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Harry Burt and Good Humor / Ross Radio Company

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
1. Harry Burt and Good Humor Marker
Inscription.
Side A
Harry Burt and Good Humor
Harry B. Burt (1874-1926) came to Youngstown in 1893 and began making and selling penny candy. He expanded his business with high quality candies, chocolates, and ice cream. Around 1920 Burt invented a process for freezing a stick in an ice cream bar and coating it in chocolate so one could eat it without touching it. He called his new confection “Good Humor Ice Cream Suckers.” Burt purchased the building at 325 West Federal Street in 1921, remodeled it, and opened it on April 4, 1922 to make his products and serve his customers. Here he first mass produced ice cream bars and sold them in area neighborhoods from a fleet of freezer trucks with bells and uniformed drivers. After Burtís death, investors purchased the brand, formed the Good Humor Corporation of America in Chicago, and it grew into a national phenomenon.

Side B
Ross Radio Company
James Ross (1892-1974) and Dr. Edith Levin Ross (1898-1991) emigrated from Russia in 1925, and settled in Youngstown in 1930. That year James founded Ross Radio Company, a distributor of radios, televisions, and related components. Ross Radio moved to 325 West Federal Street in 1935, and operated here until 2008. James and Edith Ross were active leaders and philanthropists
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By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
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in the Mahoning Valley and for international Jewish causes. In 1947, amid rising tensions in the Holy Land before the declaration of the state of Israel, when the British Army confiscated guns from Jewish settlements leaving them defenseless, Ross Radio was a depot for weapons collected from World War II veterans by local members of the Young Zionists of America. These guns and ammunition were packed in crates marked “radio parts” and shipped to New York, where they were cleaned, matched, re-crated, and smuggled into the Holy Land.
 
Erected 2013 by Mahoning Valley Historical Society,The James and Edith Ross Foundation, Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 33-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 6.127′ N, 80° 39.269′ W. Marker is in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker can be reached from West Federal Street 0.1 miles west of South Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Youngstown OH 44503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Warner Brothers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Little Steel Strike (approx. 0.2 miles
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By Mike Wintermantel, December 8, 2014
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away); The First Log School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Central Tower / Mahoning National Bank Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union National Bank Building / Central Square (1798-1899) (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1959-1975 The Vietnam War (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Heroes of the Township (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Soldiers' Monument / Realty Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Youngstown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Our History. The Good Humor Man (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Harry Burt at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ross Building to Become Valley History Center. The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio (Submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. CommunicationsIndustry & CommerceWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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