Ever heard of Stetson U., named after the hat man?


One tends to forget that many Western things began in the East and came to the West: immigrants, railroads, telegraph, meat packing plants, even the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in 1859. While visiting my sister-in-law in Florida a couple of weeks ago, I saw a sign, “Stetson University.” I wondered, “Was that the Mr. Stetson who created the Western hats?” I had to find out.


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