King and Pangburn: In the Sweet By-and-By

Say 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 1860, moved to Fort Worth with his family about 1869. He worked as a dry-goods clerk before opening his Southern Cold Storage and Produce Company on East 9th Street about 1898. He opened his candy factory on East 9th Street in 1905. The factory eventually would employ 450 people. Clip is from the June 7, 1905 Telegram.

king 3-11-9 st 2Ad is from the March 11, 1909 Star-Telegram.

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. The Pangburn brand is now owned by the Russell Stover company. Clip is from the November 21, 1915 Star-Telegram.

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king dead 8-11-48John 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. The candy company operated until at least 1968. After the company closed the building housed an antiques mall. Clip is from the August 11, 1948 Dallas Morning News.

Hugh T. Pangburn died in 1928.

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

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4 Responses to King and Pangburn: In the Sweet By-and-By

  1. Karen Cameron (Briggs) says:

    My dad, Doyce Roland Briggs, worked at the Ft. Worth plant in 1943 as a chocolate boy. He would take big, heavy slabs of chocolate and add them to the chocolate cauldron to melt for the bon bon ladies.

    • hometown says:

      Chocolate boy! That’s a job that would have stumped the panelists–even Bennett Cerf–on What’s My Line?

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