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Alvin Woolson



A Civil War veteran, Woolson moved to Toledo in 1875 with his family, and started a grocery business. Woolson’s eventual goal was to start his own coffee and spice company but he lacked the capital to do so. Woolson would eventually buy out the C.C. Warren & Company, and rename it Woolson Spice Company. The Woolson Spice Company prospered, becoming the second largest coffee company in the world.

For more on Alvin Woolson and his Spice Company, click here.

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