East Side History Madison’s Blog

By and for the East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center

Measuring history by the inch

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 8, 2009

weber Boss hardware yardstick

There is quite a story attached to this yardstick which has been donated to the East Side History Club. It was brought to our Sept. 19th meeting by Sharon Hart Weber and her husband Paul Weber.  They found it in their house.

Sharon’s father was Clare “Tunny” Hart.  Before WW II he worked at Sainer’s Bakery on Atwood Ave. Paul’s father Everett Weber was the manager of Larkin’s Auto Supply store at 1964 Atwood Ave from 1950 until it closed in 1972.

Now to the yard stick – “Fred Boss was found dead in his apartment over his store Sunday night (7-12-1936) after firemen broke into the apartment. Boss had been dead since Saturday night. Death was caused by the heat which brought on a heart attack. The temperature in the apartment where the body was found was over 100 and all the windows ere closed.”

The headline in Monday’s newspaper (7-13-1936) read:  “16 Die, 11 Overcome as Molten Mercury Boils to All-Time Record of 106 Above Gasping City”

They just don’t write  headlines like that anymore.

A hardware store occupied the site at 2309 Atwood Avenue until Kleeman Floor Coverings moved from 2150 Atwood Avenue in 1962.  It has been Home & Office Upholstery since 1985.

Ann  Waidelich


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