Bog Manufacturing Company

Very little is known or available in periodicles about the Bog Company.  It is known that it had very close ties to the Western Auto Supply Company and is believed to have been own/run by Ben Pepperdine, the brother of George Pepperdine, founder of Western Auto.  An article in the 11/26/1927 edition of The Daily Republican (Cherryvale, KS) notes that Mr. Cal Lowe has accepted the position of Superintendent of Bog Manufacturing of Chicago.  Interestingly, the article notes that the Bog Manufacturing Co. is a "Division of the Western Auto Supply Co."

*Update 8/30/2016: We discovered a single article, from the April 6, 1919 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune stating that Mr. George Pepperdine of the Western Auto Supply Co. had just purchased a 15 year lease on a 6 story buliding at the SE corner of Michigan Ave. and 16th St.  This activity may represent the beginnings of Bog.  There appears to be no other reason for Mr. Pepperdine to lease such a large facility since all of his stores were in the West during this period.

Bog Manufacturing (Chicago, IL) - Contract Production for:

  • Hinsdale
  • Plomb

   Sub Brands / Trade Names / Trademarks

  • Big Boy (Wrenches)


The Bog name raises questions.  The Pepperdine brothers, Ben and George, could explain the B and G in the name, but who was the O?  There were three Pepperdine brothers, but the third was Fred, which has no "o."

Did you know that George contracted tuberculosis not long after starting Western Auto and moved to Southern California.  He died in Los Angeles in 1962, so the move must have done him some good.  The move put him near Plomb at the right time.

George was involved in founding a University in the LA area.  It is named Pepperdine University.