Smith, Mariam / The history of Omro
Mills, factories, and shops, pp. 113-116
116 makers in the State. The quality of their work was first-class. In cutter making they took the lead, turning out more than any other manufacturer in Wisconsin. They built all the latest styles, and their trade extended into Iowa and Minnesota, Be- tween forty and fifty hands were kept constantly employed in and about their factories. 1869-David Blish operated a planing mill on the north side, either on the site of the G.A.R. Hall or the one where later Mrs ' 0,144, , oatman's house stood. Blish came to Omro the same year,. ? -Dean & Taylor operated a saw mill in the early days. , 1880-AA.B. Hall operated a Carriage Factory on E. Main in the Stan- 9N 440ard Oil station area on the south side of the street. Ed ar Hall, his son, was a teacher in the Orro school, one of Us pupils was the Early Settler who wrote a history of early Omro. In the Omro of the 1880s there were no automobiles, motor boats, electric lights, telephones or movies, and the flying machine was unheard of. There were many strange and interest- inr thin!s that haDnened. however, such as on the day voun-: i- 7 . - 1.F 11- - " Hi" Kimball rode all the way from Oshkosh on a queer contrap- tion called a ' bie." The front wheel was about six feet in diameter and had-a little wheel trailing along behind. The news spread, and s oon nearly all the boys of the town were gathered in front of F.A. Cole's Dry Goods Store while "Hi" explained the -vorking of- t-Wdderful machine . 1880-Fred G. Root built and c.erated a-,Coffin Factory in a building at the south end of the bridge. oi c t,' i 1886-Drew & Hicks apparently terminated with the Thompson & Hayward establishmzent and went into the carriage business by themselves. S Theearly saw, planing and lumber mills have long been torn dY vdown, but occasionally tell-tale signs appear. In 1916 work-men while digging found sawdust at the north end, west side, of the old bridge where one of the mills had been located. Also when the Odd Fellows built the bakery addition to the I.O.O.F. Hall, sawdust was found there while digging for the foundation, on the south side of the river this time. Then again, according to Sumner Blake, while helping to build the first disposal plant on the&rlver bank south of E. River Drive, there were found remains of planks from an old saw mill that years before had been located on that spot. 187 -Sheldon Co. produced a product, "Chinese soot Powder,'the -- J-aks itfetgow"(In container carrying the persuasion, "It makes the feet glow. -'_ ... , w. 'Noyes .-, 255). Prairie, Pine, People by Dr. iidw. o .25 Ij- S/ "
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