The private edition book WILLIAM WRIGLEY JR. THE MAN AND HIS BUSINESS holds the best account we've seen of how cousins William Wrigley Jr. and William Scatchard started up the famous Wrigley Gum company in the late 1800s. This book describes the early years (1889-1898) and has 16 different pages with references to Scatchard's role in the enterprise. Tragically for all us heirs and for Bill himself, Scatchard quit the business in 1898 to pursue other interests. But it's plain to see how important Scatchard was in the Wrigley story--- and with just a little luck the Cubs could easily be playing in Scatchard Field right now. Click on each box to see pages from the book. (Read left to right, then down a row.)
|TITLE PAGE||FORWARD||1867 Joe S m. Tomisann Ladley while Wm W. m. Tomisann's older sister Mary Ann Ladley.||1889 Cousin Wm S. joins Wm W. Jr. selling Wrigley soap on the road.||1891 Joe B loans Wm W. Jr. $5K seed money as son Wm S. partners up.||1891 Wm S. complains new office is not up to Scatchard woolen mill standards in PA.|
|1892 Both Williams share selling and bookeeping chores.||1893 Wrigley draws $30/week, Scatchard $20/week. Hey, what's up with that?||1893 Scatchard reveals how profitable the baking powder business was.||1893 Wives Stella and Ada team up to name new baking powder brand-- Stelada.||1894 They open Philadelphia office; Scatchard moves home to head it up.||1894 Wm Scatchard SR, the uncle, pumps $20K into struggling business.|
|1895 Wrigley takes full command as Scatchard fades to "Just an employee in Philly".||1895 New company letterhead still features Wrigley and Scatchard on top.||Equal billing came as a result of original loan agreement.||1898 Scatchard withdraws leaving Wrigley as "the middle and both ends" of the business.||1899 Scatchard pursues own interests selling women's skirt supporters.||1894 Flashback. Ketchum, Scatchard and Wrigley pictured in Wrigley's office. We gotta get that one!|
Footnote #1: The one question that invariably comes up when reading the "Wrigley Connection"
is why was William Scatchard referred
to as Junior? Living uncle William Ladley Scatchard today verfies that his grandfather William S. really was known
as "junior" so it is not an error
by the author of the book, Zimmerman. Instead, we propose this explanation: William had an uncle also a
William with whom (we surmise) he
spent alot of time. Both lived in the Philadelphia area where William (the uncle) operated a woolen
mill for years with his brother Joseph B. (William junior's) father. The families undoubted co-mingled extensively. Thusly,
it only seems likely that within the family, to keep things straight, one was known as the "senior" William (the uncle) and the other
the "junior" William. The knick-name undoubtedly
stuck even though William, son of Joseph B., was not really a junior in the true sense of the word.
Footnote #2: In 1916, Wrigley purchased control of the Chicago Cubs baseball team and renamed Weeghman Park to
Cubs Park and later, in 1926, to Wrigley Field. Sixty five years later (1981) The Tribune Company bought the club from the Wrigley family for $20.5 million,
thus ended the longest continuous operation of a Major League baseball franchise by the same family in one city.
Footnote #3: The Scatchard connection did not end with William. Two more Scatchards joined
the Wrigley team when Joe B Scatchard, William's son, signed on in 1914 and worked until 1949. He became
West Coast Manager and nearly made VP of Sales when cancer cut his life short. After that, Joe B.'s second
son, William Ladley also worked for Wrigley for a short time.