Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Cain's Coffee Story

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Cain's Coffee Story

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What is now Cain's Coffee was established in 1919 by William Morgan Cain Sr., who was born in 1894 and came to Choctaw, Okla., in 1900 with his widowed mother.

Cain joined the Navy in 1911 and his tour of duty included a trip in Brazil, where he was fascinated with the enormous stacks of bagged coffee on the docks.

After his discharge from the Navy, Cain was employed by the Western Coffee and Tea Co. of Oklahoma City. In 1919, he established a one-man operation to roast, grind, package and deliver coffee for sale to the retail grocers. Cain was president until 1937, when he was elected chairman of the board. It is also when Richard J. Clements, who became an investor and officer in 1932, was named president. Both Cain and Clements worked and advocated the policy of buying coffee, tea and spice directly from the source and shipping the raw products to Oklahoma City for processing and packaging. In 1950, Jack Durland, an attorney, joined Cain's Coffee as assistant to the president. …

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