REESE & RINEHART
ONE OF THE LARGEST BUSINESS HOUSES IN KEYSER
the hardware business necessarily forms a highly important
feature in the general commerce of Keyser, and here many of the
largest hardware manufacturers are ably represented by Reese &
Rinehart, who established this concern in Feb 1895.
While the large double store 36X52 ft., and annex 120X70?, this business utilizes 2,672 square feet of floor space, and every available inch is required by the enormous stock, carried and the well equipped work shop.
The stock carried includes both heavy and shelf hardware, stoves, ranges, cutlery, sporting goods, screen doors and windows, tinware, wood and iron pumps, barbed wire, paints, oils.
Reese & Rinehart, are agents for what has been pronounced the finest range ever introduced in Keyser, the "Majestic" steel range. The price runs from $48 to $54 according to size "Red Cross and "Columbia" cookers and heaters, are also specialties. A help to summer comfort is the "Insurance" gasoline and the Reliance blue name stoves, up-to-date in all particulars, at from $6 to $15.
Mineral county farmers have always approved of the celebrated Woods mowers and reapers and Reese & Rinehart are local agents fro these machines. The very latest improved, roller-bearing Woods mowers, are but $40; reapers $125. In buying farm machinery, it is but common sense to get the best. The saving in re[pairs and loss of time by those using the Woods makes amounts to a big item in the course of a season. They excel in strength and easy-running qualities.
Sanitary plumbing means for one thing a saving in doctor's bills, and better health. This establishment is fully equipped to do such work in a thoroughly modern way. A specialty is made of porcelain, copper and zinc bath tubs and stationary washstands. The trade of Reese & Rinehart is not confined to Keyser, but embraces a wide radius of the surrounding country, and as high as 6 employees are required at times.
Mr W D Reese Jr, the senior member of this firm, has been a resident of Keyser since 1893, and is secretary, treasurer and a large stock holder in the Keyser Milling Co, aside from his hardware interest. Mr Reese has done much to aid in the material advancement of the town, and his ill-health, during the past 18 months, is regretted by a host of friends.
Mr E C Rinehart, the junior partner, has for the past twenty years been engaged in this line of business, and is a thoroughly practical man. He was for a number of years located in Hutchinson, Kan., and on coming to Keyser in 1893 was employed by D G Adeisberger, the Baltimore contractor, who so successfully put in Keyser's water works system. Mr Rinehart, owing to the continued illness of his business associate, is perhaps the busiest man in town. He has a large capacity for work, however, and is ably handling the growing trade, which bids fair to make Reese & Rinehart the leaders in their line in his section.
TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 28, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD
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