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George O. Steifel, 1918.

George O. Steifel, 1918.

George O. Steifel, 1918. Mr. Steifel was manager of Steifel Mattress Company.

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  1. My grandfather, George Olin Steifel, founded Steifel Mattress Co. in 1915.
    The company manufactured quality bedding for over eight decades. Their mattresses were sold primarily through retail furniture stores. The ‘Steifel’ name was familiar for quality bedding in the Carolina’s and southern Virginia.

    They also sold large quantity ‘contract’ bedding to hospitals, hotels and university dorms.
    Examples include, upon completion (year ?), the Kate Bitting Reynolds Memorial Hospital selected Steifel mattresses and pillows for the entire facility. The Robert E. Lee hotel used Steifel mattresses. Graylyn was originally stocked with the Steifel product.

    An April 11, 1946 news article in the W-S Journal, by Frank Borden Hanes, covered the history and expansion of the company.

    George O. Steifel had two sons, George Royal and Sidney Gray, who continued the business after their father passed in 1948. Both sons, “Roy” and “Sid” passed away in 1989. My father was Sidney Gray Steifel.

    Taking early retirement as a CPA, I continued the business from 1990 to 1998.
    The company was dissolved in 1998 after 82 years.

  2. Mr Steifel was married to my Grandmother’s sister…Helen. My Grandmother was Madlon Jones Phillips. II heard lovely stories about him and his work ethic when I was a child. I remember his portrait in their house.

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