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15 Apr 2021 04:20 #42904 by mikespeed35
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Hi Stephen, Glad your participating on our forum. What a interesting family history you have.

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15 Apr 2021 13:05 #42906 by balinwire
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Wm Weiss of Rotary Co, Buffalo, NY, commercial promotional items time frame 1935.
William M. Weiss, 81, founder, president, and chairman of the board of the Rotary Co. at 1746 Dale Road, Buffalo, died of cancer Wednesday (Aug. 16, 1989) at his East Aurora home.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

Born in Germany, Weiss immigrated to the United States in 1928, obtaining his citizenship in 1933. Using his boyhood training as an electrician's apprentice in Germany, Weiss began work as an electrical technician at New York Edison Co. in New York City.

In 1929 he joined Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Co. in Garden City, L.I., where he designed electrical systems for both commercial and military aircraft.

He transferred to Curtiss' Buffalo plant in 1932 and remained with the company until 1934. During this period, he and his brother Alfred founded the Rotary Co. in their spare time, making commercial promotional items during its early years.

After spending a year with Douglas Aircraft in California from 1935 to 1936, Weiss returned to Buffalo to join Remington Rand as chief engineer. He soon became plant manager, directing Remington Rand's World War II efforts toward manufacturing aircraft subassemblies for the P-47 and C-46 military planes.

Weiss reactivated the Rotary Co. after the war. The company specializes in complex sheet metal parts and assemblies for the space and defense industries, as well as select commercial customers.

Survivors include his wife, the former Isabel H. Graf; a daughter, Gail Rieman of Silver Creek; two sons, Paul of Sudbury, Mass., and William Jr. of West Falls; two brothers, Alfred of Williamsville, and Eduard of Sloan; a sister, Liesel of West Germany; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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17 Apr 2021 08:11 #42911 by Terry Cockerell
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Hi Stephen it's wonderful to hear from descendants of the key players in the ACD story. The bronze Cord model I saw in Italy was purchased in France according to the owner. He did not have any further background information.
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