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 Alexander Hyde

Alexander Hyde

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 21 Jul 1962 (aged 82)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 25431660 · View Source
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Wichita Eagle, Sunday, July 22, 1962

Alex Hyde Dies In California

Helped to Start Mentholatum Co.

Alex Hyde, 82, former official of the Mentholatum Co. here and a son of Albert Alexander Hyde, founder of the firm, died Saturday in a Santa Barbara, Calif., hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident there Thursday.

Mr. Hyde was a native and longtime resident of Wichita. He moved to California about 1940. Also injured in the accident, was Mrs. Hyde, who was described Saturday as in serious condition in a Santa Barbara hospital.

Friends of Mr. Hyde in Wichita recall that during his residence in this city he was active in local affairs with a special interest in sports. He owned a farm west of the city and was active in the Wichita. Country Club.

Mr. Hyde had some oil interests and was interested in automotive development. His friends recall that he bought one of the first "Apperson jackrabbit" cars sold in this city. He was known as an "idea" man and during his Wichita residence was active in affairs of the Mentholatum company. He was one of the large stockholders in that firm.

On moving to California Mr. Hyde developed a number of ideas, some with considerable success, according to his Wichita friends.

Mr. Hyde was the father of Mrs. Harry F. Corbin Jr. of Wichita. The death of Mrs. Corbin's father followed the death in May of her mother, Mrs. Helen Grace Hyde of Wichita, Mr. Hyde's first wife. Mrs. Corbin, 1820 N. Hillside, wife of the president of the University of Wichita, flew to California upon hearing of the accident and was with her father when he died.

Mr. Hyde's father, with his six sons, only two of whom now survive, incorporated his firm as the Mentholatum Co. here in 1906 after it had begun as the Yucca Co. in 1889. An expanding volume resulted in establishment of plants In Buffalo, N.Y., and other locations.

Alex Hyde went to California when the Wichita plant was closed and entered a firm which manufactured and sold a product called Foamex.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed Saturday.

Survivors in addition to the widow and Mrs. Corbin include two brothers, Edward K. and Charles, both of Buffalo, and three grandchildren.

Note: Obit provided by Bill Pennington

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