J.W. Neal's partner and founder of Cheek-Neal Coffee Company

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k 533 Who Founded Huge Coffee Firm Succumbs at 83 Bv Thf JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 14.-Joel 14.-Joel Owsley Cheek, 83, who built a great coffee industry in the United States on the strength of advertising and his belief that "the harder business is to get the easier t is to hold." died today at the home of his son, Leon T. Cheek. He had been critically ill for four days of pneumonia. Cheek, whose immense fortune provided liberal contributions to educational, civic and charitable Institutions, Institutions, was a resident of Nashville, Nashville, Tenn. He was born near Burkesville, Ky. His first job was as a salesman with % Nashville wholesale grocery at S50 a month. He later became partner. In those days coffee was sold "green" and the roasting was done in home ovens. Cheek started roasting roasting it on a small scale and in 1898 formed a company to exploit his product, which he had named for a hotel (Maxwell House), in Nashville Nashville noted as a gathering place for southern political and social leaders. He was joined in the enterprise by J. W. Neal, a Nashville grocer. Branches were opened at Intervals in Houston. Tex., Jacksonville, and Richmond, Va. In 1928 the Cheek-Neal Coffee company was sold for approximately $40,000,000. The coffee merchant was the father of eleven children, two of whom died in infancy. Eight of his sons he took into the business with him. He is survived by the eight sons and a daughter. of of in a

Clipped from Abilene Reporter-News15 Dec 1935, SunPage 14

Abilene Reporter-News (Abilene, Texas)15 Dec 1935, SunPage 14
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