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• Nordstrom’s started out as a small shoe store in Seattle, Washington, in 1901. John Nordstrom had emigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1887 at age 16, arriving with $5 in his pocket. Although he didn’t know a single word of English, he managed to work his way to Seattle. In 1897, he headed north to Alaska to search for gold. Two years later, Nordstrom returned to Seattle, $13,000 richer. He partnered up with a shoemaker he had met in the Klondike, and the pair opened Wallin & Nordstrom in 1901, with first day sales of $12.50. Within four years, annual sales had increased to $80,000. In 1923, they opened a second Seattle store. By 1929, both Wallin and Nordstrom had retired and sold their shares to Nordstrom’s sons. • By 1960, Seattle’s downtown Nordstrom’s shoe store was the largest shoe store in America, and there were eight locations in Washington and Oregon. In 1963, the company branched out into the women’s clothing business. Today, the fourth generation of the Nordstrom family heads up the company. From its humble beginnings of one small shoe store, Nordstrom’s operates 289 stores in 38 U.S. states and one in Canada, with annual sales exceeding $12 billion. • Kohl’s didn’t start out as a department store. The first Kohl’s was a Wisconsin supermarket, founded by Maxwell Kohl in 1946. In 1962, his chain was the largest of its kind in the Milwaukee area, and Kohl branched out, opening his first department store in Brookfield, Wisconsin, in 1962. It is now America’s largest department store chain, (having surpassed J.C. Penney in 2012), operating stores in 49 states.

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in-law Johnny Marks set the story to music. In 1949, singing cowboy Gene Autry, made it the second most popular Christmas song in history, second only to “White Christmas.” • Barney Pressman opened his first store in Manhattan with $500 he received from pawning his wife’s engagement ring. The Pressman family retained a small percentage of the luxury store Barney’s until 2004, when, $500 million in debt, they sold out to a Dubai-based company.


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RETAILERS, PT. TWO (continued): • It should be no surprise that Walmart is the #1 retailer in America. Oklahoma-born Sam Walton went to work at a Des Moines, Iowa J.C. Penney store as a management trainee at age 22, just three days after his college graduation. Earning $75 a month, Walton stayed about 18 months before his World War II military service. After the war, he borrowed $20,000 from his father-in-law and purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport, Arkansas. By the early 1960s, Walton and his brother owned 15 Ben Franklin stores. In 1962, Walton opened his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. Five years later, the family owned 24 stores, with $12.7 million in annual sales. Five years after that, there were 51 stores, with sales of $78 million. In 1980, there were 276 stores, and in 1989, Walmart became the nation’s #1 retailer. Today, the company employs 2.2 million people worldwide, ringing up more than 200 million customers each week in 11,000 stores in 27 countries.

MOMENTS IN TIME • On April 25, 1719, Daniel Defoe's fictional work "The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" is published. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s. • On April 21, 1816, Charlotte Bronte, the only one of three novelist Bronte sisters to live past age 31, is born. Charlotte's two older sisters died of illness while at Clergy Daughter's School. The grim institution found its way into her masterpiece "Jane Eyre" (1847). • On April 26, 1913, 13-year-old Mary Phagan is found molested and murdered in the Atlanta pencil factory where she worked. Her murder led to one of the most disgraceful episodes of bigotry, injustice and mob violence in American history -- the lynching of her innocent Jewish boss, Leo Frank. © 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• On April 22, 1934, George "Baby Face" Nelson kills Special Agent W. Carter Baum during an FBI raid in northern Wisconsin. The famed gangster was born Lester Gillis but wanted to be known as Big George Nelson. Unfortunately for him, his youthful looks led everyone to call him "Baby Face." • On April 24, 1940, bestselling mystery novelist Sue Grafton, creator of private eye Kinsey Millhone, is born. Starting with "A Is for Alibi" in 1982 and titling each of her books with letters of the alphabet in order, Grafton is currently up to W, for "Wasted." • On April 23, 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed when his parachute lines tangle during his spacecraft's landing. Komarov plunged to the ground from 23,000 feet. • On April 20, 1980, the Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift. The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees from Mariel reached Florida the next day.

• Sebastian Kresge was working as a traveling salesman, peddling to all 19 Woolworth’s stores in the late 1800s. He made the decision to open his own store and invested $8,000 (about $227,000 in today’s dollars) to open a five-and-dime in Memphis, Tennessee. By 1912, there were 85 stores, and by 1924, Kresge was worth about $375,000,000, which translates to nearly $5.2 billion today. In 1962, Kresge opened his first K-Mart store in Garden City, Michigan, a store still in operation today. In 2005, the K-Mart Corporation purchased Sears for $11 billion.

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BOMBARDIER (continued): • With the success of the B7, Bombardier expanded into military vehicles and he became a major supplier for the World War II effort. After the war, he pushed ahead to improve his inventions, producing a 12-passenger snowmobile, which was an immediate winner with police departments, the timber industry, and mining companies. An 18-passenger model quickly followed, which was used by schools in the snowy climate of Quebec and Ontario. • Bombardier was soon designing vehicles to undertake different terrains, such as swamps, bogs, and mud. Some had tracks for traction, while others had an interchangeable system of wheels and skis. In 1953, he introduced the all-terrain Muskeg tractor, able to haul skiers up a mountain as well as clear roads. .

