Jimmy Dean was a popular singer and actor in the 1950s and 1960s. He partnered with his brother Don and started a hog farm business in Plainview, TX. The brothers sold sausage to a local diner and their business quickly morphed into the largest supplier of sausage in America.
O.D. McKee founded McKee foods in 1960. He was trying to decide on a name for his snack cake brand and felt inspired by a picture of his four year old granddaughter, Debbie.
Debbie McKee-Fowler (Little Debbie) is now the Executive Vice President of McKee Foods.
Hector Boiardi was born in Italy. He moved to American in 1914. Hector worked at the Plaza Hotel, and eventually he became the head chef. He was a caterer for the rich and famous, to include President Woodrow Wilson. Hector opened his first Italian restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Later in life, he created the Chef Boyardee brand.
Oscar Mayer was originally from Bavaria. He moved to America when he was 14 years old. Oscar Mayer worked in Detroit as a butcher boy. After moving to Chicago, he started working in retail. Oscar Mayer, opened his first shop in 1883 and his products quickly became an American staple.
Yesterday, Gwen only had a half day of school and I thought going to a museum would be a fun way to spend the afternoon, so Gwen, Mom, and I went to the Houston Library and Museum in Athens, Alabama.
The house originally belonged to George Houston. He was the governor of Alabama in the 1870s and he also had a law practice in Limestone County.
Houston was an extremely popular Governor. He developed the mining industries, advanced manufacturing in the state, invited immigration and capital into the state, and encouraged education for children. Houston also restored the budget and cut expenses, which earned him the name “Watchdog of the Treasury.”
I learned a lot during our visit and everyone seemed to enjoy touring the museum. The museum is free and worth a visit if you are ever in the area.