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Dec 28 10 10:26 PM
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Tuesday December 29Eddie E- took Wm. to W- to get parts for his car. Harry brought Elaine home. She rec'd a letter from Geo. S. -- Africa -- he rec'd fruit cake she sent."Eddie E." drives William into Watertown to buy the parts needed to repair his car. Did they go to a dealership, garage or auto parts store? Harry Schweitzer gives Elaine a lift back home. Coincidentally, she receives a letter from Harry's brother, George, who is serving in Africa. Elaine must've been releaved to hear that George received the fruitcake she sent him. No small miracle that it got to him in one piece or, that it got to him at all! Wartime mail shipments to G.I.s overseas was sometimes a dice-throw, at best.
"The original "Pep Boys" were Emanuel "Manny" Rosenfeld, Maurice "Moe" Strauss, Graham "Jack" Jackson and Moe Radavitz, four friends who pooled $800 in 1921 to open a single auto parts store. They dubbed it "Pep Auto Supplies" after noticing a shipment of Pep Valve grinding compound on the shelves.
That name was first changed because of a policeman who worked near the store. Apparently, every time the officer stopped a car at night for not having an oil wick burning, he would tell the driver to go see the "boys at Pep" for a replacement. That advice turned into the name "Pep Boys", which stuck until Moe Strauss took a trip to California around 1923. While there, he noticed that many successful West Coast businesses used their owners' first names. One he liked in particular was a dress shop called Minnie, Maude and Mabel's. As soon as he returned to Philadelphia, the business partners officially changed the store's name to "The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack" and commissioned the Manny, Moe and Jack caricatures that still serve as the company's logo. The logo was slightly changed in 1990 to remove Manny's cigar.
By the early 1930s, Moe Radavitz had left the business, Pep Boys had 40 stores in Philadelphia, and Manny's brother, Murray Rosenfeld, had opened the first West Coast Pep Boys store.
In 1946, Pep Boys went public and Manny Rosenfeld became the company's first corporate president, a position he held until his death in 1959. Moe Strauss served as president from 1960 to 1973 and remained a member of the board of directors until his death in 1982. In 1986, Mitch Leibovitz became the first non-founding family member to be named company president. Manny's grandson, Stuart Rosenfeld, Pep Boys Vice President of Distribution, is the only founding family member actively involved in company management." -- Wikipedia
Dec 29 10 11:10 PM
Wednesday December 30Rainy. Wm. has car fixed -- went after Elaine. Letters from Geo. Schweitzer, Africa -- also from Herma Zackary, who has broken hip. Mrs. O. F. C. is dead. Rain comes again to the Hounsfield area. William fixes his car and promptly puts it to use by picking up Elaine. Letters come in the Post from George Schweitzer in Africa, as well as, from Herma Zackary who apparently sufferes a fall and brakes her hip. An acquaintance whom Minnie refers to only as "Mrs. O.F.C." has passed away.
Dec 31 10 1:06 AM
Thursday December 31Fine winter day to close a beautiful year. Rec'd photo from Jack Stewart, letters, etc. Elaine had small photos in folders made at Mr. Peck's.Minnie enjoys what she refers to as a fine winter day to close out what was a very good year for the Conklin Family. Minnie receives more letters from friends; at least one containing a photo. Elaine also has small photo folders made at Mr. Peck's, a photography studio, I presume.
Dec 31 10 12:03 PM
The following Memorandum appears at the end of Minnie Conklin's diary for 1942. It is dated Jan. 11th, 1943(?). Why it was placed at the the end of the 1942 diary, and not placed in her 1943 diary for January, is unclear to me. Perhaps the memorandum was added by a later hand. Although, its wording and structure suggests that it may have been penned by Minnie herself.Memorandum:Jan. 11, President's budget for 1943 nearly 109 billions -- for war 100 billions. July 7th (43 ?) In a world of insecurity, Man needs a surety. Rev. Savin (B), Lowville.Steve
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