Outagamie County (Wis.) State Centennial Committee / Land of the fox, saga of Outagamie County
Mackesy, Lillian; Schubert, William E.; Brummund, Walter H.
Industrial progress, pp. 141-163 PDF (6.9 MB)
THE LAND OF THE FOX - - ~ Constrution Of IT. S. Upperi DaC A t, A i t , 1",714 the Fox River Knitting Company and the Zwv icker Knitting Mills employs about 1000 people, and Zwicker is Appleton's largest single employer. As one skims over the explanations of why certain industries located here rather than somewhere else, the finger runs past "source of supply of raw materials'' through ''abundance of powver'' and comes to rest a moment on a third reason, namely, proximity to a market for finished prod- uct." Especially rich in agricultural re- sources, the Fox River Valley is a natural location for industries which supply a farm market. Thus, it was no accident wx hich caused Richard Miller, an enter- prising young blacksmith from Stephens- ville, to start his Eagle Fork Company in Appleton in 1879. The company manu- factured a mechanical fork for unloading hay and soon branched out into other agricultural equipment. Today, the Eagle Manufacturing Company, a direct descend- ant of the old fork company, itself no" in its sixtieth year, and its neighbor the Fox River Tractor Company and several smaller concerns supply not only the needs of valley farmers, but those in the nation and in foreign lands as well. While lumbering as an industry con- nected with the local source of supply faded, the ,, ood products concerns never really died out and are very much in evidence today. Firms manufacture cliairs, atid not just ordinary chairs either, but high chairs and kindergarten chiairs, crates, boxes, butcher blocks, cutting tables, plugs, cheese boxes and veneer for the tops of chcese boxcs. Ironically enough, one of the distress- ing things about the industrial growx th of Outa gamiC County are the reports of the 4 -,..'-
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