Waldo William Porges (1899-1976) was an Anglo-American, brought up in both the United States and England. After attending Oxford University he began work as a lawyer in London, rising to the position of Queen's Counsel in 1952.
Head of Einayim, the Kiryat Ata Eye Clinic in
I've been running my own businesses for a
long time and never regretted being self-employed.
Through the Enterprise Agency I can pass on the benefit of
my years of experience and, quite frankly, I get a kick out
of helping others achieve their potential.
: (Who's who at the Enterprise Agency of North Kent)
(b. Prague 1863, d. USA May 1940)
Gustave Porges was born in Prague 04/03/1863.
The University of Nottingham has the following
Papers of Gustave Porges, Quartermaster, American
Expeditionary Force, his son Waldo Porges and his immediate family, 1914-1944
Dates of creation of material: 1914-1944
Context Administrative/biographical history:
The papers in the collection relate to three members of the Porges
Gustave Porges was an American.
The entry of the United
States into the First World War saw Porges temporarily abandon his
commercial interests with the firm Strohmeyer, Arpe and Company,
New York, and join the Quartermaster Corps of the American Expeditionary
Forces commanded by General J.J. Pershing. Responsible for supplies
to the Army in France, Porges had been promoted to the rank of Major
Following the cessation of hostilities he was sent to Spain
to report upon subsistence matters there, and achieved the rank
of Colonel early in 1919.
He received 12 medals from foreign countries
for his services during the War, including the French Legion of
Colonel Porges died in May 1940.
Custodial history: The papers came to the
University library from a family member in 1984.
Content & Structure Scope:
The most significant part of the Collection is the material relating
to Gustave Porges and the First World War.
These papers are mainly concerned with his official duties as Quartermaster,
1917-1921, and include a small quantity of war memorabilia, 1913-1919.
Many of the documents deal directly with issues of stores and subsistence
markets, but some more general correspondence about current conditions
and the war is also present. Post-war material is in the form of
memorabilia, for example recording exceptional public service in
William Waldo Porges' papers, 1929-1932, consist solely of routine
administrative papers relating to his position as a solicitor in
The papers of Alice Porges of New York include a letter of condolence
from John Pershing on the death of her husband Gustave.
The remainder comprises invitations to charity events, and acknowledgements
for her gifts and donations made during the Second World War.
There are also a number of newspaper cuttings, 1914-19 and 1925-38,
relating to events with which Gustave Porges was associated.
Photographs of Porges and other officers, 1917-1934 are present.
Finally, there is a section of miscellaneous material relating to
British records and ephemera of the Second World War.
This includes petrol ration forms, information sheets, and the music
and lyrics to '(We're Gonna Hang Out) The Washing on the Siegfried
The papers in the collection relate to four members of the Porges family.
Gustave Porges was an American.
The entry of the United States into the First World War saw Porges temporarily abandon his commercial interests with the firm Strohmeyer, Arp and Company, New York, and join the Quartermaster Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces commanded by General J.J. Pershing.
Responsible for supplies to the Army in France, Porges had been promoted to the rank of Major by 1917.
Following the cessation of hostilities he was sent to Spain to report upon subsistence matters there, and achieved the rank of Colonel early in 1919.
He received 12 medals from foreign countries for his services during the War, including the French Legion of Honour.
Colonel Porges died in May 1940.
Gustave Porges' son Waldo William Porges (1899-1976) was an Anglo-American, brought up in both the United States and England. After attending Oxford University he began work as a lawyer in London, rising to the position of Queen's Counsel in 1952.
Waldo Porges died in 1976.
Other papers relate to Gustave Porges' wife, Alice Emma Porges and Waldo Porges' wife, Anne Porges.
The most significant part of the collection is the material relating to Gustave Porges and the First World War (Ps C 1-47).
These papers are mainly concerned with his official duties as Quartermaster, 1917-1921, and include a small quantity of war memorabilia, 1913-1919.
Many of the documents deal directly with issues of stores and subsistence markets, but some more general correspondence about current conditions and the war is also present.
Post-war material (Ps C 48-53) is in the form of memorabilia, for example recording exceptional public service in New York. There is also a small amount of correspondence from his son Waldo (Ps2/C/1/2-4).
Waldo William Porges' papers, 1929-1932, (Ps C 54-66) consist solely of routine administrative papers relating to his position as a solicitor in London.
The papers of Alice Porges of New York (Ps C 67-84) include a letter of condolence from John Pershing on the death of her husband Gustave.
The remainder comprises invitations to charity events, and acknowledgements for her gifts and donations made during the Second World War.
