Stories about family businesses and entrepreneurial pursuits.

The family secret behind granddad's desk calendar

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A surprising artifact discovered after a parent's death leads to a series of discoveries and an ongoing interest in genealogy.

The Wohlgemuths in Danzig—and how they got there

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Before moving his family to Berlin in 1912, Isaak Wohlgemuth prospered as a mover in Danzig. His family roots were in nearby West Prussia.

Young man on the make in the Roaring Twenties

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Walter Ruby hustled his way as a traveling silver salesman, with some career side trips into boxing promotion and medicinal alcohol.

The Ringels in Berlin—time of prosperity

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From 1880s to the 1930s, the Ringel family prospered in the garment trade in the German capital. Herman made men's outerwear.



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