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luv my dayton
34 posts
Jun 10, 2012
10:18 AM
If you were in the area there was a distinct oder that came from the factory. They made the expensive soaps that could be bought in boxs and bars were wrapped in pleated paper and sold in the up scale stores. You could buy bags of imperfect bars which worked quite well for most of us and the colors and fragrances were wonderful. Dad used to bring a bag or two home and it lasted for many months.They took the edge off of always using Ivory, Lifebuoy and Sweetheart soap.Dayton had small businesses everywhere and most were in Dayton.
32 posts
Jun 10, 2012
4:43 PM
Several years ago, I was on a trip with the Dayton Ski Club and we were staying at a condo in Colorado. One afternoon, as I was jumping in the shower, I unwrapped a bar of soap the condo had provided and was utterly delighted with the fragrance. Looking on the wrapper, I was amazed to see it had come from the Hewitt Soap Company on Linden Ave. in Dayton. I brought several bars back with me, but Hewitt closed only a year or two later and I was sorry to see them go.
71 posts
Jun 24, 2012
5:20 PM
In the 70s, I had a friend who worked there. He would bring me bags of that LOVELY soap, and I kept a small basket full in my bathroom. I miss that soap!
1 post
Jan 08, 2014
7:13 PM
Worked for the Hewitt Soap Company from the 70's until it closed in 2004. Great little company , and many good people worked there over the years. Remember it with fondness.
122 posts
Jan 08, 2014
9:38 PM
I worked there in 1965 as a mill man making the soap. I got fired because I was too young and not organized. I was mortified but it was my own fault. My father in law worked there for many years. He was one of the star salesman there. Most people didn't know it but P&G owned it. Great company. The men's brands were Centurion and Omnibus. They also made most Avon there and lots of Winnie the Pooh soaps.
123 posts
Jan 10, 2014
5:34 PM
I don't remember Wilkinson. Frank Hermann was my father in law and he was a fixture there. I sneezed my self to death in that plant from the soap flying around in the air. I don't remember any service station in that area. Class product there.
153 posts
Jan 10, 2014
6:55 PM
I remember the gas station. Across the street from Fire House #12. I don't remember the Wilkinson Sword Co. either, but, I remember when Huffy Bicyles were put together in the old Davis-Linden Building. I also remember the steam whistle at Hewitt soap. It was just neat to hear it.

Last Edited by Billd1952 on Jan 10, 2014 6:59 PM
old school dancer
29 posts
Jan 10, 2014
7:48 PM
I remember that soap factory stunk to the high heaven, i had to pass it twice a day to go to school lol,
42 posts
Jan 27, 2014
4:21 AM
I worked at Hewitt in the fall of 67. I was on 3rd shift and sometimes we would go across the street to Chicos Chili Palace. I remember an old guy named Jim Saylor who had been there forever!! I hated when we ran the Igepon soap--it used a powder that floated thru the air and made everyone sneeze--smelled like strawberries!
luv my dayton
532 posts
Jan 27, 2014
6:54 AM
Completely forgot Chicos Chili. Remember in the late 80's used to go to same place but now it was a pizza place and also had a pool table. They had great pizza and would meet friends on occassion to shoot pool. Mostly a carry out. Forgot the name of it but it was family owned and run. Very nice people. That whole corner now is a parking lot for the church.
25 posts
Jan 27, 2014
2:20 PM
My grandmother worked at Hewitt,in the cafeteria,Mary Weaver
6 posts
Jan 29, 2014
2:42 PM
I remember Frank Herman but did not get to know him. He was in sales an I was in manufacturing. To theWiz, Jim was a die setter, and the "igepon" was probably used in making the Redken brand of synthetic detergent bar which had an imitation strawberry-like fragrance.

Last Edited by RCOONa on Jan 30, 2014 9:11 AM
jim of huffman av.
2 posts
Feb 16, 2015
8:20 AM
jim of Huffman av. Just dropped by to say hello again while looking for old school friends of yrs. 43 to 48.

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