It started with a moment of concern.

It was 1904, and it occurred to the wife of Earnest Hicks that the information available to the average person about what to do in an emergency was woefully inadequate. Hicks was a salesman for a map publisher, and when his wife suggested that an instruction chart be created to hang on the walls of homes and workplaces, he recruited three fellow salesmen, including William V. MacGill, to test the idea on the public. It proved to be a success, and the idea to include some first aid supplies along with the chart necessitates the formation of a new company.

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William V. MacGill

1921-1942

William V. MacGill & Company

After World War I, the company rebrands itself William V. MacGill & Company, in order to differentiate themselves from the Red Cross. The company continued with the door-to-door model, as well as some mail-order business to factories. Branch offices are opened throughout the east and midwest, and slowly closed in favor of one, central office in Chicago, IL. In 1942, William V. MacGill dies, leaving the business to his two most trusted employees, Alfred Andersen and William Haak.

1980-2011

MacGill Meets Smith

William Haak retires in 1980 and MacGill is acquired by Bob Smith. In order to better serve schools, Smith expands the product offerings of William V. MacGill & Co. and creates the MacGill School Nurse Catalog so Nurses can place bulk orders for their specialized supplies.

2015

Reflecting on What Comes Next

While planning for an upcoming vacation, Jay has trouble finding a first aid kit that contains all of the essential emergency supplies. Enter the MacGill First Aid Kit - its origins go back 111 years. Its contents remain the highest quality and trusted products available today.

1905-1920

Red Cross Goes Door to Door

The four salesmen go off on their own and form the Red Cross Company of Boston. Hicks leaves the company in 1905 and passes away in 1907. Control of the company is taken over by William V. MacGill. Going door to door, MacGill and his salesmen sell one of the first commercial First Aid Kits with the tagline, "A place for everything, and everything in its right place."

1943-1979

Evolution

In the years that follow, the door-to-door model is abandoned and the business focuses on its industrial clients.

2012-2014

Macgill catalog is still going strong

More than 30 years later, the MacGill catalog is still mailed to School Nurses annually. Bob’s son Jay Smith became General Manager in 2008, and was named President in 2012.

1905-1920

Red Cross Goes Door to Door

The four salesmen go off on their own and form the Red Cross Company of Boston. Hicks leaves the company in 1905 and passes away in 1907. Control of the company is taken over by William V. MacGill. Going door to door, MacGill and his salesmen sell one of the first commercial First Aid Kits with the tagline, "A place for everything, and everything in its right place."

1921-1942

William V. MacGill & Company

After World War I, the company rebrands itself William V. MacGill & Company, in order to differentiate themselves from the Red Cross. The company continued with the door-to-door model, as well as some mail-order business to factories. Branch offices are opened throughout the east and midwest, and slowly closed in favor of one, central office in Chicago, IL. In 1942, William V. MacGill dies, leaving the business to his two most trusted employees, Alfred Andersen and William Haak.

1943-1979

Evolution

In the years that follow, the door-to-door model is abandoned and the business focuses on its industrial clients.

1980-2011

MacGill Meets Smith

William Haak retires in 1980 and MacGill is acquired by Bob Smith. In order to better serve schools, Smith expands the product offerings of William V. MacGill & Co. and creates the MacGill School Nurse Catalog so Nurses can place bulk orders for their specialized supplies.

2012-2014

Macgill catalog is still going strong

More than 30 years later, the MacGill catalog is still mailed to School Nurses annually. Bob’s son Jay Smith became General Manager in 2008, and was named President in 2012.

2015

Reflecting on What Comes Next

While planning for an upcoming vacation, Jay has trouble finding a first aid kit that contains all of the essential emergency supplies. Enter the MacGill First Aid Kit - its origins go back 111 years. Its contents remain the highest quality and trusted products available today.