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Grove City in Mercer County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wendell August

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 10, 2021
1. Wendell August Marker
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Wendell August, a coal mine owner in Brockway, hired blacksmiths to keep his work horses shod[.] Needing iron door latches for his new house, he had his blacksmiths create them for $4 rather than $60. Seeing the potential in hand-forged metalware, he began Wendell August Forge in 1923.
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In the 1929 Great Crash, Wendell August lost everything except the Blacksmith Shop. Hand-forged aluminum gates for ALCOA launched his metalware business. After making hand-wrought aluminum for a bank in Grove City, Mr. August moved his evolving giftware business to town in 1932.

 
Erected by the Borough of Grove City and Friends of McBride & McBride, Attorneys.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 41° 9.555′ N, 80° 5.201′ W. Marker is in Grove City, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County. Marker is on Broad Street (Pennsylvania Route 208) north of College Avenue, on
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 10, 2021
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the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 South Broad Street, Grove City PA 16127, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McBride & McBride, Attorneys (here, next to this marker); History of Grove City (a few steps from this marker); Dotty McGill School of Dance (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named History of Grove City (within shouting distance of this marker); Ted Hines and Pine Instrument Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Brevet Brigadier General Norman J. Maxwell (within shouting distance of this marker); McMullen Travel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named History of Grove City (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grove City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on one in a series of low sandstone obelisks along South Broad Street (the downtown commercial district) with markers on three sides and a cast Borough of Grove City emblem on the fourth side (facing the street).
 
Also see . . .
1. Doing Things the Old-Fashioned Way: Wendell August Forge. (Submitted on April 14, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Wendell August Forge. (Submitted on April 14, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The History of Grove City PA. (Submitted on April 14, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Wendell August Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 10, 2021
3. Wendell August Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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