Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ordering A Cat 1908

 More items from Grandmother's Trunk.   A letter, below, confirming the delivery of one angora cat.  My Great-Grandfather on my Father's side was Manager of Western Sash and Door.  His boss was William Huttig, well known local business man in early 1900s KC.   The letter is addressed to Mr. Huttig.  But, since it was in with Grandmother's other things, I assume this was ordered by my Grandfather through Mr. Huttig.  (That is just a guess though.)   Above is the photo that accompanied the letter.  Below the letter is a picture of the actual cat after arrival...   as is normal the cat could care less.  This was in 1908 the same year my Grandmother married my Grandfather... she was 18.
Western Sash and Door was first located in Iowa.  William Huttig moved to KC in the 1880s and moved the business to around Southwest Trafficway and Broadway.   He then moved the business to Wilson Road in Northeast KC and the name was changed to "Huttig Mills."  It was located where the North/East Branch Library is today.... I'll have a picture of it in later posts.
Just found the above in the trunk....  a letter reminding my Grandfather to ship back the cat crate...  his last name wast "Vetter" though and not "Vedder."

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