pgs. 113-118, Pictorial History of Sioux City, Iowa 1923

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A Brief Pictorial and Commercial History
of Sioux City, Iowa

published 1923

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Wholesale and Retail Glass and Paint

Hansen Glass & Paint Co.The Hansen Glass & Paint Co. is one of the oldest and largest exclusive glass and paint companies in the northwest. They do a larger amount of paint and glass business exclusively than any other jobbing house in this section of the county. The company was organized in 1901, by F. Hansen and E. C. Currier. The present officers are E. C. Courrier, president; L. L. W ernli, secretary and treasurer, and E. R. Long, vice president and sales manager. The territory covered extends south to the Missouri valley, east to Fort Dodge, and over the entire state of South Dakota to the north and west. In many instances their territory is at the very door of competing cities. The company is as well known in the Black Hills as it is in Sioux City, so extensively do they cover South Dakota. In addition to the 41 employees at the large wholesale house on Douglas street, seven men travel constantly reaching the retail trade in hundreds of small towns in this territory.

The size of the business of the Hansen Glass & Paint Co. is due to a large extent to the large, line of nationally known products. They are distributors in this territory for Lowe Bros. full line of paints and varnishes and MartinSenour & Co.'s 100% pure paints and varnishes. Other well known lines are Boston Varnish Co., Kyanize stains and enamels, Cabot's shingle stains and National Lead Co. white lead. These brands are known to practically every user and dealer of paints in the country. It is only such standard lines that this company handles.

In addition to the paints and varnishes, the company handles a complete line of jobbing specialties used in connection with the paint and varnish industry. They carry a complete stock of plate glass, window glass, all kinds of rough glass including fireproof wire glass, Easy-set store front construction. The manufacturing or mirrors and bevel glass is done in their own plant which supplies the needs of their jobbing and retail business. This company plays an important part in the building industry of the city, supplying glass and paints from large stock for the builders and contractors.

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Construction Materials and Building Specialties

Henoch & BridgeIn 1920 M. J. Henoch and Otto F. Bridge organized this business, specializing in furnishing steel products for fireproof construciton work. They handle structural steel, reinforcing bars, fire windows and doors, ornamental iron and bronze and building specialties, such as water softeners, garbage incinerators, wall beds, metal lock-waiters, metal weather strips and others. They are located at 609 Pearl Street.


Motor Regrinding and Rebuilding

The Carlson Machine Works, now the largest and best equipped motor regrinding concern in Sioux City and the territory, was founded in June, 1920, by W. A. Carlson. The business grew rapidly and within two years it was necessary to build a modern building to house the increasing business. The result is a modern fireproof brick and concrete building on Wall street, between Fourth and Fifth, occupied by this concern.

The company gives the greatest services to garages, repair shops, car and truck distributors and truck fleet owners. Their business is in the nature of a wholesale repair business. Cylinder grinding, score filling, regrinding cylinders, crank shaft Carlson Machine Worksgrinding and regrinding of all parts of cars, trucks, tractors and other motors that are regrindable is the work of the Carlson Machine Works.

Among the late important equipment installed is a modern burnishing and running-in machine, used in rebuilding automobile motors, guaranteeing the motor to be as good as new. Modern electric driven machinery and skilled mechanics make possible speedy work and efficient service. Mr. Carlson, himself a skilled machinist, is in active charge of the shop and with the men he has trained in the work, has built up a large business among regular customers in the trade. When a job is brought in to any garage in the city and is too big for that shop the answer is usually, "Take it to Carlson's."

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Manufacturers of Bank and Office Equipment

The National Wood Works is one of the largest manufacturers of bank, office and store fixtures in Sioux City. The company was organized in 1907, by such men as H. Akerberg, John A. Magoun, R. J. Andrews, E. Wahlstrom, P. N. Schulein, J. E. Boostrom, and George H. Bliven. With these men behind an institution, it rapidly gained the confidence of the public and built up a large business not only in Sioux City, but in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. Annually from $150,000 to $250,000 worth of high class wood work is turned out here at their modern plant.

