- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Politics to profits: Brothers launch new investing concept on Wall Street (10/19/17)1
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Load shift kills Jackson trucker (10/17/17)1
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
- Cape Christian School burglarized (10/18/17)
- Food Giant in Chaffee is robbed (10/17/17)
- Owner of dinosaur relics demands new board of directors, business plan at Bollinger County Museum (10/17/17)
Procter & Gamble history
With the celebration of Procter & Gamble's 40th anniversary in Cape Girardeau, I would like to tell a little story I know about the company's history.
The original Hoberg Paper Mill was founded in Green Bay, Wis., by John Hoberg. In the early 1880s my grandfather's brother, Dominick Knowlan, moved to Green Bay, married Rose Hoberg (daughter of John Hoberg) and worked for John Hoberg in the Hoberg Paper Mill.
Unfortunately, at an early age John Hoberg was pulled into his machinery and killed, leaving his wife, daughter Rose and three young sons. Dominick Knowlan, being quite a bit older and experienced, took over management of the paper mill and ran it for 15 or 20 years. During his tenure there, he was credited with inventing colored tissue paper and rolled toilet paper.
About 1908, John Hoberg's oldest son, William Hoberg, took over the paper mill and ran it for many years. It later became Charmin and now is one of America's greatest corporations, Procter & Gamble.
When you buy a roll of famous Charmin toilet paper, think of my dear old great-uncle Dominick.
JACK H. KNOWLAN Sr., Jackson