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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

The lumbermen's clothing house. Simonds and Brooke's--the favorite clothing house in the northwest--how Mr. Simonds went back on lumbering and has established the most popular wholesale and retail clothing-house in Wisconsin,   pp. 476-[477] PDF (714.2 KB)

Page 476

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Lumbermen's conventions are get-
ting popular. Three or four years
ago a lumberman's association was a
rare thing. Now almost every im-
portant lumber market or lumber
manufacturing locality is possessed
of a&"Lumbermen's Association" or
- Exchange" or "$Board of Trade."
The lumbermen, as a class, are be -
ginning to recognize the value of as-
sociation, and the result is seen in
the numerous organizations effected
this season. Wisconsin and Minne-
sota, thus far, have not fully appre-
ciated the situation in this respect,
but it is to be hoped that the lum-
bermen of the northwest proper, will
commence this winter the founda-
tions of associations that will be cal-
culated to be of decided value to
themselves and to the trade. Lum-
beringin Wisconsin, especially, needs
systematizing. We want a thorough
inspection law based upon the stand-
ard adopted by the Chicago Lumber-
men's Board of Trade. The law is
needed as a measure of protection, if
not for the facilitation of business.
There are other measures of import-
ance for legislative action. Thor-
oughly organized associations can
best secure results needed. It is
time then that Wisconsin lumbermen
began to form associations in differ-
ent localities, and then all pull to-
_ gether for mutual good and benefit.
Organizations are needed at Osh.
kosh, Green Bay, some point on the
Wisconsin river, Black River Falb
or Ls Crosse, Eau Claire or Chip
pews Falls and at Milwaukee. Tho
only way to obtain influence is bk
united effort. The lumber interest.
is the greatest interest in the state
and it should be respected as such.
Only through the medium of associa-
tions can the power for good of the,
lumbermen be concentrated. Let us
then first have local organizations
and then attempt something like a
state association. Good will come of
the effort. Let it be made.
Elmouds & Breoke's-The Favorite Clothe
ouse in the Northwest-How Mr. almonds
Went Back on Lumbering ad ham Estab-
lshei the Most Popuar Wholesale and.
Retel Clothlng-NousenRWisconsin.
Simonds & Brooke's great clothing
house, 382 East Water street, Mil-
waukee, is the most popular house of
its class among lumbermen. It is
also one of the largest business
houses of the northwest, their stock
ranging up among the hundred thou-
sand of dollars in worth, and occupy-
iDg four entire floors of one of the
largest stores on East Water street-
The firm of Simonds & Brooke has
always made quite a specialty of the
trade from the lumbering district,
and is known for its liberal dealings
with its customers from those local-
ities. Long years ago, when western
New York boasted of its forests of
pine, Mr. Simonds handled lumber
largely and refers back to the time,
thirty years ago, when clear stuff
pine lumber could be had forfive dol.
- lar per thousand feet; that too, in
the valley of the Genesee. Coming
to Wisconsin, Mr. Simonds was nat-
- urally attracted to the lumber regions
e and spent much time among the pin-
y eries of Wisconsin where he formed

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