Innovation in Nappanee

Innovation in Nappanee

Nappanee, Indiana 46550, United States

Created By: Nappanee Public Library

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Nappanee is a place of thinkers, tinkers and inventors. You will learn about a Nappanee businessman who was a man of many talents from bicycles to fishing lures. Learn how Coppes revolutionized the kitchen cabinet industry with the creation of the lazy susan, a telephone company and a bakery and how the owners were leaders of their time because of how they led their business. You will have a better understanding about the men and women of Nappanee that were ahead of their time and pushed forward to make the city innovative.

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A.E. Wright was born June 11, 1887, in North Manchester and passed away in Nappanee in 1968. He married Ethel Harter on December 30, 1908, and they had two children, Harter and Maxine.  Wright graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary... Read more
John Keller moved to Van Wert, Ohio from Columbiana County, Ohio in 1885 and he learned his trade as a finished photographer. In 1886, he moved to Nappanee. He had a kind friend that loaned him $200 and that helped him purchase a photograph... Read more
Huffman’s Bakery was started in 1893 by Ogden Huffman. His son Roy Huffman took over the business in 1917 when his father passed away. When they moved into their fireproof building in 1919, it had a flour elevator from the basement to the... Read more
The Nappanee Telephone Company started in 1898. The initial installation consisted of fifty two telephones with an ultimate capacity for a hundred telephones. Claude Stoops led the way for this new innovation to Nappanee. The first switch b... Read more
David Binkley purchased the drug store from Will F. Peddycord in 1885. Mr. Peddycord was his brother-in-law. The Binkley family moved to Nappanee in 1876 from Vermillion County, Illinois. Mr. Binkley was a druggist and established the Binkl... Read more
In 1896, Amasa H. (A.H.) Kaufman and his brother-in-law J.I. Noris came from Lagrange to look for locations to open a store. They contracted one year for the Uline Room that had been vacated by the hardware stock. Mr. Uline overhauled the r... Read more
In 1913 the Price doctors of Melvin (Delbert) and Willard decided to build a small building that would serve as an office and hospital. Their business had expanded very rapidly and the demand for surgery was so large. H.F. Frazier was the a... Read more
In the 1940s, Coppes designers developed the method of utilizing the wasted corner space with the concept of the Lazy Susan cabinet. The Lazy Susan concept had been around for many years as a rotating tray. It was advertised in the Vanity ... Read more


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