By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey women: chance Bound
The mythical lifestyles and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey contributed to shaping American tradition and heritage for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties all through global struggle II—and nonetheless impression our lives at the present time in striking and engaging methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not going American hero, the founder of the nation’s provider undefined, whose notable relatives company civilized the West and brought the US to Americans.
Appetite for America is the outstanding real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive 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 nice days of the railroad, of a time while a deal may perhaps nonetheless be made with a handshake and the U.S. used to be nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his means up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He used to be Ray Kroc earlier than McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott ahead of Marriott resorts, Howard Schultz prior to Starbucks. His consuming homes and resorts alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including old resorts nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by way of princes, presidents, and numerous usual tourists trying to find the easiest cup of espresso within the kingdom. Harvey’s employees of rigorously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first girl group and have become real Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and keenness of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of ways this visionary outfitted his enterprise from a unmarried lunch counter right into a family members empire whose advertising and options we nonetheless stumble upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly enjoyable, Appetite for America is historic biography that's as richly lucrative as a slice of clean apple pie—and each piece as satisfying.
*With photograph 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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Extra info for Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West
She was only twenty-seven years old. WITH AN INFANT and a twenty-month-old to care for, Fred had little time to mourn. He had learned some things over the years as a businessman—important jobs, he knew, should not remain unfilled. So, despite his grief, after being widowed for only four months, he married again. His new wife was Barbara Sarah “Sally” Mattas, the eldest child of a large working-class family recently emigrated from the town of Pilsen in Czechoslovakia, first to Montreal and then to St.
At that time, almost one percent of all births in America resulted in the death of the mother, mostly from puerperal fever or unstoppable bleeding. In the fall of 1862, Ann Harvey became part of those tragic statistics. She was only twenty-seven years old. WITH AN INFANT and a twenty-month-old to care for, Fred had little time to mourn. He had learned some things over the years as a businessman—important jobs, he knew, should not remain unfilled. So, despite his grief, after being widowed for only four months, he married again.
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Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried