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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 272

MANUFACTURES OF BUFFALO.
driven to the proper speed with, but little gearing. His Combination
Smut Machine and Improved Self-Acting Flour Packer are labor-
saving machines that are also deservedly appreciated.
E. P. BUTLER, the other manufacturer, is the successor of Weston,
Cogswell & Co. His Mills are peculiar in the novel method of hanging
the stones, Mr. Butler having a patent upon the iron work employed
for that purpose.
Pianos, Melodeons, etc.-Instead of there being but three establish-
ments engaged in the manufacture of Musical Instruments in Buffalo,
as the census takers have reported, there were four Piano manufacto-
ries in operation in 1859-60, those of A. & J. KEOGH, H. UTLEY,
FROBOES & Co., and KURTZMAN & LINGE. Besides these, there was the
Flute Manufactory of SHEPPARD & COTTIER; the Organ Manufactory
of G. HOUSE; and the Melodeon Manufactory of GEORGE A. PRINCE
& Co.; that usually employs 200 hands, and turns out 80 instruments
per week, ranging in price from $35 to $350. This is one of the largest
establishments of its class in the United States. The manufactory is
built in the form of an L, five stories in height, and has a frontage of
120 feet on two streets, and 40 feet in breadth. Nearly 30,000 instru-
ments have been sent out from this manufactory to all parts of the
country.
Platform Scales.-The manufacture of Platform Scales in Buffalo
was in its infancy in 1860. In September of that year Mr. JOHN WEEKS,
formerly Agent of the Messrs. Fairbanks, succeeded in organizing the
BUFFALO SCALE WORKS COMPANY, with Mr. EDWARD S. RIcH, a gen-
tleman of capital, as its President ; and the business, now established
on a solid foundation, will probably become an extensive one.
Stove Founding.-We are confident that this branch of manufactures
is much understated in the census returns. The works of one firm,
Messrs. JEWETT & ROOT, have the capacity of melting 40 tons of iron
daily, and turning out 1500 Stoves per week. They alone usually em-
ploy about 400 men. Their works, in connection with the Eagle Iron
Company's manufactory, owned in part by the same proprietors, occupy
an entire block. The principal moulding room is 200 feet in length by
150 feet in width, and contains two cupola furnaces; and the other is
200 by 100 feet, and has one cupola. The firm has been established since
1835.
Messrs. WOOD, HUBBELL & Co. are another firm extensively engaged
in the manufacture of Stoves. They make over a hundred different
kinds and sizes.
Wine.-We presume the establishment alluded to in the census re-
turns as manufacturing Native Wine is that of TURNER BROTHERS, who
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