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Alvah Curtis Roebuck

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Nationality  American
Organizations founded  Sears
Role  Businessman
Name  Alvah Roebuck
Citizenship  USA

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Born  January 9, 1864 (1864-01-09) Lafayette, Indiana
Occupation  Watch Repairman/Businessman
Known for  Co-Founding Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Died  June 18, 1948, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Similar People  Richard Warren Sears, Julius Rosenwald, Edward Lampert, Carlos Slim, Carlos Slim Domit

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

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.


Roebuck co-founded Sears, Roebuck and Company with Richard Warren Sears in 1891.

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

Roebuck married Sarah Blanche Lett. They resided in Tujunga, Los Angeles, California. 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.

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


Alvah Curtis Roebuck Wikipedia

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