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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution ; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

Manufactures of Buffalo,   pp. 266-273

Page 269

The Works are the property of a stock company with a large capital,
all paid in, of which GEORGE L. SQUIER is President, LUCIEN HAWLEY
Secretary, and JOHN VALENTINE, Superintendent.
R. L. HOWARD'S AGRICULTURAL WORKS, where Ketchum's well-known
Mower and Reaper is made, is another celebrated establishment in
Buffalo. Over 20,000 of these popular implements have been manu-
factured and distributed to all parts of the country.
About six years ago Messrs. MILLER, BENNETT & Co. took posses-
sion of the old " Vulcan Iron Works " and converted them into an
agricultural implement manufactory, more especially for the manufacture
of Parkhurst's Patent Adjustable Mowing and Reaping Machine, better
known as the Buffalo Mower and Reaper.
Brass Founding.-The census officials evidently erred in their return
of this branch. Instead of there being but two firms engaged in Brass
work in Buffalo, we know of three, and there are probably others-the
" Eagle" works, F. COLLIGON & Co. proprietors, who manufacture also
Portable Steam Engines and Palmer's Hydraulic Lift and Force Pump;
the "Buffalo Brass Foundry," BROWN & RUHLANDT proprietors, who
make steam-engine and locomotive Brasswork ; and the " Lafayette
Brass and Bell Foundry," of which ADAM GOOD has been proprietor for
nearly a quarter of a century.
Distilled Liquors.-The largest Distillery in New York State west
of Albany, is that of THOMAS CLARK, in Buffalo. His consumption of
grain is about 640 bushels a day-which, allowing one bushel to each
three gallons of spirits, would make a daily product of 1920 gallons,
or over 60 barrels. The still in his establishment, made in New York
City by weight, is one of the finest ever constructed. It has the ca-
pacity of holding 70 barrels. " Clark's Rye and Monongahela " Whis-
kies are favorite brands in Western New York and in the Western
States. In connection with the Distillery Mr. Clark has an extensive
Rectifying establishment, and is the largest manufacturer of Alcohol on
the Lakes. The oldest and largest Brewery in Buffalo is that of Moffat,
established in 1835.
Iron Rolling and Machinery.-The first Rolling Mill erected in
Buffalo was that known as the Buffalo Iron and Nail Works, built in
1846 by Corns & Co., and now owned by PRATT & Co. The main mill
is 176 feet long by 140 feet wide, with Nail factory attached, and has
eight puddling furnaces, six heating furnaces, and about fifty Nail ma-
chines. Besides this main building, there are blacksmith's, millwright
and other shops. The works will compare favorably with the best of
similar concerns in the country, and are now turning out large quan-
tities of iron and nails of the best quality.

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