Alvah Curtis Roebuck

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Alvah Curtis Roebuck
Born (1864-01-09)January 9, 1864
Lafayette, Indiana
Died June 18, 1948(1948-06-18) (aged 84)
Evanston, Illinois
Resting place Acacia Park Cemetery, Chicago, U.S.
Residence Tujunga, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Businessman
Known for Co-Founding Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Spouse(s) Sarah Blanche Lett
Children 1 son, 1 daughter

Alvah Curtis Roebuck (January 9, 1864 – June 18, 1948) was the co-founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company with his partner Richard Warren Sears.

Early life[edit]

Alvah Curtis Roebuck was born on January 9, 1864 in Lafayette, Indiana. He began work as a watchmaker in a Hammond, Indiana, jewelry store at age 12.

Career[edit]

Roebuck co-founded Sears, Roebuck and Company with Richard Warren Sears in 1891.[1][2]

In 1895, Roebuck asked Sears to buy him out for about $20,000. At Richard Sears' request, Roebuck took charge of a division that handled watches, jewelry, optical goods, and, later, phonographs, magic lanterns and motion picture machines. His business interests did not end with Sears. He later organized and financed two companies: a manufacturer and a distributor of motion picture machines and accessories. Roebuck also served as president (1909–1924) of Emerson Typewriter Company, where he invented an improved typewriter, called the "Woodstock."

After several years in semi-retirement in Florida, the financial losses he suffered in the stock market crash of 1929 forced Roebuck to return to Chicago. By 1933, Roebuck had rejoined Sears, Roebuck and Co., where he largely devoted his time to compiling a history of the company he helped found.

In September 1934, a Sears store manager asked Roebuck to make a public appearance at his store. After an enthusiastic public turnout, Roebuck went on tour, appearing at retail stores across the country for the next several years.

Personal life and death[edit]

Roebuck married Sarah Blanche Lett.[3] They resided in Tujunga, Los Angeles, California.[3] They had a son, Alvah Curtis Roebuck, Jr., who also resided in Tujunga, and a daughter, who resided in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Raymond H. Keeler.[3]

Roebuck died on June 18, 1948 while visiting his daughter in Evanston, Illinois.[3] He was 84 years old.[4] He was buried at the Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sears, Roebuck Founder Dies". The Terre Haute Tribune. June 19, 1948. p. 9. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. (registration required (help)). It was from his partnership with Richard W. Sears in 1891 that the huge mail order business grew. 
  2. ^ "Sears Co-Founder Dies In Evanston". The Anniston Star. June 20, 1948. p. 9. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. (registration required (help)). It was from his partnership with Richard W. Sears in 1891 that the huge mail order business grew. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A.C. Roebuck Dies At Age 84. One of the Founders of Store Firm". Alton Evening Telegraph. Alton, Illinois. June 19, 1948. p. 2. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. (registration required (help)). 
  4. ^ "A. C. Roebuck Dies. Store Cofounder. Partner of Sears in Starting Business in 1891. Sold His Share Early in Century.". New York Times. June 20, 1948. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

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