79th Birthday Countdown – Day 3

My oldest daughter, who lives with me, loves to celebrate birthdays.  This is what I found on my kitchen table on Tuesday morning.

I collect items from an old Cincinnati dairy, French-Bauer – I remember watching their horse-drawn milk wagons when I was a child.   At one time, they also had a restaurant in downtown Cincinnati.  This is a tiny 4-1/2 inch ice-cream spoon from that restaurant and the name engraved on the back, “French Bros.-Bauer Co.” dates it to the mid-1920s before the name change.  This is a nice addition to the china pieces I already have.  My daughter definitely knows what I like.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

18 thoughts on “79th Birthday Countdown – Day 3”

  1. I am a distant relation of the French family from Lebanon. I too would love to have some of the old items that were once part of my aunt’s. Do you live in Lebanon?

    1. I’m delighted to meet a member of the French family. I live in Loveland, not too far from Lebanon and we’re there often. My mother went to school in Lebanon and met my father there (maiden name – Mount; married name – Applegate).

      I have a fairly large collection of French Brothers-Bauer/French Bauer items. My daughter finds things at antique stores and on eBay.

      Nice to hear from you. Lillian

      1. So far as I know, there is no website for the French Bauer Dairy Company. I have been collecting French Bauer items for years and would love to know if you find a site. Lillian

  2. I found a milk jug in a cistern in my yard yesterday. The bottle says “the French Brothers Dairy Company / 312 to 318 W. Seventh St”. I can’t find any info on the French Brothers Dairy Co. Would appreciate any insight. Thanks, Kevin

    1. French Brothers became French Bros and Bauer and then later French-Bauer. Give me a little time to go through my stuff and I’ll e-mail what I find on the history. I have bottles with all three names. I would have been very excited to find that bottle. Lillian

  3. Hi, I am a direct Desenct of the Bauer family and really wanna know where you found that awesome piece. After my Great Grandfathers death we are unable to really discover much more than what we already have.

    Thank you

    1. I have a fairly large collection which I’ve accumulated over the past 30 years or so. Everything has come from antique malls or eBay. My daughter is always searching for new small items and found the spoon on eBay.

      What I would like to have is a really good history of the company. Do you know if anything has been published?

      Thank you for writing. What a wonderful family to have as your ancestors. Lillian

  4. As a young boy, my grandfather used a horse and wagon to bring fresh milk down to French Bauer from a dairy farm on Compton Road, Hamilton County. He would then leave the straw used to keep the milk cold with a funeral home in Carthage, Hodapp Funeral Home on Vine Street. Would anyone know the name of the diary farm?

  5. Was wondering if you had any photos from French Bauer Dairy… my mother in laws grandfather delivered milk for them when she was young and she is always looking for items. I would love to get copies of some pictures for her and frame them for Christmas!! If you don’t have any maybe you have an idea where I can go to find them. Didnt know if there are archives somewhere downtown in Cincinnati.

  6. Misty, we have some pictures that we gathered over the years from various sources. We’ll e-mail them to you later this week.
    Wonderful to hear that your mother-in-law’s grandfather was one of those delivery men I admired so much.

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