H. H. Kohlsaat
The son of recent immigrants, he was educated in the public schools of Galena and Chicago, Illinois, and after working as a traveling salesman for several years for Chicago firms became in 1880 a junior partner in a wholesale bakery. He became the originator of the “bakery lunch,” and subsequently acquired a fortune in the bakery business and other enterprises.
From 1891 to 1893 he was part owner of the Chicago Inter Ocean. His sale of the Inter Ocean marked a turning point in his life, and his business pursuits became more a function of his interests rather than financial need. From 1894 to 1901 he was editor and publisher of the Chicago Evening Post and the Times-Herald. The latter, in 1901, was amalgamated with the Chicago Record into the Chicago Record Herald of which paper he was editor, 1910–12. In 1912 he bought the Inter Ocean, then bankrupt, succeeded in seeing it through another receivership in 1914 in which year he combined it with the Record Herald, the new paper being known as the Chicago Herald. At the same time he retired from the publishing field.
His reminiscences appeared in the Saturday Evening Post from May 13, 1922 to January 13, 1923. He died while in Washington, D.C., to attend the 1924 World Series. He was the guest of Herbert Hoover, then United States Secretary of Commerce.
His daughter, Pauline (born 1882 - died 1956) married Potter Palmer II. The Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois has a distinguished award they bestow entitled the "Pauline K. Palmer Award".
- "Kohlsaat, Herman Henry". Encyclopedia Americana. 1920. This work in turn cites:
- Flower, E., “H. H. Kohlsaat,” Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vol. XXXV, New York, 1903, p. 338
- Wellman, W., “Mr. Kohlsaat of Chicago and His Part in the Political History Making of 1896,” Review of Reviews, Vol. XV, New York, 1897, p. 41
- H. H. Kohlsaat, From McKinley to Harding: personal recollections of our presidents, 1923 (at archive.org)
- Pauline Kohlsaat Palmer (Mrs. Potter Palmer II)
- Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois
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