The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for March,
of comptroller when he decided to move
to California following a visit to the west
coast. He took a respectable nest egg
with him, invested it in real estate, lost
it promptly, and took a first one
he could $10 a week.
Nine years later, in 1919, he borrowed
$3,750 and started in the battery business
in the aforementioned frame shack with
a dirt floor. The venture was a great success and it was not long until he was
doing $25,000 worth of business a month,
but this success ran him into new difficulties. He had to expand or fold up,
and he could not expand without additional capital. The only man he knew
who might help was a purchasing agent
in Toledo and Ingold traveled 2,500
miles with a plea for ten minutes with
the head of the company. He got in, and
despite this gentleman's opening remark,
"I have no confidence in Eire
both wasting our time ," came away
with $40,000 and a contract to handle
the man's line in California.
He was on a high-speed road to success,
and in twelve years from the time he
started the battery shop he was ready to
retire. And he an automobile
concern wanted today Ernest
Ingold Incorporated (Chevrolets) is one
of the largest of its kind in the country.
those who know Ingold there
doesn't seem to be any magic in the man.
He's just a good, solid business man who
knows what to do and how to do it. He's
neither emotional nor stoney cold.
Rather he's a wholesome, enjoyable and
very human being, the balanced product
of a multitude of varied experiences.
Isolate any single phase from the
hodgepodge pattern of his life and it
seems like a queer quirk with no relation to anything he has ever done. Yet,
taken as a whole, the jumbled medley of
mixed interests and activities blends into
a harmonious mosaic of definitely related
parts with very definite purposes, objectives and direction.
He looks you steadily, squarely in the
eye, is fair, direct and lays the cards on
the table. He takes no undue advantage,
is never arbitrary. He prefers to cooperate rather than beat others into his
way of way of doing things.
He gives other men the right to their
opinions and never antagonizes them
with opposition. His self-assurance inspires confidence. He knows what he has
accomplished in the past and the list
includes many unbelievable accomplishments. With this background he is certain of what he can do in the future. Yet
he is not conceited.
Photography and his greenhouse are
his hobbies. He has won prizes in international competition with his
usually genuine candid many
rare and foreign plants make his greenhouse unique. He has gone to remote
and obscure places to get the seeds or
slips of unfamiliar plants.
The world will not let such a man
remain idle. The automobile business
dug him out of retirement. Hillsborough
pushed him into the spotlight as a public official. Now a metropolitan chambei
of commerce makes use of his genius as
organizer and executive.
ENSIGN JACK INGOLD, Oregon '43