Quaker Mill Company

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The Quaker Mill Company was a 19th-century American oat mill company in Ravenna, Ohio. After merging with three other companies in 1901, the company became the Quaker Oats Company, now a subsidiary of PepsiCo.


Henry D. Seymour and William Heston founded the Quaker Mill in Ravenna. On 4 September 1877 Seymour trademarked the Quaker brand after reading an encyclopedia article on Quakers, who are officially called the Religious Society of Friends.[1] By 1888, the company employed 83 people, and (in a tie with the Ravenna Glass Company) was Ravenna's largest employer.[2]


  1. ^ Adams, Cecil. Is the guy on the Quaker Oats box John Penn? The Straight Dope Accessed 28 July 2006.
  2. ^ Howe, Henry. Historical Collections of Ohio. C. J. Krehbiel & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Vol. II (1904)