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Alexander Hyde

(1848 - 1935)

  • Born in Massachusetts
  • Moved with his brother to Leavenworth in 1865
  • Started soap business in Wichita in 1888 that became Metholatum Company
  • Sold product door-to-door in Wichita
  • Customers said it cured muscle aches, cuts, and burns
  • Donated 90 percent of profits to charities in Kansas and beyond