C. W. Post-The Hour and the Man: A Biography with Genealogical Supplement

C. W. Post-The Hour and the Man: A Biography with Genealogical Supplement

C. W. Post-The Hour and the Man: A Biography with Genealogical Supplement

C. W. Post-The Hour and the Man: A Biography with Genealogical Supplement

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This is not so much the story of a man, but of a life. It is not a memorial to a person, but to a purpose. For the man held it to be most important to live a life and make it true to its purpose. Those who knew Charlie Post--the strong heart, the kind friend, the patient, wise and just counselor, who dreamed so fairly and wrought so manfully-- have mostly passed from the scene.

Perhaps it is true that a biography, however brief, cannot avoid bias on the part of the author. If this be the case, then the author pleads guilty of prejudice in favor of the subject. The startling personality of a magnificent man has been revealed as the result of extensive research in countless newspaper files, public records, private correspondence and interviews with the few remaining who knew Charles Post. He was an exceptionally devoted Christian and one of the most able men of his day. While making a place for himself in the world he did not resort to the ruthless tactics so common in the era through which he emerged. The frailties of human nature crop into the lives of the best of us, and C. W. Post had his portion. We have made no other attempt than to recall an industrial transition in American economy where one man played a vital and important role.

This is not an all-encompassing story of the founder of Postum, Grape-Nuts, and Post Toasties (forerunners of General Foods Corporation), but an account of the little-known accomplishments in Post's life. It is intended to reveal a great humanitarian, an inventor, and the amazing facets of an amazing man.

It has been said--"there is no history without genealogy, and no genealogy without history." How true that becomes when we study the lives of the makers of history. The fibers assembled into the whole cloth are woven from the threads of ancestry. The fibers woven into the cloth that made Charlie Post were plucked from ancestral threads of merit. In addition to the highlights of his private life and public works, we are including a genealogical supplement of his ancestry back to the immigrant Stephen Post who came to Connecticut in the year 1634.

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