Notes for Albert M. Ryser: "Keeleys Old Fashion Chocolate Creams" by Al Ryser"
"In the year 1912, an ice cream parlor and candy store was located in the first block of State Street just below the Commerical State Bank. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Keeley, it was called "Keeley's Palace of Sweets". Keeley's Old Fashion Chocolates, in the familiar yellow box with individually wrapped chocolates, are still available today on drugstore shelves.
Al ryser came to Madison in 1912 to work as assistant to the Soda Fountain Manager at Keeley's Palace of Sweets. The beautiful oval maple soda fountain was located in the front lower level of the store. Only the manager and Al were allowed inside the oval where they scooped out delicious sundaes of vanilla, strawberry, pistacho and chocolate ice cream. The highest priced sundae was "The Three Graces" for 30[cents]. Plain ice cream was 10[cents] and a chocolate sundae was 15[cents]. A banana split included 3 scoops of ice cream, topped with pineapple, real whipped cream and a cherry.
. . . Al Ryser worked for the Palace of Sweets for four years. His salary increased during that time from $5.00 a week to $18.00 per week. He eventually became the soda fountain manager and was "the highest paid soda jerk in Madison". His room rent was $3.00 a week and he used to eat regularly at the 3-6-9 & 12 lunch room on the sqare -- each item cost 3[cents] be it meat, potatoes, vegetable, pie or coffee. Al says "you could get a good meal for 15[cents]. By the time Al left the Palace of Sweets, they had begun to get orders for candy from China and India. The foreign students at the university were returning home with a sweet tooth that could only be satisfied with a Keeley Old Fashion Chocolate."
Obituary, Thursday, March 26, 1987
"Albert M. Ryser Sr., age 92 of 2710 Oakridge Ave., died on Tuesday, March 24, 1987, at a local hospital. Mr. Ryser was born on January 7, 1895 in Salem, Ohio, and was a retired Sales Manager for Westinghouse Supply Company for many years. He was a World War I Veteran, a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, a member of the VFW, past Commander of World War I Barracks and Chairman of the Madison Veteran Council Firing Squad. He was past president of the World War I Veterans Council and had served on the Board of Directors at Independent Living for six years. He was also a past president of AARP..."
1900 U.S. Census -- living w/ mother Adella E, brother Ernest A., sister Bertha E., brother John E., brother Edward G., brother Fred, sister Addie E., sister Alberttina M., boarder Elizabeth Weingart & 2 kids. Says his birthdate was November 1891.
1920 U.S. Census -- living w/ brother John Ryser (head) and brother Edward Ryser.
More About Albert M. Ryser: 1900 Federal Census: 05 Jun 1900, Salem Ward 4, Columbiana County, Ohio ED 27, Shee 4. 1920 Federal Census: 09 Jan 1920, Akron Ward 1, Summit, Ohio. 1930 Federal Census: 11 Apr 1930, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin - ED 13-43, Sheet 13.
More About Albert M. Ryser and Dorothy E. Packman: Marriage: 28 Aug 1920, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Children of Albert M. Ryser and Dorothy E. Packman are:
+June Audrey Ryser, b. 24 Jun 1921, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, d. 25 May 2006, Fitchburg, WI.
+Albert M. Ryser, b. 21 Apr 1923, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, d. 25 Nov 1996, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
+Robert Ryser, b. 12 Dec 1927, Fort Atkinson, WI, d. 23 Sep 2003, Austin, TX.