“I’m Buster Brown, and I live in a shoe. That’s my dog, Tige, and he lives there, too,” went the jingle for Buster Brown shoes.
The Brown Shoe Company began in 1878 as a partnership among three St. Louis businessmen: George Brown, Alvin L. Bryan, and Jerome Desnoyers.
George Warren Brown was the lead partner. He was born on a farm in Granville, New York, in 1853, but farming held no appeal for him. He wanted to be a business owner, and he went on to Bryant, Stratton & Cornell Business College in Troy, New York. Continue reading