It began on a winter day in 1886, when a retail jeweler in Redwood Falls, Minnesota received a package of watches that had been shipped to him by a Chicago company. The jeweler refused the package. He did not order the watches, and he had no interest in them.
The package ended up in the hands of a 23 year old railway agent named Richard Warren Sears. Sears managed the offices of Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad in North Redwood, Minnesota, where he operated the telegraph and handled the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad’s business. There wasn’t much of it, and young Sears had a lot of time on his hands.
We live in contentious and uncivil times. It seems like almost everyone these days is spring-loaded in the angry position.