King and Pangburn: Their Candy Was Dandy in the Sweet By-and-By

king-pangburn-cdSay the words King and Pangburn to longtime Fort Worth residents, and their sweet tooth might begin to throb.

king 6-7-05 teleJohn Porter King, born in Brenham in 1861, moved to Fort Worth with his family in 1870 and studied at Add-Ran College in Thorp Spring. He worked as a dry-goods clerk for B. C. Evans and in 1888 was elected county clerk. He served for ten years and then opened his Southern Cold Storage and Produce Company on East 9th Street in 1898. He opened his candy factory on East 9th Street in 1906. The factory eventually would employ 450 people. Clip is from the June 7, 1905 Telegram.

king 3-11-9 st 2Ad is from the Star-Telegram of March 11, 1909, when front yards had gates.

king-1911-cdKing’s home address at 1214 West Presidio Street was on the eastern edge of Quality Hill.

pangburn 11-13-02 teleHugh T. Pangburn was born in Kentucky in 1875 but grew up in Dallas and worked in a drugstore there before moving to Fort Worth. In 1902 he opened a drugstore on Houston Street, selling patent medicines such as Herbine. Clip is from the November 13, 1902 Telegram.

pangburn 11-21-15 stIn 1914 Pangburn began manufacturing ice cream. In the kitchen of his drugstore that year he also whipped up the first batch of what would become Pangburn’s Millionaires candies. His recipe included pecans, milk chocolate, caramel, and honey. In 1915 Pangburn added a candy factory to the ice cream factory on West 7th Street just east of Summit Avenue. Clip is from the November 21, 1915 Star-Telegram.

pangburn-cafeteriaIn 1920 Pangburn opened a cafeteria on Houston Street where the convention center is today.

pangburn-1920Thus, by 1920 Hugh T. Pangburn had his ice cream and candies plant, a cafeteria, a chocolate shop, and a drug store.

Pangburn’s Cafeteria later was located at 805 Houston Street.

pangburn-basketballPangburn employees participated in amateur sports leagues. The Pangburn basketball team was the Candymakers.

txwoco-adsAds from the TXWOCO yearbook of Texas Woman’s College in the 1920s.

pangburn-colorFrom the 1940s.

In the sweet by-and-by, Valentine’s Day was made for lovers–of chocolates from King and Pangburn.

pangburn 28 obitHugh T. Pangburn died in 1928.

king obit 48 piJohn Porter King, who had been county clerk in the 1890s and had developed the Oakhurst section of Sylvania, died in 1948 at the Fort Worth Club. King’s son John Jr. took over the company after King Sr. died. Clip is from the August 11, 1948 Dallas Morning News.

king pangburn gravesThe two sweetmeisters are buried just a bonbon’s throw apart in Greenwood Cemetery.

king-closesThe King candy company closed in 1978. The building later housed an antiques mall.

The Pangburn brand was bought by the Russell Stover company in 1999.

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13 Responses to King and Pangburn: Their Candy Was Dandy in the Sweet By-and-By

  1. Mary King says:

    My family owned King Candy Company, and I would love to buy any King Candy candy boxes, signs, tins or other memorabilia. Please contact me at

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