Rally's Hamburgers
401 Vincennes Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Listing Description:
Casper Feiock was born in Pittsburgh in 1841 and immediately thereafter came down the river and settled with his family on a small farm in Harrison County.  In 1861 he worked as a carpenter helping build the American Plate Glass Works in New Albany.  He was also a member of the Jackson Guards during the Civil War and by 1866 had begun working for Phil Hollenbach Co. of Louisville as a Tinkerer (Salesman), selling mostly surplus military gear from the Civil War. 

In 1868 he bought a half interest in the Sohn and Co. Spring Brewery, located on the corner of Vincennes and Locust Sts., and in 1873 he partnered with Joseph Renn, selling Renn and Feiock Mineral Water and Ale.  Between 1877 and 1885 Casper opened several - possibly as many as 7 - saloons in New Albany, including the St. Charles Saloon at the corner of State and Market, the Pearl Street Saloon at 75 Pearl St. ( which had silver dollars inlaid in the floor) and Feiock's Gardens at the northwest corner of Vincennes and Spring. 

The first floor of Feiock's Gardens was a saloon (with an outdoor beer garden that gave the business its name), the second floor was the residence of Casper, his wife Margaret, and their seven children, and the third floor was a public skating rink. 

In 1886 Casper Feiock was New Albany's largest cigar manufacturer and wholesaler, and during this period he was granted several patents for the "Beer Bung" and "Stave Croze".  Casper retired in the early 1900's and retired to "Leibenheim", his home in Galena which still stands, where he passed in 1916.

Later occupants of the Feiock Building included Roy Hayden Cafe and Pool Room, Pfeffer Confectionery, and Liberty Bank. Liberty Bank was one of the four banks in New Albany to fail during the Great Depression. The building was demolished in 1961.

Information and photo courtesy of Dennis Feiock

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Building Style: contemporary
Year Built: c 1990

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