Posted by Ron Filion on Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 17:35:47 :
In Reply to: Manning's Coffee posted by Marcie Rosenzweig on Saturday, November 05, 2005 at 14:00:56 :
I checked the San Francisco City Directories (Polk-Crocker-Langley publishers) and found the earliest reference in 1925. Here are partial transcriptions of applicable entries.
1925 Manning's, Inc., F.I. Kerr, mgr coffee & tea, 1175 Market
(no mention of the upcoming Manning's for 1925)
1926 Manning's, Inc., J.P. Dunn, Dist. Mgr.
Manning, Edw M (Margt M), pres. Mannings, Inc., r. 3 - 25th
Manning, Wm W, vice pres. Manning's, Inc., r. Ross
1927 Manning's, Inc., E.M. Manning, Pres.; W.W. Manning, Vice-Pres.; J.P. Dunn, Dist. Mgr., Teas & Coffees, 268 Market, branches...
(in 1927, E.M. Manning is listed with his residence in Palo Alto)
So, over the next years, the main offices move, and there were restaurants opened, etc. But, there always seemed to be a "Mannings, Inc."
1964 Manning's Coffee, Robt. A. Manning, pres., 901 Battery
The last reference I could find to a "Manning's, Inc." was in a 1984 telephone book with them at 450 Golden Gate.
So, they either went out of business, changed names, or moved out of San Francisco.
Hope this helps,
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