The plant turns out everything in the woodwork line. They specialize in complete bank equipment such as counters, cases, partitions and desks. Complete offices are made here nearly every day, including specially built cases, shelves, chairs, tables and counters. They install after building all this equipment as well as window fronts and other similar work. They take the blue prints of an office, bank or store and manufacture every piece of equipment to fit a space, utilizing every square foot of floor space. Some of the larger banks, offices and numerous stores in the city owe the internal arrangemeent [arrangement] to the National Wood Works and their corps of skilled craftsmen. About 55 of these craftsmen are employed here at present.

The business is not confined to the manufacture of furniture and equipment. General mill work such as the making of quarter rounds, dowlings, mouldings, veneers and other stock mill work is made here. Sash and doors, built-in furniture and garden furniture

are other important lines. In the modern homes being built now there is often nearly a half of the furniture that is a part of the house. Buffets, kitchen cabinets, China closets, ironing boards, mantles, and pantry cupboards are a few of the pieces of equipment that are being built in as a part of the house. This class of furniture uses every available part of the home to good advantage.

The National Wood Works is owned and operated by Sioux City people who live here and are always doing what they can towards promoting a bigger and greater Sioux City. They employ and give steady work to a high class of labor. Labor troubles are unknown to the institution.

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Woodworking Plant

Soiset Bros. Woodworking PlantThe firm of Soiset Bros. was organized in 1910 and started business at Third and Jackson streets with six employes. In October, 1915, they moved to a large well equipped factory which they still occupy at 512-16 Iowa street. They now employ 22 men. It was necessary to build an addition to this plant in 1920, giving 5,000 square feet more, space.

The main line of business is fixture work, cabinets and general mill work. They also do pattern work. One line that has brought them into nationwide prominence is the building of library hospital service carts. These are shipped to all parts of the country and this is the first mill to make them.


Galinsky Bros. Co.GALINSKY BROS. CO.

Wholesale Fruit, Produce and Grocery Dealers

The gigantic growth of this concern from its humble beginning, is founded, according to its president, Mr. A. L. Galinsky, on the daily practice and discipline of the principle, "A square deal in every transaction." That the name of Galinsky Brothers shall stand for quality, service and only a fair, legitimate profit. The train loads of fresh fruits and vegetables that this concern receives monthly make it possible for the people in Sioux City and its territory to have domestic and tropical fruit and vegetables every day in the year at prices within reach of the average wage earner.


"Everything for Schools"

Organized in 1909, at Pierre, S. D., the Capital Supply Company's business was in the beginning devoted to furnishing office blanks, educational pamphlets, diplomas, report and reward cards and other printed supplies to educational institutions in the territory covered, together with a general line of office and school supplies. An educational journal which they published for many years put them in direct touch with the schools. As the school business increased they Capital Supply Companybegan to look for a more suitable location where wide distribution could be had. Sioux City offered this opportunity and a warehouse was established here in 1917. This warehouse soon outgrew its parent office in Pierre and the principal place of business was moved to Sioux City. The story of the growth of this concern is one of continuous progress. From the small printing business to one of the largest school supply houses in the west is the story. The final Plymouth Block, Fourth and Court Sts. moving of the Capital Supply

Company to Sioux City was in 1920. As the manager of the company says, "It was a pleasant move for us." In addition to books, blackboards, desks and supplies which we at once associate with schools, the company handles school furniture, heating and ventilating systems for schools, chemical toilets and, as the slogan, says, "Everything for Schools." The officers of the company are Edward M. Ward, president; John R. Talsma, vice president; John W. Beamer, secretary and manager, and Edna M. Ward, treasurer and assistant manager.

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Haskins Bros. & Co.HASKINS BROS. & CO.

