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My maternal grandfather retired from Nabisvo.
Wallace Yates. This article was interesting, Thank you!
Shredded Wheat is my breakfast cereal of choice about four days a week. Recently my wife and I watched the 1953 Marilyn Monroe movie "Niagara." In it, Marilyn and her husband are in town to visit the company he works for: the makers of Shredded Wheat. His boss and his wife join the couple for some sight seeing and talk a little bit about the company. This was enough to trigger childhood memories of eating Shredded Wheat as a boy and the pictures of Niagara Falls on the boxes; something I had long forgotten. I enjoy the heritage of this cereal, not to mention the good nutrition it offers along with zero sugar!
I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York and the highlight of the 39th Street Elementary School year, was our classroom trip to the old Nabisco Shredded Wheat Factory. We all dressed up in our "Sunday Go To Meeting" clothes, piled into our school bus, and excitedly road to the Nabisco Shredded Wheat Factory. After we completed the tour of the facility, we all were all rewarded with a big bowl of schredded wheat to eat there and given a small package of shredded wheat to take home. When we returned to our school, we all shared with our fellow classmates what we liked most about the excursion. If we had any other classroom excursions during the year, I can't recall them, but the one to the Nabisco Schredded Wheat Factory was the highlight of the school year. I attended elementary school in the 1950s.
Henry Perky, the inventor of shredded wheat, was my great great uncle. As a youngster in the late 50’s, while on an extended auto vacation from California, we had the occasion to visit the Shredded Wheat plant. We were given, I suppose, the VIP tour. I have memories of the massive machinery. The conveyor belts and the ovens where the biscuits were baked. The automation of the day was quite dazzling for my young eyes.
Along with the plant tour, I most remember the giant painting of uncle Henry and the displays of his health books and pamphlets in the headquarters office.