May 08, 2021
William Burton Tremaine - The Music ManIt was July of 1887 in Meriden, Connecticut when William Tremaine, the entrepreneur, created Aeolian Organ & Music Company by combining the sources of several acquisitions starting with Mechanical Orguinette Company of New York and the Automatic Music Paper Company of Boston. Soon after he introduced the “Aeriola,” the self-playing piano/organ hybrid. The success of the company only went up from there.
April 18, 2021
William Henry Rand and Andrew McNally Map the CountryIn 1858, Andrew McNally walked into Rand’s printing shop and asked for work. Andrew was born in Armagh, Ireland, and had come to the the United States through New York City in 1857. McNally was also a printer by trade, and with his expertise he quickly went from printer, to foreman, to partner. By 1859, Rand and McNally were running all of the Chicago Tribune's printing. After the Civil War was over, William Henry sold his interest in the Chicago Tribune and focused on his growing business. Rand, McNally and Company was officially incorporated in 1868.
March 29, 2021
Eugene Emery O'Reilly and a Family Caught Between 2 World WarsJames Henry continued to work with the military and eventually moved his family to Jacksonville, Florida. The reason why the story of James Henry is notable comes with a repetitive circumstance that faced this country for 2 generations in a row, and it is perfectly encapsulated in the story of Eugene O’Reilly and his father.
March 22, 2021
Bernhard Gloecker and the Science of Hanging MeatThe Bernard Gloekler Company was literally in the nuts and bolts of the business, designing and manufacturing latches, locks, and hinges to refrigerators for all kinds of end users including florists and bakers. Still, that brings the story to 1887 and Charles Gloekler’s hanging meat rack featuring ornate additions to the wall-mounted brackets to help distribute/cushion the weight of a full rack.
March 14, 2021
Walking Several Miles in Hecht Brothers' ShoesThe 1870s brought the Hecht Brothers into another business venture when they joined their successful shoe manufacturing business with Thomas Buckingham to create “Buckingham and Hecht.” By the 1890s, Hecht Bros. & Co. had become a bond and investment securities firm, while shoe manufacturing carried on under Buckingham & Hecht.