Jack A. Weil, founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, had a passion for Western wear. This passion kept him alive and kicking until the age of 107! Well, that and the fact that he quit smoking at the age of 60. He is believed to have been the oldest CEO in the United States. At his funeral, his grandson put if perfectly when he said Jack was to western shirts what Henry Ford was to cars.
The Weil family played a huge role in taking Western wear east of the Mississippi. Have you heard of the store JCPenney? Jack sold James Cash Penney some of his first shirts and mentioned Mr. Penney seemed like a pretty smart guy. Jack had pretty good judgement, eh? Papa Jack’s legacy continues to thrive, and may it continue to do so.
A Smooth Get-away
Papa Jack introduced snap fasteners to cowboy shirts. This made it so the cowboy’s shirt wouldn’t get caught on a bull’s horn when that angry bull would buck him off; regular buttons wouldn’t easily come undone and the cowboy could get hooked and end up dangling wildly from the bull’s horn.
Before the Rockmount Ranch Wear family made this building their home, it was occupied by a wholesale drug company. Even before that, its first occupant was L. Wolff Manufacturing Company from 1909-1927. This was a wholesale plumbing company. Here are some of the products this company made. If you have a hankering for some antique plumbing products, just type in “L. Wolff Plumbing” in Ebay, and products such as these will come up priced priced anywhere from $10-$2,500!