1901 Our Journey

In 1901, at the age of 16, Louie Price (Grandpa) left Russia and arrived in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Louie purchased one mule, one wagon, a few textiles,  work shirts, denim jeans, boots, socks and began peddling door to door.

His business prospered and by 1914, he was able to open his first retail store in Galena, Kansas. The Price General Store was successful and Louie invested his profits in the stock market. By early 1929, he was financially secure enough to retire, and he generously sold his Galena store to a family member for $100. What a bargain!

Several months later, his fortune was erased as the market crashed. Louie moved his family to Miami, Oklahoma. Borrowing $1500.00 from the very store he owed money to, he opened Louis Price Dry Goods on Main Street. The operation was a true family affair. My grandmother Yetta joined as bookkeeper, and their three sons, Jack, Edward (Buddy) and Elmer, were in charge of sales. Their business expanded to storefronts in Chetopa and Baxter Spring Kansas.

In 1949, Louie and Yetta’s youngest son Elmer married my mother Betty and moved to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Using the business acumen he learned from his father. Dad started American White Goods a wholesale distributor of apparel, sheets and towels. It’s been a 114-year journey and today the company has evolved into AmeriMadeUSA, a diversified custom manufacturer, supplier, distributor developing new products and markets to help your business.

I've learned a lot from my family’s long history in the textile marketplace, but the most important thing Louie taught us is to appreciate our customers--you. We hope that we have an opportunity to work together very soon!

Marc Price


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