His candy soon gained popularity because it was good candy, made of pure materials. It was christened by a happy circumstance; one of the boys selling his candy reported that a lady had jokingly asked for some more of that “Martha Washington” candy. To Mr. Sheetz it was as tho the First Lady of the Land herself had spoken. He at once grasped the possibilities of making goods worthy of the name.
The collection of mirrors makes his home and office a veritable museum in itself. All this Elie Sheetz enjoys with his friends and his customers. He is the sort of man that I could not conceive of being anything but a friend to everybody.
The brand name "Martha Washington Candies" was trademarked in Washington DC on July 23, 1906.
|79th Street and Halsted, Chicago, Illinois|
|A Fort Worth, Texas Store.|
One of the company's factories, "kitchens and retail store" was located at 3823-29 North Broadway in Chicago. Elie Sheetz, died on November 11, 1932. By the end of 1936, almost all of the 150 nationwide stores were temperature controlled.
Some of the Chicago store locations:
3823-29 North Broadway
4755 North Broadway
17 East Hubbard Place
51 East Adams Street
31 West Washington Street
1016 Wilson Avenue
24 West Jackson Boulevard
180 West Jackson Boulevard
17 South Wabash Avenue
79th Street and Halsted
844 East 63rd Street
11 south Kedzie Avenue
If you know of any other Chicagoland or Illinois locations, please comment below.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.