Rose Markward Knox Biography

Rose Markward Knox

food products manufacturer
Born: 1857
Birthplace: Mansfield, Ohio

She and her husband formed the Knox Gelatin Company, but it was she who ran it after his death in 1908 and who turned it into a leading company. Through her innovative programs in advertising and marketing to women, the firm undertook research and emphasized the nutrtitional aspects of the products, then published recipe collections featuring gelatin. She ran a progressive shop, as well, introducing a five-day work week, and paid time off for vacations and illness. She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the American Grocery Manufacturers' Association in 1929, and stepped aside as the company's president only when she reached her 90th birthday, retaining her position as chairperson.

Died: 1950