Benedict 4 July 1976 Pantagraph
to celebrate. Jeremiah and his fellow prisoners Greenman wrote in his war diary. Greenman kept his war diary through They toasted their military leader and Cs Si ?! tm, "t -, -, . 46 YEARS - 3 GENERATIONS ...in the Heating Business! March 5, 1930 - Frank Benedict came to El Paso from Meadows, 111., and started work for Lee Klopfenstein on Front Street, dealing in hardware, farm implements, heating stoves, furnaces and a "tin shop" In the fall of 1930. Mr. Benedict put in his first furnace a coal furnace for Mr. Pete Roberts in El Paso. 1931 Mr. Klopfenstein sold out to Ralph Armstrong who continued the business operation and Mr. Benedict continued to work in the "tin shop", installing furnaces. 1936, Mr. Armstrong died and Mr. Benedict bought the business and continued operation of the hardware, sheet metal and furnace business from the same location until 1943, when he sold the hardware business to Burton Baity. Mr. Benedict relocated the sheet metal and heating business at 33 E. Front St., its present location. 1945. Harold Benedict started working for his father, selling and installing furnaces. In 1946, he took his first course in heating equipment installation and service (Williams Oil O Matic). Through the years, he has attended numerous schools and received certificates including: Adult Education in Air Conditioning Service and Installation, Bradley University; 1956, Product Knowledge, Carrier Corp. ; 1961, Certificate of Achievement in Heat Pump Technology (design, installation & service ) Carrier Corp. , 1975. 1963, Harold Benedict bought the business from his father and in 1968 expanded into the next building at 29 E. Front St. 1971, the third generation came into the business when son Don graduated from college (Marquette University, BSEE ). He, too, has a Certificate of Achievement in Heat Pump Technology and is in charge of and has expanded the electrical department. 1976, a second son, Dan, came into the business after graduation from Marquette.Univ. BSME and is learning much each day from the original founder, that Grand Old Man, Grandpa Benedict.