Alvin Rich & Co

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  • Alvin Rich & Co
  • Building Material / Garden Equipment and Supplies
  • Hardware Store
  • 1895
  • Date unknown
Key Persons
  • New numbering
    • 114 E. Liberty St., Wooster, 44691, Ohio, United States
  • Old Numbering
    • 2 E. Liberty St., Wooster, 44691, Ohio, United States

In 1895, Alvin Rich and his brother-in-law, J. P. Blough, rented the Howard Corner on E. Liberty St. and opened a hardware store.[1] A few years later he became sole proprietor of his own hardware store, Alvin Rich & Co., at the location later occupied by the Beulah Bechtel Shop in the 1890 Quinby Building on E. Liberty St.. This retail outlet offered an extensive inventory of 24,000 items- which 8,000 which were on display. It consisted of three floors and basement offering quality merchandise. When he retired he sold his merchandise to Wooster Hardware Co. (old D. D. Miller, Hardware Store) and took down his sign and closed up shop.

Guy Richards was a business partner for many years. Clyde Miller Sr. was also a partner in the hardware business.

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Quick Facts

Old street numbering: 2 E. Liberty St., Wooster=

New street numbering: 114 E. Liberty St.

Beginning in the 1915 Wooster City Directory the address was listed as 114 E. Liberty St.

Newspaper articles


  1. Jacksonian. Wooster, Ohio, February 21, 1895.
  2. Observer 1932" Wooster High School annual. Wooster, Ohio
  3. Wayne County Democrat. Wooster, Ohio, 1913-11-04, p. 3.
  4. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-05-24, p. 5
  5. Wooster Daily News. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-08-10, p. 3.
  6. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-09-19, p. 5.
  7. Wooster Daily News. Wooster, Ohio, 1918-02-11, p. 7.
  8. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1918-07-02, p. 2.
  9. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1918-11-25, p. 2.
  10. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1919-02-14, p. 6.
  11. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1919-05-15, p. 2.
  12. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1919-06-04, p. 6.
  13. Wooster Daily News. Wooster, Ohio, 1919-07-02, p. 4.
  14. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1919-11-24, p. 2.
  15. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1919-12-22, p. 2.
  16. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1920-01-19, p. 6