Thursday, November 12, 2009

Brown Cracker & Candy Co.

Opened in 1903 at 603 Munger Ave. in what is now the West End market district. They were in business until at least the early 1940s.

Thank you to the anonymous reader who mentioned Clyde Barrow may have worked here. I found a reference in Jeff Guinn's book, "Go Down Together", which says Clyde worked at the Brown Cracker Company around 1925-1926 when he was 15 or 16 years old, for a dollar a day. Not for long, though; he moved on to another factory that paid 30 cents an hour, more than twice as much for an 8 hour day. Guinn's book on Bonnie and Clyde was a pretty good read, though quibbler that I am, I have some doubts about his grasp of Dallas geography.

9 comments:

  1. My mother-in-law worked there for awhile, and we have a group photo much like school photos, with the entire company outside in uniform.

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    1. my mother was adopted and the only lead we have is that her mother worked at brown cracker.please share this photo.call 972-513-3935 or email @ th581532@gmail.com.thank you. please help.

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  2. I have one also. I don't know when this was taken but I will share it with you if you will contact me. rcstokes2001@yahoo.com

    I would like to know the date of this one.

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    1. please share any pics or info you have on brown cracker co. I am doing an ancestry search. please help/

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  3. I've heard that Clyde Barrow worked there back in the 20's.

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  4. I have an OLD and in GOOD CONDITION
    BROWN CRACKER & CANDY CO. TIN it is YELLOW & BLACK
    If interested contact me...maysey@gmail.com THANKS

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  5. I have a paper from 1918 m.o. akers worked there was my dads grandpa. it said to whom it may concern gentleman this is vertify that the bearer mr mo akers has been in our employ in various positions for pastions for past thirteen years. during the last four years of this time he has been in charge of our sweet miing department. we have found mr akers honest sober and attentive to his duties in the intersts of his employers. he is leaving us to join the colors, and we are pleased to recommend him to any one in need of his sevices

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  6. Brown Cracker and Candy later became Sunshine Biscuit Co. I worked for them as a sales person from '64-'65. Loose Wiles was another name involved...all connected I believe. Loved the old red brick building. Krispy Crackers, Cheez Its, Hydrox cookies, etc.

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  7. My ggf, gf and some of his son worked for Brown Cracker & Candy Company from 1920's thru 1940's. Their last names were Hendricks. Any info or pics would be greatly appreciated. errinf2421@verizon.net

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