Field, Palmer and Leiter
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Marshall Field's early years in Chicago
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Of Marshall Field's youth, apprenticeship in Pittsfield, move to Chicago and
work at Cooley, Farwell, Wadsworth & Company and acquaintance with Levi
... a lot in relation
to his salary in those days, but not enough to start a business in Chicago, which in 1855 was rapidly becoming the main railroad hub of the Middle West. He consequently sought a job as a clerk and thanks to a letter of credential from his former employer, ‘Deacon’ Davis, as well as the introduction through his brother Joseph, he found one at Cooley, Farwell, Wadsworth & Company’s, then Chicago’s biggest wholesale dry goods concern. Francis B. Cooley was a demanding boss, who hired only the best prospects, but Charles B. Farwell was the husband of a former Pittsfield ...