William Calbreath

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William H. Calbreath was born in Detroit, Michigan back in 1850. He was a slave that was freed about 15 years before the outbreak of the Civil War. After the war, he worked as a cook in Detroit. His skills as a chief earned him a stint at New York City’s famed Delmonico’s.

He spent his last years in Struthers, Ohio. Until his retirement he worked as a coal dealer. He died in 1944, he was 93.

What you may not know about William is that his claim to fame was he claimed he served as the model for the original Cream of Wheat trademark from the early 1900’s to about 1925. His claim has never been officially confirmed but it has never been disputed.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I've never had cream of wheat.... I always liked crunch....

May 16, 2019 03:03 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I sure heard of this but never tried it.

May 16, 2019 04:15 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,


Yes, I have tried it and thankfully like eggs and the sides that come with it better.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 16, 2019 04:30 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I can picture his image and the package in my mind but don't recall ever eating the cereal.  

May 16, 2019 04:54 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never had it but remember the box! Enjoy your day!

May 16, 2019 05:15 AM #5
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Cream of wheat and other hot cereals are popular up here on the North Coast James Dray . It never occurred to me that someone modeled for that drawing. A fun tidbit to know.

May 16, 2019 06:07 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never really heard of a coal dealer, have you ever purchased coal from anyone?

May 16, 2019 06:51 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Cream of Wheat, interesting than a coal dealer, what a change for him.  I guess he was still looking to make more money!


May 16, 2019 08:25 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon again James. As I read this I could see the picture in my mind and memory.

May 16, 2019 10:29 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I am very familiar with Cream of Wheat and his face. I may be one of the few people who love to eat cream of wheat. 

May 16, 2019 11:10 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - that certainly is a very interesting peice of trivia.

May 16, 2019 12:06 PM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Wow James Dray, that is a real  claim to fame .

May 16, 2019 01:01 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Sounds like William got shortchanged as the unofficial face of Cream of Wheat back then. Maybe his relatives can bring a case.

May 16, 2019 01:20 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I love these kinds of trivia, now I need to do more research and look at cream of wheat in a new perspective, Endre

May 16, 2019 11:54 PM #14
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