Flashback Friday: Weber Bros. Pushes Past its 125th Year

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.

Bill Weber’s son William Weber Jr. (fifth from left) posed with employees for this storefront photo, circa mid-1940s.

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.

Weber Bros. added electric appliances to its product mix as an extension of its electrical wiring service for local homes and farms. Seen here, circa early 1930s, are founder Ben Weber (second from left) with employees John Niehaus and Russel Uptmor to his right.

BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.