Joel Owsley Cheek

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Joel Owsley Cheek was born in Burkesville, Kentucky back in 1852.  I have no other information about him, his early childhood, parents and where in Tennessee he was born.  What I can tell you of course is the rest of the story.  When he turned 21 he left Kentucky travelling by raft along the Cumberland River where he would up in Nashville, Tennessee.

He found work as grocery distributor.  Around 1886, he gave 20 pounds of his product to a hotel in the area, two days later it was gone.  The hotel tried substituting his product for another one however, the patrons would have none of it, they wanted his product.  When the owner of the hotel made contact with him he quit his job as a grocery distributor and started his own business.

That business is still going strong to this day.  While you may not have heard of Joel Owsley Cheek you surely have heard of his product because he named his company after the hotel where he first left the product.  Now I’m sure your wondering what that product was, when I tell you the name you’ll know.  Suffice it to say it’s “good to the last drop.”  That’s right Joel Owsley Cheek was a coffee distributor.  It took him two years to perfect his product, Maxwell House Coffee.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. From time to time Joel is a friend of mine every morning. Who knew! Enjoy your day.

Mar 06, 2018 03:58 AM #1
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

With a name like Owsley Cheek I can understand why he'd not use it for his coffee.

Mar 06, 2018 04:29 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Great read. Coffee is tough and I guess he got iy just right.

Mar 06, 2018 04:30 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Tried to figure out who he was before reaching the end of your profile of him...Would have never guessed.

Mar 06, 2018 05:12 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

One of the mainstays in the pot here!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 06, 2018 06:53 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks to him I enjoy my coffee each morning and start out with a pot every morning.

Mar 06, 2018 09:45 AM #6
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi james,
That is interesting about how Maxwell House coffee got it's name! 

Mar 06, 2018 11:13 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I love learning how products came by their name!!! And, this one was interesting.  Nina Hollander I'm laughing because the name Owsley Cheek might just go over well today!

Mar 06, 2018 12:32 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Not to many people listen or watch commercials so Maxwell House might not be so well recognized today James Dray 

Mar 06, 2018 12:43 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I guess he started the American affection for coffee  

Mar 06, 2018 12:55 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I remember the tag line of the commercial, good to the last drop!  And the wife saying, John never wants a second cup of my coffee...A

Mar 06, 2018 02:39 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I grew up with maxwell House Coffee and it was the first coffee I ever drank.

Mar 07, 2018 07:24 PM #12
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I love hearing these stories about the humble beginnings of now great products. Keep them coming, please. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 08, 2018 06:50 PM #13
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