Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm. Scanned from a copy held by the State Library of Kansas.
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Views from the German-Lewis Furnishing Company.
Views from the German-Lewis Furnishing Company.

The managers of this recently established up-to-date place of business are Roswold German and W.F. Lewis. A finer combination than the above named gentlemen would be difficult to substitute. Both obliging, attentive to business and thoroughly competent, they are assured of success. They have each had practical experience in the lines they carry and will undoubtedly remain leaders in men's furnishings. The elegance of the appointments and the newness of everything gives the impression that the contents of the beautiful show cases of old English and plate glass have just come from the hands of the artist who designed and executed them. The whole interior of this "temple of fashion" is elegantly finished in white enamel and gold immaculate in its neatness and replete with everything that is required for the well-dressed man for shoddy, inferior or shelf-worn goods are not allowed a place on the shelves of their store, and are justly entitled to the reputation they are rapidly gaining as being authority on the latest fads and fashions of men's hats, shirts and neckwear. Their modern wall show cases and latest designed window fixtures are superior to anything ever shown in Concordia. Their place of business is made very attractive at night by rows of incandescent lights that extend the whole length of their walls. This headquarters for men who appreciate reliable, correct attire was opened to patronage February 1, 1903.

Their general stock is supplemented by a suitatorium that is open for operation both day and night. German & Lewis do a thriving business in this line. To the traveling public this is all admirable feature, for they can send their clothes to be renovated and have them delivered with their call in the morning, or in suitatorium parlance, "Clothes pressed while you sleep." This firm are special agents for the Hawes celebrated three-dollar hats. They are also furnishing the suits for the ball players of the Great Western Business College, who play under the name of German & Lewis, as designated by wearing the name of the firm on their shirt fronts. The suits are of the same color and texture as the league uniform.

Roswold German, the senior manager of the business, was a commercial traveler for several years and carried the same line he is now interested in. He is also a tailor by trade and worked in Kansas City for a considerable length of time, hence he understands what constitutes a well-dressed man. Mr. German has had a wide experience for a man of his age, for he is scarcely thirty in appearance; he has traveled over many European countries, including France, Italy, Russia and others. Mr. German and his wife are both old residents of Kansas City, where they grew up together from playmates. They are the parents of a bright little boy, who appears in the illustration on the opposite page is demonstrating the correct thing in hats and shirts.

Will F. Lewis, the junior member, was a tourist in the commercial world, his special line being hats, and he too, was a tailor and was engaged in that occupation several years, hence a fine judge of material.

Mrs. Lewis was Miss Marceline Martin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Martin, of the Barons House. Their interesting little son, though scarcely eight months of age, attired in a pair of overalls, occupies an important place in the engraving on the opposite page, seemingly saying "Tall trees from little acorns grow."

Stranger things have occurred than that these two "young Americas" should succeed their fathers, or at least become partners in the enterprise.