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• Perhaps his best-known triumph came along in 1953. Using a lighter engine, Bombardier created the Ski-Doo snowmobile, a $900 machine for outdoor recreation lovers. Originally slated to be called the Ski-Dog, intended to replace the dogsled, it became the Ski-Doo when a painter misread the name and painted Ski-Doo on the prototype. Mass production of the unit began in 1959, and was immediately embraced not only by recreationists, but hunters, prospectors, surveyors, missionaries, and trappers as well. Bombardier’s company was enjoying annual sales of $3.5 million by the end of the 1950s. • Along with his genius mechanical abilities, Joseph was devoted to community service and had a great love of music, singing in the church choir and accompanying his children on the piano. In the midst of an exceptional career, he died at age 56. Following his death, the family-owned business expanded into locomotives and aircraft, and today Learjet is one of their subsidiaries.

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F.W. WOOLWORTH

Frank Winfield Woolworth had a brand-new idea back in 1878, the “five-and-dime” store. Here’s the history of his endeavors that made “Wooworth’s” a household name. • The Woolworth family were farmers in upstate New York, but farming wasn’t Frank’s career choice. After finishing school, he found work at the local dry goods store, where he came up with a few ideas for a store of his own. • In 1878, when Frank was 26, he borrowed $300 from his boss to open Woolworth’s Great Five Cent Store in Utica, New York. Within months, the store had failed. Refusing to give up, Woolworth tried Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for another store, using the same sign he’d used in Utica. He expanded his inventory to include items up to 10 cents, such as gravy strainers, scoops, purses, biscuit cutters, soap writing books, pie plates, handkerchiefs, and hundreds of other novelties. In 1880, Woolworth’s added manufactured Christmas tree ornaments with resounding success. • Woolworth introduced a novel idea of displaying his merchandise, different from other stores of the period. While other retailers kept their goods behind a counter, requiring customers to present the clerk with a list of desired items, Woolworth used self-service display cases with all prices clearly marked to avoid haggling with customers. • Within just a few years Woolworth was a millionaire. By 1909, he had expanded to England. In 1912, there were close to 600 stores, and the company’s new corporate headquarters in New York City was under construction. In 1913, the Woolworth Building opened its doors, a 60-store skyscraper that was the tallest building in the world at 792 feet, an honor it held until 1930. It was built at a cost of $13.5 million, paid for by Woolworth in cash out of his private funds.


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F.W. WOOLWORTH (continued): • In 1917, the Woolworth family moved into Winfield Hall, a newly-constructed Italian Renaissance 56-room mansion on 16 acres on Answer: Dell. Long Island. With walls and pillars of marble, VERY the homeAcost $90LARGE million NUMBER in 1917, with its en•tryway’s Edward grand Kasnerstaircase was a mathematician. alone costing In $21938 milhe was asked to come up with a name for a lion. very large number: the numeral one, followed • Inby1919, when zeros. there He were 1,000 traga hundred asked hisstores, two young edy struck. Frank Woolworth, who had had a nephews what name they would suggest. fear of dentists, symptoms of •lifelong Nine-year-old Milton ignored suggested a name infection, and died from septic poisoning as out of the funnies. A cartoon strip charactera result ofBarney an abscessed tooth. The company was named was very popular. Milton chose Barney’s lasttoname for the number. handed over his brother Charles, and with10 years, anotherthe 1,250 added. •inKasner announced newstores namewere for the big During the mid-1920s, a store was opened evnumber in his next book, altering the spelling. 17 days. •ery Sixty years later, Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new internet Other • The five-and-dime conceptsearch beganengine. to disappear search engines searched each webpage and in 1932 when a line of 20-cent merchandise ranked them according to how many times a was added. In 1935, the company discontinued specific term appeared on them, but Page and itsBrin 20-cent limittheir altogether. designed search engine to search for the specific termwere and then find out how • Lunch counters incorporated into many many links there were that the led 1940s, back to that page, stores, and throughout Woolworth’s which resulted in a betterrestaurant search engine. was America’s largest chain. The •lunch Theycounter decided they neededN.C. a made name histothat in Greensboro, reflected how many websites the search ry in 1960, when four black students sat down was searching. tookrefused the name atengine the segregated counter They and were serof Edward Kasner’s very large number, only vice, setting off a series of civil rights’ sit-ins they misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being and boycotts. spelled exactly the same way the cartoon • Incharacter the late Barney ‘70s, the company was the world’s spelled his last name. What’s it called? (Answer atstore bottom of page) largest department chain. Even as the company acquired other stores chains, its own COMPUTER FACTS variety store sales were dwindling. the • In 1981 Bill Gates said, “640 kb In of 1997, memory last of the stores closed, and the company was ought to be enough for anybody.” renamed the Venator Group. It now focuses on • Moore’s Law states that computer performance itsdoubles most successful Foot and Locker, every 18 toretailer, 24 months, ever Inc. since 1971, this has been true. • HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. Answer: Google, from googol.

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