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    J. D. & J. L. Holtzemann, wholesale liquor dealers in foreign and domestic spirits, Piqua. Piqua, like most cities of its size, is represented by almost every branch of business. J. D. Holtzemann has been engaged in his present business for nearly half a century, during which time he transacted business with several different partners, until his son, J. L., formed the present partnership. During this time, they have been favorably known as rectifiers, compounders of liquor, etc.; they, in connection with their business, manufacture Holtzemann's reliable and well-known stomach bitters ; J. D., the senior member of the firm, was born in Hanover, Germany, Oct. 22, 1808, where he grew to manhood on the farm; when but a young man, he engaged in merchandising in Bremen; this was conducted four years, when his thoughts were directed to the American continent ; and in 1831, he embarked from Bremen, landing in Baltimore in November of that fall; there he engaged in handling foreign dry goods until one year later, when he came to Germantown, Ohio, making a few changes up to 1836, when he settled in Piqua. In 1838, he erected a part of his present wholesale house, which has since been enlarged to ninety-five feet deep, front on the corner of Main and Water streets. Sept. 18, 1836, he married Johannah L. Dettmer, born in Hanover, Germany, September, 1808 ; their children by this union are ten in number, six are now living; J. Lewis, Eliza, Gagg, Louisa, Minnie and Helen.

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