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 Otto Frederick Rohwedder

Otto Frederick Rohwedder

Birth
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Death 8 Nov 1960 (aged 80)
Concord, Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Burial Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
Plot Block 11, Lot 1, Grave 3
Memorial ID 8085036 · View Source
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The inventor of the bread slicing machine. Otto grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and began working on the bread-slicing maching concept in the 1910s. Unfortunately a fire in 1917 destroyed the factory that was to produce the invention, and the original blueprints. In 1927 however he recreated his invention, and on July 7, 1928 it was successfully used for the first time commercially by the Chillicothe (Missouri) Baking Company on its Kleen Maid Sliced Bread. Sales skyrocketed, and Rohwedder's commercial bread slicer subsequently made its way to bakeries across the United States. Rohwedder sold his invention to the Micro-Westco Co. of Bettendorf, Iowa, and he became vice-president and sales manager of the Rohwedder Bakery Machine Division of Micro-Westco. An original 1928 model bread slicer is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Rohwedder retired to Albion, Michigan in 1951 with his wife Carrie (Johnson), where their daughter Margaret Steinhauer, and his sister Elizabeth (Rohwedder)Pickerill lived.

Bio by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Frank Passic, Albion Historian
  • Added: 14 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8085036
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Otto Frederick Rohwedder (7 Jul 1880–8 Nov 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8085036, citing Riverside Cemetery, Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .