In fall 1890, Kennard went into business with fellow Masons Harry Welles Rusk, William H.A. Maupin, Col. Washington Bowie, and John T. Green as the Kennard Novelty Company in Baltimore. Early in 1891, Kennard and Maupin acquired the rights to the first U.S. talking board patent, registered by Elijah J. Bond, and sold their interest in it to the company. It wasnâ??t long before Bowie dismissed everyone but Rusk, and put his close pal William Fuld in charge of the renamed Ouija Novelty Company.