
j Carlin, in having located at Alexan
dria, the Virginia Shipbuilding Cor
An incident occurred during his
term of City Treasurer, which is
worthy of notice, namely, that for
(two or three years this City was re
ceiving only about two-thirds of the
amount of the school fund which it
was entitled to affci on that account
the Superintendent, the late Mr.
| Carne, advised him that the school
Board had deejded to reduce the school |
term from 10 months to seven, owing:
to the want of funds to pay the teach-i
ers. He promptly replied that the
Public School should continue 1(1 j
months as long as he held office and j
that the deficiency necessary to pay j
the teachers ho would advance out of j
his own private "funds. I!;s explana- j
tion for this act was, that when he ]
was a hoy and reached the school aj;e, i
there were no Public Schools Al-I
exandria, and it was an effort on the
Jpart of his father to give him the
meager education which he received
and as a result the children of the
poor parents were denied the oppor- !
tunities which the children of the rich
enjoyed, in being able to acquire an
education which woud qualify them to
till the professions, public officers and
engage in large business enterprises.
Mr. Harlow married in 1873 Miss
Helen deChanlal McCrat k"n, daugh
ter of the late John Clark and Mary
Getty McCrac-ken. She died in the
yc-ar lfl.r?.
Probably only a few citizens in this
community give much. UiouKht to
Trada Extension?what it means 10
their daily necessities, what is being
done, and what the possibilities are
of further extension. Venice at one
time controlled a large part of the
civilized world through its merchants
and bankers in their efficient devel
(opment. oT Trade Extension. The en
jtire life of the city was Commerce.
I They simply took advantage of their
j facilities?the Adriatic, the Mediter
ranean and the numerous seas ap
jaccnt thereto
! The average business man of to
j day, who has a business of and con
j sequence, can hardly lind time to
' attend to his own affairs, consequent
fly there is not much clanger of politi
j cal control. This little bit of history
is brought out, however, to show what
| has been done. Ships, merchandise
land finance had gained what blood
had bought before.
A city without commerce Is a city
without identity. There are a few
such cities in this country larger than
Alexandria. Thc-y are known only
as recieation centers. Good places
to go for a change of atmosphere
or a good time, but what does that
amount to as far as the city itself
is concerned? Other cities probably
offer the same inducements, but they
do not feature them?they live on
Commerce. Commerce keeps the dol
lar moving and that is why millions
are spent each year in advertising
their products, their commodities, and
i hpmselves.
In our community Commerce means
a great deal. Hundreds of families
<\wo their livelihood to our great
transportation systems which center
here. Unfortunately a very large
proportion of th* merchandise car
ried by these lines originate at points
some distance from here. Were we
able to produce most of this mer
chandise. doubtless we would have
thousands more families here to live
off Ihe commerce which could be con
trolled. What we do nroduce, how
ever. means considerable lo quite a
number of our citizens. Some of our
| industries are known throughout the
j southeast and middle central por
tions of this country where their pro
ducts are used each d?.v. Other in
dustries while not known over quite
so large a territory, are able to hold
uheir business against competitive
markets of other cities. These busi
nesses are not numerous enough,
though, to give the city the promi
nence that is should have. There
should be more of them of every
kind?many more. Then we would
probably get th? prominence that we
would desire.
Our nearby country is very close
to us commercially. Northern Vir
ginia and Southern Maryland know
us well. We have always served them.
With them we have an identity. Our
merchants have used every facility at
their disposal to extend their trade.
All things being equal from a point
of service, our merchants contribute
largely to our* commerce. Local
foreign trains moving over rail lines
.--ach day carry their business. Coop
eration between the merchants and
railroads has given the out-of-town [
buyer delivery service that is second
to none in the country. Merchandise 1
loaded in cars today, reaches its j
destination tomorrow in time for the |
immediate needs of the buyer. Other
cities do not enjoy express service
equal to this.
This is just one of the facilities that
has been utilized. Our water facilities
.while now under winter schedule,
give us service that coma res favor
ably with our nearest competitive
city, in the territory that these par
ticular lines traverse. However, there
is much to be extended yet by wat<y, if
other routes are developed Unfor
tunately we have no coastwise routes,
otherv/ise our trade could be extended
much further.
In this territory where we are
known and enjoy the distinction of
having an identy as a city, the people
look upon us as a part of their com
jmunity and'as necessary to their ex
istence. Their products are brought
in to be traded with us?products that
we could not got along without. There
is adjacent to us the most diversi
fied agricultural country in the east.
; Its people are thrifty and energe
! tie and have developed their lands as
well as any other community. They
have only one need and that is, bet
ter roads. A bricklayer or a tinner
will not work in the rain. A far
mer, however, in order to exist must
often be required to travel in mud
holes and water to deliver his pro
ducts. We must '?ontinually lend our
moral and financial support to help
get the farmer out of the mud, there
by helping ourselves.
There is a great possibility for
Trade Extension. There is the whole
world with which to trade. We can
not get it all, but that portion that we
do get should know that we have an
identity, and should be served in such
a way that they will always look to
us, and not consider us casually. In
order to serve them, we must have
something attractive to offer them.
This means that we need many, many
more industries in order to produce
the merchandise to sell, and with
such industries behind us, we could
then have our material for TRADE
EXTENSION. Chas W. King.
OF THE "H. C. L."
There is no secret as to the high cost of living. The facts are as you know
well. The farmers records show that the cost of production is out of balance
with the prices received for his crops, due to marketing conditions and cost of
hauling and transportation.
The fact that the younger generation's lack of interest in the agricultural
industry has caused an influx of the rural population to the commercial centers
has upset the equal distribution of labor, causing unemployment and idle land,
the result of which is too many people consuming and too few producing.
What is The Solution?
The Fordson Tractor and the Ford Truck can and are doing a wonderful
service in answering the above vital problems?in reducing the cost of produc
tion?increasing crops per acre and lowering the cost of marketing.
But aside from these immediate reliefs, the most important factor of this
power-farming is the stimulant and interest it is to the junior farmer, which is
strengthened by the net results of one's efforts and the elevation of drudgery
work to a productive and interesting occupation.
Talk this over with the boys, and let us demonstrate the FORDSON'S pos
sibilities on your farm.
Remschel Motor Company
117-121 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, Va.

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