The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced Gordon McAllister Hull and Gustavus W. Viergutz as the members of its 2019 class of inductees for its Business Hall Of Fame.
The Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame will induct its 14th class of honorees from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Ramada Hotel & River's Edge Convention Center.
Gordon McAllister “Mac” Hull was born in Scottsbluff. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1959 and the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1962. He moved to Columbus in 1964 and incorporated Tasty Toppings Inc. after purchasing the salad dressing recipe from Dorothy Lynch herself. Today, Hull serves as president and chief executive officer of Tasty Toppings near Duncan.
In 1995, Hull opened Duster’s Restaurant and Brew Pub. He also has had community and state involvement, which includes being a past member of the Platte Valley Playhouse, a current member of both the Columbus Federated Church and the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska Independent College Foundation.
Gustavus William Viergutz was born in Germany on Dec. 31, 1868. His parents brought him to the United States in 1871 when he was 2, moved to Nebraska, and located on a farm in Polk County in 1876.
Viergutz in 1888 came to Columbus, where he learned the carpenter’s trade and followed as a contractor and bridge builder. He then he was employed for ten years with G.A. Hoagland, a lumber merchant in Columbus. He eventually acquired his own lumber business called Viergutz Lumber & Coal Co. located on 13th Street in Columbus.
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In addition to his lumber company in Columbus, he purchased a lumber yard in Platte Center in 1923, as well as a lumber yard in Creston in 1928. Among other accomplishments, he was involved in the Board of Directors of the Columbus Land, Loan and Building Association, a member of the Columbus Fire Department, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Immanuel Lutheran Church and other entities. Viergutz died in Columbus in 1940.
"I think they are terrific choices to represent Columbus and the surrounding area, especially at this time," Columbus Area Chamber President Jeanne Schieffer told The Columbus Telegram. "As an owner of several lumber yards, G. W. Viergutz literally played a role in building what we see today for businesses and residences.
"Meanwhile “Mac” Hull represents the food industry and is a recognizable figure for his ingenuity in acquiring the patent for Dorothy Lynch salad dressing, making it a favorite in 36 states, while also investing in the refurbishment of a historic building to make what we know as Dusters Restaurant and Brew Pub."
The Business Hall of Fame induction is held in conjunction with the celebration of the Chamber’s annual business awards: Archway Award, presented by Pinnacle Bank to the area’s outstanding businessman; Ovation Award, presented by Ernst Auto Center/Ernst Toyota to the area’s outstanding businesswoman, and the Charles Farnham Volunteer of the Year, presented by First Nebraska Bank.
Tickets for the banquet, sponsored by BankFirst and Loup Power District, will be on sale at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce for $35. Reserve corporate tables of eight for $300. Call the Columbus Chamber at 564-2769 for more information.