Max Rausch, Owner of 1279 East 222nd Street
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:53

The Bronxville Press/Bronxville Review Press has CONSISTENTLY spelled Max Rausch, owner of 1279 East 222nd Street in the Bronx, as R a u s c h.

Rausch was a waiter at the Hotel Gramatan in Bronxville, New York, a village about 15 miles north of New York City.

Bronxville is in Westchester County, New York, a very wealthy community.

If Rausch was earning his living at the Hotel Gramatan and living in Bronxville, I believe residents and his employer would have known that his name was spelled with an "s."

Here is a 1960s picture postcard of the Hotel Gramatan where Max Rausch worked. (The Gramatan began to be torn down in 1972.)

I respect the Bronxville Press, and believe these regional papers (Rausch lived in Bronxville) had more detail and had more of a handle on what was going on with the Lindbergh case as it related to one of its residents, Max Rausch.

The Bronxville Press/Review Press online articles that have to do with Max Rausch, Pauline Rausch's son, are very interesting.

There is a section of the Bronxville Review Press called "Across the Years."

In the newspaper for September 29, 1949 under the "Across the Years" section about what was going on in Bronxville fifteen years earlier, is a story about a man named George Merritt, agent for an oil burner, who sent two of his workers to give an estimate on a heating system for Max Rausch's house at 1279 East 222nd Street in the Bronx. Merritt claims that when the two workers went to evaluate for a new heating system, Hauptmann protested so much that the two men were denied entry to the cellar.

I don't recall any sources that say that ransom money was found in the cellar, but the Bronxville Press says part of the ransom was found there!

Bronxville Detective Harry Titlebaum was the one who the newspaper says provided the tip that led to the discovery of part of the ransom in the cellar!

The Bronxville Press archival newspapers having to do with the LKC can be accessed online.

    • The Gramatan and Rausch garageRichard Sloan, Sun Feb 24 10:03
      I remember the Gramatan. I grew up in White Plains. It was located right along the east side of the Bronx River Parkway, and I passed it a number of times by car. Rausch's concerns about the police... more
      • gramatan hotelbob mills for forum, Mon Feb 25 10:05
        I lived around the corner from the Gramatan Hotel from 1963 to 1967, in our first apartment on Kensington Road in Bronxville. It was a grand old place, if no longer in heavy demand. I wonder how a... more
        • Re: gramatan hotelSue for Bob, Tue Feb 26 20:17
          Maybe Max Rausch earned good tips? Greta Garbo, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Gloria Swanson are the names of just a few of the personalities that Rausch may have met in the 1930s at the Gramatan.
      • garageAnonymous, Sun Feb 24 18:56
        Whose garage? The one that BRH built? As far as I know, Rausch never married.
        • rauch garageRichard Sloan, Tue Feb 26 08:50
          yes, anonymous, the cops rebuilt the garage that Bruno built. Almost identical. I wonder why they rebuilt it, if Bruno had built the orig. one (on Rauch propty). Did Rausch tell the cops that he paid ... more
          • Re: rauch garageAnonymous, Thu Feb 28 13:09
            But there is a problem since the original BRH garaga was NOT built on Rausch's property, but partly on NYC land. We still lack some details obviously. And IF the BRH garage WAS reconstructed... more
            • garageRichard Sloan, Fri Mar 1 09:38
              How did you learn, anon., that the garage was "partly" on NYC propty, not Rausch's. ? And why only "partly"? TODAY IS THE ANNIV. OF THE GREAT CRIME.
              • Re: garageAnonymous, Fri Mar 1 11:20
                So what happened to this supposed "reconstruction" of the BRH garage? Do you think the newspapers were mistaken on this claim? Why is there never an actual photo of the "re-build"? I doubt it ever... more
                • garageRichard Sloan, Fri Mar 1 17:21
                  for anonymous. I guess you didnt read my post of about a week ago. I wrote that the garage was rebuilt for Rausch and that I have an orig. wire service photo of it. So this will change your doubt... more
                  • Re: garageAnonymous, Sat Mar 2 09:44
                    but you didn't answer the question -- what happened to the "re-built" garage?
      • Re: The Gramatan and Rausch garageSue for Richard, Sun Feb 24 16:17
        Thanks for sharing about the Gramatan, Richard! One Bronxville Press article says that Max Rausch was handed his subpoena to testify at the trial as he was waiting on his tables at the Gramatan! And... more
    • FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Max Rausch, the Hotel Gramatan waiter who was the owner of the house in which Bruno Richard Hauptmann lived, and of the garage in which thousands of dollars of the Lindbergh ransom... more
      • Sue, denied accesstanialee, Sun Feb 24 03:14
        Hmm...this was am intetesting tidbit to read. You always find great pieces concerning the case, more power to you.😁
        • The Bronxville Press NewspapersSue for tanialee, Sun Feb 24 15:33
          Hello, girlfriend! How are things with you, tanialee? The Bronxville Press may be a treasure chest of important information about the LKC! The Tuesday, September 25, 1934 issue of The Bronxville... more
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