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Alpheus “A.M.” Rote (1865-1936) (center of photo with apron), who was born near Harrisburg, came to New Castle as a young man and found work in the local tin mills. In about 1914 he opened a small confectionery store on West Washington Street near Greenwood Cemetery. Alpheus was married to Ella Ward back in 1883 and I believe they had six children together. One of his son’s, named John “Jack” C. Rote (1893-1982) and who managed his own confectionery store in downtown New Castle, later joined the family business. Together they co-owned several successful stores at different locations. (This photo is courtesy of Judy Stafford – the granddaughter of J.C. Rote) (c1930) Full Size
John ‘Jack’ Rote (shown above) took over the family business when his father Alpheus passed away at the age of seventy-one in September 1936. Jack Rote, a graduate of New Castle High School, married Alice Wimer and together they had a son named John. Jack consolidated and opened a single store in 1947 on Arlington Avenue just off East Washington Street. He soon renamed the store as J.C. Rote & Son, but his son John never really took an interest in the business. Jack’s nephew Arthur ‘Art’ Rote soon joined up as the ‘son.’ After Jack retired (sometime in the 1960’s) Art managed the business and was succeeded by several other family members over the years. (Judy Stafford photo) (c1920) Full Size
A group of unknown children pose in front of one of the Rote-owned stores in New Castle. (Judy Stafford photo) (c1920) Full Size
An advertisement announcing the opening of the J.C. Rote Confectionery Store on Arlington Avenue in late November 1947. (1947) Full Size
An older Jack Rote poses in front of his store on Arlington Avenue. I believe this store is still in operation today at Rote’s Market. (Judy Stafford photo) (c1955) Full Size