Construction worker discovers connection in Omar history

Joe Wolff installs a hardwood floor in the former Omar Bakery at 4383 Nicholas Streets on Tuesday January 08, 2013. The building is still being worked on but several tenants have already moved in. Wolff's grandfather worked in the building when it was the Omar Bakery.

Joe Wolff learned about his special family connection to Omar Bread after he took a job installing hardwood floors for the renovation of the company's former central bakery. Here's my story about the renovation.

That watch passed down from his grandfather to his dad, and later to him? A reward for 15 years of employment at none other than the Omaha Bread company. For Joe, that makes being part of the building's transformation into a shared workspace pretty neat.

While he doesn't know much about his grandfather's employment there, he guesses it was gifted to his grandfather sometime in the 1950s. He hangs on to the watch like many people cling to memories the Omar namesake at the dinner table.

Do you remember the Omar man delivering to your house?


Click on the images below for a closer look at the bakery building's history.

In August 1966, Metz Baking Co. based in Sioux City, Iowa, acquired Omar Bakeries and Peter Pan Bakeries Inc., another Omaha company.
Welders replace the top 20 feet of a smokestack atop the Omar Building in October 1950. They're dangling from a boom crane 100 feet in the air!

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