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John B. Rumsey General Merchandise


Mrs. Ottilie Moschcau came from Germany in November of 1908, with her two children, to visit her sister Fanny and family at Cajon Pass in San Bernardo. While there, she made a contact with a realtor and bought a grocery store in Lakeside on the corner of Sycamore and River Streets. It was through this venture she came in contact with the Marcks family who lived in the Julian area. On September 1, 1910, Ottilie and Otto Marcks were married. The grocery store was expanded and sold to Mr. John B. Rumsey, but Otto continued to work the store. In 1921, Otto bought out Rumsey and in 1924 this store was moved across the street on the southeast corner of Maine Avenue and Sycamore Street, where it remained until Otto's death in 1935. The grocery business was then purchased by Otis Barker.


c. pre-1910

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