Redenbacher in 1979
|Born||Orville Clarence Redenbacher
July 16, 1907
Brazil, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||September 19, 1995
Coronado, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart Attack|
|Alma mater||Purdue University|
|Spouse(s)||Corinne Rosemund Strate (m. 1928â€“1971, her death)
Nina Reder (m. 1971â€“1991, her death)
We made more money feeding molasses, urea, and corn cobs to cattle than we ever did feeding dent corn.
It proved easier to buy the farm to get the mineral rights than to buy the coal rights alone.
We dried continuously day and night. We had no efficient way to do it, so we built this new popcorn plant.
I moved to Princeton, Indiana, and became a professional Farm Manager for that Princeton Farms.
Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn't pop. I'll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them.
I had popcorn all over the place, so I decided I might as well be in the Processing Business.
I opened an office in Terre Haute, established eight of them, and became one of the eight county agents.
Most of the competition was into bulk popcorn because of the major increases in the Drive-In Theatre Outlets.
The cobs were delivered to a big pile. We were one of the first to feed corn cobs to cattle.
It was necessary to have an even depth of corn on the top compared to the sides, so the air would not take the easiest route and not evenly dry the stored corn.
We got to know the competition very well. In the '50s popcorn made a big growth in sales. Our main push was to produce the best quality and sell in quality retail outlets.