Townsend Straw Hat


The following, submitted by Monty Groves who says, "While traveling on business in Baltimore last fall, we located a burial plot that included my Great Grandfather, William Stone Townsend and other great uncles and such.  In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s he was the owner of Townsend-Grace Straw Hats in Baltimore.  Apparently the largest Straw Hat manufacturer operating at the time.  The photos of old restored building in this directory are of the Townsend-Grace Building in Baltimore the headquarters of the hat makers.  It is now fully restored and the World Headquarters for the Catholic Relief Fund. The picture of the large old house was his home on Poplar Ave in Baltimore near Johns Hopkins University."


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