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The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

March,   p. 510 PDF (330.1 KB)

The lumber firms of Indianapolis,   pp. 510-512 PDF (1016.8 KB)

Page 510

Tne Wisconstu Lumberman.
Lucy Larcom, in St. Nicholas for March,
tries to force the season a little and succeeds
in this way:
March ! March ! March ! They are coming
In troops, to the tune ef the wind;
Red-headed woodpeckers drumming,
Gold crested thrushes behind;
S parrows in brown jackets hopping
Past every gateway and door;
Finches with crimson caps stopping
Just where they stopped years before.
March ! March ! March! They are slipping
Into their places at last-
Little white lily-buds, dripping
Under the showers that fall fast;
Buttercups, violets. roses,
Snowdrop, and bluebell and pink.
Throng upon throng of sweet posies,
Bending the dewdrops to drink.
March ! March ! March! They will hurry
Forth at the wild bugle-sound-
Blossoms and birds in a flurry.
Fluttering all over the ground.
Hang out your flags, birch and willow!
Shake out your red tassals, larch
Grass-blades, up from your earthi-pilow!
1 fear who is calling you- -March !
The Lumber Firms of Indianapolis.
I Frnm The Iadiana Coniwerei 1. I
We gave last week a cursory review of
the coal trade of this city, and a descript-
ion of a few of the leading firms engaged
in the trade. Ascertaining that the lumber
trade had grown to gigantic proportions,
for the purpose of enlightening our read-
!,rs as to who the dealers are, and what
they are doing, we paid a visit to a nui-
1 er of the leading firms, for the purpose of
gleaning what information we could. In
anticipation of an active business season,
a description of the   respective  firms
engaged in the lumber trade, cannot fail to
be of interest to a large portion of our
readers. The first we called upon was
106 South West Street, is extensively en-
gaged in the wholesale lumber business,
his trade being confined mainly to shipping.
He started business in 1865, anil has now
been established ten years. Ile handles
hard wood exclusively, chiefly walnut, al-
though he keeps constantly on hand a good
supply of cherry, ash and oak. IHis trade
is chiefly foreign, as he has never paid
much attention to the local trade. The
great bulk of shipments are made to the
East, as he ships to various points from
here to Washington, D. C., and from there
all the way to Portland, Maine. His yard
is located on Soute West street, 'etween
the tracks of the Terre Haute & Vandalia,
and the Alton & St. Louis railroads, cover-
ing an area of seven acres. His stock of
lumber on hand is decidedly the largest in
the city, and a visit to his yard will be
sufficient to satisfy any one on that point.
lIe sold last year 8,000,000 feet of hard
lumber, his sales amounting to nearly
$500,000. In this business lhe has a
capital of $150,000 employed. On the
East side of the street, and   d rectly
opposite the lumber yard he has a planing
mill, saw mill, and stave factory, which
have been running one year. These premi-
ses were erected to supply the retail de-
mand. The buildings cover a lot l0(xl41
feet, and the machinery in the various
buildings, is run by an engine of 175 horse
power, built by the Eagle Mlachine Works
of lIasselnian & Vinton of this city. Last
year the stave factory turned out 2,000,-
000 staves. The stave factory is not in
operation at present, but will be shortly, as
an active demand for staves is looked for
the coming spring and summer. The
planing mill and saw mill have been in
operation the entire winter, and a con-
siderable amount of work has been turned
out. There is a great deal of individuality
about the Colonel, which insures greatly to
his success in whatever lie undertakes; and
no matter what business he might embark
in, we should set him down as one of
those men who would make his mark.
Ross & Lynn corner of Circle and Mar-
ket streets started in the wholesale and
retail lumber business last June, and they
report having done a much largeor business
than they anticipated. They have recent-
ly eijniped a large yard, on the block front-
ing on Missisippi street, between sixth and
seventh. It is one of the finest locations
in the city, with a frontage of 400 feet
runing bach to the 1. C. L. & I. 11. 250 feet
with which road it connects by means of a
switch. Their principle demand is chiefly
local, but they are confidently expcoting to
do an increased business in shipping.
rhey keep on hand a full supply of all
kinds of lumber, both hard and soft. They
are also agents for the sale of building ma-
terial and furnishing stuff.
I. a. JOHNS,
156 South Water street. This is a branch
establishment of T. B. Johns, of Terre
Haute. Mr. Johns has a large establish-
ment at Terre Haute, where lie has been
handling lumber for the past 23 years.
The branch yard was established here in

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