In Chicago he continued to work in the retail business eventually settling in Oshkosh (Wisconsin), where he worked as a manager of a dry goods store owned by Samuel Stern (whose niece, Recha, he married in 1898).
In 1912 Laemmle won a landmark court battle against the MPPC which spurred the trust’s demise. The same year he merged with a number of smaller companies to form the Universal Film Manufacturing Company. After a buy out of his partners, Laemmle created Universal Studio to handle movie production, distribution and exhibition.
In 1915, Laemmle opened the largest production facility, Universal City Studios, which became the largest studio in Hollywood for a decade.
Carl Laemmle (January 17, 1867 – September 24, 1939)