Anne Porges' papers consist solely of correspondence sent to her by members of the Vagliano family during the Second World War (Ps2/C/2).
There are also a number of newspaper cuttings, 1914-19 and 1925-38, relating to events with which Gustave Porges was associated (Ps N 1-18).
Photographs of Porges and other officers, 1917-1934 are present (Ps Ph 1-5 and Ps2/Ph/1).
There are a significant number of photographs of Alice Porges and Waldo Porges (Ps2/Ph/2-3) at different ages as well as a section of miscellaneous photographs of unidentified individuals and non-family members (Ps2/Ph/4).
Finally, there is a section of miscellaneous material relating to British records and ephemera of the Second World War (Ps X 1-24), including petrol ration forms, information sheets, and the music and lyrics to '(We're Gonna Hang Out) The Washing on the Siegfried Line', and also a section of miscellaneous personal ephemera (Ps2/X)
Content summary : Correspondence, newspaper cuttings,
photographs Arrangement : The material has been listed chronologically
within series divided according to form (correspondence, newspaper
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Quartermaster Corps) Gustave Porges, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I.
Colonel Porges gave markedly able assistance in the establishment of the American Expeditionary Forces Depot at Nevens and the Engineer camp at Vierzon.
Later, when placed in charge of the purchase and subsistence, clothing, equipage, forage, and bedding, by his valuable knowledge of commercial conditions and by his persistent efforts and able negotiations, he secured much-needed supplies from allied and neutral countries.
He originated the manufacture in Europe of necessary items of food, clothing, and cloth for the use of the American Expeditionary Forces.
Subsequently he rendered valuable assistance in the liquidation of American Expeditionary Forces surplus supplies.
At all times he showed remarkable energy in all matters affecting the welfare of the troops in the American Expeditionary Forces.
There was a Japanese Order with the group, however, I was told it was thrown into the Hudson River during WW2.
In the early 1870s, Friedrich Georg Strohmeyer came to America from Bremen, Germany and started working as a leather merchant. He advanced rapidly in business as soon became involved in the importation of peat moss, which was commonly used as bedding for New York City's thousands of horses. He prospered so well that in 1882 he was able to form a new company with his first employee, Hermann Arpe. Several years later, needing a bigger place to house their growing venture, Strohmeyer himself designed and built a ten-story building at the corner of Franklin Street and West Broadway in downtown New York City, an historic structure that stands there still.
Seeking opportunities for montan wax, the carbonized by-product of peat moss, Strohmeyer recognized that a person working on the newly invented typewriter needed a way to make copies. He suggested using the carbon-filled wax as the key ingredient for a copying product that became known as carbon paper. Within a short time, the company was named North America's exclusive importer of Romonta crude montan wax from Germany. This eventually led to the importing of other "natural" waxes, such as beeswax, carnauba, candelilla, ouricouri and Japan wax -- all of which S&A introduced for use in an extremely wide range of modern industrial applications.
Following World War I, a new partner came on board. Col. Gustav Porges -- fresh from his assignment as General "Black Jack" Pershing's chief food procurement officer -- joined S&A to create and develop a line of quality food products. Under his guidance, we soon became the country's first major importer of Portuguese anchovies, Japanese crab meat, and Norwegian brisling sardines -- as well as the first packager of imported olive oil. The importation of honey, another new product category, followed in 1981.
Today, Strohmeyer & Arpe, together with our sister firm C.M. Goettsche, remains the exclusive importer of montan wax and a major source of other natural waxes and bulk honey -- as well as the supplier of Kings Pantry and private label canned fruits, vegetables and seafood to America's leading food chains.
From the time we were founded in New York, to the dawning of the 21st century at our current headquarters in Short Hills, New Jersey, Strohmeyer & Arpe's mission has been to supply the highest quality products at prices and in quantities that assure value and profitability to all our customers.
(JOHN ALDRED) 3 May 2016,
I was his clerk in the latter stages of his life.
He was a chronic diabetic and retired prematurely because he was losing his sight.
He lived at Capel in Surrey with his wife who was a friend of Edith Sitwell.
Mrs Porges and Edith Sitwell met occasionally and read poetry to each other.
Waldo and his wife in later years moved to Craven Arms as Waldo wanted to become "familiar" with smaller surroundings before he eventually went blind.
I lost contact with him and his wife and was mortified to learn of his death many years ago and now disappointed to find little is known of this man.
I can expand on several of the cases he appeared in but his career was destroyed as in the year that he took "silk" - became a QC - he lost his practice through illness - diabetis.
(JOHN ALDRED) 24 May 2016,
As an addendum to my original submission on Waldo Porges.
