By Stephen Fried
Featured within the PBS documentary The Harvey ladies: chance Bound
The mythical lifestyles and entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient of Fred Harvey assisted in shaping American tradition and background for 3 generations—from the Eighteen Eighties all through global battle II—and nonetheless impact our lives this day in astonishing and interesting methods. Now award-winning journalist Stephen Fried re-creates the lifetime of this not likely American hero, the founder of the nation’s provider undefined, whose extraordinary kin company civilized the West and brought the United States to Americans.
Appetite for America is the impressive real-life tale of Fred Harvey—told extensive for the 1st time ever—as good because the tale of this country’s enlargement into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the child, of the nice days of the railroad, of a time whilst a deal may perhaps nonetheless be made with a handshake and the U.S. was once nonetheless uniting. As a tender immigrant, Fred Harvey labored his approach up from dishwasher to loved ones identify: He was once Ray Kroc sooner than McDonald’s, J. Willard Marriott sooner than Marriott resorts, Howard Schultz sooner than Starbucks. His consuming homes and lodges alongside the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad (including ancient resorts nonetheless in use on the Grand Canyon) have been patronized by way of princes, presidents, and numerous traditional tourists searching for the simplest cup of espresso within the nation. Harvey’s employees of rigorously screened unmarried younger women—the celebrated Harvey Girls—were the country’s first girl crew and have become actual Americana, even inspiring an MGM musical starring Judy Garland.
With the verve and fervour of Fred Harvey himself, Stephen Fried tells the tale of ways this visionary equipped his enterprise from a unmarried lunch counter right into a kinfolk empire whose advertising and marketing and techniques we nonetheless stumble upon in myriad methods. Inspiring, instructive, and highly unique, Appetite for America is historic biography that's as richly worthwhile as a slice of clean apple pie—and every piece as satisfying.
*With picture inserts that includes over seventy five photographs, and an appendix with over fifty Fred Harvey recipes, such a lot of them never-before-published.
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31)* while upstairs was a fancier dining room for wealthier patrons expecting prime cuts and a more refined gustatory experience. Some customers never aspired to eat upstairs: Long after he became a celebrated scientist, Thomas Edison would bring business associates to Smith & McNell’s main floor for the deeply comforting apple dumplings and strong, fresh-brewed coffee, which had once been all he could afford. Young Fred Harvey had chosen an ideal time and location for his culinary education. The American restaurant business was not even a quarter century old; it had been born just fifteen blocks across town from Smith & McNell’s, on the other side of the financial district.
More than any single organization, the Fred Harvey System introduced America to Americans,” wrote a historian in the 1950s. And it’s just as true today. Because, whether we know it or not, we still live in Fred Harvey’s America. ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TRAIN, CROSSING THE CANYON DIABLO BRIDGE IN NORTHERN ARIZONA BETWEEN WILLIAMS AND WINSLOW, NOT LONG AFTER FRED HARVEY TOOK OVER ALL THE EATING HOUSES ON THIS SANTA FE SUBSIDIARY IN 1887, EXTENDING HIS CHAIN TO CALIFORNIA; INSET, FRED HARVEY, 1863 PORTRAIT CHAPTER 1 POT WALLOPER WHEN PEOPLE WONDERED WHERE ALL HIS PASSIONATE AMBITION came from, Fred Harvey never mentioned his father’s failure.
In early 1865, he was offered a better job as a sales agent for the North Missouri Rail Road, a sister line of the H&SJ. But the North Missouri insisted he relocate. In anticipation of the war ending, everyone realized that St. Joseph, Missouri, wasn’t going to be the last stop on the railroad too much longer. The North Missouri wanted Fred to work from Leavenworth, the first city on the Kansas side of the river, and the one most likely to be the first connected to the East when the war was over and railroad construction began again.
Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire that Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried