Five Generations and Counting
Elijah Jesse Cady came to Chicago in 1881 as a commissioned
paper broker and started his own business in 1893. He soon began
to be recognized nationally for his art of paper making and frequently
found himself called upon to settle quality adjustments in his own
accounts. For this purpose, testing equipment became necessary.
In the year 1915, "E.J." invented his own brand of micrometers,
paper scales and burst testers which he then began to distribute
amongst his clients. These instruments, were his "hobby"
and simply a tool to help him sell his paper. He never knew that
following his death in May of 1931, four more generations of his
family would follow and turn his "hobby" into the world
famous testing equipment manufacturer that E.J. Cady & Company
has become today.