Lion Store, Hammond, Indiana 1900s

Lion Store, Hammond, Indiana 1900s

Kaufman & Wolf. Photo from an early 1900s real photo postcard.


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Lion Store

My dad worked at the Lion store in 1914 at the age of ten. He tells about it in his story, "Orphan Boy" by R. J. Milne, Jr. Amazon.

Excerpt from his book about The Lion Store:

Uncle George got a job for me in the Lion Store, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman. In addition to the large general store, they had a barn in town for their delivery horses. Some of my uncles—who left the farm—went to work for Kaufman. Uncle Walter drove the bus, pulled by two horses, to pick up customers from neighboring towns.

Uncle George worked in the shipping department and bought horses for the store. Uncle Alex was in the grocery section and Uncle Lester worked part-time in the dry goods department. After school on Friday and all day Saturday, I placed orders in their proper bins for the delivery drivers’ routes.

My uncles and most other employees rode bikes to work, which they hoisted to the ceiling on ropes in the shipping area until it was time to go home—this saved space.

Russ Milne, Jr.

Tragedy in Carl Kaufmann and Leo Wolf's past

In 1903 Carl Kaufmann's five year old daughter, Alice, and Sadie Leopold Wolf, the wife of Lion Store founder, Leo Wolf, were among 600+ victims of the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago. Another victim in their family was twelve year old Pauline Mossler, daughter of Sadie's sister, Rachel Leopold Mossler. In the years after the fire, widower Leo Wolf remarried, sold his interests in the Lion store and moved to California.