Where 'The 1906 Gents' Name Originated
It all started in 2011 when my family took a cross-country vacation; We took a 14-day cross-country camping trip visiting Yellowstone National Park, The Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and lastly Devil’s Tower National Monument. We just started the first fledgling phases of our business and were in need of some family time, time to shake off the dust and get out there.
The 6 months prior we had developed a business plan, bought the first run of machines for woodworking and begun delving into making all the prototypes of products we wanted to sell, but we were seriously struggling with a name for our venture. We were having an unforgettable time camping and seeing the country; our last stop on vacation was Devil’s Tower, I’d done a lot of research into this stop and was so excited to visit a location so rich in national history and meaning. We pulled up to the gate and hanging on the entry gate was a sign; one I took literally as a sign. “Devil’s Tower National Monument: 1906-2006 100 years of Heritage”. It first got my attention because our Daughter Gianna was born in 2006 the 100 year anniversary, as well the word ‘Heritage’ stirred inside me as it had been the focus of what we wanted to bring to life, products that would be heritage items.
I remember very vividly saying out loud to my wife “1906!” To her responding “that’s a great name for your business”. It was like the dam broke, the next half hour my wife and I developed the idea over and over until we landed on ‘The 1906 Gentlemen’ several months later that was trimmed down to The 1906 Gents. I wasn't prepared for the history we found visiting the monument. In September of 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated Devil’s Tower as the Nation's first National Monument. This was done under the Antiquities Act of the same year; the purpose of the act was to preserve large sections of land as monuments and parks to Stand for Generations to Come.
Wyoming Senator Francis E. Warren, Sen. Frank W. Mondell paved the way for this preservation years before Roosevelt; until ultimately The Antiquities Act of 1906 finalized the deal. Paving the future way for the National Park System and more. So there it was, on the last leg of our family vacation road trip; we found both our name and business philosophy: “The 1906 Gents; Stand for Generations to Come!” In all honesty, the name found us. We are proud to dorn this moniker, rich in meaning and purposeful in focus.