The Republican Centennial Edition, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa
Thursday, July 12, 1956, Section Three, Page 50

Transcribed by Shirley Plumb, July 1, 2019

Started Without A Dollar Capital

    The Fitzgibbon Electric Shop started in 1922 by Oran and Mike Fitzgibbon without so much as $ 1.00 capital—just good faith in the future and good of Wapello.

    Brother Mike left a short time after the business was started, but Oran continued on alone and succeeded in building up the fine business he enjoys today.

    The firm also handles appliances and one of the first line handled was the gas-motor driven wash machine for which Oran tells of making a deal by trading for anything—hogs, chickens; yes anything.

     “Fitz” sells bottle gas and makes the installations. This keeps him quite busy as they handle Philco, Norge, Universal, Bupane and many other leading brands of appliances.

     “Fitz” worked for the Northwestern Bell Telephone company for 18 years over a five state area before settling down in the old home town.

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