Wigwam Socks History It was 1905, just five years into a new century. Theodore Roosevelt was president, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully experimented with flight yet again--twenty four miles in thirty eight minutes and three seconds--and the New York Giants won the 5th annual World Series.
A thousand or so miles west, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Herbert Chesebro and the Hand Knit Hosiery Company manufactured heavy woolen work socks and liner mittens for lumbermen. An enterprise that began on January 17 of that year and continues to this day, but under a shorter and, thankfully, more colorful name.
The world took part in its first war, America went to its first movie, and Wigwam, under the auspices of the Hand Knit Hosiery Company, manufactured a full assortment of wool products. Socks, sweaters, caps, hoods, mittens, booties and yes, the ever popular woolen swimming suit.
As World War II ended and set the nation hurdling headlong into the 50´s, Hand Knit switched from wartime manufacture of heavy woolen combat socks to socks of a more leisurely purpose. Athletic socks, hunting socks and socks that clearly defied categorization.
In the 40's, Hand Knit, with Robert Chesebro Sr. at the helm, received notariety for stitching in a line of colored thread at the toes, so family members could easily match up athletic socks after laundering. An innovation that would lead to the induction of Robert Chesebro, Sr. into the Sporting Goods Industry's Hall of Fame.
Then on January 1, 1957, the name finally stuck. The Hand Knit Hosiery Company officially became Wigwam Mills, Inc.
Through Woodstock, Nixon and K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wigwam continued to grow. In the 70s, Wigwam expanded their facilities in Sheboygan and moved the entire operation into a new 200,000 square foot facility.
In the 80s and 90s, Wigwam, under the leadership of Robert Chesebro Jr., is poised for continued growth and success. As witnessed by the introduction of our best-selling sock, the Moraine in 1984, the unveiling of the Ultimax product line 1991, our sponsorship of the Ironman Triathlon, and the launch of our wildly successful Merino Wool line. We continue to innovate new fibers, fashions, and styles to meet the changing needs of sock wearers everywhere.
And the sock goes on...