Confectionery kettles fill the Shop this week. Several candy and ice cream manufacturers have ordered repairs and replacements. Old pots lay about the Shop to be fixed and replicated. Perhaps, January is the month to work on your facility at least in the ice cream industry. This is all in addition to their usual jobs. The year has started off well for Joe and company.
Martin and four men are in South Carolina installing a still. The rest of the crew bend copper tubes for a circular fountain, but for Joe and Eugene. Joe is instructing his nephew on how to make a copper pitcher. The pitcher is a symbolic level of achievement. In a way, you are a full coppersmith when you are able to shape one by yourself. Eugene is quite skilled. Joe is proud of him. He knows he is close.
Young Joe takes a train to Boston. Several St. Paddy’s Day shows. He will return in one week.
A 40 gallon still is being installed today at Melvale Distillery on Cold Spring Lane. Joe has the remaining workers split across several brass jobs and the usual assorted kettles. A warm comfortable Spring day at the Shop
The Stock Exchange crashes in New York setting off a panic. The economy will take a hit. Joe has been through this before. He decides to cut out working on Saturday immediately. He is in a much better spot financially then in 1873. He is more established and has had a few good years in a row. Still, Joe proceeds cautiously.
Young Joe enjoys a pleasant Sunday with his wife, Johanna and son, Leo. He informs his wife that he will be heading up North for a few weeks this Summer. Shows to be played in New York and Massachusetts. Johanna tells him that she is pregnant with baby # 2. He is excited. He promises to make the trip as brief as possible. She is still running the boarding house with her mother.
The Shop has felt the slowdown, but not as severely as many other companies. Joe continues to work five full days. He wants to keep his crew intact. He even gains another helper this week when James finishes school for the year. Joe is glad to have another nephew to teach further. So far, Joe is able to retain all of his employees.
The talk of the Shop today is baseball. The up and coming Baltimore Orioles hammered the Reds the day before 19-7. Led by youngster, John McGraw, the team looks to improve on its first National League season. They do, but finish in 8th place. McGraw bats .321 with a lofty .454 on-base-percentage though.
Young Joe the singer rejoins his troupe in NY. Independence Day shows and a few more over several weeks. He is expected back in a month. Johanna will hold him to that.
The Shop has stayed steady, if not busy. Joe’s business has so far fared well through the economic downturn. The volume is down, but it is at least consistent. The number of customers and the variety of work Joe can do for them has helped him maintain a reasonable level of jobs.
James returns to school for one more year. Joe can certainly spare him and another year of education is a good idea. James has a fairly mathematical mind. It seems wise to try to cultivate that further. He will return next summer. Full time.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine opens. Accepting both men and women.
Martin has a crew at Wiessner’s Brewing today. Repairing some seams in beer vats. The work has slowed a bit more. Joe does what he has done before. He has some men working on items to stock. Jacket kettles of different sizes, pots, pans, and small still parts. They will sell. Joe knows it. He is prepared for the worst. The Winter might be tough, but he will ride it out and, again, hope for a better Spring.
Edward Martin Kavanagh is born to Joe and Johanna. Their second son. They will call him Eddie. He will become one of the finest coppersmiths the Shop has ever had and will work there for over 50 years. He was my grandfather.
Grover Cleveland begins the second of his non-consecutive terms as President. The first motion picture studio is opened by Thomas Edison in West Orange, NY. The first commemorative US postage stamps are issued. “America the Beautiful” is written by Katherine Lee Bates. The Stanley Cup is awarded for the first time. Going to Montreal HC. The first American gasoline-powered car is driven by Charles and Frank Duryea. The National Sculpture Society and the American Council on Alcohol Problems are founded.
There are 44 states in the Union.