Budweiser Clydesdales to visit 4 Dayton bars & restaurants

Were Cheez-Its really invented in Dayton? Yes, and here’s the story

This one falls into the “did ya know?” category, because I certainly didn’t. One of the nation’s “cheeziest” treasures was created right here in Dayton.

>> This Centerville restaurant has a brand new spring menu — and the dishes are mouthwatering

Cheez-It brand crackers were first introduced in 1921 by the Green & Green Company, then located at the corners of Cincinnati and Concord streets. “You’ll like Cheez-It” was an early slogan promoting these cheesy crackers.

>> Has Tim Hortons hit the brakes on Dayton-area expansion?

>> Did you know Dayton was pronounced the ‘cleanest town in America’ 50 years ago?

Below are a few things to know about the orange delights, thanks in part to the Dayton Metro Library’s awesome Special Collections Division, Kellogg (Cheez-It’s current parent company), and a little digging.

>> These long-gone Dayton landmarks live on in photographs

1.) The year was 1921

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office

The first Cheez-It Logo was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 23, 1921. It was first introduced March 31 of that same year.

Statement by Green and Green Company founder Weston Green (Source: Kellogg )

Statement by Green and Green Company President Weston Green. (Source: Kellogg )

2.) Just a local kid

Photo of Weston Green from Dayton Journal

Photo of Weston Green from Dayton Journal

Green and Green Company President Weston Green was born in Greenville on April 15, 1868, according to his Dec. 30, 1926, obituary printed in the “Dayton Journal.”

>> See the gravesites of these Dayton dames involved in the city’s most gruesome murders

He moved to Dayton with his parents John W. and Ellen Green as an infant in 1869 and was educated at local schools. The family moved to Fargo, N.D. several years later, but Weston attended Shattuck Military School in Faribault, Minn., graduating in 1884.

Weston relocated to Chicago in 1886 and lived there until he and his father moved back to Dayton in 1897 and ran their  small cracker manufacturing outfit, Green, Green and Company, above the Victory theater (now known as the Victoria Theatre.) Weston’s brother Joseph W. Green eventually came into the business as its secretary-treasurer.

>> Alex Trebek says a little prayer after ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants bomb Dayton question

Photo credit: NCR Archive at the Montgomery County Historical Society--Box made by NCR employees which Houdini got out of at the Victory Theater on Oct. 2, 1925.


>> 6 things that will infuriate most Daytonians

According to a Business Men of Dayton 1905-1906 profile available at Dayton History Books Online, Green and Green gradually grew “under the astute management of Mr. (Weston) Green and with harmonious cooperation of his father and brother until today is one of the few independent concerns that have succeeded in maintaining themselves in the face of the spirited competition that was offered by a gigantic combination which, when first formed, embraced two large houses in this city one of which has been abandoned, the local trade now being cared for from one establishment.”

>> 7 amazing things to do in downtown Dayton 

The company eventually moved to its Cincinnati Street building. It incorporated as Green and Green Company in 1907 with Weston as the president. The company made Edgemont crackers, Dayton crackers, Flag crackers and other snacks.

Edgemont Crackers (Source:

Edgemont Crackers (Source:

3.) Patented

Dayton was known as Patent City, USA for the thousands of patents filed by Daytonians. More than a few are in Weston or Joseph Green’s name.

>> SNEAK PEEK: Look inside the Dayton area’s newest brewery, opening soon

The Greens’ inventions include coating for crackers and a baking article that would give crackers a certain crisp or semi-crisp and tender characteristic and a light and airy condition, with the flavor of the permeating ingredient.”

4.) The Green brothers

Weston died at Miami Valley Hospital on Dec. 29, 1926 following an operation for appendicitis.

>> This old-school restaurants is one of the Dayton-area’s best-kept secrets — here’s why

The Green and Green Company last appeared in the 1929-1930 Dayton City Directory, according to antique services website Joseph W. Green is listed as president of the American Manufacturing Company and manager of Loose-Wiles in the 1931 director, the website says. 

>> New York Times editor calls Yellow Springs ‘one of the best places in the world to visit’

5) From Green to Kellogg, Cheez-Its go on

Source: Facebook/Cheez-it

Source: Facebook/Cheez-it

Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company bought Green and Green in 1930, according to Kellogg’s Media Relations office. That company later became Sunshine Biscuit Company and remained at the corner of Cincinnati and Concord until at least 1972.

>> RELATED : Celebrities spotted in Dayton 

Sunshine was acquired by Keebler in 1996. Keebler was bought in 2001 by Battle Creek, Mich.-based Kellogg. The Sunshine label still remains on the Cheez-it box.

Today, there are now more than 15 different varieties of Cheez-it.

See something, say something. Contact this blogger at or

View Comments 0