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 Charles Frederick Gunther

Charles Frederick Gunther

Birth
Wildberg, Landkreis Calw, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 10 Feb 1920 (aged 82)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 2862 · View Source
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Businessman. He was a confectionery manufacturing magnate who created the “Cracker Jacks” confection, and is credited with introducing caramel to the American populace. A native of Germany, he founded a candy business in Chicago, Illinois that was completely destroyed by the 1871 Chicago Fire. He rebuilt the business with an even larger candy factory, which became a great success. In 1893 he introduced Cracker Jacks, a confection that combined popcorn, peanuts and molasses. He amassed great wealth from his business, which in his later years he used to collect historical and odd artifacts, many pertaining to the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Much of the collection was donated to the Chicago History Museum, where it is displayed today.


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  • Added: 4 May 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2862
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Frederick Gunther (6 Mar 1837–10 Feb 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2862, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .