The Colbys have been a part of American history since they arrived from Scotland some four hundred years ago. Early into the War of 1812, the Colbys undertook empire building, and haven't stopped since. Beginning in manufacturing, the Colbys grew, invested, and adapted. Filling a growing country's needs as they arose. When Henry Ford began rolling out the automobile, the Colbys foresaw a demand for fossil fuel. As the Colby business was passed from generation to generation, their market share increased. By the end of WorId War II, Colby Enterprises was a national fixture. When Andrew Colby inherited the family business, it looked as if nothing could shake Colby Enterprises from its lead in the oil business. Andrew's father started with Colby Timber Company. Creating and built upon an empire to be passed down from generation to generation. The elder Colby parlayed Colby Timber Company into Colby Enterprises, a conglomerate one day consisting of Colby Properties, Colby Industries, Colby Aerospace Labs, Colby Petroleum, and Colby Marine Transport. Andrew Colby fathered four children by his wife: Constance, Jason, Cecil and Philip. Family was important to Andrew, but loyalty came first. When first Cecil, then Philip proved to be disappointments, Andrew excluded them from his will. He later had his attorney Arthur Cates put stipulations into his will that only Colby heirs could inherit in the family's wealth. Andrew was a shrewd businessman. In addition to Colby Enterprises, he was also a partner with Tom Carrington and Sam Dexter in Coleterton Mining during the 1950s. When Tom became involved in Nazi treasure, Andrew, his son Jason, along with Sam, helped Tom to conceal the Collection. Andrew died a wealthy, powerful man in 1973. He saw his empire grow, and his grandchildren share in the wealth.