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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:48 pm    Post subject: Edward Austin Darr  Reply with quote

As I've said, I worked with Ed Darr and have a question that I've always wanted an answer for but never found. Here is his father.

http://extras.journalnow.com/lostempire/tob03b.htm

Ed was a smart man especially when it came to numbers. He was the controller of Sparta Pipes, and after I got out of the Army worked directly with him as a trainee to become his aide and probably his replacement. Mastercraft thankfully came along and saved me.

For whatever reason, Ed was under-appreciated and treated as a "second class" member of the management team. Paul Fish and Henry Lavietes were the presidents of the respective companies..HLT and Sparta. Ed was excluded from the bigger decisions and had very little input at the sales meetings. Ed shared an office with the receptionist, the engineer, a clerk, and Ray Wagoner.....In 71' when I came back we were built an office for the two of us.

Here is the question.....Could or was the hiring of Ed by Sparta Pipes a favor to his father or other powers at Reynolds? Was the Willard business a re-payment for his hiring? The coupon business? Or were these businesses sent to Sparta because Ed was there.

Ed died a couple of years ago. Best I recall, he started in 1952..1954. I really liked him. At lunch we'd go to his house and shoot pool.

Been mowing. Y'all can tell.....ted
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was the relationship between RJR and UST in those days? I'm assuming UST is who hired Ed Darr, Jr., and not HLT or Sparta.

ted, you know the business. How could a friend at RJR benefit DG pipes? If Ed Darr, Jr. just needed a job, it would have been easier for RJR to hire him. So if UST was doing Darr, Sr. a favor by employing his son, what could RJR do in return?

RJR coupon pipes seems to be the obvious answer.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David...Ed started in the mid 50's. UST didn't come along till 69'. I honestly don't know who hired him, but it was Henry Lavietes or his brother Paul Lavietes...then president of Sparta Pipes....along with Paul Fish...then treasurer of Sparta Pipes.

So far as I know there was no relationship RJR to UST.

Why, with all his "power" at RJR did Ed jr.'s father not hire him at Reynolds, but rather "farmed him out" to Sparta?

The tobacco crop is in the ground, but it's too small to make much of a show. He planted about an acre and has already agreed to the "tithe" I asked for...a few stalks....when it's done. Yes Mac will see it, may get to hoe it, and see a few other earlier crops. It rained here so much that only a few farmers got tobacco out early. Most are a bit late.

regards...ted
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A wonderful tale, even if I initiated it.

When I got out of the Army in 1971, went to the factory, Paul Fish had promised me a full time job, and I went to get it.

Ed Darr was "personnell", and was interviewing me. He offered $2.25 an hour. At that moment Paul Fish stuck his head in the door and said "He starts at $625.00 a month". Got a raise to start, and never even asked for it.

Mr Fish died that year.
Ed and I became great friends. His daughter and I were in College together and frequently rode home together.

I'll do a piece on Paul Fish as soon as I find his picture....only picture in existance of him so far as I know...
Thanks Steve... e

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