The Twin City Bakery and Lunch Room
In the small town of Baltimore, Ohio, the building that used to house The Twin City Bakery and Lunch Room can still be seen today as a testament to the rich local history embedded within the town. The bakery was owned by local businessman Charles A. Thomas, whose family resided in Baltimore from approximately 1897 through at least 1916. The current building was just sold by The Hometown Team, e-Merge Real Estate.
Backstory and Context
Both the building that used to house the Twin City Bakery and Lunch Room, as well as the Thomas family’s old house remain standing in Baltimore, Ohio. For more information about the Thomas family home, please see the link below.
Charles A. Thomas was born on April 10th, 1867 and died at the age of 94 in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 27th, 1961. In 1893, he married Mattie Kirk, who was born March 1st, 1867 and died April 11th, 1945 at the age of 78. Together, they had five children: Helen, Thirza, Kirk, Aveline, and Mary Eva.
There are records that show that, in addition to living in Baltimore, Ohio, Charles lived in both Columbus and Cincinnati. While in Baltimore, Charles owned The Twin City Bakery and Lunch Room and was known as the “Twin City Baker.” There are bakery ads in the local paper, The Twin City News dating from 1897 through at least 1916, which suggest that Charles and Mattie moved to Baltimore shortly after getting married to set up the bakery. They then moved to Columbus anytime between 1916 and 1925, which is when the first record of their residence in Columbus is recorded.
Approximately three years after the bakery began advertising in the local paper, the local mill, where Charles kept his flour, burned down and he lost $600. At some point during his almost twenty years in Baltimore, the bakery expanded and moved to a new location. Although the location of the first bakery is currently unknown, the second bakery was located at what is now 104 N. Main Street.