Gresh Cigar Factory

Gresh cigar factory

Located at Marshall Street in Norristown, the W. K. Gresh & Sons cigar factory was founded in 1872, though Gresh had been making cigars at home for some years before this.  The building in this picture was built in 1891 when he outgrew his first factory.  The article on Gresh in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Montgomery County by Henry Wilson Ruoff, calls the factory “a handsome brick structure of rare architectural beauty and utility, perhaps the finest cigar factory in the world.”  William K. Gresh was killed in front of his factory in 1904 when he was hit by an out of control wagon.

Gresh with cars

Today the building has be renovated into apartments.