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Richard W. Sears
Alvah Roebuck, ca. 1890s.
Alvah C. Roebuck
Richard W. Sears was a railroad agent in North Redwood, Minn. Upon receiving an errant box of watches, he started a business selling watches and jewelry. Alvah C. Roebuck was a watch repairman whom Sears hired as his business grew. Roebuck eventually partnered with Sears to form the foundation of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
 
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