Englewood Makes History

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  • Elks The_Record_1912_11_29_1.jpg

    The B.P.O.E. Englewood Elks #1157 opened their new lodge and held a celebration.
  • Grand Avenue Diner The_Record_1950_05_25_17.jpg

    The Grand Avenue Diner was a restaurant located on Grand Avenue in Englewood.
  • Agency Director The_Record_1955_09_22_4.jpg

    Calvin F. Vismale was appointed as the Agency Director of the United Mutual Life Insurance Company, the largest black-owned insurance company in 1955.
  • United Mutual The_New_York_Age_1960_02_20_Page_8.jpg

    Calvin F. Vismale, Agent Director of the United Mutual Insurance Company, led the business to implement a new agreement bringing all agents under the company's retirement and insurance Program.
  • Englewood Paint and Glass Company The_Record_Fri__Apr_25__1952_.jpg

    The Englewood Paint and Glass Company was owned by Somuel and Sarah Goldstein.
  • Jake Taylor's Store.jpg

    Jake Taylor's Store was opened by Jacob Taylor in 1928. The store began as a sporting goods business, but also carried novelties and cigars.
  • Calvin Vismale.jpg

    Calvin Ferdinand Vismale was a Business Administrator. He graduated from N. Y. City College School of Business Administration. He also served in the military from 1946 to 1947. He received a B.B.A. in 1950. He was appointed Agency Director of United Mutual Life Insurance in 1955, the largest black-owned insurance company. He was a member of the NAACP and the National Urban League. Vismale helped bring Martin Luther King Jr. and Babatunde Olatunji to Englewood. He was a member of Galilee Methodist Church. He became one of the first African Americans to be installed as a Chartered Life Underwriter.

    He married a woman named Mary. He had at least three children, Calvin F. Jr., Terri Renee Vismale-Morris, and Tess Marie.
  • B.C. Forbes.png

    Bertie Charles Forbes founded Forbes Magazine, a business and finance publication. B.C. Forbes was appointed to the Englewood Board of Education in 1938.

    He married Adelaide Mary Stevenson. He had five sons, Bruce, Malcolm, Duncan, Gordon, and Wallace. After Forbes' death, his son Bruce took over. Bruce died in 1964 and Malcolm then took over. Stevenson "Steve" Forbes Jr. succeded his father Malcolm after his death in 1990.
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  • Ben Peters Part 1The_Record_Wed__Apr_24__2002_.jpg

    A newspaper article announcing the retirement of Ben Peters.

    The article describes how Peters founded Ben's Barbershop, the many famous clientele he served, and his upcoming plans after retirement. The article also quotes his many clientele and describes how Peters' shop was a community center for local men.
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