Interview with John Albert Ludwig, November 26, 2017

Project: Over-the-Rhine Museum: Community Voices Oral History Project

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John Ludwig narrates the immigration of the Bentz family from Germany to Cincinnati beginning in 1857, centering on the Bentz-Ludwig Dry goods store his family operated at 122 Elder Street until the 1960s. Ludwig says the dry goods store was founded by John’s grandmother Kathryn Bentz. She ran the store from 1914 to 1944 when his father, Ralph Ludwig, took over after returning from service in World War II. John’s family lived over the store until moving to Westwood in 1930. John discusses daily life working in the store, including working with regular customers, extending simple credit, and the network of local shops and suppliers, many of whom he names. John also shares the pleasure of buying sausages and homemade sauerkraut to eat lunch with his father in the store until is father retired after the 1967 ‘riots.’ He notes that the store supported two generations of and his family and that they had a good life.

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2023oh0006_otr0005

Interviewee Name

John Albert Ludwig

Interviewer Name

Nick Swartsell

Interview Date

2017-11-26

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Ludwig, John Albert Interview by Nick Swartsell. 26 Nov. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ludwig, J.A. (2017, November 26). Interview by N. Swartsell. Over-the-Rhine Museum: Community Voices Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Ludwig, John Albert, interview by Nick Swartsell. November 26, 2017, Over-the-Rhine Museum: Community Voices Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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