The “REAL” McDonalds Story

If you were to Google the history of McDonald’s, you would find this:

“The original McDonald’s was opened in California by Maurice and Richard McDonald in 1940. A hamburger sold for .15 cents back then. After several attempts, the McDonald brothers had created a successful eatery. They were looking for a new franchising agent and Kroc saw an opportunity. In 1955, he founded McDonald’s System, Inc., a predecessor of the McDonald’s Corporation, and six years later bought the exclusive rights to the McDonald’s name and operating system. ” This is what you will you find on Google.

But you can’t always believe what you read on the internet… here is the “true” story of McDonalds.

Jerry Beaudroux, known as JB by his friends, was a successful businessman in the town of Beaver Falls, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. His business, overalls for the hard working man or woman.

He was CEO and chief overall tester at the factory, located on the west end of Beaver Falls. JB was known all throughout the town and valley for his love of a good burger, his love of overalls (he wore them every day and everywhere) and for having his companion Jenny at his side all the time. His favorite place to eat in Beaver Falls was Grinnell’s Diner. His favorite order, the Grinburger with fries and a Coke. Now Grinnell’s offered a fine burger, but JB was a busy man and didn’t like to waste time sitting in a diner. He had a business to run and trains to watch at the local depot.

Side story: Being a train enthusiast, he loved to sit at the Beaver Falls depot with Jenny and watch the trains go by. Freight trains, passenger trains, all trains. Anytime a train would go by, he would stand near the edge of the depot platform so he could feel the rush of wind and power of the train as it rushed by. This made Jenny nervous and she would start foaming at the mouth. Overtime, those who saw JB and Jenny watching trains began referring to them as “Foamers”. True story and this term is still used today for any train enthusiasts.

Anyway, back to the story. JB wanted a faster burger and he found it in the fall of of 1954, when the McDonald brothers opened their first burger stand in Beaver Falls. It was built in the northwest corner of town, in a fast developing business area. JB’s factory was only half a mile to the west! As the new McDonald’s was being built, JB wondered what it could be? That October he would find out.

It was a Friday and JB was heading over the Grinnell’s Diner. He always had a burger on Friday. On his way he spotted the Grand Opening signs at McDonald’s. He pulled in to check it out. There were banners, balloons, and a long line of people. JB decided to give it a try, though he worried how long it would take to get through the long line. Could it be longer than sitting in the diner and waiting? To his surprise he had two burgers, fries and a Coke in hand in less than 5 minutes. He sat in his truck and ate his burgers. They were delicious. A little more basic than the Grinburger, but delicious.

JB and Jenny at McDonald’s

The next day, he took Jenny. It was a Saturday and JB knew he had to go back for another burger. He put on his finest overalls, grabbed Jenny and headed down to McDonald’s. He bought 4 burgers, 2 fries and a Coke. Jenny devoured her 2 burgers and fries. JB took his time and savored every bite.

Fast forward 1 year. JB and Jenny have been eating at McDonald’s 3-4 times a week. The McDonald brothers knew JB as their best customer. Jenny even gets her burgers for free! One day the McDonald brothers approach JB with a business proposition, as they know JB is a successful business man. They want to expand McDonald’s to new locations, but they didn’t have the capital. They wanted JB’s advise. JB suggested franchising and saw an opportunity. In 1955, he founded the McDonald’s System, Inc., a predecessor of the McDonald’s Corporation, and six years later bought the exclusive rights to the McDonald’s name and operating system. This is is the story you will NOT find on Google.

  • After a decade of building McDonald’s franchises, JB introduced the Big Mac in 1967. Remember, JB loved the burgers from McDonald’s, but always thought they were a little too plain, compared to the Grinburger. The Big Mac, two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. I’ll be you sang that, didn’t you! JB never liked the middle bun idea, but corporate did, so it stayed. To this day, JB takes out the middle bun when he gets his Big Mac every Friday. Oh, and the name Big Mac. It came from Jenny’s father, Big Mack.

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