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Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company
Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company
TitleLoose-Wiles Biscuit Company
DescriptionPostcard of interior of the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company
Historical ArticleThis 1909 post card was one of a set of 30 promotional cards depicting scenes in the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. The cards were used by company salesmen to send to customers who operated country groceries.

The card was sent to the store of J.M. Grandee, Atwood, Kan., and the message on the reverse side of the card reads: Will call for an order for Loose-Wiles products on 9/25/09. Wait for me, sincerely, J.C. Johnson, salesman. Freda Bailey of Kansas City, a daughter of Mr. Grandee, the store owner, saved the card.

Jacob Leander Loose and his brother, Joseph S. Loose, came to Kansas City from Pennsylvania in 1882 and bought a controlling interest in the Corle Cracker & Candy Co., which became Loose Brothers Manufacturing Co.

The company grew rapidly and eventually consolidated 35 western baking companies under the name of the American Biscuit & Manufacturing Co. Mr. Loose was elected president and moved to Chicago, company headquarters. For 17 years Mr. Loose, a genius in organization and management, directed the company. He retired in 1897 and went to Europe, weary and ill from his heavy duties. But two years later, discontented with inactivity in Paris, he decided to re-enter business.

He returned to Kansas City in 1902 and with his brother, several associates and a new partner, John H. Wiles, established a new company. Mr. Wiles, a Kentuckian, came west with W.A. Mount, a merchant, to start a candy factory in Kansas City. In 1883 the firm of Mount & Wiles opened at 308 Delaware.

Mr. Mount retired and Mr. Wiles consolidated with his competitor, the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Co. Mr. Wiles became vice-president and treasurer.

Today the company is known as Sunshine Biscuit Co., Inc., with factories in Kansas City, on both coasts, and in other parts of the country.

Kansas City Times
June 4, 1982

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectLoose-Wiles Biscuit Company
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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