By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey ladies: chance Bound
The mythical existence and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey contributed to shaping American tradition and heritage for 3 generations—from the Eighties throughout international warfare II—and nonetheless impression our lives at the present time in miraculous and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not likely American hero, the founder of the nation’s provider undefined, whose outstanding kinfolk company civilized the West and brought the USA to Americans.
Appetite for America is the excellent real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told intensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the good days of the railroad, of a time while a deal may possibly nonetheless be made with a handshake and the U.S. was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his method up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He used to be Ray Kroc earlier than McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott sooner than Marriott resorts, Howard Schultz earlier than Starbucks. His consuming homes and motels alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including ancient hotels nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by way of princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the simplest cup of espresso within the nation. Harvey’s employees of rigorously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first woman crew and have become actual Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of the way this visionary equipped his company from a unmarried lunch counter right into a kinfolk empire whose advertising and strategies we nonetheless come upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly pleasing, Appetite for America is historic biography that's as richly lucrative as a slice of clean apple pie—and each piece as satisfying.
*With picture inserts that includes over seventy five pictures, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, so much of them never-before-published.
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Louis. Fred quickly learned about life on the silty, temperamental Missouri River, “the Big Muddy,” which was prone to freezing every winter, indiscriminately flooding or drying out every summer, and generally presenting endless challenges to Captain Ford’s packet boats. There were passengers to feed and entertain—many of the boats had impressive restaurants and saloons—as well as cargo to care for and schedules to meet. It was a demanding and intriguing business, which showed Fred a world—worlds, actually—he had never seen living in two of America’s largest cities.
As soon as he arrived, he knew it wasn’t for him. He was “concerned about trying to make a living, which was difficult in New Orleans, and he was appalled by the slavery that surrounded him on all sides,” his great-grandson recalled being told. ” Soon after, he headed up the Mississippi to St. Louis—where they were still at least debating the issue of slavery—and got a job in the bustling, smoky business district adjacent to the piers on the river’s western bank. S. citizen. On July 27, 1858, Hitchcock served as a witness when twenty-three-year-old Fred Harvey took the oath renouncing his allegiance to Queen Victoria and declaring his loyalty to the United States and its Constitution.
Commissioner Evans, the senior judge. He was preceded by Samuel Polack, a Newport woolen draper, and waiting to see the judge after him was Abraham Harris, a slop seller in Tower Hill. Luckily, Fred’s father was merely declared “insolvent,” so his creditors could pick over only what he had earned and bought in his thirty-two years. If he had been declared “bankrupt,” all his future earnings would have been garnisheed as well. While the difference meant a great deal to his father, the shame was the same for Fred Harvey, his mother, Ann, and his two younger sisters, Eliza and Annie.
Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried