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1897 - 1934
Ernst Gideon Bek was born on the 18th April 1872 at Pforzheim , he served his apprenticeship with the Rothacker company in Pforzheim, and then at the companies Kinzinger in Pforzheim and Baer in Hanau. In 1896, he served as General Manager to the Pforzheim jewelery industry at the World Exhibition in Chicago.

He set up his own business in 1897 and quickly established branches in Birmingham , Paris , Toronto , New York City , Newark and India. In 1899 he married Emilie C. Binder, the daughter of German emigrants, in America, and no doubt this is where the connection with Binder Brothers stems from (Emilie's brother, Lawrence O. Binder, was one of the three partners of Binder Brothers.) . Between 1897 to 1914 Bek travelled to America on more than 100 occasions.

After returning from a trip to Italy in July 1932, Ernst Gideon Bek suffered a stroke, from which he never fully recovered. In 1934, he passed the business to his two sons Wesley, born 1903, and Orville Sigfrid, born 1909. The brothers reformed the company as 'EG Bek & Co.KG'.


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