December 3, 2023

Louis Padnos was an entrepreneur with a big heart.

In 1912-1913, when he heard his brother, Harry, had gone bankrupt in California trying to sell cosmetics to the movie industry, he convinced him to move his family to Holland. Before he left for military service in World War I, Louis also recruited his nephew to run his store.

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But that didn’t go as well as he’d hoped — being from the city and not familiar with animal skins, his nephew overpaid. 

When Louis returned from the service, he fell in love with Helen Kantor, daughter of Rabbi David Kantor of Grand Rapids. Helen and Louis married. In 1920, they welcomed their first son, Seymour, and, in 1922, their second son, Stuart.


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