In this 1950s photo, Weber Bros. founder Ben Weber (far left) appears with employee Earl Howard; Ben’s son Alfred “Boots” Weber; staffer Willma Kemme; and brother Bill Weber’s daughters Connie and Viola Weber.
By Andy Kriege, YSN
As reported in the Nov. 2019 issue of YourSource, Weber Bros. has been serving the Teutopolis, Ill., community since 1895, when Ben Weber first opened the doors to his hardware, implements and supplies shop. After his brother Bill joined the business in 1903 the Weber’s expanded into heating, plumbing and electrical services, with the later leading to sales of electric appliances.
Ninety years later Weber Bros. was named the “Second Oldest Frigidaire Retailer in the Nation,” and in 2018 it won “Best Appliance Dealer” in the local Effingham Daily News People’s Choice Awards competition. Today, the business continues to sell and service premium home appliances under third-generation owner Tom Weber and fourth-generation family member and parts manager Mike Hinkle.
BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.