Same Town, Same Family: The Smucker Saga

Same Town, Same Family: The Smucker Saga

In 1752, Amish/Mennonite farmer Christian Schmucker migrated from Switzerland to Pennsylvania.  In 2016, his son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son, forty-six-year-old Mark Smucker, became Chief Executive of the J. M. Smucker Company of Orrville, Ohio. ...

New Beginnings in the Roaring Twenties

Here we go again – another decade of the “twenties” – hopefully these twenties roar in the good sense.  This is a perfect time to look back at what was going on in business history one hundred years ago. 1920 was an important year in business history. ...
Living Architecture from a Dying Company

Living Architecture from a Dying Company

We have previously written about the rise of Sears, Roebuck to become the world’s greatest retailer.  The company’s subsequent decline now fills the headlines and is apparent across America.  Yet important vestiges, physical memorials, of the...
A Great New Book About the Future

A Great New Book About the Future

As you know, I love books and live in a personal library of more than 57,000 of them.  Only a few – say 2-300 of them – really capture my excitement and enthusiasm.  Fewer, Richer, Greener by Larry Siegel is one of those books.  It just...

Which Cities Are Americans Fleeing?

Click here to see the detailed chart or watch it here on youtube. Two weeks ago, we presented an animated chart showing the most popular American cities – the metropolitan areas which received the most domestic migrants in each year from 2010 through 2018.  This week,...
Whatever Became of International Harvester?

Whatever Became of International Harvester?

With this newsletter, we begin a periodic series, “Whatever Became of?”  As students of business history, we learn much from both success and failure.  About 80% of the largest companies of America in the mid-twentieth century are no longer with us.  Some of these...
The Bookstop Story by co-founder Gary Hoover

The Bookstop Story by co-founder Gary Hoover

Dear business history friends, It’s a wonderful thing to uncover a gem of a story, and it’s as great to be able to share it. Many of us have been part of, or witness to, a bit of business history. We have stories of innovations, stories of change for...
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