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WARECO SERVICE. William Latane Ware, Sr. died November 1925, leaving the wharf business to his son, William Jr. William Jr. operated the wharf until steamboats discontinued service on the Rappahannock in the mid-1930s.

In 1925, William and his uncle, Catesby Ware of Dunnsville, established the Ware Oil Company as a distributorship for Texaco products. The site became a major off-loading point for the company’s tankers moving oil products down the Rappahannock. WORLD WAR II and the fear of German submarines, put a halt to the oil business there on the river. The business then operated from Richmond.

In 1931 William sold his interest to Mr. Smith Durham, who ran the business until he sold to Catesby Ware, in 1959. The descendants of Catesby still own the business with offices in Dunnsville.

The 1962 through 1993 Dubuque City Directory listed 700 Rhomberg.


Source: http://www.warefamilies.org/blog1/history/wareco-mystery-solved/