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 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 Chicagoland store locations:
11 South Kedzie Avenue, Chicago17 East Hubbard Place, Chicago17 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago24 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago31 West Washington Street, Chicago51 East Adams Street, Chicago79th Street and Halsted, Chicago180 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago505 12th Street, Chicago844 East 63rd Street, Chicago1016 Wilson Avenue, Chicago3823-29 North Broadway, Chicago4755 North Broadway, Chicago
808 Hillgrove Avenue, Western Springs, Illinois
If you know of any other Chicagoland or Illinois locations, please comment below.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.