Manufacturer: Bauscher Brothers – Germany
User: Hofbrau-Quelle – Portland, Oregon
Distributor: Praele, Hegele & Co., Portland, Oregon
Date of pitcher: circa early 1920s
Notes: The Hofbrau-Quelle at SW Sixth Avenue and Adler Steet in Portland, Oregon, had ties back to the Quelle Saloon in Portland. Originally located at SW Second Avenue and Stark Street, it was probably founded by Louis Feurer around 1881. By 1884, it was owned by Louis Sechtem, who eventually joined in partnership with Ferdinand Sechtem, possibly his brother or son.
By 1907, the establishment had moved to SW Sixth Avenue and Stark (renamed Harvey Milk Street in 2017) and was known as the Quelle Cafe and Grill Room. At that date the proprietors were Ferdinand Sechtem and John Schlenk. The saloon disappeared around 1910, probably due to the construction of the Wilcox Building on that site. Ferdinand Sechtem continued in the restaurant business with the Hof Brau.
By 1912, according to an article in Tumbler.com/Portland Food History "the Hof Brau dared to have female performers, including Ms. Evelyn Brown, the Ragtime Delineator.
"Laws in the late 19th century already banned women from singing, dancing or waitressing in saloons, and in 1908, an ordinance was drafted by suitably named Councilman Cellars, allowing women to drink liquor only in restaurants. To skirt the law (no pun intended), saloons simply began billing themselves as 'eating houses.'"
According to an ad/announcement in the Oregon Daily Journal on December 2, 1913, the Hof Brau had changed its name to the Hofbrau-Quelle. The Hofbrau-Quelle was taken over by Otto Klein around 1917. When the restaurant closed is not known.
White body pitcher with a black pin stripe around the top followed by a medium blue band. There is a matching black pin stripe around the base. On the left side of the pitcher is a black Bundesadler (German Federal Eagle) with burnt orange beak and talons. On the eagle's breast is a white shield with the red stylized block letters "HB" inside.
Oregon Daily Journal
Snaccooperative.org – history of the Hofbrau-Quelle
Tumbler.com/portlandfoodhistory – 1912 article about performers
Pitcher photos: Susan Fitzgerald
ID and research: Roland Burritt
Author: Ed Phillips