He was a Lloyds Arbitrator (one of a panel of 5 at the time) who held up to 25 arbitrations a year assessing the amount to be paid by shipowners whose vessels occasionally required the assistance of salvors.
Such causes requiring salvage services were engine breakdown (which could not be resolved by the crew on board) and structural damage through bad weather or simply "springing" a leak.
He was also on the panel of wreck commissioners who from time to time were appointed by the Treasury Solicitor to determine the cause of the loss of vessels - usually small vessels where there was loss of life (trawlers etc) and in one such case a trawler sailing out of Hull was lost in the North Sea.
He conducted the inquiry and evidence was presented by the Crown and Owners.
I attended that case with him as I was concerned for his health (chronic diabetes already referred to) as he was away from familiar home surroundings for a number of days.
The vessel was a modern trawler (in those days) and had extensive radar and wireless aerials and was of the variety which hauled in the catch by opening the stern and drawing the loaded nets into the hold.
The case attracted great publicity because the wives - all of whom lost their husbands and sons on board expressed the view that the trawler was being used as a spy ship on North Sea activity (Russia) and trawling was an ancilliary activity.
I personally was accosted by wives brandishing all sorts of weapons and physically threatened with scarcely disguised suggestions what would happen if the court (president Waldo Porges) did not reach a conclusion that the vessel had been seized by the Russians and the British Government should intervene.
Waldo concluded that no such event had occurred and at the time of his decision it was very stormily received around Hull.
He concluded that the vessel had been overcome by a wave while the stern was open and the vessel lost by reason of ingress of water.
His decision was ratified 15 years later when the vessel was found by a survey ship in the North Sea laying on the bottom - with the stern open.
He was involved in many cause celebre but the stranding off Lands End of the Torry Canyon springs to mind.
This was the case where the heavily laden tanker was leaking oil to the Cornish and South Wales coast to such an extent that the Government of the day ordered the vessel to be drestroyed by bombing by the RAF.
There was huge repercusions because Salvors had spent a considerable time and expense attempting to save the ship.
Under the terms of Lloyds arbitrations the parties signed an agreement that in the event of the salvors nit succeeding is saving the vessel there would be no remuneration to them.
It was affectionally known as a"Lloyds Form - No Cure No Pay".
It advantaged both salvors and salvaged alike and was a popular method of determaning the reward.
Many other cases can be found from archives searching under the name of the vessel in question.
To see the
project of Porges family website designed by L-I Porges, click
Thursday May 4, 2000 Company Press Release
Andersen Consulting Opens New York Dot-Com Launch Centre
Partners Michael Porges and Craig Stanley to Lead New York Centre
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2000
Andersen Consulting today announced the opening of its New York
Dot-Com Launch Centre - part of the firm's network of 22 Dot-Com
Launch Centres in major cities around the globe.
Located at 1345 Avenue of the Americas, the New
York Dot-Com Launch Centre will provide start-ups and spin-offs
with the necessary management, marketing, finance, administration,
and technology expertise needed to become enduring, revenue generating
Having worked with hundreds of start-ups over the last
few years, Andersen Consulting is ramping up its offerings in this
arena by providing dedicated capabilities to dot-com companies working
with the Launch Centre.
The New York Launch Centre will be co-led
by Michael A. Porges, a partner with the firm's Retail Practice,
and Craig M. Stanley, a partner with the firm's Financial Services
In their new roles, Mr. Porges and Mr. Stanley
will be responsible for assisting Andersen Consulting partners in
the region with identifying, appraising, and executing opportunities
with both new start-up businesses and spin-offs from established
They will also be responsible for furthering Andersen
Consulting's relationships and alliances with the New York business
community, and managing the eCommerce professionals who will serve
as key strategic, technology and marketing resources for the Internet
businesses launched by the Centre.
``The New York Dot-Com Launch Centre will focus
on selected start-ups and spin-offs where we can most effectively
leverage our know-how and Andersen Consulting assets to create economic
value faster, better, and more effectively than anyone else,'' said
``The Launch Centre brings together the firm's
deep market and industry knowledge, global reach and proprietary
eCommerce tools and architecture with the speed, creativity, and
entrepreneurial spirit for which Internet start-ups are known.''
Mike Porges is the Managing Partner of Andersen
Consulting's Strategic Services Retail Practice for North America.
He has 24 years of business experience; 15 years as a Senior Management
Consultant and 9 years in Consumer Products Package Goods Management.
His management consulting expertise includes strategy, marketing,
sales, merchandising, supply chain, and profit improvement.
the past several years, he has focused on major eCommerce strategy
and development projects both in start-ups and for major corporations.
