Jun. 25, 1919 Atlantic City Atlantic County New Jersey, USA
COLOEL AINSCOW DIES AT SEASHORE ------ Was Prominently Connected With Various Businesses and Commercial Interests ------ WAS 77 YEARS OF AGE ------ One Time Famous Restaurateur Had Been in Failing Health for Over a Year ------ Colonel Alfred L. Ainscow, who has been prominently identified with the commercial development of Wilmington for half a century, died in Atlantic City at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. He was 77 years old. Funeral services will be held from the late residence, 815 North Franklin street, at 3:15 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Interment will be in Mt. Salem cemetery. Colonel Ainscow had been in failing health for the past year. With him at the time of his death were his son-in-law and his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Young.
Colonel Ainscow was born at Brandywine Banks and started his business career after completing his education in the public schools of this city. He enlisted at the outbreak of the Civil War and served as quartermaster of a wagon train under General Sumner.
After the war he returned to Wilmington and embarked in the restaurant business. His first establishment was located at Seventh and Shipley streets and a few years later he became associated with his nephew, George W. Ainscow, in the firm of A. L. Ainscow and Company. Restaurants were opened by his firm at 802 Market street and 109 East Fourth street. The former site is now occupied by the Hotel Nobis while the Jester Restaurant is located on the latter.
The firm also opened a summer restaurant at Shellpot Park and embarked in the catering business which was carried on extensively for a number of years. The Market street place, which was sold when the Colonel retired from active business several years ago was for a long time the premier eating place of Wilmington and was famous for its oyster suppers.
Colonel Ainscow, who retired from active business a number of years ago, had large real estate interests in this city and was prominent politically throughout the state. He was at one time clerk of the markets.
His daughter, Mrs. Young, is the only survivor of the immediate family.
(Wilmington Morning News, Wilmington, DE, 26 November 1919 (Thursday), Page 2)