In 1902, a young gentleman named J.P. Weigand, traveled by cover wagon from Mt. Sterling, Illinois, to Wichita, Kansas to sell maps for Rand McNally. When J.P. arrived in Wichita and viewed his surroundings, he felt he had come to a boomtown and knew that Wichita was a town of endless opportunities.
He quickly subleased desk space in a retail storeroom at 114 N. Market and his lifelong love affair with Wichita began. J.P.’s abiding faith in the future and steadfast loyalty to Wichita became a standard and tradition that has linked the Weigand family with this city for over a century.
Wichita was newly established in 1902, just 32 years after its rough and wild beginning. The population had grown to 25,000 and it was the largest city within 150 miles, covering seven square miles.
The majority of neighborhood streets were yet to be paved and most citizens still used horse drawn transportation and/or walked. This made the distance between home and employment a prime consideration when purchasing a home. In the beginning of the 1900’s and Weigand’s career in real estate, the local newspaper real estate section covered only one third of a column. By 1910, the local population had rapidly reached 55,000 and the Wichita real estate market was booming!
In 1912, J.P. Weigand expanded his business by leasing a one-room office in the new four story Bitting Building located at 105 N. Market in Downtown Wichita. During this period J.P., who had never learned to drive a car, used public transportation, a carriage, walked, or had someone drive him in an automobile to show properties. He had no office staff and kept track of all of his transactions on a multitude of scrap pieces of paper in his suit pockets.
In 1927, Nestor R. Weigand, Sr. returned from Notre Dame and joined his father, doubling the J. P. Weigand firm to two. In the following year the name of the firm was changed to J. P. Weigand & Son. To an increasing number of Wichitans, the name Weigand came to define real estate.
On his business card, sometime in the late 1920's, he had printed the following:
"I am for Wichita. Wichita is the Indianapolis of the Southwest. The greatest commercial and financial center of its size in the world. 15 lines of railroad radiate into a territory with 700,000 people within 100 miles of Wichita; wherein the future will live 1,000,000 people, with Wichita as their metro point. Population now 45,000; will soon have 100,000. Watch us grow."
In 1935, Jean Paul Weigand entered the real estate business, increasing once again the total size of the firm by a third. The following year Nestor Sr. became President of the Wichita Board of REALTORS®, and the firm hired its first part time secretary who also served as the part time secretary for the Board of REALTORS®.
In 1943, Nestor Sr. was elected President of the Kansas Association of REALTORS®. Then in 1944, during the war, was elected as President of the Wichita Board once more, becoming the only two-time President in the history of the Wichita Board of REALTORS®.
June 18, 1950, J. P. Weigand passed away in the comfort of his home. Despite the fact that he had never driven an automobile, he had nevertheless made hundreds of real estate deals by walking the streets of Wichita. The editorial page of the Wichita paper featured the following editorial:
J. P. WEIGAND - 1873 TO 1950 - Wichita Eagle & Beacon Editorial, June 1950. "The necessary qualification for any successful salesman is faith in what he is selling. For 48 years the late J. P. Weigand sold Wichita real estate on the basis of an unabiding faith in the future of the City, a faith which was founded upon a thorough knowledge of what constitutes real values, present and future. For the nearly 50 years of his activity he saw property values advance surely and steadily, based upon the growth of the city and its importance as a business center. Recently the concern of which he was the head sold Douglas Avenue frontage at $10,000 per ft. Surely, a vindication of the faith he had in the future of Wichita.
No man had a more complete knowledge of Wichita real estate. It could almost be said that he carried a plat of the city in his head, so thoroughly was he informed upon the subject. He was of that remarkable generation which, casting their lot with the City at the beginning of its growth, lived to see the fulfillment of his predictions. He will be greatly missed from the scene he knew so well."
In 1951, Jean Paul was installed as President of the Wichita Board of REALTORS®. Within the company he served the dual role of residential sales manager and salesman.
In 1956, Michael C. Weigand returned from service in the army and became associated with the firm.
After graduating from Notre Dame and completing his active duty military obligations, Nestor R. Weigand, Jr. joined the firm in 1961.
In 1967, Michael was elected the President of The Wichita Board of REALTORS®.
In 1974, Nestor, Jr. was elected President of the Wichita Metropolitan Area Board of REALTORS®; and Jean Paul moved the headquarters of the Residential Division doubling the size of the office.
1977 marked the 75th anniversary of the firm!
In 1978, Nestor, Jr. became President of the Kansas Association of REALTORS®.
In 1983, Nestor, Jr. assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and Nestor, Sr. was named Chairman of the Board.
Continuing his involvement in local, national and international real estate, Nestor Weigand, Jr. served as President of the National Association of REALTORS® in 1987.
February 25, 1994, Nestor R. Weigand, Sr. passed away.
March 8, 2000 Jean Paul Weigand passed away.
From 2001 to 2002, Nestor served as World President of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), and today continues to be very involved in all levels of organized real estate.
In September, Nestor Weigand III, joined the Board of Directors.
March 7, 2014, Michael C. Weigand, Senior Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer of the company passed away.
Today Nestor Weigand Jr. remains the CEO and Chairman of the Board and is actively involved in the day to day operations. J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc continues to thrive and grow in the South Central Kansas Area. View the current leaders of our company who are moving us into the future here.
The “Standard for Excellencesm” that has exemplified this company since its inception continues to be a part of the company philosophy. Our proud history and place in the area is our basis for an ongoing effort to search for new and better ways to serve our associates, staff, sellers, buyers and community. As the company continues to grow and expand, the philosophy of its founder still remains an important part of the company’s focus, “Watch us grow.”