He is currently leading two eCommerce start-up projects.
his consulting experience, Mike had senior level management responsibilities
in packaged goods marketing and sales for The Gillette Company,
Nabisco, and Remington.
Mike has also started two ventures during
his business career in the real estate and services areas.
Craig Stanley is a Partner in Andersen Consulting's
Financial Services/Capital Markets Practice.
Based in New York,
he has been serving clients for over 15 years with an emphasis on
assisting banking, capital markets, and insurance organizations
based in the US and overseas with their most challenging technology
His expertise includes development and delivery
of eCommerce programs, information technology strategy and planning,
distributed application design and implementation, and complex technology
architecture implementation for established clients as well as start-ups.
Most recently, Craig has led Andersen Consulting's efforts to develop
and enhance eCommerce solution delivery capabilities in conjunction
with leading companies such as S1 Corporation.
He is currently leading
two eCommerce start-ups in the Financial Services 0arena and serves
as an advisor to several other initiatives.
``New York is one of the fastest growing, most
innovative start-up markets in the country and an ideal marketplace
for us to establish a Launch Centre,'' said Mr. Stanley.
short period of time, the New York Dot-Com Launch Centre is becoming
an activity hub for dot-com clients, venture capitalists, incubators,
brick & mortar spin-offs, and other eEconomy visionaries.
have been fortunate to establish our facilities in New York so quickly,
and our clients value the immediate access to computing resources
and Internet infrastructure that the Launch Centre provides.
our soft launch period, we have had incredible interest and demand
for our services, and we are focusing our approach on the best opportunities
for both our clients and Andersen Consulting.''
About the New York Dot-Com Launch Centre Building
on Andersen Consulting's proven track record as a leader in eCommerce,
the New York Dot-Com Launch Centre will help to reduce dramatically
the time it takes an eBusiness to go from initially-funded start-up,
to revenue-producing business, and ultimately to successful initial
public offering (IPO).
Unlike an incubator, which typically works
with businesses from the conceptual stage through their first 60
to 120 days, the New York Dot-Com Launch Centre will work with initially
funded eBusinesses that already have a nucleus of management and
financial support, helping them to quickly build and achieve market
To help jump start eBusinesses, the Centre will provide
-- Internet-tested professionals ready to serve
as key strategic, technology, and marketing resources or as part
of an off-the-shelf management team
-- Andersen Consulting's full
range of assets including proprietary eCommerce tools and architecture
-- Andersen Consulting's relationships with leading businesses
Recognized credibility through linkage with Andersen Consulting's
-- Leading-edge eCommerce software through Andersen
Consulting's alliances (Ariba, Asera, Blue Martini, Calico, Commerce
One, i2, Manugistics, Oracle, PeopleSoft, PrimeResponse, S1, SAP,
Siebel, STC, Sun-Netscape/AOL, and Retek)
-- Real-time solutions
to the challenges that commonly impede and delay start-ups, through
the firm's deep market and industry knowledge, global reach, and
unmatched distribution channels
-- A valuable database of competitive
knowledge and business experience
The New York Dot-Com Launch Centre is part of the
firm's global network of 22 Centres.
Andersen Consulting will take
up to $1.2 billion in equity over three years from start-ups as
partial compensation for its services and assets, such as intellectual
property and knowledge capital.
The New York Dot-Com Launch Centre
has already begun work with select clients that include : Urbanfetch,
EZsize.com, CyberElan.com, and Polestar Capital Partners.
About Andersen Consulting:
Andersen Consulting is an $8.9 billion global management
and technology consulting organization whose mission is to help
its clients create their future.
The organization works with clients
from a wide range of industries to link their people, processes
and technologies to their strategies.
Andersen Consulting has approximately
65,000 people in 48 countries.
Serena Porges is an independent consultant
who combines media relations and intercultural/diversity training
tools to help clients create strategies to manage cultural
differences, promote cross-cultural awareness and develop
Serena draws upon her background in the international media
arena, working previously in Australia with SBS, a multicultural
television/radio broadcaster representing over 60 nationalities
across the country.
Since her arrival in the United States, Serena has focused
on helping organizations prepare executives for offshore assignments
with a better understanding of diversity in global business.
She holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia
University, and a B.Ed. from Sydney University, Australia.
May 17 2000 Iyar 5760
The Business Scene, by Greer Fay Cashman
Dr. YairPorges, 42, has been appointed
head of Einayim, the Kiryat Ata Eye Clinic, which is dedicated to
improving vision and helping its patients to see without the use
of eyeglasses. Porges was previously the chief surgeon at
Laniado Hospital's Laser Institute. Einayim has seven branches across