Kurtz Hardware will be sponsoring a booth at the MBI (Master Builders of Iowa) Winter Conference, taking place at the Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28. Our booth number is #302; come join us for games and fun, and learn some interesting facts about doors (yes, doors are very interesting; you’ll be surprised!).
One of our activities will be a trivia quiz; the more answers you get correct, the better the odds of winning a prize in our drawing! For those who like to study for quizzes, the questions are listed below. Answers (and prize-winners) will be posted in our website news feed the week following the conference (week of March 5).
Question 1: Who was president of the United States in 1866 — the year L. H. Kurtz started Kurtz Hardware?
A) Chester A. Arthur
B) Benjamin Harrison
C) Andrew Jackson
Question 2: Which of the following events occurred in 1904 — the year Kurtz Hardware supplied the plumbing fixtures for the St. Louis World’s Fair?
A) Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders fight the Battle of San Juan Hill
B) The U.S. gains control of the Panama Canal
C) Boy Scouts of America founded
Question 3: Only one of the companies in the following list is older than Kurtz Hardware; which company is it?
B) FAO Schwarz
C) Coors Brewing Co.
D) Paine Webber
E) Smith Corona
Question 4: Which notorious outlaw(s) purchased a gun from Kurtz Hardware?
A) Bonnie & Clyde
B) John Dillinger
C) “Pretty Boy” Floyd
Question 5: For which noted Des Moines skyscraper was Kurtz Hardware a major product supplier for in 1924, and again in 2016?
A) The Plaza
B) The Equitable Building
C) The Ruan Center
Question 6: According to a 2008 report published by the Bank of Korea, which of the following is true of companies with more than 100 years of history (such as Kurtz Hardware)?
A) 77 percent provide financial products and/or services
B) The average age of a Fortune 500 company is 106 years
C) Almost 90 percent employ fewer than 300 people
Question 7: What is the top product (by unit sales volume) that Kurtz Hardware sells today?
B) Door handles / locks
Question 8: How many years prior to Kurtz Hardware’s founding had Iowa been granted statehood?
A) 10 years (1856)
B) 20 years (1846)
C) 30 years (1836)
Question 9: What Iowan-invented device was granted a patent in 1866?
A) The typewriter
B) The bread-cutting machine
C) The gas-powered tractor
Question 10: In 1982, Kurtz Hardware moved to its current location on Keo Way, after 116 years on Walnut Avenue. Which of the following noteworthy pop culture events also happened in 1982?
A) Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was released
B) The Rubik’s Cube was introduced on the global market
C) The first Simpsons cartoon short aired during The Tracey Ullman Show
[Looking for the answers? They’ve been posted here.]