Manufacturers of Soap

With 65 years of soapmaking experience behind it, the Haskins Bros. Co. is one of Sioux City's most successful factories. In 1887, two brothers, L. A. and L. J. Haskins, moved their soap making equipment from Prairie du Chien, Wis., and hung out a sign reading "Haskins Bros. Co., Soapmakers." Thus started Sioux City's first important factory, that has since operated for 36 years without a shutdown or labor trouble of any kind. It has passed through the panics one after the other and never showed signs of weakening. The interest of the Haskins Bros. was purchased in 1907 by Wm. Newton, J. A. Newton and J. P. Newton, but the name remained the same.

Factories have since been established by this company at Omaha and St. Paul, but Sioux City remains the home. Over 65 men are now employed, covering every corner of the United States except the New England states. It requires 65 salesmen to cover the territory. Over 150 men are employed in the plants, some of whom have been with them since it was started. The first output by this factory was at Galena, Ill., in 1858, hence 65 years of experience backs the present company in its soap making activities.

The principal products of this plant are Petrolene soap and flakes and Electric Spark soap, for laundry purposes. The toilet soaps include Trilby and Peek-a-Boo Hard Water soap. The chief ingredient of all these soaps is cocoanut oil received in tank cars from the Pacific coast. The company own their own tank cars which are filled direct from the tank steamers coming in from the south Pacific. The local plant alone turns out over fifteen million bars of soap a year. Few industries turn out so many single articles with so wide a distribution.

The present plant is on the site of the original small soap factory, which has been replaced by a modern plant consisting of brick buildings containing 100,000 square feel of floor space. The old hand methods have been replaced by high speed electrical driven machines which handle the soap from the time it goes into the vats as raw material until it is packed into boxes for the trade. Perhaps the best known and most frequently imitated of the soaps from this plant is "Trilby," (the Soap with the Yellow Band). Over 18 imitations of this soap are or have been on the market.

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Riesche & SanbornRIESCHE & SANBORN

Building Contractors and Engineers

This organization, Riesche & Sanborn, was formed in 1916, with R. H. Riesche in charge. They do a general construction and engineering business as well as making appraisals and estimates of fire losess and other valuation work. They specialize in the building of large commercial buildings, schools, churches, hospitals, apartment houses and industrial plants. Some of the buildings erected by this company are the Y. W. C. A., St. Monica's Home, Sacred Heart Hospital (LeMars), Metz Apartments, North Junior High School, Shoberg, Woodbury Company building, Baptist Church, Orpheum Theater, Midland Packing plant, Standard Oil Co. filling stations and others.


The outstanding manufacturing plant of tents. and awnings in the state is that of the Sioux City Tent and Awning Company. The original business was established by E. J. Wallen in 1892, and has grown constantly since. Associated with Mr. Wallen in the business are four sons, one of whom operates a factory located at Aberdeen, South Dakota, and known as the Aberdeen Tent and Awning Company. Everything in the way of tents, awnings, covers and camping equipment is made in the factories of this company. In addition to the large line of manufactured products, they job and retail touring, camping and hunting supplies of all kinds.


Faith in Sioux City led the Fairmont Creamery Company, owners of a long string of creameries, poultry packing plants, cheese factories and cold storage houses, to place their largest plant in Sioux City in 1921. The company, with over 33 plants, was established as a small creamery by J. H. Rushton, in Fairmont, Nebraska, in 1884. The business is the most extensive of its kind in the world The Fairmont Creamery Co.owning its own factories, storage houses, sales outlets and in some cases its own raw material. The Sioux City plant, costing over a million dollars and modern in every sense of the word, manufactures butter and ice cream and packs poultry and eggs. The company owns the cows that are fed with special feeds to produce the kind of milk necessary for mother culture for butter making. The poultry feeding and dressing department is in operation the year around with the rest of the plant. Thus the farmers are given a year around market for their produce.

When first opened the plant employed 34 people. It now employs over 300. The Sioux City territory covers South Dakota, northern Nebraska, northern Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota, with concentrating points at Aberdeen, Huron, Mitchell and Rapid City, S. D. Cream is purchased direct from the farmers through hundreds of stations in these states.

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